War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 4 April 1919
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
April 4 1919.
A/76th Army Brigade R.F.A.
I have just arrived at this unit, to which I am attached. After wandering over a good deal of Germany I have at last come to rest.
I met Rex Collins in Cologne the other day. He is trying to get out of the army as soon as possible. The Colonel here is very decent. He has only been with the Brigade two or three days.
V – W – X – Y – Z
42nd Inf. Bde.
5th Oxf & Bucks L.I.
5th Shrops L.I.
9th Rif Brig.
42nd Machine Gun Company.
42nd Trench Mortar Battery.
No. V Group R.F.A.
- W day will be April 5thY do 7th
- Z do 8th
- X do 6th
- The Artillery bombardment will be continuous on V, W, X and Y days, except for pauses given in paras 3 and 4.
- Pauses will take place during the bombardment on the whole Army front for the purpose of photography:-W day 10 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. 3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
- X day 10.30 a.m. – 11 a.m. 3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
- V day 11.30 a.m. – 12 noon 4.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
- During the preparatory bombardment the Brigade will send out patrols, each under an officer, at stated times during each period of 24 hours to investigate state of enemy wire and strength of enemy in his trenches. The G.O.C. Brigade will decide on the time at which these patrols will go out during each period of 24 hours, and points which they will reconnoitre.
- All patrol reports will be sent by Special D.R. to Brigade Headquarters as soon as they have been written and seen by the Commanding Officer, who will state in a covering letter the degree of accuracy which he considers that each report possesses.
- The work of these patrols is of great importance, more especially regarding the examination of enemy wire and the accuracy of their reports on its condition. Capt,42nd Inf. Bde.A Patrol under 2/Lt. Anderson capture and *** Machine G un.4th April 1917
- Bde Major,
- B . Taget
- Officers in charge of patrols should be informed that the Offensives has now begun, and that all work in connection with it is of the highest importance, more especially as regards details such as preparatory patrolling.
On War Office Headed Notepaper.
THE WAR OFFICE,
LONDON, S.W. 1.
7th April, 1927.
With reference to War Office letter, number as above, (A.G.4.b.) dated 26th October, 1926, I am directed to enquire whether the date for the unveiling of the Memorial to the 20th Division at LANGEMARCK has yet been decided.
I am to say that it is possible to obtain permission from the Belgian Government for Officers and other ranks attending the ceremony to travel through BELGIUM in uniform or plain clothes, and without passports, provided they travel in one body, under Command of an Officer, and are in possession of identity cards furnished by this Department.
They are, however, not prepared to grant permission for Arms (other than swords for officers) to be carried in their Country on occasions of this nature.
If you desire the special facilities above referred to, the following information should be furnished not later than 6 weeks before the date the party desires to start:-
- Date and hour of ceremony.
- Name of officer to perform ceremony.
- Strength of the party.
- The date and port of departure from England.
- The port of arrival in Belgium.
- The date and port of departure from Belgium.
- The rank and name of the officer in charge of the party.I am, Your obedient Servant ******* *******for Director of Personal Services.Major General Sir W. Douglas Smith KCB, KCVO.,(Cox’s Branch),
- On reverse in handwriting.
- 6, Pall Mall, S.W.1.
- C/o Messrs Lloyds Bank Ltd.,
- Colonel AAG
I have asked Major Brace who is arranging all details for the unveiling ceremony to give you the information you require, his address is 19, — — & he will write to you in the course of a day or two.
I would ask whether you would kindly arrange for a senior officer of the Belgian Army to attend the ceremony.
I have etc., etc.
U.S. of State