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    War Diary: 17 Field Company R.E.

    Month and year: June 1944

    17 Field Company June 1944 War Diary covering their actions around Benouville including laying minefields and Bailey Bridges.

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/1518

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    Page 1 of 3
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Lion Sur Mer6The Company less No.2. Pl disembarked on beaches between H + 120 & H + 360
    and proceeded to Benouville. No 2 Pl under Command of 185 Br Int Bde
    assaulted with infantry and fought to, and consolidated around Chateau
    de Beauville. No.3 Pl constructed FBE Rafts on canal. No.1 Pl prepared
    Bailey Br bank seats. O.C. Major DJ Willison wounded in head by an 88 mm
    shell fragment. Lt Dixon was hit in the arm by a bullet, and Lt. Clerke
    wounded by shellfire.
    Benouville7Unloading Bailey Bridging eqpt and construction of FBE Ferry commenced.
    Capt. CW. Watson 2i/c killed by air bombing.
    "8C1 70 Raft and west bank landing bay constructed.
    "9Canal br completed. Unloading stores and work on approaches and bankseats
    for River Orne Br commenced.
    "10Canal Br maintained. Constructed floating pier for River Orne Br.
    Beauville9No.2 Pl sent fighting patrol to clear up Beauville.
    "10No.2 Pl laid hasty A/Tk minefield
    Benouville11River Orne Br completed. 2 Pl mine laying and searching Chateau de Beauville
    buildings for booby traps.
    It McColl & RaIph, and 14 OR's joined Company as reinforcements.
    "12Major L. Scott-Bowden takes Command of Company. 1 and 3 Pls recce tank
    forward routes and roads. Company start laying Le-Homme minefield
    (over 5750 A/Tk mines)
    13Le-Homme minelaying completed. Clearing tracks for tanks.
    "14Minefield primeter wire completed. Bieville minefield laid (1275 A/Tk mines)
    "15Work on tank routes and roads. Laying silent sentries (improvised trip flares)
    In front of F.D.L.S.
    "16Construction of tank tracks from Benouville to Beauville completed.
    Minefield at Bde H.Q. laid (1250 A/Tk mines). Enemy minefield swept and
    found to be dummy.
    Page 2 of 3
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Benouville17Mine-field and track maintainence continues, including repair to damage
    from shellfire. Instruction in new enemy mines and booby traps.
    "18NO.2 P1 goes out with recce patrols and investigates enemy A/tk ditch
    Instruction in new enemy mines and booby traps. Wiring in infantry laid minefields.
    "19Company H.Q. minefield in front of 1 Norfolks F.D.L.S.
    "20Making and erecting signboards for roads and tracks. Two Pis on
    night wiring.
    "21Maintainence of tracks. Instruction in enemy mines and booby traps.
    "22Checking and dismantling F.B.E. on River Orne and Canel sites. Construction
    of water point for civilian hospital at Chateau de Beauville. Check of
    Company G.1098. eqpt.
    "23Construction of signboards and mine notices. Flamethrower training to
    selected personnel. Gattle burying, and construction of Comd post for
    5 Fd Regt R.A. Instruction in enemy mines and booby traps.
    "24Digging vehs in, Night wiring, enemy patrol activity interfered with work.
    "25Capt. EL. Osterloh posted as 2i/c from 246 Field Company. RE.
    Lt. Edwards posted from 15 Fd Coy. RE.
    "26Reloading of Coy vehs. Construction of minefields marking eqpt.
    Mine clearing. Experimenting with Schu Mines, accident caused 8 casualties.
    1 Officer wounded, I Sgt killed, 6 OR's wounded.
    "28Construction of mine marking eqpt and silent sentries. Party accompanies
    tank hunting patrol of 1 K.S.L.I. No luck
    "29Minefields, track route and road patrols maintainence, signboard construction.
    Four seperate enemy minefield recce patrols sent out, sll successful
    Page 3 of 3
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Benouville30Preparing for night mine laying Night work.
    Two enemy minefield recce patrols sent out with 1 Norfolk, both successful.
    Casualties for month

    Officers | OR's | Remarks
    Killed 1 | 4 | Mine accident caused
    Wounded 5 | 25 | 1 Officer wounded 1 OR Killed, 6 O.R's
    Missing - | 1 | wounded
    L Scott Bowden

    Major. R.E.

    C.C. 17 Field Coy RE