War Diary - No.1 RASC Mobilisation Centre

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  1. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    I can't remember why, but about 5 years ago I copied this war diary (WO166/15710) and have just got round to transcribing it - it is interesting to see how many RASC units were being created in early 1944.


    C.O. Brigadier A.B. Pereira, Commandant.

    1 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in Centre as at 25 Dec 43 attached. Appx 1

    2 January 1944
    [no entry]

    3 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    633 Gen Tpt Coy RASC left this Centre for WELFORD (Eastco); 282 Gen Tpt Coy RASC left this Centre for FAWSLEY (Eastco); Authy: NORCO SD. 2798 dtd 28 Dec 43.

    4 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    Commandant and DAQMG attended conference at AG8 when details of units to be formed during Jan and Feb 44 were given. Information was also given as to units likely to move out during the same period. This was the first time that this Centre has been advised in advance of planning in respect of units. If this procedure could be adopted as a general policy, it would be of great assistance for Mob Centres in planning allocation of accommodation.

    5 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    Attended meeting at War Office on 4 Jan 44 on the question of accommodation within Centres and the juggling of units in output and intake, so as to meet the demands in accommodation for freshly forming units. We were able to compete with the demands on our accommodation, provided 21 Army Group removed mobilised units of theirs in sufficient time. Apparently, 21 Army Group are having difficulty in getting accommodation around the country. The meeting certainly cleared the air in regard to our relations with 21 Army Group and in relation to AG8. It now transpires that 21 Army Group are allowed to issue orders to us regarding their units with a copy to AG8. 21 Army Group can also write to any of their units provided they send a copy to us. This is a war-time improvisation and irregularity and I don’t wholly agree with it, because it is likely to lead to complications if we both issue instructions to the same units at the same time, unaware that the other is doing so. The position for that reason is not altogether easy. The point is this, however, that one must realise that 21 Army Group have just about as much as they can get on with and we are in a position to help them, rather than hinder, and must do so, whether it inconveniences us or not.
    Field Trg of RASC Units.
    More moves of Cs. RASC have necessitated the training being handed over to another one – C.RASC 33 L of C Tpt Coln – and no sooner than that had been done than the 2nd-in-command who apparently, so far as I can make out, did most of the trg (not Col FOULKES) has not been moved to a staff appointment, which is another jar. The state of affairs is likely to continue, because there is no hope now of us getting any increase in establishment for this Mob Centre. We are still expected to go on trg but it really is becoming a question of making bricks without straw.

    6 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned unit moved into this Centre ex overseas, under Movement Instruction “NAPHILL 13”:-
    HQ, C.RASC Tank Tptr Tpt Coln. (Authy: SDIG 264 of 31 Dec 43).

    7 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received from AG5 Mob. for the following units to mobilise for service overseas by 4 Feb 44:-
    Comd. RASC B 2nd Army Tps. 516 Gen Tpt Coy RASC.
    Comd. RASC 2nd Army Tpt Coln. 215 Tp Carrying Coy RASC.
    Comd. RASC 31 L of C Tpt Coln. 1655 HAA Regt Pl RASC.
    Comd. RASC 34 L of C Tpt Coln. 1657 HAA Regt Pl RASC.
    (Authy: WO. UM. 79/Mob/5774/598/AG5Mob dtd 6 Jan 44).

    8 January 1944
    [no entry]

    9 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    Representative for War Office ST3(b), (Captain MAY), visited Karrier Works, Huddersfield, in connection with the use of these premises for de-boxing and assembly of American vehs. He expressed satisfaction at the progress now being made in conversion of the premises and confidence in the practicability of the scheme being carried out.
    Before returning to War Office he made contact with CRE. West Riding District to discuss proposed modification of crane arrangements.
    De-Boxing and Assembly of American Vehs.
    At a recent visit to War Office, Brigadier WITT informed me that he would get Col. DRURY to come up and see for himself what is going on in this question. Col DRURY told me that he was coming up.
    On Friday, 8 Jan 44, we got notification that Captain May was coming up. His last visit was in Oct 43. I think Captain MAY came up mainly with the idea of seeing whether a Tank Tptr was a suitable vehicle for delivering the cases, as War Office had arranged for a Tank Tptr to be there all loaded with the case. The Tank Tptr was there all right, but the case on it was the wrong size and much smaller than the cases which we have to expect.
    The result was that a considerable amount of measurement and guess-work had to be relied on.
    It was, however, found that owing to the height of the tptr and the height of the case, the 10-ton crane already provided, came so low to the ground that it was quite useless.
    The CRE. was approached to see whether he could get two 5-ton cranes instead of one 10-ton. The CRE. was most helpful. He said that he would set about doing what he could at once, but I am very doubtful whether we shall know that 5-tons are satisfactory until we have actually tried them. It seems rather a pity that we did not know what type of vehicle was to deliver the cases before we ever asked for a 10-ton as opposed to two 5-tons.
    The second door which the certain officers were so insistent was absolutely necessary and which I asked for upon such recommendation, although I was definitely against going so [to?] such an expense, has now been found unnecessary. However, I am not going to find it is unnecessary until I have seen the show working. I have asked for this second door and I still think it may be necessary if the output has to be increased or can be increased.
    My original output was based on 4 lorries per day and I shall be very surprised whether we can increase that output whether we have a second door or not.
    Unfortunately everybody in this show, both my advisors and myself, all seem to be very much amateurs.
    I understand from Captain MAY that his branch are rather feeling that we are trying to make a shadow factory out of this uncasing.

    10 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    With effect from 1 Jan 44, all mobilising units in this Centre will come under command of GHQ, 21 Army Group seven days after mobilisation date.

    11 January 1944
    [no entry]

    12 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received from WO(AG5Mob) for the undermentioned unit to mobilise for service overseas by 7 Feb 44:-
    305 Gen Tpt Coy RASC.
    (Authy: 79/Mob/5774/609/AG5Mob dated 11 Jan 44).

    13 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for 4 Base Pet Filling Centre RASC to reorganise on WE IV/39B/1 wef 12 Jan 44.
    (Authy: WO UM 20/RASC.2321/3(AG8P) dtd 11 Jan 44).
    Authority received from WO. (AG8) for the formation of the undermentioned units wef 14 Jan 44:-
    Serial Unit Serial Unit
    38963 737 Arty Coy RASC 38975 1671 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    38964 738 Arty Coy RASC 38976 1672 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    38965 739 Arty Coy RASC 38977 1680 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    38966 740 Arty Coy RASC 38978 1681 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    38967 1660 Arty Regt Pl RASC 38979 754 Bulk Pet Tpt Coy RASC
    38968 1661 Arty Regt Pl RASC 38980 755 Bulk Pet Tpt Coy RASC
    38969 1662 Arty Regt Pl RASC 38981 745 Tipper Coy RASC
    38970 1663 Arty Regt Pl RASC 38982 746 Tipper Coy RASC
    38971 1664 Arty Regt Pl RASC 38983 753 Amb Car Coy RASC
    38972 1665 Arty Regt Pl RASC 38984 HQ Comd 36 L of C Tpt Coln
    38973 1667 Arty Regt Pl RASC 38985 HQ Comd 37 L of C Tpt Coln
    38974 1670 Arty Regt Pl RASC
    (Authy: 20/RASC/2299(AG8P) dated 11 Jan 44).
    Arty Regt Pls to be allotted to Arty Coys as under; the remaining three pls are to be allotted to an Arty Coy RASC not in No 1 Mob Centre:-
    Arty Coy RASC Arty Regt Pl RASC. Arty Coy RASC Arty Regt Pl RASC
    737 1670 Arty Regt Pl 739 1680 Arty Regt Pl
    1661 Arty Regt Pl 1681 Arty Regt Pl
    1662 Arty Regt Pl 1671 Arty Regt Pl
    1663 Arty Regt Pl 1672 Arty Regt Pl
    1664 Arty Regt Pl
    Although the above units have been ordered to form wef 14 Jan 44, it is unlikely that any officers or ORs will be available for the units until at least a week after formation date.

