War Diaries 1941

Thanks to Master Corporal Graham Humphrey for all his hard work at transcribing these diaries and adding photographs and routine orders in the appropriate places!

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Camp Sussex N.B. 1 Jan 1941

The officers paid their respects to Bgdr. Archambault at HQ 8 Inf Bde. The officers of the Regiment were at home in the Mess 1100 to 1300 hrs and visited the other units the 4 MCR’s, The North Shore NB Regiment, the 14th Fd. Amb., The R de Chaud and the 12 Fd. Regt. RCA.

At dinner the officers carved and the Sgts served the men.

At night the officers called on the Sgts Mess.

Camp Sussex N.B. 2 Jan 1941

As unit is Camp Duty Unit and as a great many are on furlough there has been no training.

25 Bren guns received from Ordnance.

Camp Sussex N.B. 3 Jan 1941

Capt Milne O i/c of a board making a recce of surrounding are for training.

Lt Dampier attended Camp Entertainment and Sports meeting.

Arrangements made to use Armouries in Sussex for Instructors Course in Bren Gun under Lt W.E. Fess.

Lt D.A. Keith and 1 OR to attend course in Engineering Models 3 and 4 Jan at 8 Inf Bde.

Seven Officers and 167 OR’s returned from leave and furlough.

Camp Sussex N.B. 4 Jan 1941

3 All Ranks proceeded on Courses.

1 man transferred to 3 Div HQ.

4 Officers, 3 OR’s proceed on leave and furlough. Blizzard at night.

Camp Sussex N.B. 5 Jan 1941

Church Parade: Last day as Bde Duty Unit. Heavy snow all day.

1 Officer and 5 OR’s return from leave and furlough. Train 6 hours late.

Camp Sussex N.B. 6 Jan 1941

Bren Gun Course for Officers, under Lt W.E. Fess commenced today at 1700 hrs.

To be held, Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further orders.

Camp Sussex N.B. 7 Jan 1941

Lecture to Officers on “Intelligence Course, RMC” by Lt T.E. Sisson at 1700 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 8 Jan 1941

Bren Gun Course for officers continued under Lt W.E. Fess.

Camp Sussex N.B. 9 Jan 1941

Lecture for officers “Intelligence” by Lt. T.E. Sisson.

Camp Sussex N.B. 10 Jan 1941

Bren Gun Course for officers continued.

Camp Sussex N.B. 11 Jan 1941

12 Officers and 248 OR’s of “A” and “B” Coys arrived back from leave and furlough.

Camp Sussex N.B. 12 Jan 1941

Church Parade to Salvation Army Hut at 0915 hrs. Service by Capt. C.W. Cline, Chaplain.

CO inspected huts at 1100 hrs.

Lt A.G. Cherrier attached to HQ 8 Inf Bde as Liaison offcier.

Camp Sussex N.B. 13 Jan 1941

8 officers promoted to rank of Lieutenant.

Course for L/Sgts Cpls and L/Cpls at Sussex Armouries commenced with Capt J.M. Milne as School Commandant and Lt. W.E. Fess as School Adjutant.

Lectures for officers at 1700 hrs continued.

Maj Gen E.W. Sansom, DSO, GOC 3rd Cdn Div, Brigadier J.P. Archambault, DSO, MC and Lt Col C. Foulkes, G.S.O.1., 3rd Cdn Div had dinner with the officers of the Regt in the Officers Mess.

Camp Sussex N.B. 14 Jan 1941

The GOC 3rd Vdn Div addressed all officers of the Bde in the YMCA at 1100 hrs.

He also inspected this unit at training in the afternoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 15 Jan 1941

Lt S.M. Lett, back from the Ski Course at Ottawa, gave lecture to the officers on “Ski Training in the Battalion.”

Slight fire broke out in one of the huts but was promptly extinguished by B63573 A/Cpl Henderson, J.G.

Camp Sussex N.B. 16 Jan 1941

Bren Gun Course for officers under Lt W.E. Fess continued at 1645 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 17 Jan 1941

LCol H.C. MacKendruck, E.D. Gave lecture to Coy Commanders and 2 i/c Coys on “Operation Orders” at 1930 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 18 Jan 1941

1 OR transferred to HQ, 3rd Cdn Div.

21 OR (Brass Band) proceeded on furlough.

5 Officers and 134 OR’s returned from leave and furlough.

Lt R.A. Harris and 61 OR’s arrived on draft from QOR Wing, No. 2 District Depot.

Camp Sussex N.B. 19 Jan 1941

Voluntary church parade at 1000 hrs conducted by Capt Markham, Chaplain.

Camp Sussex N.B. 20 Jan 1941

Lt J.H.K. Booth appointed Educational Liaison Officer vice Lt H.E. Dalton appointed Transport Officer.

6 OR’s (4 carpenters, 2 motor mechanics) proceeded to St. John to attend 3 months courses in their trades.

4 OR’s proceeded on furlough.

4 OR’s attached to HQ 8th Inf Bde for duty and discipline.

Camp Sussex N.B. 21 Jan 1941

Lt S.M. Lett lectured officers on “Care of Skis” at 1645 hrs.

2 OR’s proceeded on 3 months course in trade of motor mechanic to Fredricton.

1 OR proceeded to St. John, NB on Instructors Course – Driving and Maintenance.

Capt (Brevet Major) C.J.S. Stuart, MC attached as Chaplain to this Regt on transfer from No. 2 District Depot.

Camp Sussex N.B. 22 Jan 1941

Lecture “Operation Orders” by Maj W.T. Barnard to all subalterns at 1645 hrs.

Camp Sussex Hockey League commenced with 8 teams including one from this Regt.

4 MC Regt. 7 – QOR 2.

Lt S.C. Heyes retured from Carrier Course, at Camp Borden.

Camp Sussex N.B. 23 Jan 1941

Lt S.M. Lett lectured officers on “Woodcraft as Applied to a Bn on Skis” at 1645 hrs.

10 officers visited mess of R. De Chaud and 10 the mess of the N Shore Regt for dinner while 10 officers from each unit visited our mess for dinner. This being done with a view to making the officers of the Bde better acquainted.

Camp Sussex N.B. 24 Jan 1941

Lecture “The Carrier Platoon” by Lt S.C. Heyes to officers at 1645 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 25 Jan 1941

Regt hockey team beaten by 12 Fd Tegt 5-2.

5 officers and 2 OR’s arrived back from leave and furlough.

Camp Sussex N.B. 26 Jan 1941

Church Parade at 0915 hrs conducted by Maj C.J.S. Stuart, MC, Chaplain.

CO’s hut inspection at 1030 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 27 Jan 1941

Sand Table Exercise by Maj W.T. Barnard at 1645 hrs for all subalterns.

Demonstration on “The correct method of carrying out “TOET” conducted by Maj R.M. Crowe, B.M. 8 Inf Bde assisted by Lt. E.A. Dunlop, QOR of C, attended by all officers of Bde at 1930 hrs in YMCA Hut.

2 OR’s proceeded to Blacksmiths Course at Woodstock, NB.

Camp Sussex N.B. 28 Jan 1941

5 Officers promoted to rank of Lieutenant effective 2 Aug 40.

Sand table Exercise by LCol H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. For Coy Cmdrs at 1645 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 29 Jan 1941

Lt E.P.T Green arrived back from Ski Instructors Course at Ottawa.

Regt hockey team beat 18 Fd Coy RCE 7-0.

Lecture – “Carrier Platoon Tactics” by Lt S.C. Heyes to all officers at 1645 hrs.

1 OR proceeded on escort duty to Toronto.

Brig J.P. Archambault, DSO, MC, visited Regt NCO’s course at Sussex Armouries. Course under Capt J.M. Milne, continuing for third week. Repeating first week’s work for NCO’s who were not on course at that time.

Brig J.P Archambault took dinner with the officers of the Regt in Officer’s Mess.

Camp Sussex N.B. 30 Jan 1941

I.O.D.E. Camp Library established in QM Stores.

Maj W.R. Taylor, Paymaster, returned from leave.

Camp Sussex N.B. 31 Jan 1941

Pay Parade.

Canteen moved from part of Mess Hall to new building.

Officers from 4 M.C. Regt, RCE and 14 Fd Amb visited our mess for dinner, some of our officers visiting their mess.

Lecture by LCol H.C. MacKendrick, E.D to all officers on “Movement Order” – Mechanical Transport” at 1615 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 1 Feb 1941

Regimental School for ski instructors commenced under Lt E.P.T. Green and Lt S.M. Lett with 10 OR’s attending.

Camp Sussex N.B. 2 Feb 1941

Church parade at 1000 hrs Service conducted by Maj C.J.S. Stuart, MC, Chaplain.

CO’s inspection of huts at 1100 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 3 Feb 1941

Course at Regimental School for employed personnel commenced under Capt. J.M. Milne, assisted by Lt W.E. Fess.

All subalterns paraded at 1615 hrs under Capt. J.M. Milne for period of instruction in arm drill.

Training carried out by Coys as per syllabi attached.

Camp Sussex N.B. 4 Feb 1941

Unit inspected during its regular training parades by Maj Gen. E.W. Sansom, DSO, GOC 3rd Dic, accompanied by Brig J.P. Archambault, DSO, MC, 8th Inf Bde. The GOC visited all platoons and watched their training.

Subalterns class in Drill continued at 1615 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 5 Feb 1941

About 150 pairs of skis issued to men of the regiment this afternoon for recreational training. Remainder of Bn marched down to hockey game, with the Brass and Bugle Bands.

Camp Sussex N.B. 6 Feb 1941

2 OR’s proceeded “On Command” to Ski Course, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa.

Subalterns attended lecture on “Use of Prismatic Compass” by Capt J.M. Milne at 1615 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 7 Feb 1941

Lectures by Lt Col H.C. Mackendrick, ED to all officers continuing M.T. Movement exercise at 1615 hrs.

Maj V.A. Gianelli and Capt D.J. LeQuesne proceeded “On Command” to Coy Cmds Course, RMC Kingston, for four weeks.

Camp Sussex N.B. 8 Feb 1941

All officers paraded to YMCA (1/2 at 0900 hrs and 1/2 at 1030 hrs) for class in “Squad Drill Without Arms” conducted by Maj R.M. Crowe, BM 8 Inf Bde.

All skis issued to troops in afternoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 9 Feb 1941

Voluntary Church Parade at 0930 hrs in YMCA conducted by Capt Markham, Chaplain, due to continued bad throat of our Chaplain, Maj C.J.S. Stuart, MC.

CO’s inspection of huts at 1000 hrs.

All available skis again being used by troops for exercise.

Camp Sussex N.B. 10 Feb 1941

Training carried on by all Coys as per syllabus attached.

Camp Sussex N.B. 11 Feb 1941

Training carried on by Coys.

Camp Sussex N.B. 12 Feb 1941

1 OR proceeded to Equipment Repairers Course, St John, NB.

Camp Sussex N.B. 13 Feb 1941

Training carried on by Companies TEOT well under way – over 50% completed on an average.

Camp Sussex N.B. 14 Feb 1941

Lecture and sand table demonstration by Maj. W.T. Barnard to all officers at 1615 hrs.

Subject – “Bn in Defense”

Lt R.A. Harris left on 3 days sick leave and 14 days leave.

Pay parade in afternoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 15 Feb 1941

Officers parade at YMCA in morning for demonstration by Maj R.M. Crowe, BM on “Correct Method of Instruction on Arm Drill.”

M.T. Parade at 1400 hrs through Town of Sussex for purpose of advertising War Savings Certificates drive. This Regt took part with 1 – 8 cwt and 5 – 15 cwt trucks.

Orders attached.

Camp Sussex N.B. 16 Feb 1941

Church parade at 1015 hrs in YMCA Service conducted by Maj C.J.S. Stuart, MC Chaplain.

Camp Sussex N.B. 17 Feb 1941

Officers Lecture Demonstration for all officers of Bde held in YMCA at 2000 hrs.

This was conducted by Capt J.M. Milne assisted by Lt E.A. Dunlop and Lt J.I. Mills, all of the QOR of C.

Lt J.L. Dampier and 1 OR proceeded to Regt’l Signals Instructors Course St. John, NB.

Camp Sussex N.B. 18 Feb 1941

Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. Discharged from hospital.

Camp Sussex N.B. 19 Feb 1941

Lt J.N. Gordon and C.N. Bradshaw attended CDM at 4 Cdn M/C Regt (8PLNBH) for instruction.

Camp Sussex N.B. 20 Feb 1941

Fire broke out about 0845 hrs in ablution room of hut C-6 in R de Chaud lines.

This had quite a hold when discovered but was eventually put out without spreading to the lseeping huts by the prompt action of B63573 A/Cpl Henderson, J.G., Fire Marshal, and the Fire Picquet of this unit.

The CO, Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, ED left on 6 days sick leave and 14 days leave.

Camp Sussex N.B. 21 Feb 1941

Maj W.T. Barnard, Adjt gave lecture and sand table demonstration to all officers at 1615 hrs on “Withdrawl.”

Letter received from H.M. Queen Mary, Colonel-in-Chief, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

Camp Sussex N.B. 22 Feb 1941

Training carried on in morning. Snow very wet in afternoon and poor skiing.

Camp Sussex N.B. 23 Feb 1941

Church Parade at 0930 hrs in Y.M.C.A Service conducted by Maj C.J.S. Stuart, MC, Chaplain.

Officers wives and friends from Sussex entertained at supper in the Officers mess at 1800 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 24 Feb 1941

Brig J.P. Archambault, DSO, MC, 8 Inf Bde and the B.M., Maj R.M. Crowe inspected the Companies at training this morning. They also went over the syllabus of training of the various companies and pointed out where they could be improved.

Syllabus of training for the week attached.

Demonstration for all officers of the Bde at 2000 hrs in the YMCA on the subject – “Some Hits on the Correct Methods of Instruction.”

