Letter to Miss Dillon 17 July 1919
On embossed Government Notepaper
Army of the Black Sea
17th July 1919
My dearest Lillie,
I wish I were in London for the Peace Celebrations! What fun you will have! “What would I not give to be with you in the old town to-night!”
Write and tell me all about it. It will be on Anna’s birthday, won’t it? What a memorable birthday it will be for her. I have not found it possible to send the wedding presents yet. If they do not arrive in time she must not mind. I will be able to present them in person in November if not before.
I have been playing tennis the last two evenings, and I find I can play quite well. When my service comes off, people find it very difficult to return. This Camp is only a few minutes walk from the tennis courts. The subscription is 5/- a fortnight.
The youth I travelled out with from London has turned up at a camp quite close, after a period in Russia. He is going to get me a horse and we can go for rides together.
You may have noticed him. He sat beside me in the train at Charing Cross.
I had a letter from Chapman yesterday, dated 5th June, from Cape Town. He was missing London very much.
Saturday is being observed as an official holiday here to celebrate peace.
I am taking advantage of it to go to the aerodrome at San Stefano to try and get a pal I met on the journey out to take me to Bucharest.
It is rather problematical if it can be done, as there is very little flying at present. The train journey takes nearly two days, whereas it is only a couple of hours by air.
I want to see the General at the mission at Bucharest, as I feel sure I could settle it then.
Have you seen the Wilocksons recently? I wonder if you have left Grove Park now? I hope you are satisfied with your new place and that it is near London.
I met a Transilvanian the other day and it was the first chance I had of airing my Roumanian. I get Roumanian papers here. They get through quicker than any other papers in a civilised language, but there is not much news in them. We get some wonderful nights here. To-night there is a wonderful halo round Venus.
Will write again soon.
Best love to you & Anna
someone has just started playing “Keep the Home Fires burning” and they are singing it again & again. It brings back memories of the worst part of the war and it gives me the creeps.
With cover Please Forward O.A.S. to Miss de C. Dillon, M.T. RASC., No 1 Reserve Depot, Grove Park, Lee. London S.E. 12.
Postmarked ARMY POST OFFICE Y dated 18 JY 19 and stamped PASSED BY CENSOR 490. Signed W. Dillon Lieut.
22nd Corps ‘G’
1. It would appear that the Corps may shortly be engaged in operations of the nature of open warfare.
2. The following scheme is submitted for approval for more efficient aerial co-operation than has formerly been possible.
3. The system does not entail the use of any apparatus beyond the Popham panneau and ground strips already provided.
4. It is anticipated that should the scheme be adopted and the units on the ground be able to carry out their part. The Squadron would have no difficulty whatever in (a) keeping Corps informed of exact positions of units down to Brigades, and dropping messages to these formations; (b) in receiving messages from formations for transmission to Corps (thence to Divisions if required).
5. The scheme is easily capable of elaboration to include units down to Battalions, but it is considered that owing to the very short notice which it will be possible to give, it would probably be inadvisable to attempt to deal with smaller formations than Brigades.
1. Corps dropping station indicated in any suitable ****** – say “XII”
2. Divisional H.Q. to be indicated by Popham panneau with one of the letters W X Y or Z placed at 9 o’clock to the panneau. Divisional calls would thus simply W X Y or Z.
3. Brigade H.Q. will be indicated by popham panneau together with a call letter placed opposite one of the four corners “W X Y or Z” position. Calls of Brigades of W Division to be WW WX WY WZ and for ‘X’ Division XW XX XY XZ and so on.
1. A unit seeing a contact ‘plane in its neighbourhood and wishing to report its position, will merely expose its popham panneau and call letter in an approximate position. Machine will acknowledge, for example “XWRT”. If the unit wishes to communicate with a machine, it will open popham panneau in the normal manner and procedure will be as usual.
2. Corps wishing to communicate with a unit will forward message to Squadron giving as far as possible approximate location. The ‘plane will fly in direction of unit required sounding call letter on klaxon. Unit will expose panneau and call letters and machine will drop message.
3. In the event of a unit losing its popham panneau, or the situation preventing its being exposed, the call letter in ground strips will be sufficient indication.