    14 January 1944
    [no entry]

    15 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    1647 FBE Pl RASC (147 Bridge Coy RASC) left this Centre for HULL to join parent unit (Authy: NORCO SD 2877 dtd 10 Jan 44).
    The maintenance of vehs of small units (forming and mobilising) which have no wksps of their own is becoming a problem.
    We are now getting a considerable number of these units instead of large units with wksps. Units with wksps could undertake the maintenance of more vehs than their own establishment and so help the smaller units. As it is now, we are faced with maintenance – luckily we have 3 wksps lorries in the Centre and by using the wksp personnel with cadre GT coys we can cope with the situation since most of the vehicles are new and inspections are the main work required on them.

    16 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    [no entry]

    17 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units left this Centre for SOUTHEND (Eastco).
    323 Arty Coy RASC. 1617 LAA Regt Pl RASC. 1618 LAA Regt Pl RASC.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 2876 dated 10 Jan 44).

    18 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    1 Petrol Depot RASC left this Centre for No. 4 RASC Mob. Centre.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 2868 dated 8 Jan 44).

    19 January 1944
    [no entry]

    20 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 17 Feb 44:
    503 Bulk Pet Tpt Coy RASC. 635 Bulk Pet Coy RASC.
    (Authy: WO UM. 79/Mob/5774/636(AG5Mob) dated 19 Jan 44).

    21 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    [no entry]

    22 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    The following units to mobilise for service overseas by 21 Feb 44:
    103 Pet Depot RASC. 221 Pet Depot RASC.
    9358 F.F. Sub Sec (Type ‘A’). 9359 F.F. Sub Sec (Type ‘A’).
    (Authy: WO UM. 79/Mob/5774/641(AG5Mob) dated 20 Jan 44).

    23 January 1944
    [no entry]

    24 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units left this Centre for GAINSBOROUGH. (Norco).
    (Authy: EXFOR 094 dtd 21 Jan 44).
    116 Coy RASC. 1653 Med Regt Pl RASC. 1658 Hy Regt Pl RASC.
    1654 Med Regt Pl RASC. 1659 Hy Regt Pl RASC.
    1655 Med Regt Pl RASC.
    The following units left this Centre for SOUTHEND (Eastco).
    (Authy: EXFOR 093 dated 21 Jan 44).
    1651 HAA Regt Pl RASC. 1652 HAA Regt Pl RASC.
    Notification from War Office (AG5Mob) of amendment to Mobilisation Instructions as follows:
    Comd. RASC B 2nd Army Tps to be redesignated as Comd RASC 40 L of C Tpt Coln.
    Comd. RASC 2nd Army Tpt Coln “ “ “ Comd RASC 41 L of C Tpt Coln.
    (Authy: WO UM. 79/Mob/5774/645(AG5Mob) dated 22 Jan 44).

    25 January 1944
    [no entry]

    26 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units moved from this Centre:
    14 DID RASC to MUIR OF ORD (Scotco).
    19 DID RASC to KIRKNEWTON (Scotco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 2974 dated 22 Jan 44).

    27 – 28 January 1944
    [no entries]

    29 January 1944 MIRFIELD
    377 Gen Tpt Coy RASC and 94 Bulk Pet Tpt Coy RASC left this Centre for CLACTON (Eastco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 2974 dated 22 Jan 44).

    30 – 31 January 1944
    [no entries]
     
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  2. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Hi Tom,
    After reading your excellent post above,i had a look to see what my father's unit was upto during Jan 1944. (1611 med regt rasc)
    To save time typing it I have scanned the diary for JAN 1944 for you to digest.
    regards..........Graham. tom1.jpg tom2.jpg tom3.jpg
     
  3. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 February 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in Centre as at 29 Jan 44 attached. Appx 1
    378 Gen Tpt Coy RASC left this Centre for WALTON-ON-NAZE (Eastco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD. 2999 dated [blank] Jan 44).

    2 – 9 February 1944
    [no entries]

    10 February 1944 MIRFIELD
    CRASC 32 L of C Tpt Coln left this Centre for CLACTON (Eastco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 3073 dated 5 Feb 44).

    11 – 13 February 1944
    [no entries]

    14 February 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received from War Office for the formation of the following units wef 8 Feb 44:
    Serial Unit Serial Unit
    39200 741 Arty Coy RASC 39219 1676 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    39206 1668 Arty Regt Pl RASC 39220 1677 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    39207 1669 Arty Regt Pl RASC. 39209 1682 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    39216 1673 Arty Regt Pl RASC. 39210 1683 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    39217 1674 Arty Regt Pl RASC. 39211 1684 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    39218 1675 Arty Regt Pl RASC. 39212 1685 Arty Regt Pl RASC.
    (Authy: WO UM 20/RASC/2299(AG8P) dated 8 Feb 44).

    Arty Pls allotted to Arty Coys as under:
    741 Arty Coy. 740 Arty Coy. 737 Arty Coy. 738 Arty Coy.
    1675 Arty Regt Pl. 1673 Arty Regt Pl. 1668 Arty Regt Pl. 1669 Arty Regt Pl.
    1676 Arty Regt Pl. 1674 Arty Regt Pl.
    1677 Arty Regt Pl. 1682 Arty Regt Pl.
    1685 Arty Regt Pl. 1683 Arty Regt Pl.
    1684 Arty Regt Pl.

    15 February 1944
    [no entry]

    16 February 1944 MIRFIELD
    516 Gen Tpt Coy RASC left this Centre for WALTON-ON-NAZE (Eastco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 3082 dtd 5 Feb 44).
    215 Troop Carrying Coy RASC moved from this Centre as under:
    HQ - BURLEY, near OAKHAM, Rutlandshire )
    ‘A’ Pl - COTTESMORE KENNELS, Rutlandshire ) NORCO
    ‘B’ Pl - HARTSHOLME, near LINCOLN )
    (Authy: NORCO SD 3104 dated 9 Feb 44).

    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to mobilise by 9 Mar 44:-
    706 Gen Tpt Coy RASC. 713 Gen Tpt Coy RASC.
    709 Gen Tpt Coy RASC. 714 Gen Tpt Coy RASC.
    710 Gen Tpt Coy RASC. 715 Gen Tpt Coy RASC.
    711 Gen Tpt Coy RASC. 723 Gen Tpt Coy RASC.
    712 Gen Tpt Coy RASC. 724 Gen Tpt Coy RASC.
    (Authy: WO UM 79/Mob/5774/739(AG5Mob) dated 14 Feb 44).