2 OR’s proceeded on command to trained Army Mechanics Course at St. John, NB.

Camp Sussex N.B. 25 Feb 1941

Lecture to all combatant officers by Capt J.M. Milne on “Fixed Lines, LMG” at 1615 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 26 Feb 1941

8 OR’s confirmed in rank of Cpl.

QOR Minstrel Show presented at Salvation Army Hut at 1900 hrs. Hall packed and amount of applause indicated that crowd enjoyed it immensely.

Camp Sussex N.B. 27 Feb 1941

Regular training carried on by Coys.

Camp Sussex N.B. 28 Feb 1941

Sand Table Exercise – Attack – conducted by Maj W.T. Barnard for all officers at 1615 hrs.

Strength as of 28 Feb shown in Pt. 11 D.O.

Camp Sussex N.B. 1 March 1941

Daily Orders included with Diary.

Pt. 1 – Appendix Al: Pt. 11 – Appendix A2

Training Progress Reports for period 13 Oct 1940 to 27 Jan 1941 included herewith.

In future these will be included weekly.

2 OR’s returned from Ski Course at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa.

Camp Sussex N.B. 2 March 1941

Church parade at 1000 hrs, Service conducted by Maj. C.J.S. Stuart, Chaplain.

CO’s hut inspection at 1115 hrs.

Large number of men skiing in afternoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 3 March 1941

Training Syllabi for week commencing 3 Mar. Attached – Appendix “C”

Weekly training Report for week ending 1 Mar. Attached – Appendix “D”

Maj. W.T. Barnard in bed with bad cold – Lt. T.E. Sisson, I.O., acting as Adjutant.

Camp Sussex N.B. 4 March 1941

8 OR’s struck off strength

Camp Sussex N.B. 5 March 1941

Training in accordance with syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 6 March 1941

Maj C.J.S. Stuart, M.C., proceeded on leave. Maj W.T. Barnard returned to duty.

Lecture by Capt. G.F.C. Pangman to all officers on the “Thompson Sub-Machine Gun.”

10 Tommy Guns are now on charge to unit and all officers and NCO’s are to be trained in its use.

Camp Sussex N.B. 7 March 1941

Lt W.E. Fess and Lt T.E. Parkinson attended D.CM. Held at Camp Sussex, for instruction. Capt G.F.C. Pangman, gave a second lecture to all officers on the “Tommy Gun.:

The Band of the Queen’s Own Rifles gave a band concert in the High School Auditorium, Sussex, in aid of the Red Cross. The hall was filled, the concert was extremely well received and the Red Cross benefitted to the extent of over $200. Programme is enclosed – Appendix “E”.

Camp Sussex N.B. 8 March 1941

3 Officers transferred to different Coys.

Skiing still popular and all skis available being used by men any time they are off duty. The officers and OR’s who attended Ski Course at Ottawa are instructing in skiing.

Training Progress report for week ending 8 Mar.

Camp Sussex N.B. 9 March 1941

Church Parade at 0930 hrs. Service conducted by Capt C.J. Markham, Chaplain due to absense on leave of Maj C.J.S. Stuart, M.C.

CO’s hut inspection at 1030 hrs.

Maj J.G. Spragge admitted to Sussex Hospital with influenza.

Camp Sussex N.B. 10 March 1941

“B” Coy. Quarantined in hut due to a case of spinal meningitis. Lt J.K. Dampier returned from Signal Instructors School at Saint John, N.B.

Training Syllabi for week attached.

Camp Sussex N.B. 11 March 1941

Lecture to all offciers by Lt J.L. Dampier on “Signalling.” Outdoor ranges allotted to QOR of C this week are being used all day every day. .22 practices are being fired.

Camp Sussex N.B. 12 March 1941

20 OR’s struck off strength transfer to depot – low medical categories, Maj V.A. Ginanelli and Capt D.J. LeQuesne returned from Coy Comds Course, RMC Kingston.

Camp Sussex N.B. 13 March 1941

Lecture to all officers by Lt J.L. Dampier on “Signalling.” This was with special reference to what regimental officers should know and do in order to allow Regt signallers to carry out their duties efficiently.

Maj J.G. Spragge discharged from hospital.

Camp Sussex N.B. 14 March 1941

Bde exercise on orders for M.T. Movement acrried out by all units. Operation Order of this unit attached – Appendix “F”

Scheme included officers of Bn. H.Q. And Coy. Comds. Brought out many points in the issue of orders which can be improved next time.

QOR Regimental Minstrels put on a show in aid of the Sussex I.O.D.E. In the High School Auditorium. Hall was again filled, audience was very complimentary and I.O.D.E. Made over $200. Speakers were very complimentary about bearing and manner of troops at Camp Sussex in general and those of our regt in particular.

Camp Sussex N.B. 15 March 1941

Conference of all officers who took part in yesterdays scheme held at Bde. H.Q.

Maj R.M. Crowe, B.M., pointed out mistakes and how they could be corrected.

6 OR’s left on furlough.

Weekly Training Progress Report attached.

Camp Sussex N.B. 16 March 1941

Church Parade at 1000 hrs. Service conducted by Capt C.J. Markham – Maj C.J.S. Stuart, M.C. Still on leave.

21 OR’s left on furlough.

Camp Sussex N.B. 17 March 1941

QOR of C brigade duty unit for week. “A” Coy doing duties and fatigues.

Maj J.E.C. Pangman, Camp Field Officer. Capt M.K. Gordon, Camp Medical Officer.

Regt Gas School for 1 week commenced under Lt W.A. Robertson and Lt J.I. Mills.

Course for personnel of Bn Intelligence Section under Bde supervision commenced by Lt T.E. Sisson.

Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D., attending M.T. Maintenance Course at Saint John, 17-20 March inclusive.

Quizz contest and contest on assembling Bren and Tommy guns for all officers of Bde held in Y.M.C.A. Tonight. Won by QOR of C.

Camp Sussex N.B. 18 March 1941

Training in accordance with syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 19 March 1941

Col E.L.M. Burns, C.B.E., M.C., A.D.C.G.S., visited units in Camp Sussex to see the training being acrried out by units. He looked at this unit at training and then had lunch in the Officers Mess. Details of his visit are attached at Appendix “H”.

Camp Sussex N.B. 20 March 1941

Lectures for all officers held at 1400 hrs. Lectures on “Traffic Control Posts” by Lt A.J. Greathed and on “Graph Construction” by Lt A. Cherrier.

Recreational training period held today instead of yesterday, because of Col Burns visit.

Maj W.L. Bryan and Capt G.F.C. Pangman proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John (4 days).

Camp Sussex N.B. 21 March 1941

Regt Boxing Team, under Lt A.I. Matheson, which proceeded to Fredricton, 19 Mar to participate in New Brunswick Boxing Championships obtained the following results:

Light Heavy Weight Champion – B63798 Rfn Kavanagh, J.G., “HQ” Coy

Welterweight Champion – B64268 Rfn Moss, A, “D” Coy

Two other men were semi-finalists.

Bde scheme of last week repeated with some alterations. Issue of orders showed result of better organization in Orderly Room.

Camp Sussex N.B. 22 March 1941

Maj C.J.S. Stuart, M.C. Returned from leave. Roads around camp are getting into terrible condition as the frost comes out. Outdoor training practically impossible due to mud.

Maj R.M. Crowe, B.M., pointed out where further improvement was possible to all officers taking part in yesterday’s scheme.

Camp Sussex N.B. 23 March 1941

Church Parade at 0930 hrs Service conducted by Maj C.J.S. Stuart, M.C., Chaplain.

Camp Sussex N.B. 24 March 1941

Capt D.J. LeQuesne proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course at Saint John.

Basketball practices started at R.C. Parish Hall for Regtl team in Bde league.

Regtl boxers under Lt A.I. Matheson, are training strenuously for Bde Championships next month. Summer headdress (Green F.S. Caps) worn from today.

Camp Sussex N.B. 25 March 1941

Lecture to all officers by Maj. W.T. Barnard on “Co-ordination of Bn Embussing Area.”

This was the result of the scheme last week and by means of a scale diagram and scale models of transport Maj Barnard demonstrated how the space available could best be utilized.

Camp Sussex N.B. 26 March 1941

Maj C.J.S. Stuart, M.C., who has been our chaplain for the past several months left to take over duties as Senior Chaplain (P) 3rd Div. Maj Stuart has been extremely popular with all ranks.

Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. Left for Toronto to interview men from the I.T.C.’s who had applied to join this unit as reinforcements.

Camp Sussex N.B. 27 March 1941

Lecture demonstration on the “3 inch Mortar” by Lt H.E. Dalton, assisted by Lt Clarkson, Lett and Nickson to all officers.

Lt H.E. Dalton proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Camp Sussex N.B. 28 March 1941

12 OR’s struck off strength on transfer to depot.

Indoor miniature range beside drill hall ready for use and allotted to Coys. Range fine except for insufficient light on targets.

Camp Sussex N.B. 29 March 1941

Regtl basketball team won practice game from R.C.C.S. 30-26. Boxers now doing road work at 0600 hrs each morning.

Camp Sussex N.B. 30 March 1941

Voluntary Church parade conducted by Capt. C.W. Markham at 1000 hrs as we are now without a chaplain.

Camp Sussex N.B. 31 March 1941

No water this morning in huts. Apparently due to freezing up of intake pipe at town end of line.

“C” Coy on outdoor ranges. Ranges being used from 0700 hrs until darkness.

Demonstrations for all officers of bde in K of C Hut at 1930 hrs. Subjects – (a) The 3 inch Mortar – by Lt H.E. Dalton assisted by a demonstration by Lt Clarkson, Lett and Nickson.

(b) Orderly Room Procedure by Capt Brennan of the N Shore R

Maj V.A. Gianelli proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Strength return as of 31 Mar 1941 attached.

Camp Sussex N.B. 1 April 1941

Pt.1 D.O. (Appendix Al) and Pt. 11 D.O. (Appendix A2)

Training carried out as per syllabus. Pay parade by Coys in afternoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 2 April 1941

Bde basketball league started in R.C. Parish Hall in Sussex. QOR 37, 18 Fd Coy RCE 10.

Camp Sussex N.B. 3 April 1941

2 OR’s proceeded to P.T. Course C.S.A.T.C., Long Branch Ranges, Toronto.

Maj R.M. Hudson proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

1 OR returned from Equipment Repairer’s Course, Saint John, having passed the course.

Camp Sussex N.B. 4 April 1941

Results Bde basketball – 12 Fd Regt RCA, 30, QOR 28.

4 OR’s transferred to HQ 8 Cdn Inf Bde as orderlies.

Camp Sussex N.B. 5 April 1941

Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. Arrived back from Toronto where he had been interviewing men from the District Depot and the I.T.C. Who wished to transfer to this unit.

Camp Sussex N.B. 6 April 1941

Divine Service at 1000 hrs held on our own parade grounds. Chaplain of 2 C.C.S. Conducted service.

5 trucks from each unit in camp started hauling gravel for camp roads under direction of Camp E.O., Capt Hayman. Roads are in a deplorable state – civilian traffic prohibited. Lt S.M. Lett and N.R. Pilcher were in charge of gravelling operations for the day.

Camp Sussex N.B. 7 April 1941

Maj J.G. Spragge proceeded on M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Lt H.E. Dalton, Lt R.C. Clarkson and Sgt Phillips begancourse on 3” mortars for mortar officers and NCO’s of other units of the Bde.

Camp Sussex N.B. 8 April 1941

69 OR’s arrived as a draft from No. 2 District Depot and I.T.Cs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 9 April 1941

“A” Coy firing on open ranges. 69 OR’s on draft examined by medical board – 68 categorized “A”. The other man is being returned to depot.

Camp Sussex N.B. 10 April 1941

“D” Coy firing on open ranges.

Major W.L. Bryan proceeded on M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John,

Capt R.D. MacLaren, RCAMC arrived, as our new M.O.

25% of unit left on weekend leave till 15 Apr most of these going home to Toronto.

Camp Sussex N.B. 11 April 1941

Good Friday, which was observed as a holiday except for essential fatigues.

Camp Sussex N.B. 12 April 1941

Training interrupted by those on leave. This was taken advantage of to have thorough clean-up around lines.

Camp Sussex N.B. 13 April 1941

Easter Sunday, Voluntary church service at Salvation Army Hut at 1000 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 14 April 1941

Major J.E.C. Pangman proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Camp Sussex N.B. 15 April 1941

Most of those on weekend leave arrived back this morning.

Training syllabus of Coys for week attached as Appx. B.

Camp Sussex N.B. 16 April 1941

Informed that Lt S.M. Lett qualified as “Distinguished” and others shown in Appx A2 at the Ski Instructors Course.

Camp Sussex N.B. 17 April 1941

4 OR’s transferred to RCETC, Petawawa. These were 4 of our miners who were familiar with drilling and blasting.

Capt J.C. Clough, C.C.S., our new padre, taken on strength.

Capt J.M. Milne, proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Camp Sussex N.B. 18 April 1941

Results of Bn. Boxing Championships held 7 Apr in the YMCA are shown as Appx. A1.

Camp Sussex N.B. 19 April 1941

2 Universal Carriers received by this unit. Lt S.C. Heyes, who attended Carrier Course, busy training his platoon to drive them.

Camp Sussex N.B. 20 April 1941

Church Parade at 0945 hrs Service conducted by Capt J.C. Clough.

Bde mess open and bde staff at home to officers of bde and their wives at 1100 hrs.

Tea, attended by large number of officers and wives, served in our officers mess.

Camp Sussex N.B. 21 April 1941

The Minister of National Defence, Col J.L. Ralston, visited Camp Sussex. He was greeted at 0845 hrs by a guard of honour composed of an equal number of men from the QOR, The N. Shore R. And the R de Chaud under the command of Capt F.L. Grout of this unit. He afterwards visited this unit at its regular training.

