56th Field Company Royal Engineers

Discussion in 'Royal Engineers' started by DavidW, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Does anyone have a date of arrival in North Africa for this unit?
  2. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Here are some dates for 56th Field Company:

    56th Field Company, RE
    Station: Lydda, Palestine

    June 1919 – Returned to United Kingdom from German and reduced to Cadre
    September 1922 – Reformed at Bulford again in 3rd Division
    May 1927 – Hong Kong (in transit to China)
    November 1927 – China with Shanghai Defence Force
    December 1928 – Returned to Bulford
    October 1938 – Palestine with 7th Division
    August 1939 – Cease to be in support of 7th Division but still in Palestine
    7th Div - until 31/8/39
    Lydda Area, Palestine 30/9/39
    Lydda Area, Palestine 31/1/40
    Command Tps, Palestine u/c 16th Inf Bde 30/6/40
    6/40 in Palestine
    Force Tps, Palestine 31/1/41
    1/1/42, 15/4/42 u/c Army Troops PAIFORCE
    u/c XIII Corps Troops Engineers – Italy 43-45
    June 1941 – Iraq
    March 1943 – Joined XIII Corps Troops
    April 1943 – Palestine
    1943 – Egypt
    1943 –North Africa
    July 1943 – Sicily
    September 1943 – Italy
    January 1947 – Redesignated a Field Squadron in 1st Armoured Division in Egypt
  3. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Thanks David.

    So it appears that it did not go to Tobruk with the 16th Brigade, or part of the 70th Division.

    What is Army Troops PAIFORCE please?

    David W
  4. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    PAIFORCE is Persia and Iraq Force.
  5. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    Thank you.
  6. jazz

    jazz New Member

    Hello There
    I am researching my Fathers War history,and he was transferredfrom142 Field to the 56th and moved to Iraq,which is in the itinery showed earlier,what I am trying to find out is why and what for was the move to Iraq.
    Help Please
  7. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    In case they're needed, here are the National Archives war diary references for 56 Field Company RE:


    WO 169/1871, 56 Fd. Coy. (1941 Jan.- Nov.)
    WO 169/5261, 56 Fd. Coy. (1942 Jan.- Dec.)
    WO 169/10592, 56 Fd. Coy. (1943 Jan.- Dec.)
    WO 170/1620, Companies: 56 Coy. (1944 Jan.- Dec.)
    WO 170/5163, Companies: 56 Coy. (1945 Jan.- Dec.)
    WO 170/8077, Companies: 56 Coy (1946 Jan.- May)

    (Downloaded from ARCRE War Diary Search Engine: http://www.arcre.com/wdsearch - 2014-01-13 18:19 GMT)

  8. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Persia and Iraq Force (PAIFORCE) was created to defend the region after both Persia and Iraq were taken by the British in mid-1941. It was the overland route to Russia and included critical oilfields. There was also a threat that the Germans in Russia would send forces south. The engineers would be used to maintain the infrastructure of for the area including communications.

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