    FORMATION OF NEW UNITS. 23 new units have recently been formed in the Centre and, arising from observation of initial difficulties, it should be recorded that some definite plan must be followed in posting in personnel for new units. Endless confusion arises through posting in officers and rank and file before senior NCOs arrive and before accommodation is properly taken over. The first postings should be in the nature of an advance party so that accommodation can be taken over by them. This party should consist of:
    1 Captain.
    1 CQMS (or qualified Admin Cpl in case of Arty Pl).
    1 Sjt.
    1 Cpl.
    15 Drivers or Ptes.
    Mob Centre would then advise War Office and OIC Records on what date further postings can be made.
    Adoption of this plan would also facilitate issue of formation instructions, reception of personnel, initial documentation, etc, and would give the unit an orderly start.
    In other words, a standard cadre for new units should be evolved at an early stage of mobilisation planning.

    17 February 1944
    [no entry]

    18 February 1944 MIRFIELD
    96 Troop Carrying Coy RASC left this Centre for SPRATTON, Northants (Eastco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 3154 dated 15 Feb 44).

    19 – 21 February 1944
    [no entries]

    22 February 1944 MIRFIELD
    305 Gen Tpt Coy RASC moved from this Centre to CLACTON (Eastco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 3130 dated 12 Feb 44).

    23 – 24 February 1944
    [no entries]

    25 February 1944 MIRFIELD
    107 Petrol Depot RASC moved from this Centre to CLACTON (Eastco).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 3155 dated 15 Feb 44).

    26 – 29 February 1944
    [no entries]
     
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  4. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Hi Graham,

    Thanks, interesting stuff, and it looks like 1611 Med Pl RASC had already mobilised in 1943 I guess?

    Regards
    Tom
     
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  5. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in Centre as at 26 Feb 44 attached. Appx 1

    2 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    4 Base Petrol Filling Centre RASC moved from this Centre to GRAYS, Essex. (Eastco)
    (Authy: Norco SD 3275 dated 29 Feb 44).

    3 – 9 March 1944
    [no entries]

    10 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units left this Centre for the locations shown:-
    UNIT LOCATION
    CRASC 40 L of C Tpt Coln CLACTON (Eastco) ( Authy: Norco
    103 Petrol Depot RASC SOUTHEND (Eastco) ( SD 3302 dtd
    221 Petrol Depot RASC SOUTHEND (Eastco) ( 2 Mar 44
    CRASC 41 L of C Tpt Coln SOUTHEND (Eastco) (Authy: Norco SD 3321 dtd 4 Mar 44)
    503 Bulk Pet Tpt Coy RASC SOUTHEND (Eastco) (Authy: Norco SD 3299 dtd 2 Mar 44)
    635 Bulk Pet Tpt Coy RASC WALTON-ON-NAZE (Authy: Norco SD (Eastco) 3337 dtd 6 Mar 44)

    11 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received from AG5.Mob for the undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 3 Apr 44:
    HQ 1 Tank Tptr Coln RASC
    CRASC 36 L of C Tpt Coln
    CRASC 37 L of C Tpt Coln
    (Authy: WO. UM. 79/Mob/5774/849(AG5Mob) dated 10 Mar 44).

    12 – 14 March 1944
    [no entries]

    15 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    Notification received from AG5.Mob (79/Mob/5431/156(AG5Mob) dated 13 Mar 44) deleting all detail in WO UM 79/Mob/5774/840(AG5Mob) dated 10 Mar 44 affecting CRASC 36 L of C Tpt Coln.
    The first two cases of American vehs arrived at Huddersfield and the projects of the RASC assembling vehs on behalf of the Ministry of Supply commenced.
    We had been led to believe and expected to receive 10-ton or 6-ton MACKS with chassis, complete with axles and cabs and we had equipped ourselves with the necessary lifting and shifting tackle to meet that contingency. Also, we were disappointed, because the vehs we received were 6-ton MACKS but their parts came in three cases – chassis, axles and cabs all separate, to say nothing of bodies. Difficulties faced us at once – not unsurmountable difficulties but just annoying difficulties which could have been avoided if we had only known what we were going to receive. The result has been delay, due of course to the fact that we had not enough lifting tackle or shifting tackle. Nor have we got sufficient tools of the sizes made necessary by having to fit axles to chassis. It is all very annoying and disappointing, because we had hoped to get right into our stride almost immediately. The men are all keyed up and excellent but no amount of enthusiasm will enable a man to properly tighten up a 3-in nut with a shifting spanner. Again, at the present time we only have on travelling crane (capable of taking 3-tons) and that is fully occupied with heavier work, without being available for uneconomical use in lifting back axles, weighing 1-ton or 30-cwts, from the uncasing site up to the shops to the assembly site. A block and tackle of necessary capacity and a truck capable of carrying 1-ton would suffice.
    Again, the travelling crane cannot be spared for holding up a chassis while a back axle is being run in underneath it and fitted to it.
    A block and tackle for this particular purpose is all that is required.
    The trouble is we have not got these blocks and tackle or trolleys so we have to carry on as best we can until we get them. To get them we are dependent on ST3 War Office.
    I was over at GOOLE on Friday last to see the M of S uncasing dump where the L.E.P. Transport Coy is assembling vehs. They have everything from electric cranes to electic trucks which all help to make work very easy. The Manager was most helpful and is quite prepared to help us wherever he can, not only with advice but with tools if we can’t get our own.

    16 March 1944
    [no entry]

    17 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    Under 20/RASC/2321(AG8P) dated 14 mar 44, Serial 37715, 721 Gen Tpt Coy RASC to re-organise as:-
    Serial 37715, 721 Coy RASC (GHQ Car) wef 14 Mar 44.
    The undermentioned units moved into this Centre, ex overseas, under Movement Instruction “NAPHILL 21”.
    17 Mar 1530 Lt AA Regt Pl RASC
    18 Mar 1539 Arty Pl RASC
    19 Mar 1521 Hy AA Pl RASC.

    I received masses of indents on G 1058 for material, tools and equipment for Huddersfield, signed by Lt. CROMPTON, with covering letter signed by Major TERRACE, OIC Wksps. I previously told them to send in a list of any special tools or equipment they wanted as I should get these through the War Office by making application. Material, I want them to get through the wksps at Ossett, where machinery already exists for indenting and accounting. This assembly cannot require much material or much equipment other than special equipment and special tools anyway, in so much that Ossett cannot compete with it, in my opinion. We help ourselves locally and overcome minor difficulties without duplication or creating a mass of office work at Huddersfield. I want the Wksp Offr of 707 Coy out in the shops, not sitting in his office wrapped in accounting and correspondence. Moreover, 707 Coy has not machinery for doing it.

    18 – 21 March 1944
    [no entries]

    22 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    114 Gen Tpt Coy RASC arrived this Centre from Northern Ireland.

    23 – 29 March 1944
    [no entries]

    30 March 1944 MIRFIELD
    CRASC 36 L of C Tpt Coln left this Centre for WALTON-ON-THAMES (No.3 Mob Centre).
    (Authy: Breadness One G817 dated 27 Mar 44).
    In connection with the visit to this Centre of the RASC Method of Instruction team, Lt.Col. LOGAN, AEC Chief Instructor, visited this HQ to discuss and make arrangements for the visit of the team during the period 10-21 Apr 44 – the team to consist of 2 Offrs, 1 W.O., 1 Sjt., with a clerk and batman in attendance.
    A demonstration will be given to all Os.C. and Training Offrs of units in the Centre.

