BEF War Diaries - WO 167 Series

Discussion in '1940' started by Drew5233, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. aldersdale

    aldersdale Senior Member

    Drew Hi

    Posting these as requested, I do not have the file numbers , the info if from a Book regarding Dunkirk

    War Diaries

    4 & 7 Royal Tank Reg

    6 & 7 Bn Durham Light Infantry

    1st Army Tank Bde

    Hope that this is sufficent info

    Thanks for all your help

    Aldersdale
     
  2. Roddy1011

    Roddy1011 Senior Member

    Andy -

    New to the site and almost immediately spotted your post ref the BEF War Diaries - good luck to you !

    Ref the diaries you have gone through, have you noted any that contain details or listing of tracked vehicle serial numbers - ie so-called T-numbers ? These numbers were unique to each tank & carrier, allowing for identification by regiment if found in the War Diaries. I am particularly interested in attempting to ident the carriers that each infantry bn might have had. Alongside the inf, I would also be interested in any vehs ident by supporting arms, ie the Arty, Engrs etc etc.

    I have already gone through all the Armd Regt Diaries several times and extracted everything available, but have yet to do the Ord Work Shops or Field Parks.

    Any help would be greatly received and of course, donations to H4H a regular occurance...

    Many thanks in advance

    Roddy de Normann
    Devizes
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi Roddy,

    If I find anything I'll let you know - I suspect LAD/RASC diaries will be the best bet.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  4. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    Drew Hi

    Posting these as requested, I do not have the file numbers , the info if from a Book regarding Dunkirk

    War Diaries

    4 & 7 Royal Tank Reg

    6 & 7 Bn Durham Light Infantry

    1st Army Tank Bde

    Hope that this is sufficent info

    Thanks for all your help

    Aldersdale
    Hi,
    The 7th Durham Light Infantry were converted to searchlights in 1936 and became 47th(DLI) AA Battalion R.E (TA) and after the outbreak of war transferred to the RA as 47th Searchlight Regiment remaining on Anti Aircraft duties in the UK until 1st Jan 1942 becoming 112th Light AA Reg RA. So this diary will detail only home service details for the 1940 period
     
  5. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've added an Excel Spreadsheet of all units that served in France from 1939 to 1940 to help anyone wishing to obtain a copy of a specific war diary. If it isn't on the list I won't be copying it.

    Regards
    Andy
     
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  6. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    WO 167/1049 682 General Construction Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/785 2/5 Leicestershire Regiment

    W0 167/832 Suffolk Regiment

    WO 167/763 5 Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

    WO 167/983 232 Fd. Pk. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/1322 No.102 Coy. for piers

    WO 167/1351 102 Pro. Coy. L. of C. for piers

    WO 167/916 23 Fd. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/982 228 Fd. Pk. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/998 250 Fd. Pk. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/843 1 Royal Welch Fusiliers

    WO 167/834 4 Royal Sussex Regiment

    WO 167/414 1 Army Tank Brigade Headquarters

    WO 167/415 1 Army Tank Brigade Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) Company

    WO 167/416 1 Army Tank Brigade Workshop

    WO 167/915 21 Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/920 58 C.W. Coy.

    WO 167/922 61 C.W. Coy.

    WO 167/923 62 C.W. Coy.

    WO 167/924 100 Army Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/921 59 Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/932 108 Corps. Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/781 1/8 Lancashire Fusiliers

    WO 167/727 2 Dorset Regiment

    WO 167/234 4 Division Signals (Sigs)

    WO 167/372 13 Brigade Headquarters

    WO 167/373 13 Brigade Anti-Tank Company

    WO 167/374 13 Brigade Light Aid Detachment (LAD)

    WO 167/375 13 Brigade Signals (Sigs)

    WO 167/844 2 Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

    WO 167/845 2 Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

    WO 167/796 2 Northamptonshire Regiment

    WO 167/821 6 Seaforth Highlanders (Ross Shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's)

    WO 167/244 5 Division General Staff (GS)

    WO 167/709 1 Tyneside Scottish

    WO 167/712 6 BlackWatch (Royal Highland Regiment)

    WO 167/723 7 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

    WO 167/756 6 Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)

    WO 167/770 9 King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)

    WO 167/774 4 King's Own Scottish Borderers

    WO 167/775 5 King's Own Scottish Borderers

    WO 167/779 1/5 Lancashire Fusiliers

    WO 167/815 7/9 Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)

    WO 167/817 4/5 Royal Scots Fusiliers

    WO 167/864 D.D. Wks. (R.A.F.)

    WO 167/868 L. of C. Svy. Directorate

    WO 167/869 C.R.E. 1st. A. Tps.

    WO 167/874 5th. M.C. Gp.

    WO 167/895 1 Stevedore Bn. (No. 4 Coy.)

