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    War Diary: 1st Battalion Buckinghamshire Regiment

    Month and year: August 1944

    The 1st Battalion Buckinghamshire Regiment August 1944 covers their time based in OUISTREHAM and movement to area Port en Bessin.

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/1269

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    OUISTREHAMFRANCE1Order of the Day received from Colonel Montgomery 101 Beach Sub-Area
    on the final closing down and breaking up of the Beach Gps, thanking every-
    one for their good work and loyal co-operation, The Beach Gp sign
    known affectionately within the Bn as the WREN is ordered to be
    removed from Battle Dress and painted out on vehicles.
    0930Visit of Div Comd 6 Airborne Div to Bn. Looked at posn occupied by 'D'
    Coy on the Docks and discussed future operational role. Suggested
    several changes and proposes to set it out in writing.
    'A' Coy sent 50 men to act as guards to the bridges. over the river ORNE
    115762 coming under comd 4 SS Bde.
    Following Div Comd's visit and severance with 101 Beach Sub-Area Op Orders
    Nos 2 and 3 are cancelled.
    Adm arrangements now that Bn is under Corps. and not L of C are much
    improved. 3" mortar amn is drawn immediately without indent and all major
    deficiencies are made up.
    20800B' Coy come under comd 6 Airborne Div attached to 52nd (2 Oxf Bucks)
    A tk Pl and Carrier Pl also come under comd 6 Airborne Div and take up
    HQ at 137702.
    3 of Pioneer Pl clearing minefield by 'S' Coy billets to make miniature
    range injured when mine explodes. One man 14400442 Pte Higgs S. being
    30445Total casualties up to 31 Jul now confirmed as 4 killed 49 injured.
    German naval rating captured by local AA on coast by Canal entrance.
    Sent to PW cage for naval interrogation. Believed to have come ashore
    on human torpedo.
    0550Report that suspicious person had been seen in cornfield near crashed AC.
    Sentry fired on him but he ran away into cornfield which was believed
    0800A' Coy searched minefield for suspected German without result.
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    3100022 men from the Bn go to Corps Rest Camp for four days at MOUDINEAUX
    Map ref 969802.
    1300Shelling of area starts. 48 shells land round about.
    1730One German midget submarine beached at 083801. Warhead was missing.
    No dead or survivors.
    1800Coy relief. 'C' Coy relieves 'D' Coy on def of docks.
    Every Coy now completed tour of duty on this def.
    Appx 'A'
    1850C' Coy phoned completion of adm move with 'D' Coy.
    2000Shelling started again after a short Iull and docks area received a heavy
    pounding, one man 14365558 Pte Tomkins N. of 'C' Coy being killed by a
    2030Comd Offr went to investigate shelling etc at 'C' Coy and was wounded in
    the leg. He had just parked his jeep under the trees and was walking
    towards 'C' Coy along the side of the road when a shell landed and
    exploded approx 10 yards from him. The blast throw him to the ground.
    but despite the shrapnel in his leg he was able to get back to the jeep
    and drive it to the Mortar Pl office next to 'C' Coy where one of the
    Pl drove him back to the RAP for treatment.
    Wound is not very serious and he is taken to 6 Cdn Hospital.
    Altogether 7 persons were hit and 1 killed by the shelling. 50 shells
    were sent over.
    Gun team of A tk Pl all wounded and one killed when enemy mortar fire
    was brought down on site. Det took cover when a Cdn Machine Gunner
    nearby warned them that he was going to fire at a snipers' post. This
    firing brought the usual reply of mortar fire but as the det was
    concealed no casualties were caused. After it had all finished the det
    came up and were returning to their posts when one more bomb fell between
    two of them Ayres and Burks, killing Pte Ayres outright and wounding Pte
    Burks seriously. Det Comd Cpl Edwards, immediately ordered det to return
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    32030to slit trench at once, but before they could all get back another bomb
    landed and wounded them all. Cpl Edwards being the last into the trench
    was more severely wounded than the others. All were evacuated to 6 Cdn
    Hsptl and were due for evacuation.