    31 March 1944

    [no entry]
     
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  6. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in Centre as at 25 Mar 44, attached. Appx 1
    721 Coy RASC (GHQ Car) moved from this Centre to WENTWORTH, Surrey.
    (Authy: Broadness One G841 dated 29 Mar 44).

    2 April 1944
    [no entry]

    3 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received from AG5 Mob for the undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 30 Apr 44:-
    1521 Med Regt Pl RASC (re-designated from 1521 HAA Regt Pl RASC).
    1530 Med Regt Pl RASC (re-designated from 1530 LAA Regt Pl RASC).
    1539 Med Regt Pl RASC (re-designated from 1539 Arty Pl RASC).
    (Authy: WO UM 79/Mob/6430/77(AG5Mob) dated 1 Apr 44.

    4 – 6 April 1944
    [no entries]

    7 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 28 Apr 44:-
    737 Coy RASC (Arty) 739 Coy RASC (Arty) 741 Coy RASC (Arty)
    738 Coy RASC (Arty) 740 Coy RASC (Arty)
    (79/Mob/6430/102(AG5Mob) dated 6 Apr 44).

    8 April 1944
    [no entry]

    9 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the following units to mobilise for service overseas by 4 May 44:-
    1660 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1673 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1670 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    1661 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1674 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1680 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    1662 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1675 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1681 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    1663 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1676 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1682 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    1668 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1677 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1683 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    1669 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1664 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) 1684 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    1671 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1665 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) 1685 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    1672 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1667 Arty Pl RASC (Lt)
    (79/Mob/6430/110(AG5Mob) dated 8 Apr 44).

    10 April 1944 [no entry]

    11 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units moved from this Centre:-
    UNIT LOCATION
    1656 HAA Regt Sec RASC. Harbledown, CAMBERLEY.
    1657 HAA Regt Sec RASC. Knavesmire, YORK.
    706 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) SOUTHEND.
    (Norco SD 3772 dated 6 Apr 44).

    12 – 13 April 1944 [no entries]

    14 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 6 May 44:-
    114 Coy RASC (Tipper) (re-designated from 114 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)).
    753 Coy RASC (Amb Car)
    722 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)
    754 Coy RASC (Bulk Pet Coy)
    755 Coy RASC (Bulk Pet Coy)
    (WO UM 79/Mob/6430/125(AG5Mob) dated 12 Apr 44).

    15 – 18 April 1944 [no entries]

    19 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    53 Coy RASC (Tp Carrying) moved to this Centre from THAME (SOUTCO).
    (Norco SD 3923 dated 14 Apr 44).

    20 – 23 April 1944 [no entries]

    24 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units left this Centre as shown:-
    UNIT LOCATION
    712 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) MABLETHORPE, Lincs.
    713 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) MABLETHORPE, Lincs.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 4108 dated 23 Apr 44).
    560 Coy RASC (Arty) moved into this Centre ex overseas under Movement Instruction “Naphill 26”.

    25 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    714 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to MABLETHORPE, Lincs.
    715 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to CORBRIDGE.
    (Authy: Norco SD 4108 dated 23 Apr 44).
    53 Coy RASC (Tp Carrying) re-organised as 53 Coy RASC (Tipper) wef 24 Apr 44.
    (WO UM 20/RASC/2321(AG8P) dated 21 Apr 44).
    Under WO 20/RASC/2321/2(AG8P) dated 14 Apr 44, the undermentioned RASC units in this Centre re-designated wef 14 Apr 44:-
    Present Designation New Designation
    HQ CRASC 31 L of C Tpt Coln HQ CRASC 31 Tpt Coln.
    HQ CRASC 33 L of C Tpt Coln HQ CRASC 33 Tpt Coln.
    HQ CRASC 37 L of C Tpt Coln HQ CRASC 37 Tpt Coln.

    26 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    723 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) left this Centre for Weelsby Camp, near CLEETHORPES.
    724 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) left this Centre for MIDDLESBOROUGH.
    (Norco SD 4066 dated 20 Apr 44).

    23 April 1944 [dates in narrative are out of sequence here] MIRFIELD
    1695 Independent Wksps Pl RASC (512 Coy RASC (Army Tpt).
    1540 Arty Pl RASC (Lt).
    The above units arrived in this Centre ex overseas under Movement Instruction “Naphill 26”.

    25 April 1944 718 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) Moved into this Centre from No.3 RASC Mob Centre.
    743 Coy RASC (Arty) (Norco SD 4062 dated 20 Apr 44).

    26 April 1944 719 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) do do
    756 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)

    27 April 1944 336 Coy RASC (Tk Tptr) do do
    744 Coy RASC (Arty)

    27 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units left this Centre:-
    UNIT LOCATION
    CRASC 1 Tk Tptr Coln NEWCASTLE.
    CRASC 37 Tpt Coln HALLINGTON.

    28 – 29 April 1944 [no entries]

    30 April 1944 MIRFIELD
    Brigadier A.E.P. PEREIRA, D.S.O. relinquished the appointment of Commandant No.1 RASC Mobilisation Centre on retirement.
     
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  7. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    Brigadier C.E. DAVIS, C.B.E., assumed appointment of Commandant, No.1 R.A.S.C. Mobilisation Centre.
    (Authy: WO UM P/4828/8(M.S.1.a.) dated 17 Apr 44).
    Summary of units in this Centre as at 29 Apr 44, attached. Appx 1
    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 21 May 44:
    718 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 719 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)
    720 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 560 Coy RASC (Arty)
    1540 Arty Pl RASC (Lt.)
    (Authy: WO UM 79/Mob/6430/230(AG5Mob) dated 30 Apr 44)
    CRASC 33 L of C moved from this Centre to South Gosforth, NEWCASTLE.
    (Authy: Norco SD 4159 dated 26 Apr 44)

    2 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    743 Coy RASC (Arty) re-organised as 743 Coy RASC (Tipper) wef 1 May 44.
    (Authy: 20/RASC/2321(AG8P) dated 30 Apr 44).

    3 – 5 May 1944
    [no entries]

    6 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    CRASC 31 L of C moved from this Centre to SOUTHEND-ON-SEA.
    (Authy: Norco QM/638 dated 30 Apr 44).

    7 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    709 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to SOUTHEND-ON-SEA.
    (Authy: Norco NC/G/789/A(M) dated 2 May 44).
    1670 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) moved from this Centre to LEXDON, ESSEX.

    8 – 9 May 1944
    [no entries]

    10 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    C.I.M.T. (Colonel COOK) visited this Headquarters.

    11 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    DST, 21 Army Group (Brigadier W. d’Arcy COLLINGS, CBE) visited this HQ, also the undermentioned units, and gave talks to the officers, W.Os & NCOs of units under 21 Army Group.
    1664 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) 744 Coy RASC (Sta Maint) 114 Coy RASC (Tipper)
    710 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 1661 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) 1668 Arty Pl RASC (Hy)

    53 Coy RASC (Tipper) to mobilise for service overseas by 23 May 44.
    (Authy: 79/Mob/6430/295(AG5Mob) dated 10 May 44).

