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    War Diary: 65th Norfolk Yeomanry Regiment

    Month and year: Febuary 1944

    The 65th Norfolk Yeomanry Anti Tank Regiment's 257th Anti Tank Battery February 1944 war diary covers the units time in the UK based at Kimberley Park

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/921

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    Page 1 of 3
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Kimberley Park WYMONDHAM, Nfk.1Battery on leave except for a small maintenance party. Fatigues and
    general camp duties.
    2Fatigues etc.
    3Personnel on leave advised of extension of seven days Privilege Leave.
    Additional ration coupons despatched.
    4 to 10Fatigues and general camp duties.
    11Bty returned from leave.
    12Organisation and preparation of future training. Capt IS Hampton to
    attend Camouflage Course in NORWICH.
    13Church Parades.
    14Anticipating the arrival of equipment it is decided to provide adequate
    hard standing ground. Arrangements made with local gravel pits to
    supply hard core. Capt DP Fitzgerald and four ORs left for course of
    instruction on "Assault Boating".
    14Bty's guns arrived. Capt IS Hampton returned from course. General
    fatigues and maintenance, including work on the hard standing ground.
    15Four Dvr/Ops despatched to joint course at RMYL. 2/Lt. D Boggie RA left
    to join 17-pr conversion course at LARKHILL
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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Kimberley Park WYMONDHAM.16General fatigues and maintenance. Weather very poor, rain and very cold.
    17Commander in Chief, General Sir BL Montgomery, inspected the Divisional
    Artillery at LETTON HALL. Weather - cold.
    18BSM and one Sgt despatched with driver to collect M/Cycles at BARTON on
    HUMBER. Weather - sleet, very cold.
    19Personnel Selection Team visited the Bty and commenced examining the Bty's
    personnel who were detailed to attend in two squads. A board consisting
    of 3 Sgts and an Officer detailed to assess each man in a grading test.
    Weather - very cold.
    20Lieut Osmond RA posted to this Bty. Took comd of "B" Troop in the absence
    of Lieut FL Rosenfeld RA. Church Parades. Weather - bright but cold.
    21Training Programme in operation including Gun Drill. Hard Standing still
    receiving attention. Personnel not available on the 19th examined by
    the Personnel Selection Board. Weather - bright but cold. General
    fatigues and camp duties.
    22Training. Hard standing work in progress. Camp fatigues. Weather - cold.
    23Training. Camp fatigues etc. Soccer match against RHQ in afternoon.
    Weather - bright.
    24His Majesty the King inspected the Reg't with the Divisional Artillery at
    Hillborough Hall. Weather - cold and sunny.
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    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    Kimberley Park. WYMONDHAM, Nfk.25Training. Maintenance. Work continued on the Hard Standing Ground.
    Lieut Osmond RA left for RAMT School at RHYL for maintenance course.
    Weather - cold and wet.
    26Training continued. Inspections of Bty Area and Billets. Weather - cold.
    27RC Church Parade. Bty resting. Weather bright but cold.
    28Second Training Programme prepared and in force. Hard Standing still
    under construction. Maximum strength on parades and training.
    Weather - bright.
    29Training as Programme. Hard Standing. Camp fatigues. Weather - cold.