    2045Major Boehm assumes command of Bn pending the return of It Col E.A. Carse.
    2200Shelling started again and continued spasmodically throughout the night.
    40150C' reports operational handover from 'D' Coy now complete. Handover
    hampered by incessant shelling of the canal bridge. No casualties but
    damage done to EAST side of Lock - not very bad.
    0900Heard that Lt Col Carse will be evacuated to England and will be hors de
    combatior approx 5 weeks.
    1000Corps and Airborne Div informed of casualty. Recce made for new adv Bn
    HQ othor side of R. ORNE. Warning order issued to 'S' and 'HQ' Coys
    Appx "B"
    1500Proposed move of Bn HQ postponed sine die in view of possible amendments to
    operational role. Awaiting instructions from 6 Airborn -Div
    1600New entertainments programmes issued.App "C (i)" and "C (ii) ".
    50800Shelling of area chiefly round the docks - no military damage or casualties
    suffered. About 20 shells fired.
    1000Our own 3" mortars ranged on their DF Tasks - no recriminations encountered.
    1030Informed by our QMS at Echelon that amendment No 4 to WE has been published
    although we have not yet received it, and makes provision for a Captain in
    the Mortar Pl: Mortar Officer Lieut Johnston accordingly promoted to
    Capt in ROs.
    pmNo decision yet taken regarding the appointing of a new commanding officer.
    Major Boehm meanwhile carries on as locum tenens.
    6Normal routine, No shelling to speak of just the odd one or two now and
    1500Visit of Comd 1 Corps to Bn HQ. Only paid flying visit, stayed 10 mins.
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    61600Received instructions that further coy and 2 pls required the other side of
    R ORNE with effect from 7 Aug 44. Comd Offr decided to withdraw 'A' Coy
    from YORK BRIDGE and put in 'D' Coy there (50 men) and put whole of 'A'
    Coy into this new posn. Coy to come under 6 Airborne Div delegated to
    49 Recce Regt and act as a sort of long-stop to the regt. Probable
    duration of stay said to be 3 days.
    7800A' Coy took over new posns 'D' Coy took over YORK BRIDGE as arranged.
    All coys now committed operationally except half 'D' Coy which is resting
    and cleaning up.
    amNo shelling during morning.
    1300Hinted by senior chaplain 7 Base Sub-Area that Ronnie Dix, our Padre, may
    be called to take up the post of Vicar of CAEN in the English Church there.
    1500Comd offr and Adjt visited Col Carse in 6 Cdn Hsptl LA DELIVRANDE. Quite
    fit and well himself but will not be fit for duty for approx five weeks
    and will probably be evacuated to England within a few days.
    A further 23 men went off to 1 Corps Leave Camp at MOUDINEAUX 969802.
    Reports from last lot were excellent - a soldier's paradise with no
    8amLT Dunkley returned to Bn transferred to CMP not being accepted in view of
    shortage of infantry officers also 6 men loaned from 'A' Coy originally to
    CMP at LION SUR MER returned to Bn at our request in view of operational
    commitments of all coys now.
    pmNormal routine. Mail arrived from England after lapse of 4 days.
    9015013 rockets fired by enemy from area FRANCEVILLE PLAGE on to docks. Eerie
    whistling sound but no damage done. First appearance of rockets up to date.
    Shelling also started with NIL results.
    1000Padre Dix leaves Bn to take up post of resident Charlain to the Garrison
    Church at CAEN. (St Nicholas (British) Church) Sad day for the Bn after
    ten years continuous and faithful service.
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    91000Padre's personal farewell message to the Bn published in Regimental Orders,Appx "E"
    1500D' Coy come under comd 102 LAA and move to RANVILLE area - HQ at farm
    118732. 'A' Coy take over bridges. again as originally instructed, All
    coys now committed operationally, only personnel left under comd 1 Bucks are
    balance of 'S' Coy (HQ and a few pioneer pl) and Bn HQ and 'HQ; Coy.