    The undermentioned units moved from this Centre to locations as shown:-
    UNIT LOCATION COMMAND
    1695 Indep Wksps Pl RASC GUILDFORD S. Eastern
    753 Coy RASC (Amb Car) BRENTWOOD Eastern
    1681 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) RAMSDEN Eastern

    12 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    711 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) BRASTED S. Eastern
    722 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) FORNHAM EAST Eastern
    745 Coy RASC (Tipper) FORNHAM EAST Eastern
    1667 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) STOKE-BY-NAYLAND Eastern

    13 – 14 May 1944
    [no entries]

    15 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    G.O.C’s Annual Inspection of this H.Q. and Holding Coy No.1 RASC Mob Centre was carried out by G.O.C. West Riding District (Major-Gen. P.J. SHEARS, C.B.)
    The following units to reorganise wef 15 May 1944:-
    UNIT NEW DESIGNATION
    707 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 707 Coy RASC (Sta Maint) Authy:- WO UM
    756 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 756 Coy RASC (Sta Maint) 20/RASC/2321
    744 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 744 Coy RASC (Sta Maint) (AG8P) dtd 14 May 44.

    The undermentioned units left this Centre for locations as shown:-
    UNIT LOCATION COMMAND
    739 Coy RASC (Arty) Chester le Street Northern ) NORCO SD
    1673 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Chester le Street Northern ) 4365 dated
    1680 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) Chester le Street Northern ) 12 May 44

    16 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    740 Coy RASC (Arty) Shamley Green S. Eastern ) NORCO
    1674 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Great Bookham S. Eastern ) SD 4377 dated
    1683 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) Great Bookham S. Eastern ) 13 May 44
    1684 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) Great Bookham S. Eastern )

    17 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    741 Coy RASC (Arty) Tadcaster Northern )
    1676 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Lytchet Minster, POOLE Southern ) NORCO
    1677 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Bishopstoke, EASTLEIGH Southern ) SD 4368 dated
    1672 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Clacton-on-Sea Eastern ) 12 May 44
    1682 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) Clacton-on-Sea Eastern )
    1685 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) Walmer, nr Deal S. Eastern )

    18 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    737 Coy RASC (Arty) Berwick-on-Tweed Northern )
    1661 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Berwick-on-Tweed Northern ) NORCO
    1662 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Berwick-on-Tweed Northern ) SD 4410 dated
    1665 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) Berwick-on-Tweed Northern ) 16 May 44
    1663 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Berwick-on-Tweed Northern )
    1668 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Berwick-on-Tweed Northern )

    708 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) to re-organise as 708 Coy RASC (Tk Tptr) wef 18 May 44.
    (Authy: 20/RASC/2321(AG8P) dated 15 May 44).

    19 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received from HQ West Riding that working parties will be detailed by this Centre to be available for assistance to the RAF. In the event of heavy requirements, these parties will assist in handling and transporting bombs between amn pks and bomber stations. Consequent upon the foregoing, two units in this Centre detailed to earmark the necessary personnel wef 18 May 44.
    Commandant suggested to ‘G’ West Riding District that No.1 Holding Bn RASC, located at Leeds, would be a better source of supply than units which were mobilising in this Centre.

    20 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    1664 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) moved from this Centre to Great Bookham (S. East Comd).
    (Authy: Norco SD 4430 dated 18 May 44).

    21 May 1944
    [no entries]

    22 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units moved from this Centre to the locations as shown:-
    UNIT LOCATION COMMAND
    1669 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Whitley Hall, nr BARNSELY Northern ) Authy
    1521 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Whitley Hall, nr BARNSELY Northern ) Norco SD
    738 Coy RASC (Arty) Stainborough Castle, nr BARNSLEY ) G 4429 Northern )
    1530 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) -do- -do- Northern ) dated
    1539 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) -do- -do- Northern ) 17 May
    1660 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) -do- -do- Northern ) 44
    1671 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Mablethorpe, Lincs. Northern )
    1675 Arty Pl RASC (Hy) Mablethorpe, Lincs Northern )

    75 Coy RASC (Armd Bde) moved into this Centre from Western Command.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 4437 dated 19 May 44).

    23 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    Brigadier A.B. McPHERSON, M.V.O., M.C. (AG5) visited this H.Q. and discussed mobilisation arrangements in connection with deficiencies in equipment, which matter he will go into on his return to War Office.

    24 May 1944
    [no entry]

    25 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    336 Coy RASC (Tk Tptr) moved from this Centre to Moseley Hill, LIVERPOOL.
    (Authy: NORCO SD G 152 dated 20 May 44).

    26 – 30 May 1944
    [no entries]

    31 May 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units moved from this Centre to the Locations as stated:-
    UNIT LOCATION COMMAND
    754 Coy RASC (Bulk Pet Tpt) North Somercetes, Lincs Northern
    755 Coy RASC (Bulk Pet Tpt) Whitby, Yorks. Northern
    (Authy: EXFOR MAIN O 1132 dated 27 May 44).

    406 and 289 Coys RASC (General Transport) moved into this Centre, ex overseas, under Movement Instruction “NAPHILL 32”.

    Instructions received that “X” Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) may have to be formed at very short notice. Personnel for “X” Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) have been earmarked as follows:-
    1 Tpt Pl from Holding Coy No.1 RASC Mob Centre. Balance from 75 Coy RASC (Armd Bde).
    Load carrying vehs have been earmarked in 720 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt).
    Balance of vehs to be provided by 75 Coy RASC (Armd Bde) & Holding Coy No. 1 RASC Mob Centre.
     
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  8. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in Centre as at 27 May 44 attached. Appx 1
    17 Coy RASC(Gen Tpt) moved into this Centre, ex overseas, under Movement Instruction “NAPHILL 32”.

    2 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    19 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved into this Centre, ex overseas, under Movement Instruction “NAPHILL 32”.
    543 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved into this Centre, ex overseas, under Movement Instruction “NAPHILL 32”.

    3 June 1944
    [no entry]

    4 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    560 Coy RASC (Arty) moved from this Centre to STREAT, Sussex. (S.E. Command).
    (Norco SD 4547 dated 1 Jun 44).
    720 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) reverts to War Office Control (Norco G SD 4581 dated 4 Jun 44).

    5 June 1944
    [no entries]

    6 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    1540 Arty Pl RASC (Lt) moved from this Centre to LEWES, Sussex. (S.E. Command).
    (Norco SD 4555 dated 2 Jun 44).
    The following units come under control of 21 Army Group wef 25 May 44:-
    17 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt). 19 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt).
    (War Office AG8P/1257/15 dated 27 May 44).
    Notification received from War Office (W.O. AQG8P/1672 dated 3 Jun 44) that 406 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) disbanded in M.E. prior to embarkation to U.K.
    O.R. personnel to be posted to Holding Coy. No.1 RASC Mobilisation Centre; instructions regarding disposal of officers will follow.

    7 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    720 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to STANTON FITZWARREN, Nr Swindon (Southern Command).
    (Norco SD 4601 dated 7 Jun 44).

