I am in the middle of transcribing this war diary and will post as I finish each month (I wish there was a RASC section (HINT!!) WO171/2351 – 16 Tank Brigade Company RASC C.O. Major S.G. Deeble, RASC 1 April 1944 Pluckley 1000 OC and Lieut EJM Cameron RASC visit unit detachment at BRIGHTON. 2 April 1944 Pluckley 1130 C of E Church Parade at PLUCKLEY: service held in Unit Chapel. AFsW 3008 and 3009 to higher authy: Copies attached to original War Diary only. Weather continues fine and dry. 3 April 1944 Pluckley Instructions received from 31 Tank Brigade regarding suspension of all leave. Recreational Film Show in NAAFI. Weather fine. 4 April 1944 Pluckley 0630 Unit location used by 129 A/Tk Bty of 87 A/Tk Regt on Exercise. Rain p.m. 1100 Padre’s Hour. 5 April 1944 Pluckley 0900 Capt RPH Russell RASC visits the unit detachment at BRIGHTON. All leave suspended by War Office Order from midnight 5 – 6 APR 44. 6 April 1944 Pluckley 0900 Partial Censorship instituted and the Closed Address adopted. Pls lectured on SECURITY by Capt RPH Russell RASC and Pl Offrs. 1100 Padre’s Hour. Rev Kemp lectures 125 ORs on “Town and Country Planning”. 7 April 1944 Pluckley 0900 CQMS Ashworth visits Unit detachment at BRIGHTON. Weather fine. 8 April 1944 Pluckley 1930 Company Dance held in Mens Mess Hall – 16 Coy Band in attendance. 9 April 1944 Pluckley Holy Communion at LITTLE CHART. C of E Easter Service held in Unit Chapel. 0815 OC attends conference at HQ 31 Tank Brigade. AFsW 3008 and 3009 to higher authority. Copies att to original War Diary only. Brigade now independent and this Unit under direct command Brigade. Weather continues fine and warm. 10 April 1944 Pluckley 0900 OC to LONDON to attend conference HQ 2nd Army. Major Cope RASC, 2nd i/c HQ 12 Corps Tpt Coln visits this Unit. 1030 T/67580 Cpl Wayborn to SE Army Veh Maint School for Course. Vehs of this Unit collect 53,000 gallons pet ex CPD SOMERHILL. 11 April 1944 Pluckley 1000 Lieut EJM Cameron RASC visits 12 Corps Tpt Coln for interview with DDST 12 Corps. 1100 Padre’s Hour. 12 April 1944 Pluckley Received programme for return of Brigade surplus operational amn during period 12 – 22 APR 44. 1000 Capt DA Wallis RASC visits 12 Corps Tpt Coln. 2250 Alert. 2355 Raiders passed signal received. No local incidents. 13 April 1944 Pluckley 1000 T/1440095 Pte LEE to Motor Fitters School ALDERSHOT for ten weeks course. 1400 Ten offrs and 14 Senior NCOs attend lecture at Village Hall, CHARING on MALARIA & TYPHUS. Lecturer: ADMS 12 Corps. 1430 A Whittick, esq lectures about 100 ORs on “National Planning Policy”. 14 April 1944 Pluckley 0130 Alert. 0225 Raiders passed signal received – no local incidents. 1400 Capt RPH Russell RASC lectures offrs and senior NCOs on MAPLAY and UNICODE system of encoding Map References. 15 April 1944 Pluckley 0900 Commencement of “16 Coy” Sports – later abandoned through rain. 1000 Capt Morris RASC 12 Corps Tpt Coln visits unit. 16 April 1944 Pluckely 0900 All personnel of unit have their kit inspected by Pl Offrs. 1230 Capt RPH Russell RASC visits HQ 31 Tk Bde for Staff Table Conference. 1100 Major T Shaw RASC came to view accommodation at SURRENDEN and PLUCKLEY before arrival of 229 (Guards Tank Brigade) [Coy]. 1600 DDST 8 Corps (Rear) visits Unit. AFsW 3008 and 3009 fwd to higher authority. Copies attached to original War Diary only. Heavy rain p.m. 17 April 1944 Pluckley 1000 6 Offrs and 3 WOs and NCOs visit exhibition of British and Enemy Eqpt at Imperial War Museum, LONDON. 