    1600Carrier pl move to orchard 142699.
    100210FCP reports that two black objects out to sea north of harbour.
    0220Black objects on being fired upon turned and made off seawards.
    0230Two more rockets fired, aimed at area. of FCP where Bofors was firing.
    No damage.
    0500Our own arty fired spasmodically throughout the night.
    pmNormal routine.
    1950D' Coy returned to normal location in res area at OUISTREHAM. Take over
    11amNormal routine
    2230Enemy plane crashed on a house behind 'S' Coy lines, occupied by Airborne
    rest camp. Burst into flames and the house was soon one mass of flaming
    rubble. Everyone lent a hand but despite fire brigades and ambulances
    which arrived on the spot quickly a total of 17 persons were killed in
    the house and a further 10 injured.
    Bombing and shelling during the afternoon. One shell landed in 'A' Coy
    old HQ in the town and one in the Square near to a queue of soldiers
    waiting for the NAFFI mobile van. No-one was occupying ('A' Coy at the
    time but Pte Higgins, one of Bn snipers was wounded by shrapnel in the
    hand and on removal to hospital had to have two fingers off.
    pmL/C Teagle (A tk Pl) hit by mortar bomb near Pl HQ. Removed to hospital
    and subsequently had to have left arm off.
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    OUISTREHAMFRANCE12Rev Duplock Padre (C of E) to local AA unit is ministering to Bn in place
    of Rev Dix.
    amShelling on docks
    pmNormal routine
    2230Advised by 1 Corps that the Bn has to supply draft of 3 officers (incl 1
    Capt) 150 ORs to 7 Argylles tomorrow morning at 1000 hrs. The blow, long
    awaited, has therefore at last fallen. Comd Offr decided, in view of
    operational commitments (ie 'B' 'C' and 'S' Coys in line) to draft from 'A'
    and 'D' Coys. 6 Airborne Div confirmed that this must be as others could
    not be released in time. Conference 'A' and 'D' Coy Comds called for
    0030 hrs.
    130030Conference held. Decided that 'A' Coy should go complete less Coy HQ and
    Coy Comd. Allowing for halt and sick etc. 'A' Coy could muster 90 bodies.
    Balance of 60 accordingly provided by 2 Pls (complete) of 'D' Coy.
    Offrs were to be Capt Hope, It Hands of 'A' Coy., and as there are no subalterns
    at present in 'D' Coy, Lt Shilling from 'C' Coy was chosen.
    01001 Corps phoned to say must be ready by 1400 hrs and NOT 1000 hrs.
    0130Airborne agreed that guards supplied by 'A' and 'D' Coys on bridges shall
    be abandoned at dawn.
    0600Bridge guards dismounted.
    0700Bn tpt lifted 'A' and 'D' Coys back to original billets.
    0900Comd Offr saw 1 Corps to try and obtain future policy regarding drafting
    and our operational role here. Nothing concrete available.
    1400Draft leaves. Onthe whole men in excellent spirits knowing that they are
    going to 51st Div. The men have known for some time that we were
    likely to supply drafts so this was not altogether unexpected.
    1500Lt Dunley finally posted to CMP. No 241 HQ Pro Coy (5 Beach Gp)
    Conference Coy Comds. All Coy comds told of present posn and Bn policy as
    far as known. Decided to eliminate Coy by Coy where possible rather than
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    Pls from each Coy.
    14amNormal routine. No infm can be obtained as to the likelihood of further
    drafts in the near future. 'A' Coy move in with 'D' Coy.
    pmShelling commences again. No damage or casualties. Mortar bomb causes
    damage in Carrier PI area. Landed close to 2IC PI and 2 Sjts. One. Sjt
    (L/S Smith R.) committed to hospital, other two minor wounds, remain with
    Bn on duty.