    8 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 1 Jul 44:-
    17 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)
    19 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)
    (W.O. 79/Mob/6527/14(AG5Mob) dated 7 Jun 44).

    9 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 27 Jun 44:-
    707 Coy RASC (Sta Maint). 744 Coy RASC (Sta Maint).
    756 Coy RASC (Sta Maint).
    (W.O. 79/Mob/6527/19(AG5Mob) dated 8 Jun 44).
    Instructions received from War Office (AG8), (AG8P/1257/28 dated 25 May 44), for this Centre to be prepared to accommodate a pool of 1500 O.Rs (mostly drivers) in order to provide reinforcements for service overseas, at short notice.

    10 – 11 June 1944
    [no entries]

    12 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    114 Coy RASC (Tipper) moved from this Centre to SHELFORD, Nr Cambridge (Eastern Command).
    (Norco SD 4609 dated 7 Jun 44).

    13 June 1944
    [no entry]

    14 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    710 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to CATERHAM (S.E. Command).
    (Norco SD 4609 dated 7 Jun 44).

    15 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    Notification received under W.O.U.M. 79/Mob/6527/32(AG5Mob) dated 14 Jun 44 that 718 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt), previously mobilised under W.O. U.M. 79/Mob/6430/230(AG5Mob) dated 30 Apr 44, will be regarded as a non-mobilised unit wef 14 Jun 44.
    75 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (previously designated 75 Coy RASC (Armd Bde)), will mobilise for service overseas by 20 Jun 44.
    (Authy: WO 79/Mob/6527/32(AG5Mob) dated 14 Jun 44).

    16 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    53 Coy RASC (Tipper) moved from this Centre to UPMINSTER, Essex (Eastern Comd).
    743 Coy RASC (Tipper) moved from this Centre to COBHAM, Surrey (S.E. Comd).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 4685 dated 13 Jun 44).

    17 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    75 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to BLACKHEATH (London District).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 4685 dated 13 Jun 44).

    18 – 21 June 1944
    [no entries]

    22 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    708 Coy RASC (Tk Tptr) moved from this Centre to SHIRLEY, Nr Birmingham (Western Command).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 4717 dated 17 Jun 44).

    23 – 29 June 1944
    [no entry]

    28 – 29 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    Brigadier W.P. PESSELL, OBE, Assistant Inspector, Royal Army Service Corps, visited this Centre.

    30 June 1944 MIRFIELD
    746 Coy RASC (Tk Tptr) moved from this Centre to Crystal Palace, LONDON (London District).
    (Authy: NORCO SDI G252 dated 26 Jun 44).
    756 Coy RASC (Sta Maint) moved from this Centre to Cowfield, Nr CUCKFIELD, Sussex (S.E. Comd).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 4760 dated 23 Jun 44).

    Assembly of vehs at Karrier Works, HUDDERSFIELD, by 707 Coy RASC (Sta Maint) ceased with effect from 30 Jun 44; 180 6-ton Macks have been assembled by this unit during the past three months.
     
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  9. Many thanks Graham and Tom
    Do you know something about Enfield?
    Time : the end of May and June
    the 143 Coy was working there
    Johan
     
  10. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Sorry Johan,i don't have anything on 143 coy, but others on here might have.

    Graham.
     
  11. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Sorry Johan, not got round to 143 Coy yet. Was it a Tank Transporter Company? What would it have been doing at Enfield?

    Regards
    Tom
     
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  12. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Hi Johan,
    Having a dig around for 143 coy. It seems you are currently writing a book about 143 coy called "The Long Trailers" or have I got the wrong chap.?

    cheers....Graham.
     
  13. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in this Centre as at 24 Jun 44, attached. Appx 1

    2 July 1944
    [no entry]

    3 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    744 Coy RASC (Sta Maint) moved from this Centre to SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Essex (Eastern Command).
    (NORCO SD 4833 dated 1 Jul 44).

    4 July 1944
    [no entry]

    5 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    HQ, Comd, RASC, 9 Armd Div arrived in this Centre from South Cokendon, ESSEX (Eastern Command).
    719 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to SUTTON (London District).
    (NORCO SD 4729 dated 20 Jun 44).

    6 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    HQ, Comd, RASC 47 Tpt Coln (Previously designated HQ. Comd. RASC. 9 Armd Div) to mobilise for service overseas by 31 Jul 44.
    (WO. UM. 79/Mob/6527/92(AG5Mob) dated 5 Jul 44).

    7 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    17 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to WATERINGBURY (S.E. Command).
    (NORCO SD 4724 dated 19 Jun 44).
    19 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to BRASTED (S.E. Command).
    (NORCO SD 4724 dated 19 Jun 44).

    8 – 11 July 1944
    [no entries]

    12 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the formation of the undermentioned unit, in cadre form only, wef 12 Jul 44:-
    748 Coy RASC (Inf Bde).
    (Authy: WO UM. 20/RASC/2299(AG8P) dated 10 Jul 44).

    13 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    The undermentioned units moved from this Centre as shown:-
    UNIT LOCATION COMMAND AUTHY
    289 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) Blunsdon, WILTS Southern NORCO SD4881
    543 Coy RASC (Gds Bde) Wanborough, WILTS Southern dtd 11 Jul 44.
    Instructions received for the formation of the undermentioned unit wef 1 Jun 44 received:-
    749 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)
    (Authy: WO. 20/RASC/2299(AG8P) dated 10 Jul 44.
    Under W.O. Letter AG8P/1439/4 dated 12 Jul 44, for the following information received:-
    289 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) and 543 Coy RASC (Gds Bde).
    The Coy HQ and Wksps of the above units are to be employed on special roles and will retain their respective titles.
    Balance of these units will be transferred to the pool and available for drafting.
    718 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt)
    Being retained as a unit, meantime, but personnel to be regarded as available for drafting.

    14 July 1944
    [no entry]

    15 July 1944 MIRFIELD
    749 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to EASTROP, Nr Swindon (Southern Command).
    (NORCO SD 4885 dated 12 Jul 44).

    [I think I might have missed a page here??]
     
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  14. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in this Centre as at 31 Jul 44, attached. Appx 1

    2 – 6 August 1944
    [no entries]

    7 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    Colonel Craig-McFeely, A.G.8, visited this Headquarters and discussed with the Commandant, the future raising of units within this Mobilisation Centre. Commandant was informed that 718 Coy (Gen. Tpt) was to be reconstituted as a four platoon general transport company and that provision had been made to raise 838 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen. Tpt) consisting of H.Q, 4 Transport Platoons, 1 R.D.I. and Workshops Platoon; 839 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen. Tpt) consisting of H.Q., 4 Transport Platoons, and Workshops Platoon and 840 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen. Tpt) consisting of H.Q., 3 Transport Platoons and a Workshops Platoon.

    Instructions received for the undermentioned unit to form in this Centre w.e.f. 7 Aug 44.
    838 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt).
    (Authority: W.O.U.M. 20/R.A.S.C./2299(A.G.8P) dated 4 August 44.

    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to form in this Centre w.e.f. 10 Aug 44.
    839 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen. Tpt).
    840 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen. Tpt).
    (Authority: W.O.U.M. 20/R.A.S.C./2299/2(A.G.8P) dated 4 August 44.