QOR took over as Bde duty unit for the week at retreat. Guard and fatigures furnished by HQ Coy.

Training Syllabus for each coy for week are attached at Appx B.

Lt S.M. Lett proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Camp Sussex N.B. 22 April 1941

Lecture to officers at 1630 hrs by Maj W.T. Barnard on the “Theory of Range Finding.”

Camp Sussex N.B. 23 April 1941

The Bn paraded at 1330 hrs for a route march through the town of Sessex. On the way back a short practice was held for inspection on 25 Apr.

Both bands proceeded to Moncton to take part in St. George’s Day parade there.

Camp Sussex N.B. 24 April 1941

18 OR’s of low medical category returned to Depot.

The G.O.C. 3rd Cdn Dic, Maj Gen C.B. Price, D.S.O., D.C.M., V.D. Addressed all offciers of the Bde at 1745 hrs in the Salvation Army Hut. He spoke of conditions in England at present, the role of the Cdn Corps and of future plans for the 3rd Cdn Div.

Lt H.R. Downie proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Camp Sussex N.B. 25 April 1941

The Bn was inspected at 1030 hrs by the G.O.C. 3rd Cdn Div Maj Gen C.B. Price, D.S.O., D.C.M., V.D. He spoke to each officer, NCO and some of the men individually and then to all ranks over our loud speaker system.

After the formal inspection he visited our unit lines. Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D.,k had lunch with the G.O.C. At the Bde Mess.

A dance for all officers of the bde was held in the YMCA from 2100 hrs to 0200 hrs.

Supper was served in the K. Of C. Hut. The G.O.C. 3rd Cdn Div, the brigadiers of the 7 and 8 Cdn Inf Bde, Brig Anglin, D.O.C., M.D.7, Lt Col C. Foulkes and their respective wives received the guests.

Camp Sussex N.B. 26 April 1941

“HQ” Coy on open ranges. Firing started at 0700 hrs and continued till 1800 hrs.

108 men put through 9 practises.

Capt R.B.G. Macdonell appointed L.O. For 8 Cdn Inf Bde to HQ 3rd Cdn Div.

Camp Sussex N.B. 27 April 1941

Church Parade at 0900 hrs Service conducted by Capt J.C. Clough, C.C.S.

Brig J.P. Archambault, D.S.O., M.C. And Mme Archambault were entertained to tea by the officers and wives in the Officers Mess.

Camp Sussex N.B. 28 April 1941

Lt W. Robertson and E.A. Dunlop proceeded to M.T. Maintenance Course, Saint John.

Coy Comdr’s course for all Coys Comdrs of the bde commenced at 1330 hrs under Maj R.M. Crowe, B.M.

Syllabus of training for each Coy for week is attached at Appx B.

The brass and bugles bands gave a concert at Hampton, proceeds going to the Hampton War Work Committee. The hall was small but packed and the audience demonstrated by their enthusiastic applause their keen enjoyment of the programme.

Lt Col Baptist Johnston, CO 2nd Bn QOR of C (RF) and Lt Col Ian Macdonell, who was formerly CO of the QOR of C (N.P.A.M.) arrived for a short visit to the Bn.

Camp Sussex N.B. 29 April 1941

Lecture by Capt R.D. MacLaren, our M.O., on “Field Bandaging” to all officers at 1630 hrs. The Midland Regt. Moved in to the lines formerly occupied by the 5 Armd Regt.

Camp Sussex N.B. 30 April 1941

Route March by bn at 1330 hrs to O’Connell Park, Sussex Town. Lt Col Johnston spoke to those members of the bn who had come from the 2nd bn and lt Col Macdonell to those of this bn who were serving in the N.P.A.M. At the outbreak of the war.

5 officers from H.M.S. Moloja, an A.M.C. Of 21000 tones which is at present in dry dock at Saint John had dinner with our officers in the officers mess.

Camp Sussex N.B. 1 May 1941

Pt. 1 Orders (Appendix Al) and Pt. II Orders (Appendix A2) for month attached 0 OR’s low category personnel, struck off strength on transfer to Wing.

Capt F.L.J. Grout and Lt A.I. Matheson proceeded to D&M Course, Saint John.

2 OR’s returned from Blacksmith’s Course.

Camp Sussex N.B. 2 May 1941

Platoon and section training being carried on by all Coys. Night marches and patrols are regular part of training.

Bde Boxing Tournament held at YMCA. Boxers from this unit won 4 out of 6 titles and 4 men of this unit were finalists, the N.Shore R. Winning the other two titles.

The unit was presented with a gold cup which is being placed in the Orderly Room.

Camp Sussex N.B. 3 May 1941

Bde Intelligence Course standing announced. QOR of C had highest average in Bde.

3 OR’s returned from Carpenter’s Course.

Camp Sussex N.B. 4 May 1941

Parade Service at 1000 hrs in YMCA Capt. J.C. Clough, Chaplain.

Camp Sussex N.B. 5 May 1941

18 Fd Coy RCE staged a demonstration of wiring, etc. At 1330 hrs. All subalterns, WO’s and NCO’s of this unit attended.

Lt T.E. Sisson proceeded to D&M Course, Saint John.

Training syllabus for week 5-10 May attached as Appendix “B”

Camp Sussex N.B. 6 May 1941

Lesson 1 on Thompson SMG for all officers, in Officer’s Mess at 1630 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 7 May 1941

Routine training carried on in morning. Recreational training in afternoon. 7 different baseball games played; also a soccer and volleyball game.

Camp Sussex N.B. 8 May 1941

“A” Coy on ranges in morning; “HQ” Coy in afternoon.

Capt R.B.G. Macdonell and Lt E.P.T. Green proceeded to D&M Course, Saint John.

Lesson 2 on Thompson S.M.G. For all officers in Officers Mess at 1630 hrs.

Camp Sussex N.B. 9 May 1941

1 OR returned from School of Cookery, Camp Border.

QOR Beaten by 14 Fd Amb 37-34 in final basketball game of Bde league.

Camp Sussex N.B. 10 May 1941

Two trucks were sent out to the surrounding country to take men who wanted to fish, hike or visit the surrounding territory. Haversack lunches were supplied and the trucks were well filled.

Camp Sussex N.B. 11 May 1941

Church Parade at 0915 hrs in YMVA – Capt J.C. Clough, Chaplain.

Trucks again took men out to country in afternoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 12 May 1941

Training syllabus for week 12-17 May attached as Appendix “B”

Respirators worn for half an hour. This is to be increased each week by half an hour until a maximum of three hours is reached.

Classification of Regimental Signallers held with 57 candidates.

Camp Sussex N.B. 13 May 1941

Lesson 3 on Thompson S.M.G. Held for all officers in Mess at 1630 hrs.

Lt H.R. Downie, senior subaltern, posted to “A” Coy as 2ic vice Capt R.B.G. Macdonell who reported yesterday to HQ, 3 Cdn Div as Liaison Officer.

Camp Sussex N.B. 14 May 1941

Lt H.R. Downie and J.I. Mills attended Court Martial for instruction.

Recreational Training carried out in afternoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 15 May 1941

Maj. Gen. C.B. Price, DSO, DCM, VD, GOC 3 Cdn Div arrived in Camp Sussex to see units at training for two days.

Night patrol for all officers carried out in rain.

Camp Sussex N.B. 16 May 1941

“D” Coy firing LMG practises on open range.

Maj Gen C.B. Prive, DSO, DCM, VD had lunch with the officers of this unit in the Mess. At 1330 hrs he interviewed 18 NCO’s who have been recommended for commissions and expressed himself as very pleased with the high calibre of men whom he saw.

Minstrel Show put on by members of the Regt in Saint John at 2000 hrs under auspices of Katherine E. Black Chapter of IODE. About 900 in attendance and over $300 was raised for War Work of the IODE. Show went over very well and audience were quite enthusiastic. IODE fed cast and held a short dance for them afterwards in Gymnasium of High School.

Camp Sussex N.B. 17 May 1941

23 OR’s, low category and under age personnel, struck off strength on transfer to QOR Wing of Depot.

Track team of 5 OR’s competed in Military Track Meet held at Mount Alison Univeristy in Sackville, NB.

Camp Sussex N.B. 18 May 1941

Church Parade at 1000 hrs at YMCA Service conducted by Maj C.J.S. Stuart, MC, Senior Chaplain (P) 3 Cdn Div who was formerly our padre.

Truck again went for drive in country. These trips are popular as surrounding country side is very attractive just now.

Training syllabus for week 19-24 May attached as Appendix “B”

Camp Sussex N.B. 19 May 1941

New vehicles arrived to bring our transport up to 50% of establishment. This will now allow drivers to be trained up to number required which was impossible with limited transport before.

“HQ” Coy on open ranges firing LMG practices.

4 cooks and 1 carpenter taken on strength on trasfer from No 2 District Depot.

New pedestrian bridge built by Engineers across river now open.

QOR took over Camp Guard duty at retreat.

Camp Sussex N.B. 20 May 1941

Lecture to all officers by Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. On “methods of Training” in connection with 3 Cdn Div Training Instructions.

Camp Sussex N.B. 21 May 1941

Brass band assisted by several artists from the unit, gave a concert in Sackville, N.B. For the benefit of the Kinsmens War Services. A large crown was on hand and members of the band were well entertained after the concert.

Recreational Training carried out in afternoon. Six baseball games held.

1 OR proceeded to CSATC Long Branch.

Camp Sussex N.B. 22 May 1941

Regulations for passes for civilians visiting Camp Sussex put into effect.

Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. And Maj W.T. Barnard, Adjt left for Debert to take part in TEWT for Bn HQ’s being held there tomorrow.

Camp Sussex N.B. 23 May 1941

Bde convoy held- all units in Camp Sussex taking part.

Lt’s R.W. Sawyer and A.J. Greathed attended Court Martial for instruction.

Camp Sussex N.B. 24 May 1941

Observed as a holiday by all units except for essential duties and fatigues.

Rain all day so impossible for troops to get out much.

Publications received bringing quantities up to authorization except in a few cases.

Camp Sussex N.B. 25 May 1941

Church parade at 0915 hrs. Capt J.C. Clough, Chaplain. Because of inclemency of the weather (still raining) the parade was made voluntary. Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. And Maj W.T. Barnard returned from Debert.

Camp Sussex N.B. 26 May 1941

Training syllabus for week 26-31 May attached as Appendix “B”.

Maj W.T. Barnard took over his duties as Adjutant from Lt T.E. Sisson, who had been acting as such for the past two weeks to give him some experience in the job.

Cablegram of good wishes dispatched to H.M. Queen Mary on her birthday – 26 May.

Camp Sussex N.B. 27 May 1941

32 OR’s who classified May 12 1941 graded as Regimental Signallers.

Lt (Q.M.) W.E. Bawden promoted Captain (Q.M.) effective 13 Mar. 1941.

Capt G.F.C. Pangman and Lt T.E. Sisson proveeded to Debert to be interviewed by Lt Col H.V.D. Laing, A.A.&T.M.G., 3 Cdn Div with a view to the putting forward of their names as candidates for Staff Learners.

Camp Sussex N.B. 28 May 1941

Cablegram was received from our Colonel-in-Chief, H.M. Queen Mary, in reply to ours conveying her warmest thanks for our good wishes.

Camp Sussex N.B. 29 May 1941

Personnel of Bn HQ took part in a simple exercise – the setting up and protection of Bn HQ. This was completed in the morning.

QORofC won 3 Cdn Div Boxing Championships which were contested at Debert 28 May 1941, winning a silver cup emblematic of the championship.

Camp Sussex N.B. 30 May 1941

Results obtained by drivers tested on M.T. Vehicles at Saint John published.

QOR Minstrel show put on at Moncton under the auspices of two Moncton Chapters of the I.O.D.E. The hall of the high school, which olds over 1400, was filled, with spectators standing. The audience was very enthusiastic and apparently this was one of the largest crowds to ever attend an entertainment of this sort in Moncton. It was mentioned that it seemed rather appropriate that the large amount of money made through the efforts of the QOR of C, was being turned over to the Queen’s Fund. Refreshments were served by the ladies afterwards and a short dance was held in the Masonic Hall.

Camp Sussex N.B. 31 May 1941

Strength return as at 31 May shown in Part II Orders.

Platoons of “A” and “B” Coys and the Intelligence Section went for route march; bivouaced over night, and returned on Sunday. Platoon Comdrs made all their own arrangments and all platoons covered between 28 and 35 miles during the two days. This was excellent experience, the men enjoyed it and it was a good toughening-up exercise. Other Coys are to do this over coming weekends.

Camp Sussex N.B. 1 June 1941

1000 hrs Parade Service, Chaplain Hon. Capt. J.C. Clough.

Camp Sussex N.B. 2 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1320 QOR supplied two bands and two Coys. “A” & “B” for Victory Load Parade.

Daily Orders Pts 1 and 11.

Camp Sussex N.B. 3 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Summer dress regulations brought into effect.

Camp Sussex N.B. 4 June 1941

Training in accordance with syllabus.

Documents re mobilization of Bn.

Historical documents

Movement Orders

Camp Sussex N.B. 5 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Hon Capt J.C. Clough appointed Chairman Camp Sports Committee.

Camp Sussex N.B. 6 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 7 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 8 June 1941

0915 Church Parade on Bn Parade Ground, Caplain Hon Capt J.C. Clough.

1400 QOR played city of Moncton at hardball.

Camp Sussex N.B. 9 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 10 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus. M.T. Movement Order 12 June.

Camp Sussex N.B. 11 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 12 June 1941

1700 Lectures for officers “Airborne Troops”, Salvation Army Hut.

Camp Sussex N.B. 13 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1330 Bn Field Day in afternoon Coy Championship won by “HQ” Coy, individual Championship by Cpl G.E. Love “HQ” Coy.