    2350Notified by 1 Corps that Bn is to move to CRESSERONS Map ref 042793
    150800Arrangements made with 6 Airborne Div to withdraw 'B' Coy, Carrier Pl, & A tk
    Pl from line in view of move. QM sent to recce new area.
    1600Bn moves by Coys to new location.
    1615Warned by 1 Corps that we are expected to find further draft of 8 offrs and
    100 ORs by 1900 hrs tonight. Reply quite impossible in view of move.
    Finally arranged that draft will be ready by 1100 hrs 16 Aug 44.
    1800Settling in at new area in orchard and fields.
    1900Conference of Coy Comds. Decided that draft to be found from 'C' Coy (2
    Pls) and 'D' Coy (1 Pl). Offr question still in abeyance.
    19051 Corps state only 3 offrs now required - all subalterns.
    1910Offrs selected; 2/Lt R.C.B.M. Viney, Lt D.A. Chatham; Lt J.C. Soulsby.
    This now cleans out 'D' Coy and posn is 'A' and 'D' Coys - HQs only, 'C'
    Coy - 1 Pl and HQ, still complete.
    pmLt R.D. Moore promoted A/Capt in lieu of Capt Hope posted with previous
    Thunderstorm and heavy rain starts - continues to approx 2300 hrs. All
    bivouacs etc flooded, Morale low!
    16amInformed by 1 Corps that we are to be allowed to retain minimum cadre of
    5 offrs and 100 ORs.
    1100Draft goes off in good spirits to 1st Bn Black Watch Regt.
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    161400Conference of Coy Comds etc to discuss minimum cadre.
    1500Informed by 1 Corps that we are to be allowed to retain 12 vehs and adm
    eqpt only, remainder to be handed in.
    Minimum cadre statistics issued to all coys.Appx "F"
    pmMajor H.H.H. Boehm officially appointed A/Lt Col in command of Bn w.e.f.
    4 Aug 44, ie date of casualty of Lt Col E.A. Carse.
    17amCleaning up and settling in. Coy stores being prepared for handing in.
    1800Further draft ordered, 1 offr and one Pl to 1/4 KOYLI (49 Div)
    2 offrs and 2 Pls to 5 Seaforths (51 Div) and 1 offr and batman to 7 D.W.R.
    (49 Div) 'B' and 'C' Coys warned.
    1807006 Airborne Div rep arrived to loan tpt urgently required to move tps forward
    in view of German rapid withdrawal on their front past TROARN.
    083010 - 3 tonners and 10 - 15 cwts despatched to Airborne Div.
    1000B' and Coys find the drafts ordered - 2 Pls. 'B' Coy with Lt E.S.
    Collins and Lt R.S. Corley-Pocook - 1 Pl 'C' Coy with A/Capt R.D. Moore.
    The offr for 7 D.W.R. to be Capt J.C. Fox (Sp Coy Comd).
    'B' Coy draft go off in good spirits.
    1300C' Coy draft and Capt Fox go off also in good spirits. Total numbers
    drafted to date 10 Offrs and 335 ORs. Bn is now left with Specialists
    Offrs only plus 4 Coy Comds and 1 2IC Rifle Coy, and specialist ORs plus
    1 Pl 'B' Coy
    Visit from DAAG 1 Corps. Policy seems to be to draft specialist offrs in
    specialist jobs only and not to post them as rifle pl comds etc;
    1400Adv party sent to GRENTHEVILLE - 1 Offr and 6 ORs to prepare ground for
    proposed move forward of Bn.
    2200DAQMG 6 Airborne Div arrived to say our tpt which we lent this morning has
    now become SO involved that it will be quite impossible to extricate it for
    several days. Also states that 1 Corps have stated that they can keep the
    tpt as we have to hand in all our tpt and eqpt anyway.
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    181700QM sees ADOS about handing in eqpt as per instrs. Told that it is not
    required to be handed in. No-one really seems to know what is happening!