    Authority received for the reconstitution of 718 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) w.e.f. 7 August 44.
    (Authority: W.O.U.M. 20/R.A.S.C./2321(AG8) dated 4 August 44).

    Transport Platoons of 838, 839, 840 and 713 Coys R.A.S.C. (Gen. Tpt) to be made up to 75% of W.E. only, in respect of driver personnel. No personnel to be posted into R.D.I. for the present.

    8 – 11 August 1944
    [no entries]

    12 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    Owing to the large number of men received for drafts and the limited accommodation available at Ossett, the Depot and Holding Companies were split into two separate entities; the Depot Company remained at Ossett, the Holding Company moved to Huddersfield, Leeds Road Camp. Again, owing to congestion in the Serjeants’ Mess at Ossett, all Serjeants under instruction are being sent to the Holding Company where their instruction is carried out under the supervision of the Chief Instructor.

    13 August 1944
    [no entry]

    14 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    707 Coy R.A.S.C. (Sta Maint) moved from this Centre to SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Essex (Eastern Command).
    (Authority: NORCO SD 5066 dated 12 August 44).

    15 – 20 August 1944
    [no entries]

    21 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    748 Coy R.A.S.C. (Inf. Bde) moved from this Centre to Linderswood Court, Greatleighs, CHELMSFORD, Essex (Eastern Command).
    (Authority: NORCO SD 5102 dated 18 Aug 44).

    22 – 26 August 1944
    [no entries]

    27 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    718 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to Hemingford Hutted Camp, St. Ives, HUNTS (Eastern Command).
    (Authority: NORCO SD 5148 dated 23 Aug 44).

    838 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen. Tpt) moved from this Centre to Stratton Park, Biggleswade, BEDS (Eastern Command).
    (Authority: NORCO SD 5148 dated 23 Aug 44).

    839 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to Broom Hall, Nr. Dorking, Surrey (South Eastern Command).
    (Authority: NORCO SD 5116 dated 19 Aug 44).

    28 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    47 Tpt Coln R.A.S.C. moved from this Centre to Plumer Barracks, PLYMOUTH (Southern Command).
    (Authority: NORCO SD 5173 dated 26 Aug 44).

    29 August 1944
    [no entry]

    30 August 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the formation of the undermentioned unit w.e.f. 28 Aug 44.
    Serial 40324. 1759 Arty Pl. R.A.S.C. (Super Hy.).
    (Authority: W.O.U.M. 20/RASC/2299(AG8P) dated 28 Aug 44.

    31 August 1944
    [no entry]
     
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  15. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in this Centre as at 28 Aug 44, attached. Appx 1

    2 September 1944
    [no entry]

    3 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for 1759 Arty Pl RASC to mobilise for service overseas by 20 Sep 44.
    (Authority: WOUM 79/Mob/6527/184(A.G.5Mob) dated 2 Sep 44).

    4 – 5 September 1944
    [no entry]

    6 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the undermentioned unit to form in this Centre w.e.f. 4 September 1944.
    843 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt).
    (Authority: WOUM 20/RASC/2299/(AG8P) dated 2 Sep 44).

    7 September 1944
    [no entry]

    8 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the undermentioned unit to form in this Centre w.e.f. 5 Sep 44.
    Serial 40342. H.Q. Comd 54 Tpt Coln.
    (Authority: 20/RASC/2299/(AG8P) dated 5 Sep 44).

    9 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    F Pl “A” Troop Carrying Coy moved into this Centre.

    10 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    840 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to Gifford House, Putney Heath, LONDON S.W. (London District).
    (Authority: NORCO SD 5231 dated 7 Sep 44).
    HQ and Workshops of 789 Coy RASC (C(M)T) arrived in this Centre from HIGHWORTH, Nr. Swindon (Southern Command).

    11 – 15 September 1944
    [no entries]

    16 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for 789 Coy RASC (HQ Comd (M) Tpt) to reorganise in this Centre wef 14 Sep 44 as under:
    Serial: 40412. 789 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt).
    (Authority: WOUM 20/RASC/2321/4/AG8P) dated 14 Sep 44).
    Instructions received for 789 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) to mobilise for service overseas by 19 Sep 44.
    (Authority: WOUM 79/Mob/6527/209(AG5Mob) dated 14 Sep 44).

    17 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    HQ and Workshops of the undermentioned Units moved into this Centre from the locations shown:
    930 Coy RASC (C(M)T) from Holmwood, Tentenden, Kent
    (South Eastern Command).
    904 Coy RASC (C(M)T) from Huntleys, Culverden Down, Tunbridge Wells
    (South Eastern Command).
    HQ, Workshops and 4 Tpt Pls of 787 Coy RASC (C(M)T) moved into this Centre from Brickworks Woolpit, Bury St Edmunds (Eastern Command).

    18 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    HQ and Workshops of the undermentioned Units moved into this Centre from the locations shown:
    919 Coy RASC (C(M)T) from Gillingham, Kent (South Eastern Command).
    917 Coy RASC (C(M)T) from Wrackleford House, Charminster, Dorchester
    (Southern Command)
    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas on dates shown:
    Serial 40420 904 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) 24 Sep 44
    Serial 40421 917 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) 25 Sep 44
    Serial 40422 919 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) 25 Sep 44
    Serial 40423 930 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) 26 Sep 44
    Serial 40424 787 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) 26 Sep 44
    Serial 40425 846 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) 27 Sep 44
    Serial 40426 847 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) 27 Sep 44
    (Authy: WOUM 79/Mob/6527/212(AG5Mob) dated 16 Sep 44).

    19 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    847 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) (personnel only) moved into this Centre from 148 Pre O.C.T.U. Wrotham (South Eastern Command).
    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to re-organise in this Centre w.e.f. 16 Sep 44:
    Existing Unit To be re-organised as: Serial.
    787 Coy R.A.S.C. (H.Q. (C(M)T) 787 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 40424
    904 Coy RASC (A.A. (C(M)T) 904 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 40420
    917 Coy RASC (A.A. (C(M)T) 917 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 40421
    919 Coy RASC (A.A. (C(M)T) 919 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 40422
    930 Coy RASC (A.A. (C(M)T) 930 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) 40423
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2321/2(AG8) dated 16 Sep 44).
    Instructions received for the undermentioned unit to form in this Centre w.e.f. 17 Sep 44.
    Serial: 40425 846 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt)
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2299(AG8P) dated 15 Sep 44).
    Information received that 847 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (personnel only) formed under the supervision of Comd 148 Pre Octu Trg Est, will be organised in this Centre as:-
    Serial: 40426 847 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt)
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2299(AG8P) dated 16 Sep 44).
    Authority granted this Centre to use personnel of F Pl of “A” Troop Carrying Company R.A.S.C. for special General Transport Companies now in course of formation.
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2321/2(AG8P) dated 16 Sep 44 and 20/RASC/2487/(AG8P) dated 16 Sep 44).

    20 September 1944
    789 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (1 Tpt Pl) moved from this Centre for preloading to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 1 (Southern Command) 22 Sep 44.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 5277 dated 20 Sep 44).