2000 Brass & Bugle Bands put on concert in Moncton arranged by Kiwanis Club for RCAF benefit.

Camp Sussex N.B. 14 June 1941

0900 M/C recce by T.O. Mortar Officer, Pioneer Officer and A/A Officer.

0900 Weekend route marches and field schemes by “D” & “C” Coys.

0930 Parade in Sussex led by Brass Band.

Camp Sussex N.B. 15 June 1941

Church Parade Bn Parade Ground, padre Hon Capt Clough Folding alter built by Pioneer Platoon.

Camp Sussex N.B. 16 June 1941

0800 Two M.T. Convoy move & bivouac by Mortar & Pioneer Platoons.

0900 Visit by Major C.F.J. Stuart, MC Senior Chaplain 3 Cdn Div.

1930 Lecture by Capt H.T. Jones, YMCA.

Camp Sussex N.B. 17 June 1941

0830 Brass Band under Lt O.A. Nickson left on 2 day M.T. Move with parades in several towns in connection with Victory Load.

1000 OC and Adjt left for HQ, 3 Cdn Div Debert Camp on 3 day TWET.

2000 Major Spragge proceeded “On Command.”

Camp Sussex N.B. 18 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 19 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

0900 Pith helmets issued to Bn now wearing shorts or denim for training.

Camp Sussex N.B. 20 June 1941

2000 OC and Adjt returned from 3 Cdn Div TEWT at Debert.

Camp Sussex N.B. 21 June 1941

1400 QOR boxing team fought team from Saint John Defences including RCAF.

Camp Sussex N.B. 22 June 1941

0900 Church Parade Bn parade ground.

1330 Adjutant left for Camp Borden to examine draft of recruits.

Lt T.E. Sisson, IC transferred to HQ, 3 Cdn Div as Staff Learner.

Care of feet.

Camp Sussex N.B. 23 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1930 Bn became Camp duty Unit for week ending 30-60-41.

Camp Sussex N.B. 24 June 1941

0730 Bde practise in preparation for visit of His Excellency the Governor General the Earl of Athlone and HRH Princess Alice accompanied by Major General Price G.O.C. 3 Cdn Div.

Camp Sussex N.B. 25 June 1941

0900 Bde Sports Day. QOR won aggregate championship.

Camp Sussex N.B. 26 June 1941

0800 Preparation for demonstrations 28-6-41 Army Day.

Major W.L. Bryan 2 i/c transferred to No 2 District Depot effective 24-6-41.

Camp Sussex N.B. 27 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Preparation for demonstrations to be given Army Day 28 June.

Camp Sussex N.B. 28 June 1941

Army Day all Military Camps being open to civilians.

Demonstrations put on by unit – under Bde Orders.

Camp Sussex N.B. 29 June 1941

0900 Day proclaimed Dedication Sunday. Camp Sussex open to civilian visitors to allow them to attend military service.

Camp Sussex N.B. 30 June 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Strength return as at 30 June shown in Pt. II Orders

Camp Sussex N.B. 1 July 1941

0800 Major Spragge appointed 2 i/c Unit. Major Hudson temporarily 2 i/c unit. Major Hudson OC “B” Coy, Capt Pangman OC “D” Coy, Capt Milen Temporarily OC “B” Coy.

Capt Downie 2 i/c “A” Coy, Lt Robertson 2 i/c “D” Coy.

Capt Grout temporarily OC “D” Coy, Lt Dunlop temporarily 2 i/c “C” Coy.

Dominion Day, Statutory Holiday observed.

Training syllabus.

Camp Sussex N.B. 2 July 1941

1400 Bn M.T. Move with night practice in embussing and debussing.

Camp Sussex N.B. 3 July 1941

0900 Advice received that Bn to start Embarkation leave immediately. Packing, turning in of equipment and kit inspections immediately started.

Warning order.

Camp Sussex N.B. 4 July 1941

1200 Nominal rolls completed, warrants issued for one third fare and special trains arranged.

Camp Sussex N.B. 5 July 1941

0700 1st special leave train pulled out for Toronto.

0800 2nd special leave train pulled out for Toronto.

Major Hudson in command of unit.

Camp Sussex N.B. 6 July 1941

Leave trains arrived Toronto.

0045 Fire broke out in “C” Coy wash room. Brought under control by prompt action of Fire Picquet. Damage of about $300-$400 as no pressure from hoses.

Camp Sussex N.B. 7 July 1941

1600 Fire destroyed Sgts Mess of R de Chaud adjoining unit. Hoses of QOR of C were first in action.

Second Warning Order received changing date to 17-7-41.

Camp Sussex N.B. 8 July 1941

1300 Leave trains left Toronto to return to Camp Sussex.

Diamond Jubilee of Major General Rennie published in orders.

Camp Sussex N.B. 9 July 1941

Officers Mess on cost basis.

1815 1st Embarkation leave train returned from Toronto.

1930 2nd train arrived.

Camp Sussex N.B. 10 July 1941

0800 Unit allowed return of 2nd 30 cwt. Only one 30 cwt and one station wagon originally kept when transport turned back to Ordnance 3 July.

Regimenally owned station wagon to be given to 2nd Bn.

Camp Sussex N.B. 11 July 1941

0800 Boxes painted and ready for packing. Shortages in men’s kit made up where QM had stores available.

Capt Craig HQ 11 Inf Bde 4th Bdn Div guest at lunch.

Map of Camp Area with training areas and unit lines shown.

Sussex Sheet 1/63360

Plan of Unit lines Sussex

Plan of Camp Sussex

Panorama photograph of 1st Bn taken on bank in front of Bde Mess.

Lt W.A. Robertson became Captain, effective 26-6-41.

1800 66 reinforcements from 2nd Bn under Capt Dane MacKendrick 2 i/c DD, No. 2 arrived.

Two men sent to HQ Coy rest divided evenly principally as to their choice among four rifle companies. Men attached to Coys boarded and kit inspected same evening.

Camp Sussex N.B. 12 July 1941

0800 Capt MacKendrick guest of Mess.

Training continued by Companies interrupted by revision of nominal rolls, attachment of recruits, new equipment, etc.

1230 2Lt William D. Stewart of 2nd Bn joined unit, after course at Brockville, C.A.T.C. Attached to “D” Coy.

Camp Sussex N.B. 13 July 1941

1000 Church parade arranged for River Bank, cancelled due to heavy downpour.

Camp Sussex N.B. 14 July 1941

0800 Training carried out principally route marches and close order drill.

1000 Last pay parade for officers in Canada.

Camp Sussex N.B. 15 July 1941

0800 Training sketchy due to packing and painting and crating duties. It is expected that Bde will move 18 July.

Camp Sussex N.B. 16 July 1941

0800 CO and IO will move as an advance party 1330 hrs. 17-7-41. Bn to entrain 0630 hrs. 19-7-41.

Letter 8 Cdn Inf Bde.

Arrangements made to turn in all barrack equipment Friday 18 July. Blankets and mattresses only will be retained night of 18/19 July. Huts will be scrubbed 18 July swept 19 July after reveille 0430 hrs. Stoves to be wired shut after 2200 hrs 18 July.

Order for Train No. 322.

Camp Sussex N.B. 17 July 1941

1530 Notice received that 30 men from I.T.C Camp Borden will report to us on docks at Halifax. GOC 3rd Cdn Div authorized 2nd Bn to send 20 men to 7 Inf Bde at Debert. These men to be transferred to us in England.

Communion was celebrated in Trinity Church, Sussex at 0700 hrs celebrant – Capt J.C. Clough.

The attendance was large.

Last Pt II Orders issued at Camp Sussex.

Advance party Camp Sussex N.B. 17 July 1941

1300 OC, IO and 2 OR entrained for Halifax. 2200 hrs arrived Halifax and contacted ESO Lt Col Keating. Advance Party remained ashore.

Camp Sussex N.B. 18 July 1941

Notes re movement gone over with Coy Comdrs, 2i/c Lt Wilson (Train Orderly Officer) and H. Green (Train Inspection Officer). Day devoted to general cleaning up and loading of freight cars. All clearances obtained.

Advance party Halifax N.S. 18 July 1941

0900 Conference postponed until 1330 hrs. A.D.S.T. Maj Gen Price, Lcol Keating, E.S.O., MacKendrick, Parker, Sparing & Lt Matheson Present.

LCol MacKendrick to be OC Canadians, Col V.R. Jackson late the Buffs, OC Ship EL19 to be OC Troops. Lt Matheson to be ship’s Adjt.

1530 Inspection of ship by LCols Keating E.S.O. MacKendrick, Sparking, Col Jackson, Capt Linton of HMT Strathmore, EL19 staff, Capt Coates, asst. Troop Officer, Roadall, and the Purser Hussey.

1530 Arrangements made re berthing, stowing of baggage and rifles, fatigues, guards etc.

2000 OC Canadians, ships adjt, and Ors took berths aboard.

Camp Sussex N.B. 19 July 1941

Reveille at 0330 hrs Coffee served by Auxiliary Services. All regiment entrained by 0605 hrs as laid down. Raining quite heavily. Train stop at Moncton divisional halt at Truro. Short route marches held. Arrive Halifax 1630 hrs. A.S.T. Embarked and baggage loaded H.M.T. Strathmore by 1900 hrs. Strength 41 Officers, 1 W.O.1, 49 WO 2s and Sgts, 90 Corporals and 704 Rifleman.

HMT Strathmore
HMT Strathmore

Advance party Halifax N.S. 19 July 1941

0900 Preliminary block plan for berthing outlined by OC Canadians. ESO announced that 400 American Technical civilians coming on board, proceeding to Northern Scotland and Ireland to build air bases.

Visit paid by GOC 3rd Div and Commander 8 CIB.

Ships first Daily Orders issued, appointments made for all ships duties.

1730 QOR train arrived at Pier 28 ADST.

1740 Embarkation staff arrived with berthing plan.

Halifax N.S. 20 July 1941

Full complement now aboard ship consisting of QOR of C, Highland Light Infantry, and Regiment de la Chaudiere, plus detachments and U.S. Technicians. Meals excellent. Ship crowded. Draft of 30 men reached us at boat from All (A)T.C. Emergency stations practiced for first time. Pt. I and II Orders issued.

At Sea 21 July 1941

Clear and bright. H.M.T. Strathmore moved out from dock at 1130 hrs. A.S.T. And proceeded to sea with convoy. Escort provided by H.M.S. Malaya and six destroyers, Ships routine required considerable detailed effort because of large number of troops aboard – some 3800.

At Sea 22 July 1941

Quiet sea: Clear, convoy practiced formations during day. Sports and entertainments begin.

At Sea 23 July 1941

Quiet sea: clear, sunny day. Planes from Newfoundland circled the convoy usual boat drill and ships inspections, Duties and fatigues absorb energies of large numbers of men. Brass Band played for Officers mess. Talks given to officers and men by various naval officers returning to England from service in the East.

At Sea 24 July 1941

Misty in early morning, clearing later. Ship rolling to some extent this morning. A/A action and Emergency Stations carried out. Fairly cold, sky overcast later.

Rfn posing on boat 1941

At Sea 25 July 1941

Squally, grey day. Firing practice carried out 0900 to 0930 hrs. Emergency stations at 1000 hrs. Destroyers dropped depth charges during evening – probably practice.

At Sea 26 July 1941

Slightly warmer: sky overcast: misty at intervals. Destroyer escort changed in early morning. Emergency stations at 1000 hrs. Gas Drill Practiced. Submarine alarm during afternoon. Depth charges dropped: no official results given out.

At Sea 27 July 1941

Grey, squally day, strong wind, Convoy joined by anti-aircraft cruiser. Convoy flying anti-aircraft kites. Church service curtailed due to rain. Lighthouse (Isle of Lewis?) sight at approximately midnight.

At Sea 28 July 1941

Convoy in line ahead skirting coast of Scotland. Land on starboard bow. D.C.M. Held on board on Sgt Conroy promulgated. Preparations for disembarking made. Sea quiet: sky overcast Dropped anchor in Clyde at 2100 hrs – opposite Gourock.

Gourock Scotland 29 July 1941

H.M. Secretary of State for War, Canadian minister to London, GOC 3 Cdn Div and other officers came on board to speak to contingent at anchor all day. Preparations for disembarking. QOR disembarked by tender at 1730 hrs. Left Gourock in two train parties. Travelled through night. Lts Greathed and Dampier left on board in charge of rear party 120 Ors (45 from QOR)

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 30 July 1941

1st train arrived Aldershot 1030 hrs. 2nd train 1230 hrs. Unit occupied Mandora Barracks:

1230 day spent in settling in.

1400 1st half Bn Parade.

1500 2nd half Bn Parade.

R.H.L.I. 2nd Cdn Div Holding Unit found advance party QOR of C under Major Upper.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 31 July 1941

0900 Bn Parade, coy training, principally close order drill and PT.

First Bn Daily Orders issued in England.

PAD instructions, blackout etc. Issued

Recept for Disembarkation documents signed by E.S.O.

Message re visit of Secretary of State for War on Board H.M.T. Strathmore.

Ships Order Officers Duties

Note re hammocks on board

Note on Unit baggage

Wireless News H.M.T. Strathmore

Summary of personnel embarked

Note on Ships Kit inspections

Ships Divisional Officers

List of ships appointments

Inspection Report ships A.A. Defences

Daily bulletin US technicians

Ships Inspection and emergency stations

Addenda to ships standing Orders (Medical)

Training instructions

AA defence Orders

Emergency Station Officers

Berthing list, 1st classification

Ships Guard

Emergency Station orders

Bn Fatigues H.M.T. Strathmore

Naval message received at sea.