    191000It D. J.D. Defriez attached to 1 Corps as L.O (semi-permanent)
    1100Lt Col Boehm goes to HQ Airborne to try and sort out the tpt question - can
    get no real satisfaction. General Gale, Comd 6 Airborme Div. officially applies
    to 1 Corps to use our Mortar P1 and Carrier Pl complete in an operational role.
    1300OC Mortar Pl and Carrier PI warned accordingly to stand by.
    1500Offr from GSD 1 Corps arrived to say we were to supply 10 - 3 tonners and 3 - 15
    cwts to 7 Armd Div at ance.. Explained that all our 3 tonners were with
    Airborne which caused some surprise. GSD branch do not seem to be quite in
    the picture and are the odd lap or so behind. Agreed to send 2 - 3 tonners
    and 3 - 15 cwts immediately, and GSD said he would arrange for the return of
    our remaining 3 - tonners from Airborne.
    1910Further visit by by Col Boehm to HQ Airborne. AQMG promised to get 3 -
    tonners. back. Still no news as to our future role.
    2000Further message received from DDOS 1 Corps saying all eqpt and all vehs less
    10 to be handed in. This is becoming quite a habit now., but we still have
    not handed anything in!
    200930CO and OM go to 1 Corps. On may over are met by agitated offr from Airborne
    who states that General Gale urgently wants to see them. Arrive at HQ
    Airborne to find that they want all our tpt and carriers for load carrying.
    CO explains it cannot be done as we have just had another order to hand them
    all in.
    CO and QM proceed to 1 Corps, sees DDOS and it is there arranged that stores
    need only be handed in as and when we like and if we like. The following
    infm is also obtained (i) Our future is likely to be garrison duties (ii)
    21 Army Gp are now preparing a minimum cadre for the Bn - nos not yet
    specified (iii) There will be no further drafts till our future is settled,
    and the minimum cadre agreed (iv) We will remain present location until further notice.
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    201500It Col Gore, G1 Ops 21 Army Gp arrived to enquire if we had yet withdrawn
    all our men from Airborne Div. Explained that they had been withdrawn a
    week ago and since sent on draft. 21 Army Gp it appears knew nothing of
    this and were extremely surprised as we are apparently directly under 21
    Army Gp and not 1 Corps. He hinted that we might be returned to OUISTREHAM
    in our original role of guarding the docks and that we would become a
    garrison unit later.
    2300Started to rain hard and continued raining throughout the night. Enemy
    AC overhead. AA opened up - no bombs in our area.
    210900In view of weather coys move their men into buildings together with stores.
    Amendments 2, 3 and 4 finally received from O2E as special favour.
    No further news of future.
    22Comd offr visits Airborne Div. No chance of Mortar or Carrier Pl being
    used. Airborne want to retain the vehs as long-as possible. Still no
    news. Normal routine. LO goes to 1 Corps - no news.
    23amCO and Adjt visit 5 Kings at LION SUR MER who are in the same state of
    (suspended animation' as ourselves. They still know. nothing.
    pmCO and Adjt visit 101 Beach Sub-Area to see if they know anything. Comd
    101 Beach Sub-Area accompanies CO and Adjt to HQ L of C where 'A' Branch
    assume that we have been under comd L of C since 1200 hrs 22 Aug. They
    also state that we are to have a minimum cadre and after a lot of humming
    and hawing the infm is dragged from them that eventually we are to receive
    new intakes of 'bomb happy' gentlemen and recruits from England to train as
    a future garrison. It was particularly stressed that this was still
    unofficial as 'officially' we must not be told anything. This statement
    produced a certain amount of righteous indignation from the Comd Offr who
    asked how we were to know who to retain on the cadre if we did not know our
    future role. Everyone said they couldn't agree more but 21 Army Gp had
    apparently decreed that we were to be kept completely in the dark, so that
    was that
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    23Highly unsatisfactory.