    21 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    Information received that 1697 Static Workshops Pl R.A.S.C. loses its separate identity and ceases to operate on W.E. V/662/1. Personnel are being absorbed in special General Transport Companies which are being formed in this Centre.
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2388(AG8P) dated 19 Sep 44).
    789 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (HQ & Workshops) moved from this Centre to Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 (Southern Command) to arrive 22 Sep 44.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 5277 dated 20 Sep 44).
    789 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (3 Tpt Pls) moved from this Centre for pre-loading to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 (Southern Command) 22 Sep 44.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 5277 dated 20 Sep 44).

    22 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    1759 Arty Pl RASC (Super Hy) moved from this Centre to Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 (Southern Command).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 5275 dated 20 Sep 44).

    23 September 1944
    [no entry]

    24 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    904 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (4 Tpt Pls) moved from this Centre for pre-loading to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 2 (Eastern Command) 26 Sep 44.
    (Authy: Northern Command Letter NC/C/671/Q(M) dated 21 Sep 44).

    25 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    904 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (HQ & Workshops) moved from this Centre to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 2 26 Sep 44.
    (Authy: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/A(M) dated 21 Sep 44).
    917 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (4 Tpt Pls) moved from this Centre for pre-loading. To arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 1 (Southern Command) 27 Sep 44.
    (Authy: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/034-5/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).
    919 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (4 Tpt Pls) moved from this Centre for pre-loading. To arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 1 (Southern Command) 27 Sep 44.
    (Authy: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/Q(M) dated 21 Sep 44).

    26 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    917 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (H.Q. & Workshops) moved from this Centre to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 1 27 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/034-5/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).
    919 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (HQ and Workshops) moved from this Centre to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 1 (Southern Command) 27 Sep 44.
    (Authy: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/Q(M) dated 21 Sep 44).
    787 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (4 Tpt Platoons) moved from this Centre for pre-loading. To arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No. 1 (Southern Command) 28 Sep 44.
    (Authy: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/019-021/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).

    27 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    Inspection of the ATS personnel of this Centre carried out by HRH The Princess Royal, who afterwards lunched with the Officers.
    787 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (HQ and Workshops) moved from this Centre to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 28 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/019-021/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).
    930 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (4 Tpt Pls) moved from this Centre for preloading. To arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 (Southern Command) 29 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/022-024/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).
    846 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (4 Tpt Pls) moved from this Centre for preloading. To arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 (Southern Command) 29 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/136/7/Q(M) dated 21 Sep 44).

    28 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    930 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (HQ and Workshops) moved from this Centre to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 29 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/022-024/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).
    846 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (HQ and Workshops) moved from this Centre to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 29 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/136/7/Q(M) dated 21 Sep 44).
    847 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (4 Tpt Pls) moved from this Centre for preloading. To arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 (Southern Command) 30 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/029-031/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).

    29 September 1944 MIRFIELD
    847 Coy RASC (Gen Tpt) (HQ and Workshops) moved from this Centre to arrive Road Convoy Reception Point No.1 30 Sep 44.
    (Authority: Northern Command letter NC/C/671/029-031/Q(M) dated 22 Sep 44).

    30 September 1944
    [no entry]
     
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  16. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    1 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    Summary of units in this Centre as at 25 Sep 44, attached. Appx 1

    2 – 8 October 1944
    [no entries]

    9 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to form in this Centre w.e.f. 8 Oct 44.
    Serial 40575 H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 57 Tpt. Coln.
    40576 H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 58 Tpt. Coln.
    40577 H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 59 Tpt. Coln.
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2299(A.G.8P) dated 7 Oct 44.

    10 – 12 October 1944
    [no entries]

    13 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the undermentioned unit to mobilise for service overseas by 19 Oct 44.
    Serial 40342 H.Q. Comd. 54 Tpt. Coln.
    (Authy: WOUM 79/Mob/6527/246(A.G.5Mob) dated 11 Oct 44).
    Instructions received for the undermentioned units to mobilise for service overseas by 22 Oct 44.
    Serial 40575 H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 57 Tpt. Coln.
    40576 H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 58 Tpt. Coln.
    40577 H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 59 Tpt. Coln.
    (Authy: WOUM 79/Mob/6527/246(A.G.5Mob) dated 11 Oct 44).

    14 October 1944
    [no entry]

    15 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    843 Coy R.A.S.C. (Gen Tpt) moved from this Centre to Towyn, Merioneth (Western Command).
    (Authy: NORCO SD 5367 dated 13 Oct 44).

    16 – 21 October 1944
    [no entries]

    22 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    C.R.A.S.C. 54 Tpt Coln moved from this Centre to L.D.R. 6.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 5374 dated 16 Oct 44).

    23 – 24 October 1944
    [no entries]

    25 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    Cs.R.A.S.C. 57, 58, 59 Tpt Colns moved from this Centre to Marshalling Area 8.
    (Authy: NORCO SD 5401 dated 24 Oct 44).

    26 – 29 October 1944
    [no entries]

    30 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the undermentioned unit to form under the supervision of H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 56 Water Tpt Units, with the assistance of Comd. No. 1 R.A.S.C. Mobilisation Centre w.e.f. 1 Nov 44.
    Serial 40657 856 Coy R.A.S.C. (Motor Boat) to form at Lochinch Camp,
    Stranraer, Wigtownshire.
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2299/(A.G.8P) dated 29 Oct 44; A.G. 8P/1752/1 dated 27 Oct 44).

    31 October 1944 MIRFIELD
    Instructions received for the undermentioned unit to form in this Centre w.e.f. 30 Oct 44.
    Serial 40662 H.Q. C.R.A.S.C. 60 Tpt. Coln.
    (Authy: WOUM 20/RASC/2299/2(A.G.8P) dated 29 Oct 44.
     
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  17. I am that guy, Tom asked me whas it a tank Transporters Coy? Yes,They where. Cpl J. Sinton who wrotes " The Long Trailers" (the History and travels of the 143 Coy) toltd us that :"An advance party moved to Enfield where Company Headquarters were toestablished., and a few days later the Company, with the exeption of B Platoon, who had been selected for the Newport job, moved to a new location.
    The job of the unit was chiefly the lifting of tanks from the docks to Amoured Vehicle Parks, Ordnance Depots, and later taking the same tanks to the ports or to assembly areas prior to the invation.......
    Recalled from Newport "B Platoon" and a complete Workshops section moved from Enfield on 13th September 1944, to load L.V.T.s for the continent, and were followed by the remainder of the company on the 15th September
    that's why Enfield so importent
    thanks
    Johan
     
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    this is the book "the long Trailers" writen by Clp J. Sinton
    In his Personal Message Major Hartharn said :
    "You are all members of my "family" You have worked hard and you have always given of your best. You have been loyal comrades, and I consider it a privilege and an honour to have been your officer commanding for the past four years. We have had our trials and our vicissitudes, our good times and our bad, but I think we are being honest with ourselves when we say that we have never the Army down"
    "If at any time I can be of assistance to any of you will you please get in touch with me at my home adress: 2 Ashley Avenue, Gt Meols, Hoylake, Cheshire"

    Respect
    Johan
     
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  19. ozzy16

    ozzy16 Patron Patron

    Hi Johan,
    Thanks and some very interesting info there.
    I think it would be a good idea to start a thread of it's own (143 Coy RASC)and if you add those lovely photos from the other website,i suspect this would help and draw in a bigger audience to your advantage.

    best...........Graham.
     

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