This is the first chunk of first hand research into the 53rd Div for my dissertation and thought it may be of some interest. Some spelling mistakes will be kicking around and a few occasional notes and chunks of confusion. Feedback is appreciated and occasionally tracked vehicles should be 'transport vehicles' so will need to recheck it all with the original on that... 'Comments' and words beneath are in italics and I have added a few words to this(to ease reading very very slightly), and expanded some of the acronyms to make it easier for me to refer to for my research purposes (appologies if Anyway here we go... 4 Welch 1st June – 30th June 1944 Appendices A-F Location: Herne Bay 1st June – Geneva Convention Cards issued to OC HQ (Officer Commanding Headquaters) for SBs. 3rd – AFW 3008 and 3009E Serial 23. Appendices A+B 4th Lt-CH Chaimberlain (289628) posted as 1st Adjutant to RHU. Lecture for Company Commands on movement overseas. 5th – 08.30 – Verbals lists issud for list index numbers. Mob serial numbers, water proofing marks, weight cards to be put on all vehicles. Walking out restricted to 5 miles from Herne Bay sta and all vehicles waterproofed by 1800 hours (exept nesidues?) Vehicles loaded less personel lkits. -[FONT="] [/FONT]2300 – Codeword Adoration received and wireless silence imposed. 6th Bn now at 6 hours notice to move. Ceremonial gds cancelled and op gds mounted by Companys on tpt by day and night. Embarkation tags prepared. Escpe aids, booklet on France and Michelin guide issued to Companys. Mot coln no longer found. Cyclist pstrol continues. Henceforward all units issued verbally by CO at conferences for those concerned. 10th AFW 3008 and 3009 Serial 24 – Appendices C+D. 12th Divisional command addressed Bn. 1/50,000 maps issued. 21 Army Group sos 1 per Company. 14th Current uniprert? a/cs closed after pay fro 16th June issued. 200 Francs for each man issued. Sterling changed for currency. 2 CANLOAN officers 1st nfts despatched to RHU i.e. Lts HS Crowe (CDN/445) + DC Cuddy (CDN/371) Note order of battle as for May except Lt DA Duncan (CDN/450) absorbed within WE of A Company vice Lt Cuddy as a result of Battle School report. 16th –HQ vehicles moved to dispersal parkings in Oxenden SQ (within sheeling?) P+n Qtn good also moved to Ration Store buildings in Oxenden SQ. 1800 – Adw party 2IC dn and 1 guide from the ABC left to go to Brigade in 10st 15 cwt. 17th AFW 3008 + 3009E Serial 25 (E+F) 17th 1600 – I.O reported to Brigade for move orders. 18th Battalion moved to marshalling area tacks by rail. Vehicles by road and remainder by train. Vehicle party to marshalling are T6, arriving 11.30 hours. Marching troops to different camp. 19th Allotted to Craft T93 and necessary inquiries carried out. 20th – 0450-0820 – Vehicles with one dux per vehicle over moved in two parties to embarkation area for loading. Surplus documents? leading. 21st 1635 – Remainder of vehicle party (i.e. passengers) left marshalling are. 1930 – embarkation of troops and vehicles satisfactorily completed. 22nd 0420 – Left dock, anchored in Thames. 0900 – Moved downstream. Anchored with convoy off SOuthend. 26th – 2130 – Arrived off coast of Normandy. 0800 – Commenced discharging. One 3 tonner broke front axen. 4 Cardon Loyds drowned?. Location – France 27/28th – Concentration and moving up with marching troops – no casualties. 29th Concentration of Battalion dewater-proofing in area South West of Bayeux at Les Fiettes 7773. Lt Col Coleman appt Adjutant of Brigade and Command of Battalion taken over by Lt Col JWC Williams – 41246 – from 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. 30th – Battalion moved to forward concentration area between Caen and Bayeux prepared to move into Odon Bridgehead. Comments On the 1st of June Chaplain DH Whiteford returned to 53rd Division to be sent out again. 31st May saw Luietannt R Ward sent to 30th RHU and Luietenant DG Cage was sent to 101 RFT Group. They also requested the return of Luieneant GW Venn to 4th Bn Welch Regiment By the 10th June th Battalion was at nearly full strength, requiring 9 more Fusiliers and standing at 809 strong. On the 7th of June 1944, the Battalion was joined by Chaplain EG Evans from the Royal Army Chaplains Department – who was attached from 53rd Division. 4th June 1944 – Luietenant CH Chamberlain of the Welch Regiment was sent to the RHU. During this time three officers left during the week ending the 17th June, Luietenants Cuddy, Comen and Crow – all CANLOAN (Canadian Army) officers on the 14.6.44 – all moved to 123 RFT GP for duty. 3 additional officers were attached, Chaplain EG Evans, and two Luietenants from the Norwegian Forces, K Hegstead and S Hamre.