    Visited Reforsec and were shown the cadre consisting of 16 Offrs and 136
    ORs. This stated that coy comds must go and the QM but we retained a
    skeleton Support Coy. Reforsec said that these men were urgently required
    and would be posted almost immediately, once we let them know our draft
    availability state. The posn regarding stores and vehs was still not
    cleared up.
    240900Conference of all comds and proposed minimum cadre given out.Appx "G"
    1000C.O. goes to L of C to clear posn re stores. Adjt goes to 1 Corps who do
    still not know that we are no longer under their command, and arranged for
    certain personnel who are attached to Corps Reception Camp to be released
    the following day.
    1400CO on return from L of C announces we have been given the wrong cadre and
    we should be working on a cadre of 9 offrs and 72 ORs incl all Coy Comds
    and QM but no Sp Coy at all.
    25amConference all comds. New cadre ven out and all told that this is now
    firm. This leaves, after deduction of personnel attached away on 1 Corps
    duties and with Airborne Div, 6 offrs and 201 ORs.
    Appx "H"
    1100Rep from 2 Army Reforsec arrives to get our drafting figures. Arranged that
    Adjt will go over to 1 Corps with this rep and sort it all out as it appears
    that 1 Corps are to be given first chance of our drafts, but they must be
    posted to Bns by 26 Aug which has been given as a deadline date by 21 Army
    Gp for final posting of Bucks Bn.
    1400Adjt and rep visit DAAG 1 Corps and after 4 hrs, arrangements are made with
    DAAG 51 Div to absorb 6 offrs and 169 ORs in the various Bns of 51 Div in
    their own specialist roles. Exact details are worked out on the spot as it
    appears there is no time for consideration. Protests are made but with no
    avail. Everyone agrees once more that the whole thing is quite ridiculous
    and entirely unnecessary, but that the powers that be have laid it down that
    it will be all completed by 26th, or else they will will all be posted to RHU'S.
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    This is considered to be punishment worse than death. so arrangements are
    made to post them direct to Bns as asked, despite short notice. It is
    arranged that tpt shall collect from this HQ at 1000 hrs 27 Aug 44
    1800CO visits 5 Kings to learn that on the same day as the 'Bucks' drafted offrs
    and men to 51 Div and 1/4 KOYLI, they, the 'Kings', had drafted men to 1
    Bn Oxf Bucks. This despite General Montgomery's letter saying that 'all
    due consideration would be given to Regimental Associations'. Not very.
    260900Conference for commanders and details of drafits given out.
    1 Gordons 4 Offrs 78 ORs
    5 Black Watch 1 offr - ORs
    5/7 Gordons - Offrs 14 ORs
    152 Inf Bde HQ - Offrs 3 ORs
    2 Seaforths - Offrs 29 ORs
    5 Seaforths - Offrs 23 ORs
    5 Camerons 1 Offr 22 ORs
    Totals 6 Offrs 169 0RS
    This now leaves the Bn with its minimum cadre of Offrs and 72 ORs plus RMO
    and 32 ORs who are still available for drafting. 106 ORs and 6 Offrs are
    attached away and not available for drafting at present. The balance of 32
    ORs are to remain with Bn until specially called for and not to be posted to
    RHU. It is usual to post them to RHUs but this concession was obtained from
    Reforsec 2 Army.
    1000CO visits 11 L of C to whose comd we have been delegated by L of C and is
    told that we are to be under 4 L of C Sub-Area and directly under 101 Beach
    Sub-Area, and are to move to PLANET Map ref 7886
    1400Major J.N. Kaye sent off to recce new area. Decided to move on Monday
    and get rid of surplus stores immediately. All Sp Coy stores to be handed
    in less cooking eqpt, and all amn less personal scale.
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    2709006 ORs plus cook sent an to PLANET as Adv party.
    1000Tpt for move laid on with 11 L of C in view of lack of own tpt on loan to
    Airborne Div.
