WO171/2863 – No 3 (800) Inf Tps Wksp REME – 1944 C.O.: Major CE Hebert 1 June 1944 Five Oaks, Horsham 40 ORs allowed to proceed to Horsham for half day (morning and afternoon). Weather fine, slight mist in morning. 2 June 1944 Five Oaks, Horsham Rest periods as on 1st June. Remainder of personnel occupied in Veh Maint etc. Weather fine. 3 June 1944 Five Oaks, Horsham Personnel occupied in cleaning of camp area. Weather fine. Appxs A & B 4 June 1944 Five Oaks, Horsham Personnel occupied in cleaning of camp area. Weather fine. 5 June 1944 Five Oaks, Horsham 2200 Verbal instructions received from Q (M) SECO to move Aldershot. Weather, rain in morning, cloudy, visibility poor remainder of day. 6 June 1944 0800 ( D DAY). Movement order received from HQ Sussex Dist. Spent in packing of vehicles and clearance of area previous to move. 1 OR posted 318 Armd Bde Wksp REME on instructions from CREME 1 Corps Troops. 1600 Vehicles positioned for move off. 1630 Move off. Convoy proceeded via Bucksgreen, Dumsfold, Bramley, Compton. 1900 Arrived Haig Residue Camp Aldershot, Vehicles dispersed and personnel accommodated under instructions of Camp Commandant. Weather fine rain in morning. 2000 CREME 1 C.Tps informed location. 7 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 1). Drivers, Vehicle mechs and Fitters allotted tasks on vehicles, remainder of personnel occupied on interior economy. Weather fine. Visit of 2 i/c CREME. OC visited units in neighbouring residue camps for purpose of arranging supervision of waterproofing. 8 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot 1215 (D + 2). 2 i/c CREME 1 C. Tps visited unit leaving map allocation for area of operations. Weather fine, rain in evening. 9 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 3). Parties despatched to various units for purpose of supervising waterproofing. Weather heavy rain throughout the day. 10 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 4). Waterproofing parties despatched as 9th June. Weather cloudy, visibility poor. Appxs C & D 11 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 5). Weather fine. 1030 Billets inspected by OC, personnel practiced packing of kit and equipment in accordance with experimental method (avoiding use of kit bag). 12 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 6). Weather fine, residues of various units attached for admin. purposes. 13 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 7). Weather, heavy rain, visibility poor. Waterproofing programme proceeding. 14 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 8). Waterproofing programme proceeding. Weather, rainy. 15 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 9). Waterproofing programme proceeding. Weather, rainy. 16 June 1944 Haig Residue Camp Aldershot (D + 10). 1000 Verbal warning order to move received from Sub Camp Comdt. 1700 Movement order received. Vehicles positioned. Weather fine. 17 June 1944 (D + 11) 0635 First phase of unit (141 personnel) left Veh Park, Convoy joined by 926 Rly BR Coy, 51 Lt Recy Sect. and 3 Br Lt Recy Sect. (100 vehicles in whole convoy). Captain EJ Parsons left at location in charge of 2nd phase personnel. 0715 SP proceeded via Hale, Farham, Holt Pound, Borden Camp, Whitehill, Greatham, Liss, Sheet, Petersfield. 0915 Arrived RCRP (Q 151373) and directed to Camp 11A in [‘A’] Marshalling Area. Vehicles positioned and personnel accommodated under camp arrangements. AFsW 5169 prepared in accord. with unit sheets (issued at RCRP together with embarkation cards). (Craft Serial TT 1106 LST (2)) 3 Br Lt Recy Sect allotted same craft under command of Major Herbert (OC Craft Serial). Weather fine. 18 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 12). 7 ORs arrived on posting 54 RHU. Admin arrangements completed as far as possible (i.e. embarkation documentation). Unit now awaiting orders to proceed embarkation area. Weather fine. 19 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 13) 0900 OC attended conference of Craft Serial commanders. 1 OR ret. to 54 RHU, alien origin. 2 ORs struck off strength (1 surplus WE. 1 adm to hospital). Appxs E & F 20 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 14). Weather fair. 21 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 15). Weather fair. 22 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 16) 1015 Personnel attended showing of film on mine laying & disposal. Weather fair. 23 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 17). Weather cloudy. 24 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 18). Weather fair. 25 June 1944 Camp 11A. ‘A’ Marshalling Area. (D + 19). Weather fair. 2215 OC received orders proceed embarkation area A. 26 June 1944 (D + 20). 0130 Convoy arrived Box 71 [‘A’ Embarkation Area] and directed straight to Hards. 1200 Vehicle loading on to LST completed and embarkation documents passed to ESO. Owing to delayed loading, hour of departure put back to 0100 hrs 27 June. 1600 One casualty evacuated Ryde County Hospital. SOS unit. 27 June 1944 (D + 21) 1900 Channel crossing completed without further casualties. 2000 Disembarkation commenced. All except 15 vehicles proceeded to Transit Area, when disembarkation abandoned owing to incoming tide. 28 June 1944 La Delivrande (D + 22) Vehicles in transit area moved to location 1 mile west of La Delivrande. Digging in commenced, vehicles camouflaged and dispersed. 1330 Disembarkation of remaining vehicles completed. Vehicles & personnel proceeded direct to new location. 29 June 1944 La Delivrande 1700 Visit of DDME 1 Corps. OC recced surrounding units & CREME 1 C.Tps. locn. Preparations commenced for taking in work. OC informed that unit must not “open up” completely. Nearby artillery units put down fire on enemy positions during night. 30 June 1944 La Delivrande Small Aldershot shelter erected. Work now being recved [sic] from CBP for repair.