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    War Diary: 69th Infantry Brigade Workshop REME

    Month and year: June 1944

    The June 1944 War Diary for the 69th Infantry Brigade Workshop REME for covering their time in Arborfield and the advanced element arriving in Bayeux.

    National Archive Reference: WO 171/652

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    Page 1 of 4
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    ARBORFIELD BERKS (ATS) BOYS.1-6-44 to 6-6-44Unit vehicles of advance party element loaded and waterproofed in readiness for movement overseas.
    7-6-44Major SF Coaten and 118 all ranks together with Technical
    vehicles + equiptment moved to RCPR 5 arriving at
    approx 1200 hrs. From here the convoy was routed
    to camp C.18 and arrived 1500 hrs. Vehicles were
    dispersed and personel accommodated.
    8-6-44Advance element of unit moved from Camp C18
    to camp C19. The unit was then split up
    in to two parties, one of 61 under comd of Capt
    OR Clayburne MBE, and the other party of 57 under
    Capt W Kirkby. Mayjor Coaten was appointed OC Tps of
    Serial No-23v, and Capt Clayburne OC Tps of serial 24V.
    Page 2 of 4
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    11-6-441800Serial 23V commenced to embark, embarkment completed
    by 2230 hrs
    2300Serial 24V Commenced loading
    At sea12-6-440500Embarkation of serial 24V completed
    Normandy2200Disembarkation serials 23V + 24V completed, and the
    two parts of unit rendezvoused in the concentration
    area. Unit then proceeded towadrs BAYEUX.
    2400Major SF Coaten contacted CREME 50th (NORTHEMBRIAN)
    Division meanwhile the rest of the unit stayed for the night.
    BAYEUX13-6-44Unit arrived in Bayeux; Located Citroen works
    MR 782802. The wksp had been held by a German
    Wksp coy. The shops were full of old vehicles which were
    Page 3 of 4
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    BAYEUX13-4-66being reconditioned, and the remainder of the day
    was spent in clearing these away and installing
    Tech vehs and equipt inside the shop in readiness
    to commence work.
    14-6-44 to 21-6-44Normal wksp proceedure - Nothing of importance to note
    21-6-44The first weekly repairs return showed 155 jobs completed. i.e. - 59 'B' Veh's
    7 'A' Vehs, 14 Telecom, 34 Instruments, 4 Guns and 37 misc.
    30-4-44Normal wksp proceedure
    Page 4 of 4
    PlaceDateHourSummary of Events and Information
    ARBORFIELD BERKS (ATS) BOYS.7-6-44 to 30-6-44The rear party element of the unit under
    command of Capt G.L. Olver completed
    loading + waterproofing of vehicles by 12th
    June 44 and whilst waiting movement
    order personnel took part in sports program
    arranged between rear parties of Bde wksps
    which were accommdated in the same camp.
    Lectures + rifle range firing also took place.
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