    1030Drafts for 51 Div depart. This draft consists of most of the old
    'originals' of the Bn from pre-war Territorial days and is a very sad
    day for the Bn. They all go off in good heart neverhheless.
    Total drafts to date amount to 16 offers and 504 ORS.
    1400Comds conference. Details of move given out verbally. In view of lack
    of tot a shuttle service has to be run, so Bn must start early. Present
    available tpt amounts to 8 - 15 cwts and 10 - 3 tonners (on loan from 11
    L of C).
    1800All our 15 cwts (12 in all) return from Airborne Div.
    28060010 - 3 tonners arrive for loading. 'B' Coy leaves first at 0755 hrs then
    C' Coy 0805 hrs then 'D' Coy 0815 hrs then 'A' Coy at 0845 hrs and 'HQ' Coy
    at 0930 hrs,
    pmQM stores moved on second trip. Move completed by 1700 hrs.
    29amBalance of 'S' Coy personnel transferred to HQ Coy. 'S' Coy books and
    affairs wound up. 2 - 3 tonners on loan to Airborne Div return. All
    our dvrs less carrier dvrs are now back with us which means a further 13
    available for drafting!
    'HQ' Coy now consists of Bn HQ, Sigs Pl, Adm Pl (incl Carrier and A tk
    remmants),Pnr Pl.
    pmStanding Orders for Bn while at PLANET issuedAppx "I"
    Definite news received of death of Capt J. A. Hope in action while serving
    with 7 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Capt Hope was first offr to be
    drafted when 'A' Coy went complete less its HQ on 13 Aug. He was killed
    on 17 Aug during an advance to ST JULIAN. Full details are not available
    but it seems that fairly heavy casualties were suffered by 'A' Coy in the attack.
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    30amBn settling in. All coys are in fields again only buildings being
    Sigg Office, and exchange, and one room for Comd Offr and Adjt, one room for
    Offrs Mess, one room for Sjts Mess. Rest of accn in stores tents and
    Arranged locally for 70 men to attend camp cinema at 30 Corps rest camp,
    which is very close to this HQ.
    pmNotified that draft of low med cat men are to be posted to 1 Bucks with
    effect from 28 and that we are to collect. Draft consists
    apparently of 2 WO IIs 2 S/Sjts 7 Sjts 20 Cpls 155 Ptes. Total 186 All ranks.
    This will raise once agein question of WE. as at present we are working on Inf
    Bn WE.
    340900C.O. goes to 21 Aemy Gp to try and discover something about this incoming
    1000Informed by 101 B.S.A. that they are moving to CAEN by 1800 hrs 4 Sep 44
    and that 1 Bucks is to take over their accn and adm of units at PORT EN BESSIN.
    1300Comd Offr returns to say that the posting of 2 WO IIs 2 S/Sjts has now
    been cancelled but that 182 ORS will be arriving this evening.
    1400QM sent to 101 Beach Sub-Area to allot accn for move.
    1500C.O. and Adjt visit 36 RHU and fix up direct for 182 ORs to march hore (6
    miles) tonight to arrive about 1930 hrs. 20 - 160 lb tents erected to house
    draft for the night. Capt G.L.E. Eyles 'B' Coy put in charge of draft until
    dispersed to coys later.
    1830BM 101 Beach Sub-Area visits CO to fix up final handing over details and def
    of PORT EN BESSIN etc. Mutually arranged that we take over control at 1
    1600 hrs 1 Sep 44.
    1900Entertaimment programme issued such as it is:Appx 'J'
    1930New draft arrive - a depressing sight!
    2000Infmd that move of 101 B.S.A. has been postponed 24 hrs.
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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and InformationReferences to Appendices
    Attached to War Diary..
    AF. B3008 and 3009Appk "k"
    The 'Beachcomber'Appx "L"
    Nominal roll of offrs and ORs drafted during AugustAppx "M"
    Operational Casualties up to 31 Aug 44Appx "I"