    WO 167/964 202 Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/989 238 Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/992 241 Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/994 243 Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/1003 263 Field Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1017 514 Corps Field Survey Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1018 554 Corps Field Survey Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1046 679 Artisan Works Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1075 A Field 1st Army Troops

    WO 167/1093 9 Reserve Motor Transport Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1105 9 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1107 12 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1108 14 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1109 15 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1110 18 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1111 13 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1118 5 Base Supply Depot (BSD) Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1136 2 Supply Personnel Company (2 Section) Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1138 2 Supply Personnel Company (21 Section) Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1161 Command Supply Depot, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1163 Y Anti-Aircraft Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1186 III Corps Supply Railhead Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC)

    WO 167/1190 Ammunition Railhead Ordnance, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC)

    WO 167/1207 No.7 Army Fd. Wksp. (Report)

    WO 167/1216 Record Office Foreign Labour Units (Rennes)

    WO 167/1229 No.13 Gp.

    WO 167/1232 No.17 Gp.

    WO 167/1233 No.26 Gp.

    WO 167/1235 Civilian Labour Centre

    WO 167/1313 No.79 Coy.

    WO 167/1326 No.106 Coy.

    WO 167/1337 No.122 Coy.

    WO 167/1338 No.123 Coy.

    WO 167/1349 8 Pro. Coy. L. of C.

    WO 167/1353 104 Pro. Coy. L. of C.

    WO 167/1362 106 P.W. Camp

    WO 167/1363 108 P.W. Camp

    WO 167/1373 No.3 Graves. Registration and Enquiries Unit.

    WO 167/1378 H.Q.3 L. of C. Area

    WO 167/1383 Fd. Cash Office

    WO 167/1386 12 Div. Emp. Pl. (Field Returns)

    WO 167/1389 8 Div. Emp. Pl. (Field Returns)

    WO 167/1397 9 Mob. B.U.

    WO 167/1398 10 Mob. B.U.

    WO 167/1399 13 Mob. B.U.

    WO 167/1406 `A' Bn. A.M.P.C.

    WO 167/1408 `R' Bn. A.M.P.C.

    WO 167/1411 Comp. Sect. R.A.S.C.

    WO 167/692 307 Searchlight Battery Royal Artillery (37 Tyne EE Searchlight Regiment RE/RA)

    WO 167/653 56 Light Anti-Aircraft (LAA) Regiment Royal Army Service Corps Section

    WO 167/585 58 Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/550 69 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/546 61 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/498 78 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/491 70 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/492 71 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
     
  7. aldersdale

    aldersdale Senior Member

    Drew Hi,

    Been away, have checked your spread sheet and now found the various diary numbers copies appreciated in due course

    W0167/729 6th Durham Light Infantry
    WO167/415 1st Army Tank Brigade Service Co
    WO167/459 4th Royal Tank Reg
    WO167/460 7th Royal Tank Reg

    Thanks Aldersdale
     
  8. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've already got 6 Durham and the others are on the list to be copied on my next visit which I'm hoping to be before the end of this month - So get saving ;)

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  9. aldersdale

    aldersdale Senior Member

    Drew Hi,

    When you get around too it can I add the following

    W0167/832 Suffolk Regiment.

    Way this is going have to take a second mortgage

    Regards Tony
     
  10. Shackeng

    Shackeng Junior Member

    After some excellent trips to the National Archives in recent times I've decided to collect all 1,500 files in the WO 167 series. I've done around 60 to date - complete.

    If anyone wants a copy of a particular diary that starts with WO 167, let me know on this thread and I'll get if for you. It shouldn't take any longer than four weeks for me to copy a file and then send it to you on disc.

    There is however a slight catch. I don't want anything for them as I'm collecting them for myself but I thought on receipt of the file you could make a donation (amount of your chossing) to one (or all 4 if your feeling flush) of the four charities listed below that I support or have supported in the past.

    1. Army Benevolent Fund

    2. The Royal British Legion

    3. Help for Heroes

    4. Sailors, Soldiers & Air Force Association

    Soldiers’ Charity :: Home

    Homepage - Welcome to The Royal British Legion - Caring and campaigning for the serving and ex-Service community - The Royal British Legion

    Help for Heroes - A charity for the wounded in Britain's current conflicts

    Get involved

    Cheers
    Andy

    A fourth worthy charity added at the request of a member on here.

    For Ref here is all the War Diaries available for France 1939-1940. Please quote the file ref number and title when asking as I have to order the file by the number not name.

    View attachment 39054

    Cheers again
    Andy

    I would love a copy of WO 167/763 which is not yet copied. Happy to donate to any of those above as an ex-serviceman myself, and a member of the Legion.
     