1100 Cpat RPH Russell RASC and Capt JK Teasdale RASC visit Bde Major at HQ 31 Tank Brigade. 1930 Recreational Film Show in NAAFI; about 200 men attend. 18 April 1944 Pluckley 0915 Officer Commanding inspects all Billets. 1000 Lieut EJM Cameron RASC to O2E for 2nd Echelon Documentation Lecture. 1800 All available personnel drive 20 miles in Gas Masks. 19 April 1944 Pluckley 0110 Alert. Enemy aircraft dropped flares. Heavy AA fire heard. 0210 Raiders passed signal received. No local incidents. 0830 Capt RPH Russell RASC gives talk to Senior NCOs and all company clerks on SECURITY. 0900 CO visits HQ 8 Corps (Rear). Lieut A. Demaine RASC posted to 22 Light Field Ambulance from 16 Tk Bde Coy RASC. Lieut JA Burglin RASC posted to 16 Tk Bde Coy from 22 Light Field Ambulance. 20 April 1944 Pluckley 0830 Eight 3 ton Bedfords to EASTWELL PARK for Wading Exercise. O i/c Capt J. Gilder RASC. Commenced painting all vehs with White Star for Ground/Air recognition. 1400 “16 Coy” Sports completed on Coy Recreation Ground. Weather fine. 21 April 1944 Pluckley 0200 Alert. 0217 Raiders passed signal received. No local incidents. 0930 2 offrs from 6 Gds Tk Bde visit, and inspect accommodation. 1930 WOs, Staff Sgts and Sgts Dance held in Sgts Mess. 22 April 1944 Pluckley FS (UK) Ration Scale replaces Home Service Scale. 1930 Junior NCOs hold dance in Mens Mess Hall. 23 April 1944 Pluckley 0800 AFsW 3008 and 3009 fwd to higher authority. Copies attached to original War Diary only. 1100 C of E Church Service held in the Unit Chapel. 1400 Training Film “Chattering” shown to all troops in NAAFI. 1600 DDST 12 Corps (Colonel Brough) visits CO. 1900 Film “Battle of Britain” shown to men in NAAFI. 24 April 1944 Pluckley 0800 Capt RPH Russell RASC recces new location at Lille Bks Farnborough. 0800 Advance Party of 299 Tk Bde Coy RASC arrives in SUMMERDEN. 1030 Received amendment to Mob Order 79/MOB/6430/138 dated 23 APR 44 from War Office (AG5) MOB. 25 April 1944 Pluckley 1000 CO and Capt RPH Russell RASC to Bde HQ for conference. 1130 Padre’s Hour. 26 April 1944 Pluckley 0815 Capt RPH Russell RASC conducts advance party to new location Lille Bks FARNBOROUGH. 1500 Lieut EJM Cameron RASC and Sgt J.L. Laycock to HQ 31 Tank Brigade Signals for instruction in Low Grade Cipher (DT system). 27 April 1944 Pluckley 0730 OC and Capt J. Gilder RASC (O i/c Wksps) to ST 3 LONDON re changeover of 3 tonners for 6 tonners consequent on amendment to Mob Order. 1100 Padre’s Hour. 1900 Escort sent to RW Kent Bks MAIDSTONE for T/14255054 Driver AXSON F. deserter from this unit since 6 FEB 44. 2305 Alert. 2330 Raiders passed signal received. No local incidents. 28 April 1944 Pluckley 1030 OC, Capt J. Gilder RASC and Lieut SJ Plumbly RASC to 101 Rfts Gp LEIGH on SEA to view pl of 6 tonners. 1930 American Film Unit show Recreational Films in Mens Mess Hall. 2330 Alert. 2358 Raiders passed signal received. No local incidents. 29 April 1944 Pluckley 1000 Capt RPH Russell RASC, Lieut SJ Plumbly RASC and Lieut EJM Cameron RASC to DDST 8 Corps (Rear) for interview re promotion. 30 April 1944 Pluckley 0730 Holy Communion held at LITTLE CHART. 1130 C of E service held in Unit Chapel. AFsW 3008 and 3009 fwd to higher authority. Copies attached to original War Diary only.