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.

 

Report on Raid 27 February 1917

Report on Raid 27 February 1917

 

Between pages 40/41.

BRASS

Report of attempted Raid by Enemy on night 25/26 February 1917 on right Company sector & action taken by left Coy.

 

At 12.35 a.m. my H.Q. sentry reported a succession of green very lights being fired from the front line.

 

I immediately investigated the matter & decided that the S.O.S. was required. I fired 3 rockets (green) which all failed to ascend the sticks being stuck in the mud.

 

I loosened the 4th which was quite satisfactory.

 

I then saw that the bombardment was more intense on my right than my left & accordingly wired S.O.S. Boyaux 6 (1.40 am)

 

I had previously in the evening discussed the question of a raid on the right coy & the factors pointing to it with 2/Lt Shury & I had thought that the bombardment at dawn 24/25 was directed in a line from Boyaux 6 to S of junction OLD BOOTS & MUNSTER PARADE which lead me to suppose that it was the N edge of a box barrage.

 

I sent accordingly a verbal message over the phone. The message sent arrived thus “From Mr GREEN he thinks C Coy are getting it”.

 

I then sent 2 orderlies to MUNSTER TUNNEL to ascertain the situation. They reported all clear.

 

I then went to O.C. A. Coy & obtained from him a squad 1 officer, 1 N.C.O. & 11 men issued them with Mills No 5 & ordered them to proceed up MUNSTER TUNNEL & establish connection with RAILWAY SAPS POSTS & left Right of Coy & if all clear to return & report to me.

 

I then ordered 2 Lt Shurry to go to O.C. A Coy & tell him to send a squad to my left post & if all clear to establish connection with Tunnel post & return via TUNNEL & report to me there.

 

I then proceeded to TUNNEL & found everything satisfactory except that one Lewis Gun was out of action. A message was sent to O.C. A Coy for another gun which arrived some hours afterwards.

 

All liaison patrols returned at 4 p.m. & garrisons replaced by 5 pm.

 

Casualties as far as known at present

1 Sergt.            Killed.

2 Pte                Missing believed killed (buried)

6 “                  Wounded

2 “                  *****

W.C. Green O.C. D Coy

8 a.m. 27.2.17

Message 27 February 1917

“A” Form

MESSAGES AND SIGNALS

 

To        Camp Comdt (Adv)

 

Senders Number                     Day of Month             In reply to Number     AAA

G.B. 305                                             27

 

The Left Division attacked this morning at 5.30 am. enemy’s trenches from N.36D.4.2. to N.35.D.8.0. and ERSATZ point as ordered AAA From reports received from the air and other sources this attack appears to have been successful and all objectives have been taken except for that portion on the right of the attack from N.36.D.00.05. to N.36.D.4.2. where the situation still appears doubtful AAA Up to date 6 Officers 336 OR and 2 machine guns have been captured AAA Prisoners belong to 119 R, 121 R. and 11th Bavarian R.I.R. AAA Prisoners state attack came as complete surprise AAA Our casualties reported to be small AAA Regiments who took part in attack were RASHER and REALM AAA Addsd C.R.A., C.R.E., TUMULT, TRAWL, TONE, TUBE, SENIOR SCHOOL and Divl Troops

 

From: TRUMPET

Place:

Time: 3 pm

  1. Durrant S/Sgt *** G.S.

Signature of Addressee

 

 

? 27 Feb 1917

Message form 27 February 1917

“A” Form

MESSAGES AND SIGNALS

 

To                    Camp Cdt.

 

Senders Number                     Day of Month             In reply to Number     AAA

G.B.312                                              27

 

Situation now reported as quiet AAA All objectives have been captured and in addition posts have been pushed forward to N.36.C.6.95. and N.35.D.6.3.

 

From: TRUMPET

Place:

Time: 7 pm.

  1. Durrant S/Sgt *** G.S

Signature of Addressee

 

? 27 Feb 1917.