  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    WO 167/1049 682 General Construction Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/785 2/5 Leicestershire Regiment

    W0 167/832 Suffolk Regiment

    WO 167/763 5 Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

    WO 167/801 7 Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

    WO 167/927 103 Army Tps. Coy

    WO 167/238 4th Division Supply Column

    WO 167/235 4th Division Commander RASC (CRASC)

    WO 167/983 232 Fd. Pk. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/1322 No.102 Coy. for piers

    WO 167/1351 102 Pro. Coy. L. of C. for piers

    WO 167/916 23 Fd. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/982 228 Fd. Pk. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/998 250 Fd. Pk. Coy. for piers

    WO 167/843 1 Royal Welch Fusiliers

    WO 167/354 5 Brigade Headquarters

    WO 167/314 51 Division General Staff (GS)

    WO 167/834 4 Royal Sussex Regiment

    WO 167/414 1 Army Tank Brigade Headquarters

    WO 167/415 1 Army Tank Brigade Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) Company

    WO 167/416 1 Army Tank Brigade Workshop

    WO 167/915 21 Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/920 58 C.W. Coy.

    WO 167/922 61 C.W. Coy.

    WO 167/923 62 C.W. Coy.

    WO 167/924 100 Army Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/921 59 Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/932 108 Corps. Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/781 1/8 Lancashire Fusiliers

    WO 167/727 2 Dorset Regiment

    WO 167/234 4 Division Signals (Sigs)

    WO 167/372 13 Brigade Headquarters

    WO 167/373 13 Brigade Anti-Tank Company

    WO 167/374 13 Brigade Light Aid Detachment (LAD)

    WO 167/375 13 Brigade Signals (Sigs)

    WO 167/844 2 Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

    WO 167/845 2 Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's)

    WO 167/796 2 Northamptonshire Regiment

    WO 167/821 6 Seaforth Highlanders (Ross Shire Buffs, Duke of Albany's)

    WO 167/244 5 Division General Staff (GS)

    Small Diaries of two months or less:

    WO 167/709 1 Tyneside Scottish

    WO 167/712 6 BlackWatch (Royal Highland Regiment)

    WO 167/723 7 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

    WO 167/756 6 Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)

    WO 167/770 9 King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)

    WO 167/774 4 King's Own Scottish Borderers

    WO 167/775 5 King's Own Scottish Borderers

    WO 167/779 1/5 Lancashire Fusiliers

    WO 167/815 7/9 Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)

    WO 167/817 4/5 Royal Scots Fusiliers

    WO 167/864 D.D. Wks. (R.A.F.)

    WO 167/868 L. of C. Svy. Directorate

    WO 167/869 C.R.E. 1st. A. Tps.

    WO 167/874 5th. M.C. Gp.

    WO 167/895 1 Stevedore Bn. (No. 4 Coy.)

    WO 167/964 202 Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/989 238 Fd. Coy.

    WO 167/992 241 Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/994 243 Fd. Pk. Coy.

    WO 167/1003 263 Field Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1017 514 Corps Field Survey Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1018 554 Corps Field Survey Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1046 679 Artisan Works Company Royal Engineers

    WO 167/1075 A Field 1st Army Troops

    WO 167/1093 9 Reserve Motor Transport Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1105 9 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1107 12 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1108 14 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1109 15 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1110 18 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1111 13 Troop Carrying Company Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1118 5 Base Supply Depot (BSD) Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1136 2 Supply Personnel Company (2 Section) Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1138 2 Supply Personnel Company (21 Section) Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1161 Command Supply Depot, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1163 Y Anti-Aircraft Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps (RASC)

    WO 167/1186 III Corps Supply Railhead Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC)

    WO 167/1190 Ammunition Railhead Ordnance, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (RAOC)

    WO 167/1207 No.7 Army Fd. Wksp. (Report)

    WO 167/1216 Record Office Foreign Labour Units (Rennes)

    WO 167/1229 No.13 Gp.

    WO 167/1232 No.17 Gp.

    WO 167/1233 No.26 Gp.

    WO 167/1235 Civilian Labour Centre

    WO 167/1313 No.79 Coy.

    WO 167/1326 No.106 Coy.

    WO 167/1337 No.122 Coy.

    WO 167/1338 No.123 Coy.

    WO 167/1349 8 Pro. Coy. L. of C.

    WO 167/1353 104 Pro. Coy. L. of C.

    WO 167/1362 106 P.W. Camp

    WO 167/1363 108 P.W. Camp

    WO 167/1373 No.3 Graves. Registration and Enquiries Unit.

    WO 167/1378 H.Q.3 L. of C. Area

    WO 167/1383 Fd. Cash Office

    WO 167/1386 12 Div. Emp. Pl. (Field Returns)

    WO 167/1389 8 Div. Emp. Pl. (Field Returns)

    WO 167/1397 9 Mob. B.U.

