War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Feb 1919

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Feb 1919

 

EXTRACTED FROM.

 

Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda

Correspondence

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R.P February 8 1919.

155 Army Brigade R.F.A.

B.E.F.

France

 

The above is my address. I have managed to get to Colonel Congreve’s Brigade, and at present I am commanding A Battery, but later I may go to C Battery.  I took three days on the journey here, and it was cold!  Now we have hard frosts and snow.  The Colonel is in bed ill, and is probably going away on leave soon.

 

February 13 1919

I am expecting orders to go to the 3rd Division in Germany as the Colonel has recommended me as a battery commander in the Army of Occupation.  This Brigade is being demobilized and the Colonel goes home on a month’s furlough.

 

It is a bit too cold here. Everything is frozen hard.

 

We are going out pig sticking on Saturday, which promises to be rather amusing. It is rather a shoot in the French manner, as the French here get them up, and go out armed with guns, knives, swords, revolvers, and trumpets.

 

February 21 1919

I am still with the 155, Brigade, but expect to leave at any time. I have been told to hold myself in readiness.

 

This unit is gradually being demobilized. Horses and men trickle away slowly but surely.  Today we handed in the guns and ammunition wagons.  Life her is very dull, and it is sad to see the unit being broken up.  Next Saturday there is to be a real pig-sticking with the men as beaters.

 

February 26 1919

Just a visit to Amiens.

 

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Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II (91)

Mudros.

Feb 28/19

A.P. Office

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

The following small defects have developed in vessels in my Division, and it is requested they may receive attention before leaving for England: –

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

 

H.M.D. “Comely” No. 2387. (local No 96)

Engine defect: – Knocking in H.P. Valve covers require lifting.

Deck defects: – Compass requires refilling (very bad)

Hatch cover requires repairing as leaking badly through wear.

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H.M.D. “Hopeful” No, 2386. (local No 95)

Engine defect: – Bilge valve at ship’s side is leaking & requires attention.

 

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Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

 

C.O.

  1. “Northesk” II No 2022

Mudros.

Feb 28/19

A.P. Office

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

I beg to notify that no reliefs have been sent me for

  1. Smith Dk Hd

& S.J. Williams Tel

Who were discharged to H.M.S. “Europa” on Feb 14th.

 

It is requested that reliefs may be sent in order to complete complement.

 

I am without a signalman and am a W/T Operator short if these ratings could be sent me.

 

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

 

Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

 

 

C.O.

H.M.D. “Northesk” II No 2022

Feb 28/19

A.P. Office

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

The following changes in the personnel of crew of H.M.D. “Northesk II” have taken place: –

 

H.M.D. “Northesk II” N2022.

 

  1. Banham Dk Hd discharged to D. 2196.
  2. Reynolds     “ “ “    D. 2196.
  3. J. Daly           “ “ “     T.284.

 

all P.M. Feb 28/19

 

  1. Bailey   Dk Hd reported for duty on D. 2022.
  2. Perry       “ “ “      “     “ D.2022.
  3. Nichols     “ “ “       “     “ D.2022.

 

all P.M. Feb 28/19

 

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.