Provost Staff’s Duties

Ships Standing Orders

Ships Disembarkation orders.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 1 August 1941

0800 OC, Adjt, and QM, returned from a visit to LCol Arthur Scott formerly QOR now 2ic Canadian Red Cross in England.

0900 Training started principally route marches for conditioning and small arms review.

Difficulty in route marches was complete absence of maps of area.

PAD regulations strictly enforced Lt R. Harris P.A.D. Officer. Cpl Henderson unit fire warden. Squads instructed in dealing with incendaries. Part I & II D.O.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 2 August 1941

0900 HQ 8 CIB and 3 Cdn Div getting set up. Bn issued with Khaki FS caps for first time. Green FS for walking out only. Respirators and steel helmets to be carried when out of unit lines.

1800 Instructions received that 5 day disembarkation leave in 3 lfithts starting 7 Aug to be granted. Men to take ration cards with them on leave. Warrants for fare railroad transportation granted over every six months. Half fare for officers on production of identification card and for men showing pass at other times. 48 hrs leave on furlough, monthly. 10% only of officers to be away at one time. One 7 day “Privilege” leave every 3 months. Officers mess as a body joined Officer’s Club Aldershot.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 3 August 1941

0915 Bn church parade to St. Georges Garrison Church. Hon. Maj. G.E.J. Stuart Senior Chaplain 3 Cdn Div and former Bn chaplain and Hon Capt J.C. Clough Bn chaplain took service.

Maj Gen Price GOC in 3 Cdn Div read lesson. After service Bn marched past Gen Price who complimented OC on showing of Bn.

1500 Maj W.M. Hovey (PLDG) 4th Recce Regt. Lt O’Rielly RCR former officers this Bn called with Acting Brig W. Southam 2 CIB.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 4 August 1941

First mail arrival received from Canada. First Ordnance maps of district received. Maps of Aldershot and Unit Area drawn by I section. Training principally route marches, close order drill, and TOET reviews.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 5 August 1941

1200 CO and Adjt commanded to attend a luncheon by Queen Mary Colonel in Chief of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Saturday 9 Aug. A regimental brooch will be presented by the CO to Her Majesty. Photographs taken of all officers individually for official identification cards which have to be signed by 8 CIB and checked by 3 Cdn Div Adgt and Orderly Staff worked till 0400 hrs on passes, nominal rolls in triplicate, ration cards, railway warrants, tickets for first flight going on disembarkation leave and/or furlough.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 6 August 1941

0800 Large nubmer of eggs purchased with 2 1/2 d per day allowance from NAAFI were bad. Extremely close supervision of messing and rations necessary. Lt A.J. Greathed appointed Unit Messing Officer. Question of responsibility for Blackout of NAAFI brought up for clarification. PAD scheme.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 7 August 1941

0650 First of 7 trains taking first flight on Disembarkation Leave paraded to one of the three stations. Arrangements went smoothly except that in a few cases duplication of place names in England and Scotland and lack of information as to distances from Aldershot. Unit cooks receiving training from Army School of Cooking in scienfic use of rations.

Dickens Yee Ol' Curosity Shoppee 1941

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 8 August 1941

0830 Training as before principally route marches and S.A.T. Sports on Coy basis. Due to fine weather very few in RAP or on sick parade. Instructions Bn officers i/c Advance Parties 3 Cdn Div Strength Return App I II Orders 8-8-41.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 9 August 1941

0800 LCol H.C. MacKendrick OC QOR of C and Major W.T. Barnard Adjt left for Badminton Park for a luncheon at the command of Her Majesty Queen Mary Colonel in Chief of the Regiment. Her Majesty graciously accepted a pin in the form of the regimental crest and a photograph of the officers mess fireplace in Toronto on behalf of the Officers of the first Bn. Her Majesty expressed her wish to visit the Bn at Aldershot and was pleased at the OCs suggestion of providing part of the guard at Badminton Park. In addition to Her Majesty, the OC and Adjt the following were present; The Duchess of Beauford, Lady Constance Milnes-Geskill, Major the Hon John Coke Equerry to her Majesty.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 10 August 1941

0915 Bn church parade to St. Michaelse Garrison Church Hon Capt J.C. Clough QOR Chaplain R.C. Church parade to St. Georges Garrison Church Hon Capt R.M. Hickey NSR chaplain.

1745 Tickets ration cards passes issued to 2nd flight Landing Leave Period 11-15 Aug. The appointments in the 1st Bn QOR are as follows subject to formation of Holding Unit which will call for at least two and probably four officers. Bn HQ OC LCol MacKendrick E.D., 2ic Major J.G. Spragge, Adjt Major W.T.  Barnard IO Lt A.I. Matheson, PMR Maj W.R. Taylor E.D., Chaplain Hon Capt. J.C. Clough CCS., M.O. Capt. R.D. MacLaren, Aux Ser Officer Mr. Ferris (SA), RSM (WO1) B63500 G.R. Alexander. “HQ” OC Capt Dj Lequesne, Signals Lt A.V. Malone, Mortar Lt R.C. Clarkson, Carrier Lt S.C. Heyes, Pioneer Lt S.M. Lett, Transport Lt H.E. Dalton, QM Capt W.E. Bawden, Unit Messing Officer Lt A.J. Greathed, Supernumary Lt E.P.T. Green, RQMS B63501 Wice G.A. “A Coy”

OC Maj J.E.C. Pangman, 2ic Capt H.R. Downie, Lt J.I. Mills, Lt J.N. Gordon, Lt I.R.F. Wilson, Lt C.N. Bradshaw. “B Coy” OC Maj R.M. Hudson, 2ic Capt J.M. Milne, Lt R.D. Medland, Lt R.W. Sawyer, Lt T.E. Parkinson, Lt N.R. Pilcher. “C Coy” OC Major V.A. Gianelli, 2ic Capt F.L.J. Grout, Lt W.E. Fess, Lt E.A. Dunlop, Lt R.A. Harris, Lt J.H.K. Booth. “D Coy” OC Capt G.F.C. Pangman, 2ic Capt W.A. Robertson, Lt D.A. Keith, J.L Dampier, J.G. Alley, W.D. Stewart.

Total Strength 42 Officers 874 Other Ranks. Provide instructions for Army Day 27-8-41.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 11 August 1941

0615 First of seven leave trains leaving second flight Disembarkation leave left. First flight returned.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 12 August 1941

0830 Training continued in accordance with syllabus. Maj J.G. Spragge A/OC Bn.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 13 August 1941

0830 Training in accordance with syllabus for Security and orders for sentries stressed see Daily Part 1 Orders No. 176 13-8-41.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 14 August 1941

0830 Capt LeQuesne acting Adjt Lists for Holding Coy appointments pending final approval by 3 Cdn Div.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 15 August 1941

0615 3rd flight left on leave. 2nd flight saving those who went to Scotland returned. PAD Coy Are responsibilities.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 16 August 1941

0830 Training continued. Remainder 2nd flgith returned. Capt D.J. LeQuesne Acting Adjt.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 17 August 1941

0930 Church parade St. Georges Church Hon. Capt. J.C. Clough Chaplain. Weather since units arrival has been very broken, warm during the day with showers cool at night. There have been no raids in country beyond odd bombings by single planes in scattered parts of Eng.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 18 August 1941

0830 2nd Cdn Div has moved into Aldershot Area Training in accordance with syllabus.

Lt R.A. Harris P.A.D. Officer left on 2 weeks PAD course in Carlisle. Lt R.D. Medland appointed Security Officer.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 19 August 1941

0900 3rd Flight returned from leave. Maj W.T. Barnard appointed OC HQ Coy, Capt D.J. LeQuesne confirmed as Adjt.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 20 August 1941

0830 Training now on collective bases with return of 3rd flight Adje started 3 day cipher course.

1100 Bn visited by lt Gen A.G. MacNaughton G.O.C. In C. Canadian Corpse. Accompanied by G.O.C. 3rd Cdn Div First issue of QOR of C Part II Orders issued by Canadian Section G.H.Q. 2nd Echelon Order No.1 15 Aug ’41.

1330 Capt W.A. Robertson and I.O. Left for 3 day camouflage course at Turnbridge Wells with Home Guard.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 21 August 1941

0830 training on collective bases in accordance with syllabus. Very little sickness in camp No Venereal Disease and while there are a great many coughs there are few cases in bed.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 22 August 1941

0830 Training continued on collective and individual basis. First mail from canada post subsequent to our departure, other than Airmail, received. Some cigarettes arrived for Troops but cigarettes which were purchased in Sussex NB through canteen and which were to have been placed on same ship with Unit have not been received.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 23 August 1941

0830 training continued.

1400 Canadian Corps Sports Day 3rd Cdn Div did not take part. Lt Gen A.G. MacNaughton and Prime Minister W.L.M. King attended. Bn did not attend as a unit but several officers and Ors were spectators.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 24 August 1941

0900 Church parade to St. Georges garrison church Hon Capt J.C. Clough Champlain. Brig J.P.U. Archambault attended and took march past of Unit and detachments of NSR (NB) and 3rd Div Signals afterwards.

0915 R.C. Church parade St. Michaelse Church Hon Capt Hickey Chaplain NSR.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 25 August 1941

0800 Parade hours advanced. CO and 17 other officers appointed umpires for “Tiger” exercise. First conference 1000 hrs Officers as follows; LCol H.C. MacKendrick, Major W.T. Barnard, J.R.C. Pangman, R.M. Hudson, Capt F.L.J. Grout, G.F.C Pangman, H.R. Downie, W.A. Robertson, Lt. W.R. Pilcher, E.A. Dunlop, J.I. Mills, J.W. Gordon, R.D. Medland, R.W. Sawyer, O.A. Nickson, J.F.K. Booth, D.A. Keith, E.P.T. Green, Scheme 30 Aug to 2nd Sept.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 26 August 1941

0800 Coy collective training in training areas. Carriers received by Mortar Plt. Enlarged maps of all training areas made by I Sect. Issue made of binoculars.

Lt S.M. Lett Pioneer Officer as Assistant T.O. To Lt H.E. Dalton.

Lt O.A. Nickson A/A Officer acting as Mortar Officer to Lt R.C. Clarkson.

Lt E.P.T. Green acting as Assistant Carrier Officer to Lt S.C. Heyes.

Mortar Plt increased to 45 Ors with 7 Carriers.

Carrier Plt increase to 60 Ors, 14 Carriers, 4 sections of 3 each, 1 for Plt and 1 for CO.

1700 Lecture on camouflage by Capt. W.A. Robertson to officers.

M.T. Holiday every monday.

2000 Movies shown by Mr. Ferris Aux. Services Officer.

Camp Security Standing Orders issued.

Training Syllabus – Aug

Further Part II Orders.

Bn HQ Personnel.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 27 August 1941

0800 Training on collective and individual basis. Duty Coy now on daily instead of weekly basis to avoid interference with collective training.

1330 T-E-W-T. On Bn basis, Bn in attack Area 4

recreational training for Ors.

1400 I.O. And 1 Sgt started 3 day Cypher Course at 3 Cdn Div.

Hon Capt J.C. Clough chaplain appointed Bn Sports Officer.

Coy Sports Officers HQ Lt E.P.T. Green, A Coy Lt I.R.F. Wilson, B Coy Lt R.D. Medland, C Coy Lt W.E. Fess, D Coy Lt J.G. Alley.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 28 August 1941

0800 Coy schemes all day and at night. Attack consolidation digging and wiring of defensive area, night patrols, routine in defence positions.

Clippings from Toronto Daily Star 1 Aug 1941 re landing in England of 3 Cdn Div and The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

2030 Maj Gen Price G.O.C. 3 Cdn Div and Brig Archambault Comdr. 8 C.I.B. Attended H.Q. Coy night scheme.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 29 August 1941

0800 All day consolidation schemes by A,C,D, Coys and HQ Platoons.

2030 Night schemes by above coys.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 30 August 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Forty-sixth Birthday of OC Lcol H.C. MacKendrick.

1145 Bn Parade.

Meeting of T.Os at Bde.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 31 August 1941

0830 Bn Parade, rehearsal for review by Colonel-in-Chief H.M. Queen Mary, tenatively set for 10 Sept. 1941.

0930 Bn Church Parade, St. Georges Church, Hon Capt J.C. Clough Chaplain.

R.C. Church Parade, St. Michaels Garrison Church, His Eminence Cardinal Hinsley.

Lt W.D. Stewart left on Junior Leaders Course.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 1 September 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Royal Standard of H.M. Queen Mary received by OC Reviewing stand completed by Pioneers.

First range firing in England carried out of men who had no yet shot.

Unit Part I Orders.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 2 September 1941

0730 Convoy of 21 15 cwt trucks of 8 C.I.B. Under Bde T.O traffic control and Point Duty men supplied by “A” Coy – Major Pangman.

0800 Training including first training in tank hunting using carriers as tanks. First two motorcycles received. School in m/c riding being run for m/c section of Carrier Platoon.

Lecture to officers on field firing

Part II Orders.

Training Syllabus September

Lt J.N. Gordon on P.T. Course, 2 September to 1 October, South Eastern Command.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 3 September 1941

Butt parties and Commanders went out to Field Firing Range N.E. Of FRIMLEY. Coys started field firing 0800 hrs. Bde staff and officers NSR and R de Chaud present. Firing completed 1730 hrs. This was first time Battalion had field firing. Capt G.F.C. Pangman O.C. Range assisted by Lt A.V. Malone, Signal Officer. Coys route marched 9 miles to range.

Field Return Officers

Field Return Other Ranks.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 4 September 1941

0800 Tank hunting by Coys with Carrier Platoon acting as tanks. Demonstrations by “B” Coy of Molotov cocktails and section tactics. Practice of infantyr advancing under cover of ranks.

O.C. Left with Bridg 8 C.I.B. And other OC’s Bn for Artillery shoot in wales.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 5 September 1941

0730 Bn Scheme of Bn in attack under Major J.G. Spragge 2 i/c. Attack completed 1355 hrs. B.M. Chief umpire assisted by Bde I.O.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 6 September 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1115 Bn ceremonial parade in preparation for visit of H.M. Queen Mary.

