Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 30 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 30 January 1919

 

 

Lieut. R.H. Palmer. R.N.V.R.

D “Northesk” II No 2022

Cape Helles.

Jan 30 1919

Captain of Base.

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

Sir,

 

I have the honour to request that I may be paid command money as Lieut in Command, observing that I have been in command of Drifters since April 10th 1918 & have not yet received command money.

 

Previous to April 10th 1918 I had the honour to command H.M. Motor Launch 198 and volunteered for Drifters after being assured I would receive the same command money.

 

From April 10th until July 8th 1918 I was in command of H.M.D. “Kilmany” (in which vessel was no Skipper) and was also sub-divisional leader of three vessels.

 

From July 8th 1918 I have been Divisional Leader of “W” Division of Drifters (now 9th Division), a Division composed of 8 Drifters commanded by Skippers.

 

Request that I may be paid back command money since April 10th 1918.

 

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient servant

Reginald H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

S.O. of Div.

 

The necessary examination was passed by me on July 8th 1918.

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War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 15 January 1919

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 15 January 1919

 

EXTRACTED FROM.

 

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

Correspondence

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January 15, 1919

Harfleur

Everything here is in chaos. I have 1200 men in the wing which I have to look after.  The returns are enough to frighten a whole division.  My best sergeant-major has gone to England which is annoying.  The demobilisation question is a hard nut.  You can imagine the conditions in a base camp like this.  We shall be broken up soon I hope.  Then I may get up the line.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

 

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Cape Helles.

Jan 14 1919

Commanding Officer.

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

Sir,

 

I have the honour to report the following mines sunk by vessels in my Division during passage from Mudros to Chanak.

 

H.M.D. “Northesk II” No. 2022. (local No 91).

Date: – Dec 22nd 1918.

Position: – 390 49’ 00” N.  250 28’ 00” E.

Depth of Water: – 51 fthms.

Description: – Floating mine (French) bottoms upward, spherical with lever             running down one side.

Name of Mine: – French Mine “B” (Fig 61. Book of Mines).

How sunk Rifle Fire (Mark VII).

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H.M.D. “Ten” No 1052. (local No 94).

Date: – Dec 28th 1918.

Position: – 390 57’ 00” N 250 31’ 00” E.

Depth of Water: – 12 fthms.

Description: – Floating mine, (British) spherical bottom upwards with bar    across.

Name of Mine: – British Elia (Fig 36 Book of Mines).

How sunk: – Rifle Fire (Mark VII).

 

 

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your obedient servant

 

Reginald H. Palmer

Lt. R.N.V.R.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Cape Helles.

Jan 14 1919

Staff Paymr (V)

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

Sir,

 

Enclosed I send receipts for slops supplied to vessels in my Division.

* The receipt from M.L. 508 has not been returned to me but possibly the C.O. is sending it direct.*

 

Regarding the slops for my vessels everything was correct with the exception of 1 Razor, 1 Hat ribbon & 1 pair of braces short.

 

The shortage of the braces I have discovered, as on checking your “Summary” sheet I find the pair for H.M.D. “Prime” was not included, although it was on Prime’s sheet.

 

The other two items I cannot trace.

 

Your obedient servant

 

R.H. Palmer

Lieut R.N.V.R.

*Receipt from M.L. 508 just to hand so is enclosed.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 14 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II No 2022

Cape Helles.

Jan 14th 1919

Commanding Officer

H.M.S. “Caesar”

 

Sir,

 

I have the honour to report the following changes in the personnel of the crews in vessels under my command.

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H.M.D. “Hopeful” No. 2386.

Stephen Bryan, Deck Hand, Off No.21753.

James H. Mears, Trimmer, Off No. TS.6615

reported for duty A.M. Dec 29th 1918.

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H.M.D. “Ebenezer” No. 2294.

William Woods, 2nd Hand, Off No. 1679

reported for duty A.M. Dec 29th 1918.

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H.M.D. “Northern Scot” No 2425.

  1. Thomas, Trimmer,

reported for duty A.M. Dec 29th 1918.

 

I have the honour to be

Sir

Your Obedient Servant

R.H. Palmer

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 2 January 1919

Report of Drifters off Cape Helles 2 January 1919

 

S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II

Chanak.