    WO 167/1398 10 Mob. B.U.

    WO 167/1399 13 Mob. B.U.

    WO 167/1406 `A' Bn. A.M.P.C.

    WO 167/1408 `R' Bn. A.M.P.C.

    WO 167/1411 Comp. Sect. R.A.S.C.

    WO 167/692 307 Searchlight Battery Royal Artillery (37 Tyne EE Searchlight Regiment RE/RA)

    WO 167/653 56 Light Anti-Aircraft (LAA) Regiment Royal Army Service Corps Section

    WO 167/585 58 Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/550 69 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/546 61 Medium Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/498 78 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/491 70 Field Regiment Royal Artillery

    WO 167/492 71 Field Regiment Royal Artillery
     
  12. John Lawson

    John Lawson Arte et Marte

    Hi Andy, you would make my day if you could supply me with WO 167/801 for 7RNF Apr-May 1940 as it may give me vital information about my grandfather 4272366 L/Sgt J. Lawson. You may have seen my question on 'Fighting withdrawal to St.Valery-au-Caen'. Thank you in anticipation of your help.
    Kind Regards, John Lawson
     
  13. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

  14. APB123

    APB123 Junior Member

    :poppy:Would love the diary of 103 Army Tps. Coy WO167/927 as my grandfather served with them until being casevacted. Never met him unfortunately but ended up following him into the Sappers! Donation will be a pleasure. Andy
     
  15. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    :poppy:Would love the diary of 103 Army Tps. Coy WO167/927 as my grandfather served with them until being casevacted. Never met him unfortunately but ended up following him into the Sappers! Donation will be a pleasure. Andy

    Unfortunately, Drew5233/Andy won't probably make it to Kew for 25th
    See here http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/barracks/30666-get-well-soon-drew5233.html

    I am sure though that as soon as he is able, he'll be off to Kew. ;)
     
  16. chick42-46

    chick42-46 Senior Member

    Hi Andy

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Get well soon.

    If you’re still planning to copy war diaries when you’re fit again, I’d love to get the following:

    WO 167/238 – 4th Division Supply Column
    WO 167/235 - 4th Division Commander RASC (CRASC)

    My great uncle was a pre-war RASC regular, posted to 4 Div Supply Col (which some ORBATs I’ve seen say is the same thing as 44 Coy, RASC) on 1 September 1939 as an acting Sergeant, went over to France on 1st October 1939 and came back on 29th May 1940.

    I’ll make a donation as you requested in your original post.

    Cheers

    Ian
     
  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi All,

    I'm happy to copy and continue to add more diaries to the list but unfortunately due to a broken leg and the nature of the damage I suspect I won't me properly mobile again for the best part of six months (gutted).

    Regards
    Andy
     
  18. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hi All,

    I'm happy to copy and continue to add more diaries to the list but unfortunately due to a broken leg and the nature of the damage I suspect I won't me properly mobile again for the best part of six months (gutted).

    Regards
    Andy

    Oh, don't be such a lightweight Andy. It's wheelchair friendly !:p Have you applied for your Blue badge yet ?

    Disabled access | The National Archives
     
  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Slighty p***ed off but I'm open to believe there is a reasonable excuse that just hasn't got to me yet.

    I always thought that offering this service for free that there was always the possiblity that some one could take advantage and bring their own integrity into question by getting a diary and not bothering to make a donation to a military charity. My mind set was and still is that they would only be doing the person or unit they were/are researching a dis-service by not making a donation rather than taking advantage of a free offer -After all it only costs me a few pounds per disc and postage so the money is no big deal to me.

    Anyway after sending a diary to a member over a month ago it appears they have chosen not to reply to any messages I've sent them to confirm if they received the diary, so I can only assume they haven't made a donation.

    Quite sad really.

    Nonetheless the offer still stands for any members regardless of their length of membership.

    Cheers
    Andy
     
  20. englandphil

    englandphil Very Senior Member

    Slighty p***ed off but I'm open to believe there is a reasonable excuse that just hasn't got to me yet.

    I always thought that offering this service for free that there was always the possiblity that some one could take advantage and bring their own integrity into question by getting a diary and not bothering to make a donation to a military charity. My mind set was and still is that they would only be doing the person or unit they were/are researching a dis-service by not making a donation rather than taking advantage of a free offer -After all it only costs me a few pounds per disc and postage so the money is no big deal to me.

    Anyway after sending a diary to a member over a month ago it appears they have chosen not to reply to any messages I've sent them to confirm if they received the diary, so I can only assume they haven't made a donation.

    Quite sad really.

    Nonetheless the offer still stands for any members regardless of their length of membership.

    Cheers
    Andy

    Drew, given that you have the offending members address, you can always send them a horses head....

    At least I know it wasnt me Phew
     

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