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War Diary: 1st Battalion The East Lancashire Regiment

Month and year: June 1944

Covers the waterproofing of vehicles for wading at Milsted and their arrival in Normandy on the 25th June before moving to concentration area further inland.

National Archive Reference: WO 171/1330

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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Milsted 2nd Bn. commenced Waterproofing "A" Vehicles for wading
4th Commenced waterproofing "B" Vehs for wading.
6th Bn. at 6 hrs notice to move.
7th Lt. R. Windle and Lt. J.E. Harling proceeded to 47 R.H.U.
Messages received from Supreme Comd, and C-in-C 21 Army Group
Attached as Appendices "A" and "B" respectively
8th Bn. Sniper team formed in accordance with W.E. changes
15th Adv Party under Capt A.T. Bain for move overseas departs.
Vehs loaded ready to move,
16th Tracked vehicles entrain at Sittingbourne Station at night for move
overseas.
17th Wheeled Vehicle Party moved off at 0530 hrs to Marshalling Area (Camp T.2)
Marching Party (Main Body) of Bn. entrained at Sittingbourne Station
leaving 1200 hrs, arriving Camp J.10 in Marshalling Area.
Lt. W. Wyatt and 14 O.Rs. remain as Bn. Residues. Bn, Strength at time
of move, 36 Officers and 804 other ranks.
18th Coy training carried out in Marshalling Area.
19th Coy training carried out in Marshalling Area.
20th Coy training carried out in Marshalling Area. Strength decrease 1 O.R.
Veh Party (Wheels & Tracks) embarked S.S. Ocean Vigil at East India Docks.
21st All moves from Camp J.10 postponed owing to gale in channel.
22nd All moves from Camp J.10 again postponed.
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
23rd Marching party received orders to move the following day.
Strength decrease: 2 O.Rs. absent.
24th First Marching Party (A & B Coys) leaves Marshalling Area 0800 hrs
arriving at Newhaven and embarking on L.S.I. S.S. "Longford".
Second Marching Party (C & D Coys) leaves Marshalling Area 1300 hrs
arriving at Newhaven and embarking on L.S.I. S.S. "Ben My Chree".
Veh Party left Thames anchorage.
25th Moved from Newhaven anchorage at 0300 hrs, anchoring off JUNO beach
(NORMANDY). Marching Parties transferred to L.C.Is (Small) and first men
were landed on beaches at 1535 hrs. Parties marched through Transit Area
to Assembly area South of BANVILLE, D Coy moved off to BENY-SUR-MER at
1900 hrs on cycles. Bn. embussed in T.C.Vs. at 2345 hrs moving through
TIERCEVILLE and REVIERES to Bn. Conc. Area square 9980. Bde under direct
comd of 1st Corps for operations. Vehicle party anchored off Normandy
coast.
26th C.O. recces defensive posn South and East of ANGUERNY (0177)/with available
Coy Comds. C Coy right, B Centre, A left, D in reserve - 17 pr A tk Bty
under command, Reverse slope position adopted,
27th Bn digs reconnoitred defensive position - "Firm Base" role, Strength
decrease: 1 O.R. - Pte. L. Evans wounded in leg as result of booby trap
explosion in conc area, Vehicles unloaded from S.S. Ocean Vigil and join
Bn in conc area 2330 hrs. 3 Carden Loyds "drowned" and kept in Drowned
Vehicle Park on beach.
28th Bn put at 2 hours notice to move to new conc area.
29th German map of conc area found, and included as Appx "C". Strength
decrease: 2 O.Rs. evacuated sick. Bn. complete in personnel and vehs.
Appendix "C"
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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Field 30th Bn relieved from defensive role by 4. Bn S. Staffs. Strength decrease:
1 O.R. evacuated sick. Lt. H. Carter recced new concentration area at
COULOMBS 8875. Bde rejoins 53 (W) Div, the whole coming under comd
8th Corps, Extract from Lancashire Daily Post received and copy attached
as Appendix D