Jan 2nd 1919

Div II Pay Office.

H.M.S. “Europa”

 

During passage from Taranto to Mudros Oct 24th to Nov 4th 1918, my Division was ordered to tow two Tugs (A.S.C., T.) Nos 3 & 18.

 

Owing to bad weather the crews were taken off Tugs and accommodated on Drifters, also victualled.

 

It was understood that the Captain of H.M.S. “Queen” was arranging for cost of victualling these men (1/8 per man per day) to be credited to the Drifters and the list of vessels accommodating & the number of men was handed in before leaving.

 

I have been asked by the Skippers whether the amounts were credited to their Victualling accounts & should be grateful if you could inform me.

 

For information I give herewith the particulars of Tugs towed & how the crew were accommodated.

 

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.

S.O. of Div.

 

List of crews of Tugs

Accommodated & victualled.

 

H.M.D. “Prime” No. 2289

Towing A.S.C.,T. Tug No 18.

Oct 26/18        7 Hands victualled from Tug 18 @ 1/8          11-8

“  28             2     “              “        “       “    “  @ 1/8           3-4

“  29             2     “              “        “       “    “  @ 1/8           3-4

“  30             7     “              “        “       “    “  @ 1/8           11-8

“  31             2     “              “         “       “    “  @ 1/8           3-4

Nov 1              2     “              “        “       “    “  @ 1/8           3-4

“   2              7     “              “        “       “    “  @ 1/8           11-8

“   3              7     “              “        “      “    “  @ 1/8           11-8

“   4              7     “              “        “       “    “  @ 1/8           11-8

Total                         £3-11-8

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H.M.D. “Ten” No 1052.

 

Oct 26 &                     }          3 hands victualled from Tug No 3

Oct 28 to Nov 4          }                                                          @ 1/8 ea

(9 days)                                                                                   or 5/- day         2-5-0

Oct 26 to Nov 4th (10 days)

1 Passenger Skipper Chas Dent R.N.R.

(H.M.T. Cassandra II 1767)                           @ 1/8                 16-8

Total                                                    £3.1.8.

 

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H.M.D. “Northern Scot” No. 2425.

Towing A.S.C. T. Tug No. 3 from Oct 26 to 30th

and A.S.C. T. Tug No. 1   “ Oct 31 to Nov 4

 

Oct 26 to 30th 7 Hands victualled from Tug No. 3 for 5 days @ 1/8                         2-18-4

Oct 31 to Nov 4 2 Hands victualled from Tug No. 1 for 5 days @ 1/8           16.8

Total £3-15-0

 

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H.M.D. Ebenezer No. 2298.

 

Oct 23rd to Nov 4/18

1 Passenger carried & victualled from Taranto to Mudros 12 days @ 1/8 £1-0-0

Name Victor Debenham Dk. Hd. Hydro

(discharged to Trawler “Newland” 942)

 

 

Strength of 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade December 1918

Strength of 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade December 1918

 

APPENDIX                                         WAR DIARY                     DECEMBER 1918

 

9th. CANADIAN ARTILLERY BRIGADE

 

 

STRENGTH DECREASE

 

 

Cause                                                        Officers                                    Other Ranks

 

Transferred

(Mjr. LV COSGRAVE DSO                              2                                            3

to 1st. Bde CFA.)

(Capt. A.V. MEIKLE to CARD)                                                                                      1 to Eng with a view to leave to CANADA

 

Hospital over 7 days                                                                                         24

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Total                              2                                             28

 

 

 

STRENGTH INCREASE

 

Transferred

(Capt. A.V. MEIKLE)

(Capt. C.A. GORDON)                                         2                                            2

Reinforcements                                                                                                 63 CCRC

22 CGBD

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Total                                                               2                                            87

 

 

 

Officers                                            O. R.s

 

EFFECTIVE STRENGTH December 1st       35                                         781

 

Decrease                                                               2                                        28

Total                                                                   33                                        753

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Reinforcements                                                 2                                        753

 

EFFECTIVE STRENGTH DECEMBER 31st 35                                       840