O.C. Returned from Arty shoot.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 7 September 1941

Bn ceremonial parade.

0915 R.C. Church Parade St. Michaels Garrison Hon. Capt. R.M. Hickey, Chaplain NSR.

0930 Church parade St. Georges Garrison Church Hon Capt. J.C. Clough, Chaplain QOR.

Lt A.I. Matheson left on Intelligence Course 7-21 September, South Eastern Command.

Lt Dalton and Lt Nickson on Driving and Maintenance Wheeled Course CTS 7-21 September.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 8 September 1941

0730 Bn ceremonial Parade in preparation for visit of H.M. Queen Mary.

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus (ie) control of platoon movement use of ground fire orders.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 9 September 1941

0730 Bn ceremonial practise.

0800 Training collective bases – Organization and consolidation of objectives.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 10 September 1941

0800 Bn Parade

1300 H.M. Queen Mary Colonel-in-Chief of the Bn., arrived at Mandora House. Her Majesty was met en route by motor-cycle escort under Lt S.M. Lett. The CO and Major R.M. Hudson met her Majestty on arrival.

Her Majesty’s Equerry Major the Hon. John Coke and lady in Waiting Lady Cynthia Colville were in attendance.

1315 The officers of the Bn were presented in front of the Mess and a group photograph of Queen Mary and her officers was taken. The following seconded offciers were present: Capts. Charles Dalton, A.G. Cherrier, R.B.G. Macdonell and Lt’s T.E. Sisson, W.A. Stewart, O.A. Nickson, H.E. Dalton being absent on courses were unable to attend.

Col McKendrick meets Queen Mary Sept 10 1941
Colonel-in-Chief H.M. Queen Mary meets CO LCol MacKendrick – QOR Museum photo

1325 Queen Mary graciously accepted a present, a photograph of the fireplace of the Officer’s Mess at University Armouries, Toronto, which was signed by all the officers.

1330 Lunch was served. During lunch selection were played by the Brass Band under Sgt Crowe and the Bugle Band under Cpl Wilson.

1415 The officers left for the parade ground.

1435 Queen Mary arrived at the parade ground in the front of St. Georges Garrison Church, accompanied by Lt R.D. Medland H.M. A.D.C.

Queen Mary at Review Stand
H.M. Queen Mary at Review Stand – QOR Museum photo

1435 The Bn marched past first in column of companies, retired in close column of companies at the double and advanced in review order. The bands paraded and three cheers were given for the Colonel in Chief.

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Brass and Bugle band

 

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Royal Salute – QOR Museum photo
Col McKendrick Meets Queen mary Review stand Sept 10 1941
CO meeting H.M. Queen Mary – QOR Museum photo
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QOR Marching off parade in Column of Route

 

1505 H.M. Queen Mary departed.

Queen Mary departing Sept 10 1941
H.M. Queen Mary departs parade.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 11 September 1941

0800 Bn Scheme.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 12 September 1941

0800 Collective Training – flank guards.

1700 Bn night scheme – Bivouac.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 13 September 1941

0500 Assembly and forming up areas.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 14 September 1941

0730 Communion Service in Chaplains Room.

0915 R.C. Church Parade St. Michaels Garrison Church.

0930 Church parade St. George’s Garrison Church – Chaplain Hon. Capt J.C. Clough.

Lt S.M. Lett left on Chemical Warfare Course 15-20 Sept at BORDON.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 15 September 1941

0800 Collective Training for Rifle Coys – occupation of defensive position and withdrawal. Specialist training for HQ Coy.

1410 Lecture fore officers by Maj. H.W.B Mills at Prince Consort Library.

Letter received from H.M. Equerry, thanking CO and Officers for luncheon 10 Sept. given Queen Mary.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 16 September 1941

0800 Five transport drivers attached to rifle coys for all purposes.

Map reading exercises for Platoon and Section Commanders.

1645 Training film shown to all ranks, “Name Rank and Number” on behavious of British prisoners of war.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 17 September 1941

0800 Coy Training.

1330 Bn M.T. Move, returning after dar. Practise in embussing, debussing, dispersal, traffic control and night convoy work.

Operation Order M.T. Move

Warning Order Sea Move, 3 Cdn Div 3 July 1941

Warning Order Sea Move, 3 Cdn Div 7 July 1941

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 18 September 1941

0800 Rehearsal for inspection by H.M. King George VI. Very thick fog.

1115 Lunch

1155 Parade to Stanhope Parade Ground.

1225 Arrival of His Majesty King George.

1240 Arrival of Her majesty Queen Elizabeth.

1245 Inspection by Their Majesties. King George accompanied by C.O. Queen Elizabeth by Major Spragge 2i/c. Officers turned about facing in.

Lt T.E. Parkinson i/c A/A defence

1315 Bn returned to Unit lines.

Bn Brass and Bugle Bands with Guard of honour at HQ 3 Cdn Div 1010 hrs.

1500 Bn bands at Officer’s Club for tea.

1900 Bn mess dinner guests, Maj. Gen. C.B. Price G.O.C. 3 Cdn Div, Brig J.U.P Archambault 8 C.I.B., Major C.E.V. Stewart Chaplain 3 Cdn Div, Major Ralph Crowe B.M. Capt C.J. Laurin S.C., Capt A.G. Cherrier L.O. 8 C.I.B.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 19 September 1941

0800 Training – instructional digging and camouflage.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 20 September 1941

0800 Coy training in barrack areas.

2200 First enemy air raid experienced by Bn. Raid small and of short duration. H.E. Bombs dropped on No. 2 training Area and on Farnborough airport Ref. 3073 ALDERSHOT COMMAND 1” inch map. Bn personnel behaved excellently all fire watching and fire fighting posts being manned promptly. No bombs were dropped near unit lines.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 21 September 1941

0730 Communion Service Chaplains’ Rooms.

0800 St. Georges church.

0930 Voluntary church service St. Georges Garrison Church, Chaplain Hon Capt J.C. Clough.

R.C. Voluntary church service St. Michaelse Garrison Church.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 22 September 1941

0800 Section and platoon training.

1030-1215 Jewish New year, Divine Service Wellington Cinema.

1700 Lecture by Lt H.E. Dalton on D&M to Bn Officers. Establishment now 55 lorries, 27 m/c’s, 21 Carriers.

Speed limit 30 mph on roads, 20 mph in towns.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 23 September 1941

0800 Special training in map reading to Ors.

Staff Party setting up QOR of C Coy of “A” Holding Unit, left for Witley. Maj. V.A. Gianelli i/c. Lt J.G. Alley, 1 CQMS, 2 Sgts, 2 Cpls and 2 batmen.

Lt R.C. Clarkson 2ic “C” Coy. Capt F.L.J. Grout appointed OC “C” Coy.

A/A Firing Furze Range by AA Platoon and No 1 gunners of each rifle section.

Lt O.A. Nickson appointed OC Mortar Platoon.

Lt T.E. Parkinson appointed OC No 2 AA Platoon.

I Section to be increased to 26 all ranks IO I Sgt Observer Section 1 L/Cpl and 7 men. Scout Section 1 L/Cpl and 7 men. Sniper Section 1 L/Cpl and 7 men. Scouts and snipers to remain on strenght of rifle coys.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 24 September 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Sunday trip to Windsor Castle arrived for 100 ORS by Cn Chaplain.

1300 OC and Adjt left for a reception by the Earl of Bessborough former Governor General of Canada.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 25 September 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 26 September 1941

Training included defence of bridges and use of no 18 sets in the field, by the Sigs plt.

Major General Sir John Kennedy K.B.E., C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., Colonel of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment)(To which the QOR of C is affiliated) and Vice Chairman of British Red Cross Society and oRder of St. John of Jerusalem accompanied by LCol Arthur Scott Former officer of this regiment and Chief of the Canadian Red Cross in England, visited the Battalion and inspected the Coys in field schemes. They remained for lunch at the Mess.

Major W.R. Taylor, Rfn W.H. Sanders, two members of the 1910 trip of this Regiment to England laid a wreath on the grave of Lt Roy Gzowski, officer of the Regiment who died during that trip.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 27 September 1941

0800 Training continued.

0900 Three training filmes shown to all ranks by Mr. Ferris Auxiliary Services Officers.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 28 September 1941

0930 Church parade, St. Georges Garrison Church, Chaplain Hon Capt J.C. Clough.

1230 100 Ors taken on conducted tour of Windsor Castle under arrangements made by unit Chaplain Hon Capt J.C. Clough.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 29 September 1941

0800 Training restricted to barrack area until 4 Oct, due to “Bumper” exercise and Canadian Corps exercise.

M.T. Transport restricted to Bn area 26 Sept – 4 Oct.

Copy of Court Circular appearing in London Times 11 Sept re visit of Queen Mary to Bn.

Photograph of Queen Mary, OC and Brig Archambault 8 CIB in London Times 12 Sept.

Warning received that paratroops not to be shot unless positively identified as German to Oct 3, inclusive.

1330 Coy pictures taken for official records.

1700 Lecture to officers by Lt Harris P.A.D. Officer.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 30 September 1941

0800 Training in unit lines principally drill, T.O.E.T.s reviews and individual training.

1700 Lecture to officers by Capt Maclaren R.C.A.M.C. Unit M.O.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 1 October 1941

0800 Training continued.

1140 B63719 Rfn Lillew P.D. No. 4 Plt., seriously injured riding a motorcycle when in collision with a 3 ton Lorry owned by R.A.S.C. One (member) O.R. R.A.S.C. Burnt to death.

1730 Lecture to officers by M.O., Capt Maclaren.

Pt I Daily Orders.

Pt II Orders.

P.A.D. Scheme 23 Sept cancelling P.A.D. Scheme dated 1 Aug.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 2 October 1941

0800 Training continued.

1700 Lecture on First Aid by Capt. Maclaren.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 3 October 1941

0800 Training including film “Know your Enemy” for all ranks

Administrative inspection by 8 C.I.B.

1800 Lecture for officers, Prince Consorts Library by Air Marshall Lord Trenchard.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 4 October 1941

0630 Coys route marched to Hawley Pond for demonstration and instruction by 3rd Cdn Div Field Park Coy, R.C.E. In Kapok bridging, Assault Boats and Recce Boats. Returned 2000 hrs.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 5 October 1941

0945 Parade Service St. Georges Garrison Church, Chaplain Capt J.C. Clough.

1230 100 Ors taken by truck to Windsor Castle on conducted tour.

Maj. W.T. Barnard and Capt G.F.C. Pangman left on D&M courses for Coy Comds.

The following officers umpiring on “Bumper” scheme returned at finish of 11 day scheme.

Capt’s Milne and Downie, Lt Lett, Wilson, Medland, Dunlop, Dampier

Field Return of Officers

Field Return Other Ranks

Training Syllabus

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 6 October 1941

0400 Due to fog move to Ash Ranges delayed until 0800 hrs.

First of 3 day firing by Bn on Coy basis. G.O.C. 3rd Cdn Div and OC 8 C.I.B. Attended firing practice – L.M.G. And Rifle.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 7 October 1941

0800 Training continued. Fog interfering with firing until 1130 hrs

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 8 October 1941

0800 Training included L.M.G. And rifle firing at Ash Range. Due to heavy fog it was impossible to fire before 1000 hrs.

1630 Officers of 8 C.I.B. “At Home” guests including OC Adjt, 2ic, and Coy Comds.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 9 October 1941

0800 Bn scheme attack at Hawley Lake. Lift method of transporting troops used, three lifts being successfully carried out both going and coming.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 10 October 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1500 Bn scheme taking up two opposed defensive positions by day and running duty rosters at night with patrols and sentries.

2200 Bn in bivouac visited by Brig.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 11 October 1941

0120 Bn visited by G.O.C. 3rd Cdn Div.

0700 Bn returned to barracks

1100 P.A.D. Scheme put into effect on Alarm.

46 Ors sent to Base Holding Unit.

Bde convoy conducted by Lt. Dalton.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 12 October 1941

0930 Voluntary Church Parade.

OC and Lt E.A. Dunlop attended 50th anniversary of founding of 48th Highlanders of Canada.

Maj J.E.C. Pangman O.C. “A” Coy, left on 6 weeks Coy Comds Course.

Lt A.V. Malone Sigs Officer left on 6 weeks Junior Leaders Course at Chittingfold.

Lt L. Dampier went on 2 weeks Assault Course at Dorking.

Capt J.M. Milne and Lt D.A. Keith appointed umpires for 9 C.I.B. For 3 days at Ashdown Forest.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 13 October 1941

0800 Bn Scheme was an exercise on paratroop roundup. Speed in getting on move was stressed by Coys.

0800 Weather during Oct., has been on the whole, dry and clear with cold nights.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 14 October 1941

0800 Bn given duty of wiring Farnborough Airdrome with triple concertina wire between two double apron fences. Duty for one day in common with other 3rd Cdn Div units, 12 Plts used.

Capt G.F.C. Pangman OC “D” Coy promoted to Major.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 15 October 1941

0800 Coy training.

0900 Lts W.E. Fess, E.P.T. Green, and A.J. Greathed left for Base Holding Unit, with 6 OR’s. Lt I.R.F. Wilson appointed A.D.C. To Major General Price.

1900 Mess dinner, Guests included B.M., Major Ralph Crowe who is leaving to take a staff course.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 16 October 1941

0815 Bn move by lift system to Thursley Common.

Seven day privilege leave started not more thant 7 1/2 per cent of Bn to be away at one time.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 17 October 1941

0800 T.E.W.T. ASHDOWN FOREST scheme.

Bn, Div duty unit.