4. In extreme cases when neither panneau nor strips can be exposed, it is suggested that units should fire four Very’s lights in rapid succession as a signal that it is the unit to which the plane is calling.
ADVANTAGES OF SYSTEM.
1. The procedure above outlined presents no difficulty whatever from the air point of view at least and will enable higher command (a) to locate its units at any time; (b) to communicate with the unit; (c) to receive messages from the unit.
2. Code calls are reduced to one or two letters only which are all made with straight ground strips.
3. The scheme is systematic in that units belonging to the same formation have the same initial letter in their call.
4. In the event of a particular unit being undiscoverable there should be little difficulty in locating a neighbouring unit and communicating with it instead.
5. Owing to the message having no “addressed to” but only a call letter address, little information is given to the enemy should they fall into wrong hands.
“Addressed to” will not be required. Normally all messages received from the ground will be dropped at Corps. “Addressed from” not required; call letters give sufficient indication.
Commanding, No 82 Squadron,
Royal Air Force.
In the Field.
17th July 1918.
1. The attack on LONG TRENCH in which the 23rd ARMY BRIGADE is co-operating will take place at 4.45 am on 17th inst & not 5 a.m.
2. The TEST S.O.S. as laid down in my Sa/28 will take place to-night. The signal will be 1 GREEN LIGHT, & not the S.O.S. signal.
Officers at Brigade O.P. & Liaison will report to this office on seeing the light which will be sent up from INF BRIGADE H.Q. (H.23.b.3.2.)
On completion of test each battery will report time of seeing the light & firing the round.
V.C. Ritchie Lt. R.F.A.
MESSAGES AND SIGNALS
Received 12.17 m
Senders Number Day of Month In reply to Number
BM 116 16
Ref 4th div arty 439/7 dated 14/7/17 the operation therein mentioned will take place tonight at time shown.
Signature of Addressee
Amendment No. 1 to 12th Divisional Artillery Order No. 52.
16th July, 1917.
1. (a) Paragraph 1. For “July 15th”, read “July 17th”.
For “5 a.m.”, read “4.45 a.m.”
(b) Paragraph 3. For “July 14th”, read “July 16th”.
(c) Paragraph 6. For “6 a.m.” read “5.30 a.m.”
2. ACKNOWLEDGE PLEASE.
C.A. Clowes Major,
Brigade Major, 12th Divl. Artillery.
To all recipients of 12th D.A. Order No. 52.
By Special D.R.
23rd Bde. R.F.A.
Forwarded. Please acknowledge by wire to this H.Q.
C.P.S. ***** Major.
Re para (2) Bursts of fire will be carried out at times stated as follows: –
107 2 guns I.20.d.95.70. – I.21.c.25.55.
108 2 guns I.21c..25.55. – I.21.c.65.50.
C/23 2 guns I.21.c.65.50. – I.21.c.95.45.
D/23 2 guns will take 18 pdr Battery Zones **** ammunition & rate of fire as ordered.
Re para (3) D/23 will fire as follows
1 gun I.27.a.30.50.
1 gun I.27.a.35.45.
1 gun I.27.a.35.30.
1 gun I.27.a.51.55.
1 gun I.27.a.56.60.
Rate of fire as ordered.
108 Battery 4 guns – I.26.b.83.26. – I.27.a.5.2.
Re para (4) 18 pds.
(107 4 guns I.31.b.90.70. – I.31.b.90.85.
BARRAGE A (108 4 guns I.31.b.90.85. – I.25.d.85.00.
(C/23 4 guns I.31.b.90.70. – I.25.d.85.00.
D/23 FLUZE TRENCH I.26.c.7.7. to I.26.central.
BARRAGE B 1 gun of 108 Battery
“ D 1 gun of C/23 Battery
Lifts, rates of fire & ammunition as ordered.
Re para (5) &(6)
Allotments. 18prs 450 rounds per battery, harassing fire.
85 “ “ “ calibration
Hows as shown.
V.C. Ritchie Lt. R.F.A.
O.C. all Batteries.
The procedure laid down in my Sa/27 which was to have taken place at 5 a.m. this morning will take place at 5 a.m. on 17th inst.
V.C. Ritchie Lt. R.F.A.
ADJUTANT: 23rd A. Bde. R.F.A.