Major W.T. Barnard acting O.C. Bn.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 18 October 1941

0800 Coy Training.

Lt E.A. Dunlop left on Assault Course (4 weeks)

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 19 October 1941

0900 Voluntary R.C. Service St. Michaels Garrison Church.

1200 Major W.R. Taylor (Capt Pmr) who commences his 42nd Year in QOR of C on 22 Oct, OC Bn from 1200 hrs to 19 Oct to 2400 hrs 20 Oct. Major Taylor has held every frank from drummer to field officer.

1255 Bn in M.T. Convoy passed S.P.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 20 October 1941

0500 Reveille, Bn bivouaced in open.

0700 Bde “O” Gp at Tyes Cross.

0900 Bn attack started at Coldharbour cross roads.

Lcol H.C. MacKendrick OC Bn., Maj W.T. Barnard acting 2ic, Capt H.R. Downie OC “A” Coy, Capt F.L.J. Grout OC “C” Coy, Maj. G.F.C. Pangman OC “D” Coy, Lt S.C. Heyes OC “HQ” Coy, Capt D.J. LeQuesne Adjt.

“B” Coy commanded by Lt R.D. Medland acted as enemy.

Capt J.M. Milne and Lt D.A. Keith acted as umpires uder chief umpre Lcol C. Floukes G.S.O. 1, 3rd Cdn Div.

1700 Cease fire.

2030 Bn convoy started on return journey “A” Coy acted as traffic control both ways.

Movement Order.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 21 October 1941

0055 Convoy reached Mandora Barracks after 51 mile journey.

1330 P.T. Parade, Bn given morning off.

1730 Meeting officer’s mess Major W.T. Barnard elected P.M.C., Lt Clarkson, Mills, Sawyer and Capt Clough members mess committee.

Lt C.N. Bradshaw left on Bomb Recce Course.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 22 October 1941

0900 Bn training on coy basis.

1155 Hon Col Ralston, Canadian Minister of National Defence inspected Bn during Training.

1630 Mess lent to 3rd Cdn Div for tea given for Col Ralson, OC 2ic, Adjt, and Coy Comds invited.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 23 October 1941

0800 Training continued on Coy Basis.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 24 October 1941

0800 Training continued on Coy basis.

1130 Bn Parade

1200 Inspection by General, Sir Allan Brooke C in C, Home Forces.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 25 October 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 26 October 1941

0900 Church parade St. Georges Garrison Church – Brass Band remained at church to play for service at 1100 hrs.

R.C. Church parade – St. Michaels Garrison Church.

1430 Capt F.L.J. Grout left on Coy Cmdrs 8 days at Bordon ( D & M Course)

Lt J.I. Mills left for 3 day Camouflage course at Tunbridge Wells.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 27 October 1941

0815 Bn Less “A” Coy (Duty Coy) marched to Frensham Common to do attack with Sqn of Three Rivers Regiment (Tanks) under Major Gordon – B Coy attacked with Sqn – Infantry support were under command Tank Cmdr.

Officers of QOR inspected medium tanks, Matilda Mark II and commanded and drove tanks in practise.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 28 October 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1200 OC, Major R.M. Hudson, and Lt R.W. Sawyer visited the Buffs, to which this regiment is allied.

Capt Cote R22R appointed B.M. 8 C.I.B. To succeed Major Ralph Crowe.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 29 October 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

0830 120 Free passes given to Bn for picture “49th Parallel.”

0900-1400 Coy muster parades.

Lt D.A. Keith appointed staff learner, D.A.Q.M.G.’s office, 3rd Cdn Div.

Lt T.E. Sisson said goodbye to mess on being sent to staff course R.M.C. Kingston, Can.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 30 October 1941

0800 First throwing of live hand grenades. 144 grenades being issued.

Maj G.F.C. Pangman range officer, Lt L. Dampier, 2ic.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 31 October 1941

0800 Coy Training.

1200 Bn M.T. Move out by day returning after dark as training in embussing.

2100 Hrs First dance, officers mess since mobilization.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 1 November 1941

0800 Coy Training.

0910 Demonstration of camouflage to Coys by Capt Robertson, Lt Matheson and “I” School

Part I Daily Orders

Part II Orders

Movement Table Horsell Common 31 Oct.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 2 November 1941

0915 Voluntary Church Services St. Georges and St. Michaels Garrison Churches.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 3 November 1941

0800 Route March 9 miles on Coy basis.

Lt A.W. Dunbar attached to “C” Coy from B.H.U.

Lt W.E. Fess posted to “D” Coy.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 4 November 1941

0830 Route March 9 miles to Hawley L.

0900 Bde T.E.W.T. Practising Battle Procedure.

Weather very cold sky overcast but no rain.

Lt W.E. Fess received cable advising he was farther of twin boys born 30 Oct ’41.

1600 Div Administrative Inspection.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 5 November 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Capt R.D. Maclaren, R.C.A.M.C. Left on 7 weeks course being relieved by Capt A.L. Richardson, R.C.A.M.C.

3 Ors have been married since our arrival in England.

Major J.G.K. Strathy officer of this regiment seconded to R.M.C. Kingston, Canada staff Course who is in England as staff instructor four 8 months visited the Mess.

Major J.G. Spragge, OC in absence of Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick on A.Tk. Course.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 6 November 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 7 November 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Capt W.A. Robertson and Lt A.I. Matheson attended demonstration of use of 18 and 11 sets in combined operations of Arty and Infantry. Demonstration staged by 12 corps at Patchem.

1800 Lecture for officers of 3rd Cdn Div at Prince Consorts Library by Major Dumas, on the German Army.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 8 November 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus.

Bde practice and demonstration at Tunnel Hill on 2 inch mortar, under Capt J.M. Milne QOR of C.

1430 Lt E.P.T. Green and B64206 Rfn L.G. Phelan attached to war office for winter as snow shoe and ski instructors in Iceland.

Lt Col H.C. MacKendrick returned from A/Tk course.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 9 November 1941

0630 HQ Coy under Maj. Barnard fired rifle practice at Ash Range.

0900 Church Parade, St. Georges Garrison Church.

0915 R.C. Parade service, St. Michaels Garrison Church.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 10 November 1941

0800 Training in accordance with syllabus. At this hour it is now still quite dark and rifle inspection is impossible.

OC left on privilege leave, Major J.G. Spragge in command.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 11 November 1941

0930 Bn M.T. Move to Thursley Common. Attack staged with particular attention to Plt and Sect. Tactics. Return move 1630 hrs. “B” Coy under Capt. Milne did Traffic Point Duty.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 12 November 1941

0800 Coy training.

1330 Assault and recce boat and kopok bridging training on two coy basis under direction 3rd Cdn Div Fd Pk Coy R.C.E. Coys practised by day and night scheme after dark. A and B Coys and C and D Coys operated together. Last coy returned to Unit lines 2400 hrs.

Capt Maclean replaced Capt A.L. Richardson R.C.A.M.C. Who attended Gas Course.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 13 November 1941

0800 Coy Training.

New W.E. For I Sect issued by Cdn Corps sec to consist of I.O. 2 Sgt 3 Cpls and 3 Secs of 8 Rfn each. No provision yet made for replacements for rifle coys Adv party 8 N.F. Made recce of Mandora Lines.

Plan for Div moce to reseve defence area North of Brighton received. QOR of C and 1 Coy C.H. Of O (MG) to be billeted at Pippingford Park 880495 sheet 125.

Lt S.M. Lett posted to “C” Coy. Lt J.I. Mills to 4 Plt HQ Coy Lt A.W. Dunbar to “A” Coy.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 14 November 1941

0900 Parade hour changed as black out now extends until 0800 hrs. Reveille now 0700 hrs retreat 1700 hrs blackout 1730 hrs lights out unchanged at 2215 hrs.

1800 Lecture for Officers, Prince Consorts Library by Maj Gen R.J. Collins, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. On “Man Management in Operations.”

1900 Lecture to Officers at Mess dinner by Capt Cook, C.H. Of O (MG) on M.M.G.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 15 November 1941

0900 Coy Training.

2000 Dance held in Officers Mess for American Red Cross Harvard Unit.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 16 November 1941

1100 Voluntary Church service.

Field Return of Officers.

Field Return of Other Ranks.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 17 November 1941

0900 “Coy” Training principally on lines of flank protection.

In absence of Capt D.J. LeQuesne I.O. Acting as Adjt.

Working party of 50 OR’s under Capt Bawden Q.M. Left for Pippingford Park.

1640 Bde “O” Gp for “BATT” Bde exercise and MT move QOR to be adv gd.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 18 November 1941

1200 Head of colm past Bde S.P. On BATT exervise. M.T. Move to Cowdray Park Tps under Comd Tp 105 ATK Bty, 34 Bty, 14 Fd Regt RCA sec 3rd Div Cdn Pro Coy on Coy NSR for traffic pt duty, K sec 3rd Div sigs R.C.C.S.

1308 Head of Adv reached Dispersal pt.

1600 QOR of C in position for protection of concentration area after clearing up all “enemy” posns.

Rained all day.

Exercise “BATT” Bde notes movement order, operation order etc.

Bn movement order BATT exercise.

2100 Bde “O” Gp at Cowdray Park stables.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 19 November 1941

0430 Bn “O” Gp.

0730 Bde attack QOR and R de Chaud RSR B Coy C.H. Of O (MG) 5 A/Tk Bty. 14 Fd Regt RCA in support.

0900 Cease fire after objective taken and consolidated.

1030 Bde embussed.

1330 QOR returned to Mandora.

OC Major J.G. Spragge 2ic & HQ Coy Cmd Major W.T. Barnard Adjt Lt A.I. Matheson. “A” Coy Capt H.R. Downie, “B” Coy Capt J.M. Milne, “C” Coy Lt R.C. Clarkson, “D” Coy Capt W.A. Robertson. 4 Plt Lt S.C. Heyes, Mortars and T.O. Lt O.A. Nickson, Sigs Sgt King, “I” Sect Sgt Doran.

Umpires Major J.G.K. Strathy, and Major G.F.C. Pangman.

OC and Major R.M. Hudson returned from Pirvelege leave.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 20 November 1941

0430 Major G.F.C. Pangman left for Arty demonstration at Dover.

0800 OC left for Firing course (Small Arms) at Bisley.

0900 Major J.G. Spragge and 50 Ors left for Pippingford Park as Advance Party.

Major R.M. Hudson acting OC Lt R.D. Medland acting Adjt.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 21 November 1941

0900 Coy Training.

2 ic 2nd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers made recce of Mandora Barracks prior to take over 29 Nov.

1430 Major R.M. Hudson acting OC attended Bde conference on BATT exercise held 18-19 Nov.

2030 First Bn dave held in England Mans Mess hall.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 22 November 1941

0930 Training films at Wellington Cinema.

Training syllabus 29 Nov.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 23 November 1941

0900 Church Parade, St. Georges Garrison Church, Capt J.C. Clough, Chaplain.

1030 R.C. Church Parade, Westminster Cathedral, London under Lcol J. Chouinard OC R de Chaudiere, QOR band and R.C. Personnel under Lt R.W. Sawyer. Move by M.T. 0600 hrs from Aldershot.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 24 November 1941

0900 OC Adjt T.O. And I.O. Went to Pippingford Park to see 2ic QM and Lt S.M. Lett in charge of working party. Nissen huts being rushed roads and paths built in slimey clay for Bn move 29 Nov R.C.E. Under Comd Major Andrew Rutherford on site at present. Officers to be quartered in stables of Pippingford Park and Solo Hall at Chelwood Vetchery approximately one mile west.

Major G.F.C. Pangman, and Capt J.M. Milne left to attend Battle Practise school for 2 weeks.

Lt E.A. Dunlop posted to “B” Coy.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 25 November 1941

0900 Training included attacked and withdrawal on coy and plt basis.

1400 Major Barnard with assistance 14 Cdn Fd Bty put on a demonstration of weapons for R.E. O.C.T.U. At Farnborough.

1530

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 26 November 1941

0900 2 Northumberland Fusiliers started to check inventory on take over.

1715 G.O.C. Present at ceremonial retreat by Bn massed bands.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 27 November 1941

0900 Training and preparation for move 29 Nov to Pippingford Park.

Adv Party of 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers consist of 4 Officers 39 Ors.

Capt John Delamere attached for all purposes from B.H.U.

1900 Meeting Coy Comds, I.O. T.O. Q.M. On Move.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 28 November 1941

0900 General clean up of lines preparatory to move.

0930 Major Barnard OC HQ Coy I.O. And Lt T.E. Parkinson, Pioneer and A.A. Plt Officer and I Section conducted around Farnborough Airport by Major Perkins OC Airport defences (Home Guard).

1600 Bn movement order Aldershot Hants, to Pippingford Park Sussex 29 Nov issued.

Mandora Bks Aldershot Eng 29 November 1941

0600 Reveille.

0700 Breakfast and sweeping up.

0730 Trucks loaded – 35 T.C.V.’s supplied – 5 per rifle Coy 2 Bn HQ 3 spares 4 for HQ Coy.

0800 Barracks, Offices and Messes brushed out. All equipment taken out of barracks and ment not allowed back in barracks,

0805 Sub unit guides picked up T.C.V.’s.

0815 T.C.V.’s and “A” Ech. Vehicles marshalled in sub Unit areas.

0855 Head of Colm which was led by OC in Station wagon past Bn S.P.

0915 Past Bde S.P.

Convoy going in other direction past us. Two convoys going in same direction met en route. Total No. Of vehicles in Bn column 99.

Traffic control by Provost Coy.

1245 Head of convoy passed Bde Dispersal point at Wych Cross.

1250 Convoy entered Pippingford Park Bde advised Bn HW set up at new location.

1430 Rear party of 8 OR’s under Capt D.J. LeQuesne left Mandora barracks after final clean up, inspection and hand over. Lt R.A. Harris P.A.D. Officer remained to complete hand over to 2nd Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.

Camp consists of Nissen huts. One or Ttwo latrines and abolution rooms actually completed.

No hot water boilers obtained at present. Cold water which is not drinkable in abolution rooms. There are no lights available for abolution rooms and some sleeping huts.

There are sufficient low pressure stoves for all huts, but in some cases stove pipes are lacking. In such cases oil stoves were issued,

There is no electric light in camp, only power being in Pippingford House which has its own plant. Plant not sufficient to supply camp. Pressure oil lamps used in Bn, Coy and QM Offices and kitchens.

A C & D Coy Officers are living in the stables and servants quarters of Pippingford Park House, HQ coy subalterns in a Nissen hut and B Coy and Bn HQ Officers in the stables and garade of Chelwood Vetchery 1000 yards West. L Col H.C. MacKendrick, E.D. Is guest at Chelwood Vetchery House.

Two Officers Messes are maintained, one at Pippinford Park and the other at Solo Hall a fourteenth centurey building on the Vetchery grounds.

1715 Hot meal served to all ranks. Mess halls not ready so men lined up and ate in one mess hall. Men were bedded down and in huts in 2 hrs and 38 mins of arrival at camp.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 30 November 1941

0700 Reveille.

0815 Breakfast

0900 Bn on fatigues – making built up paths, between huts, shovelling mud off hard roads, ditching, draining, setting up tables and benches in mess halls, repairing roads for M.T. And carriers, placing signs on roads, general clean-up of quarters, setting up stoves, in Refimtnal and Coy quartermaster stores.

CCoy Pipingford park
C Coy digging Pippingford Park – QOR Museum photo

Sigs Plt laid down V. Wire to Solo Hall mess and connected coy officers to G.P.E. Telephone switch board.

PIPPINGFORD PARK ASHDOWN FOREST SUSSEX.

I Sec. Mapped training areas, ranges camp areas etc.

M.T. Standings for A & B Ech laid out.

Rear party of 2nd London Scottish consists of RQMS and 5 OR’s.

R.E. Working party is not billited here & only eats haversack lunch here.

Lt N.A. Franks and 51 OR’s 1st Bn R.C.E. Billited here. Messing with Bn 16 Fd Coy R.C.E. Quarteres here temporarily.

L.A.D. Attached 8 C.I.B. Which is to be billited at Home Farm on Park property has been delayed and has not yet moved in.

Practise of Brass and Bugle bands and octet prior to Bn broadcast over B.B.C.

1530 hrs 1 Dec. ’41

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 1 December 1941

0900 Bn acting as working party building roads, paths, drains, ditches, putting up part partitions, stoves, stovepipes in huts, laying linoleum in N.A.A.F.I., putting in telephone lines which connect up PM, HQ, all coy offices, Pmr. R.A.P., QM, TO and both officers mess at Pippingford Park and Chelwood Vetchery.

First Pt. I D.O. Issued in the Field.

1215 Shortage of breat at dinner due to lack of supplies at new Bde Supply Pt.

1530 Bugle & Brass and Bn octet broadcast over B.B.C. Lt T.E. Dalton acted as announcer. Capt J.C. Clough made arrangements. Capts R.C. Clarkson, M. Delamere, Lt W.D. Stewart, S.M. Lett, T.E. Dalton, Sgt H. Salmon sang. Cpl J. Fooks was accompanist.

Adv. Party at Pippingford Park consisted of 4 officers under Major J.G. Spragge, 7 Wos and Sgts, 94 rank and file. Total of all ranks 105. Rear party at Aldershot consisted of 1 Officer Lt R.A. Harris, 1 WO 1 Sgt, 5 rank and file, total all ranks 8.

Marching out strength from Aldershot 29 Nov ’41, 5 Regtl staff officers, 24 Coy officers, 4 Wos and staff Sgts, 30 Sgts, 540 rank and file. 604 total of all ranks with 2 staff sgts and 2 rank and file attached. Total all ranks including on command, on leave or furlough 37 officers, 6 Wos, 5 CQMS, 39 Sgts, 54 Cpls, 656 rank and rile and a total of 797 all ranks.

Capt D.J. LeQuesne Adjt went to 8 C.I.B. As M.C.O, Capt A.G. Cherrier returning to Bn.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 2 December 1941

0900 Bn remained on fatigues endeavouring to get camp cleaned up in one week.

37 L.A.D. Moved into Home Farm, Pippingford Park.

1030 All ranks made broadcast over CBC their Christmas greetings to Canada.

Limit of broadcast 100 words per man.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 3 December 1941

0900 Bn continuing work. Several holdups due to delay in arrival of rubble from bombed buildings in London which is being used as a foundation for paths and roads. There have also been several delays in the delivery of cinders for surfacing of paths.

R.A.P. Has been established approx 1 mile North of entrance to camp on Nutley-Wynch Cross rds with M.T. Garage 100 yds farther North.

Mr. N. Morriss owner of Pippingford Park has world’s largest collection of cranes including birds from South Africa and Chins.

Mr. Nuffold owner of Chelwood Vetchery has a collection of paintings valued at 250,000 pounds. Lt Col MacKendrick is staying at Chelwood House.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 4 December 1941

0900 Duties continued in form of camp construction. A great deal of cooperation has been given to Bn Major Andrew Rutherford and particularly by Lt Murray Franks 1st Bn R.C.E. Corps Tps. The bulldozer on load to us has facilitated removal of stumps.

R.C.E.’s proceeding with building of shelves, partitions and light locks in huts.

Attempt is being made to have huts which are very dark whitewashed.

Lt J.H.K. Booth and 30 OR’s to form adm staff at 3rd Cdn Div. Battle Drill School for 3 inch mortar course.

Maj Jock McClain attached to Bn as observer. Major McClain a former officers of this Bn was adjt of I.T.C. Camp Borden, Canada and then at N.D.H.Q. Ottawa.

A year ago today HQ Coy plus Bn HQ left Newfoundland for Canada.

Pippingford park
Pippingford Park – QOR Museum Photo
QORBunkers
QOR bunkers Pippingford Park – QOR Museum photo

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 5 December 1941

0900 Road drains ditches and paths progressing well. Sewage water and light big problem at present. The drainage system doesn’t include latrines, the refuse from which is disposed of, by civilian contractor. Refuse from kitchen is sold to civilian contractor except tea leaves which are used for cleaning huts.

0930 Hrs and 1155 hrs Daily O Gp OC, 2ic Coy Comds, Adjt, I.O. T.O. Q.M. And Works Officer Lt S.M. Lett.

In event of Air Raid men to remain in huts with one fire watcher outside.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 6 December 1941

0900 Work continued with instructions to break off at 1200 hrs.

1400 1 truck left for Brighton and 5 for East Grinstead for men on pass.

Pt II Orders issued by 2nd Echelon.

Field Return of Other Ranks.

Field Return of Officers.

Parade state 29 Nov ’41

Marching Out state 29 Nov ’41

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 7 December 1941

0935 Church parade by Coys to N.A.A.F.I. Chaplain Hon Capt J.C. Clough.

1100 R.C. Church parade N.A.A.F.I. Hon Capt Hickey, Chaplain.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 8 December 1941

0900 Priority work continued.

Cdn Corps security started.

1130 Capt Stuart 17 Bn Sussex Home Guard liassed with OC QOR and stayed for lunch.

1430 OC, Maj McClain, Sigs Officer & I.O. Liaised with Adjt 17 Bn SX Home Guard at South Hartfield house, Colemans Hatch.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 9 December 1941

0900 Bn started Battle Drill Training on coy basis. One duty coy, one work coy, two coys on training.

Rifle coys sent poor shots to Broadwater Range for coaching and firing .303 rifle.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 10 December 1941

0900 I Sec A.A. Plt and 9 from each rifle coy attended Aircraft recognition lecture and movie at East Grinstead.

Adjt and two I Sect NCO’s attended Div course in codes.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 11 December 1941

0900 Bn cleaning up camp, one coy on duty doing fatigues, one as work coy, two on training.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 12 December 1941

0800 Bn H.W & HQ Coy personnel with less than average training on rifle taken to Broad water Range, 995555 sheet 125 near Tunbridge Wells.

Under individual coaching and with special instruction from Armourer Staff Sgt.

Walters R.C.O.C. And Sgt Fred Tate No 5 Plt all 63 passed and 8 got possibles.

Men fired only at 100 yd range.

0900 Major G.F.C. Pangman started battle drill school for OC or 2ic’s coys, CSM’s and either Plt Comds or Plt Sgts. Course to run 10 days when Bn will take Trng.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 13 December 1941

0900 Half day training and work on lines.

1900 Major Hudson and Adjt guests of Capt A.M. Stuart, Chuck Hatch Hall, Hartfield.

Capt Stuart is 2i/c “C” Coy 17 SX H.G.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 14 December 1941

1000 Bn Church parade at N.A.A.F.I.

1100 R.C. Church Parade.

1600 2ic Adjt and “A” Coy officers guest at tea of Major H.D. Ryder, OC “A” Coy, 17 SX H.G.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 15 December 1941

0900 Bugle Band and Brass Band made a recording for BBC.

Training in accordance with syllabus.

OC left on Study Gp course, Tunbridge Wells.

Lt R.A. Harris transferred to 8 C.I.B. As Staff Learner.

1330 Bn snipers on Pippinford Park Range under I.O.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 16 December 1941

0900 Work in camp progressing well. Bn is Divisional Duty Bn. This, along with Unit Fatigues requires two companies.

1130 Bn office had rather disturbing day. In total punishment totalling 89 days pay and as many days C.B. Was dealt out to various offenders.

1600 The I.O. Left for Aircraft recognition course.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 17 December 1941

0900 training as per syllabus.

1230 Reports that Unit Battle Drill is quite successful.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 18 December 1941

0900 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1420 Major A.M. Stuart of Chuck Hatch, dropped in with plans for hospitality for men on Xmas day. Plans for this scheme had only been tentative up to this time.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 19 December 1941

0900 Training in accordance with syllabus.

The daily change of fatigues companies seems to be bearing fruit. This daily change means that all companies have a chance to do some training.

1600 Major G.F.C. Pangman’s Battle Drill Course finished. All concerned seem very please, if a little tired. It was quite a strenuous course.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 20 December 1941

0900 Training as per syllabus.

1500 Lt J.H.K. Booth, CQMS Gale, Cpl MacLeod, Rfn Nicholson, the administrative staff of Corps Military School returned to the Unit for duty.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 21 December 1941

0900 Holy Communion in Recreation Hut.

1000 Voluntary Church Parade – Chaplain Hon Capt J.C. Clough.

1100 Voluntary R.C. Church Parade in Recreation Hut. Chaplain Hon Capt Hickey.

Lt Col MacKendrick returned from Corps Study Group.

1600 Capt. A.G. Cherrier, Lt R.D. Medland, Lt C.N. Bradshaw were entertained by Mr. Owens and his family at Holly Hill.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 22 December 1941

0900 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1145 Plans were made for Battle Drill School to include one platoon per coy for one week. The course will continue until all platoons have had a week’s course. The course itself should greatly improve the fighting efficiency of the unit.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 23 December 1941

0900 Training as per syllabus which allows for sub unit training. Battle Drill is proving of great interest to the men.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 24 December 1941

0900 Great activity in decorating Mess Halls and preparing for Xmas.

1500 Children’s party held for refugee children in and around village of Nutley. Great success the party was organized by Hon Capt J.C. Clough, Padre.

1830 Six NCO’s were entertained at dinner by Mr. Buckman head garner at Chuck Hatch.

Rfn goofing around in Garden Dec 1941
Fooling around in Garden of Estate – QOR Museum photo

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 25 December 1941

0900 No training and the first Christmas away from home for most of us.

1000 English and Roman Catholic Church Services held in unit lines followed by a real Christmas dinner and a free issue of beer.

1500 Eighty two OR’s leave for various homes in the locality for afternoon tea. Many men were surprised at themselves at going out for tea but later discovered that tea can mean anything. The people of the neighbouring villages have been wonderful and everyone of us are very desirous of showing some form of appreciation. All the A&Q work for the Tea Party was done by Major A.M. Stuart of the 17th Bn SX Home Guard and the Adjutant.

Lt R.D. Medland and W.D. Stewart, dined with Major Stuart, Chuck hatch 1930 hrs.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 26 December 1941

0900 Training as per syllabus.

1000 “B” Coy have the day off as they were all on fatigues on Xmas Day.

2000 B Mess at Pippingford House holding large scale party. For most of the guest and also the hosts, this is the final fling of the Christmas Season.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 27 December 1941

0900 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1115 Major A.M. Stuart came in to see Adjt. It appears that Christmas tea Party was quite a success.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 28 December 1941

1000 R.C. Church Parade held in Recreation Hut.

1100 C. Of E. Church Parade held in Recreation Hut.

1615 Lt R.D. Medland and N.R. Pilcher had tea at Mr. J.R. Owens Home at Holly Hill.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 29 December 1941

0900 Training as per syllabus.

All Coys have one platoon on one weeks Battle Drill school. This makes total of 4 platoons taking the course this week. The same system to carry on for three weeks Fatigue system has been altered to fit in with the Battle Drill School. Two Coys now do Duties and Fatigues for two days.

1400 Unit guard now changes at 1400 hrs daily. This unables the inspecting Officer to make a more detailed inspection than was heretofore impossible.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 30 December 1941

0900 Training in accordance with syllabus.

1100 CO was notified that detachment of R.C.E. And R.E. Working in Camp are to leave at 0800 hrs, on 31 Dec. This makes work most difficult in camp area as the unit will have to do all the maintenance work and some of the construction. A new detachment is expected to move in, in the near future.

Pippingford Park Ashdown Forrest Sussex Eng 31 December 1941

0900 R.C.E. And R.E. Detachments left this morning.

0915 Lt Col MacKendrick went out on road recce.

1330 Recreational Training.

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