War Diary 1939 

Antrim ( Fortress) Company Royal Engineers (TA)

August 1939

Commanding Officer: Major J. Maynard Sinclair Royal Engineers(T)
Headquarters: 32 Great Victoria Street, Belfast.[HQ] 

Belfast
22 Aug 1939
2300 hrs
"BYNG" (except para 2b) received. Captain J.R.H. Greeves, Royal Engineers T.A. proceeded to headquarters (on being informed by telephone,) and key party personnel were called in.
Belfast
24 Aug 1939
1600 hrs.

Grey Point Battery, County Down.
"P" Day.

2100 hrs
"PLUMER" received. Embodiment notices sent out and telegram despatched to Officer Commanding unit ~ Major J.M. Sinclair, Royal Engineers (T.A.) on holiday in North West of Scotland.

Two manning details for D.E. [defence electric]  lights despatched to Greypoint Battery under the command of 2nd Lieutenant W.S. Orr R.E. (T.A.). Followed by Captain J.R. H. Greeves R.E. (TA) in command of the company in absence of Major J M Sinclair. 
Station reported ' ready for action', engines running, communications and lights tested and found correct.  Station manned during night hours.
25 Aug 1939
(P+1)

25 Aug 1939
Belfast HQ (P+1)
0900 hrs

1000 hrs approx


2100 hrs approx

The remainder of Company detailed for Grey Point were despatched from H.Q.
 
Details of the Company detailed for Kilroot Battery despatched from H.Q. together with engine and searchlight for H.Q. (For further details re: Kilroot see separate diary)

Major J. M. Sinclair returned and took over command.
26 Aug 1939 (P+2)
Grey Point

Normal routine carried out. I.E station manned during night hours.
27 Aug 1939 (P+3)
Grey Point

Normal routine carried out.
28 Aug 1939 (P+4)
Grey Point

Normal routine carried out.
29 Aug 1939 (P+5)
Grey Point

Normal routine carried out.
30 Aug 1939 (P+6)
Grey Point

Normal routine carried out.
31 Aug 1939 (P+7)
Grey Point

Normal routine carried out.

Signed:JRHG [John Greeves] 




Antrim ( Fortress) Company Royal Engineers (TA)

September 1939

Commanding Officer: Major John Maynard Sinclair Royal Engineers(T)

Grey Point Battery,
and Kilroot Battery,
Belfast Lough Defences

01 Sep 1939
Z-day
1800





'Mobilize' received. Normal Routine carried out.
02 Sep 1939
Z+1
Normal routine carried out
03 Sep 1939
Z+2
1100

Outbreak of war between Great Britain and Germany.
Normal routine carried out.

04 - 30 Sep 1939
Z+3-Z+29

Normal routuine carried out. Manning and works.

Signed: JRHG [John Greeves] 




Antrim ( Fortress) Company Royal Engineers (TA)

October 1939

Commanding Officer: Major John Maynard Sinclair Royal Engineers(T)

Grey Point Battery,
and Kilroot Battery,
Belfast Lough Defences

01 Oct - 31 Oct 1939
Z+30 to Z+60


Normal works; training and night manning carried out.

Signed: JRHG [John Greeves]   




Antrim ( Fortress) Company Royal Engineers (TA)

November 1939

Commanding Officer: Major John Maynard Sinclair Royal Engineers(T)

Grey Point Battery,
and Kilroot Battery,
Belfast Lough Defences

1 Nov-30 Nov1939
Z+61 to Z+90



Normal works; training and night manning carried out.

Signed: JRHG [John Greeves]   




Antrim ( Fortress) Company Royal Engineers (TA)

December 1939

Commanding Officer: Major John Maynard Sinclair Royal Engineers(T)

Grey Point Battery,
Kilroot Battery,
Belfast Lough Defences

1 Dec-10 Dec1939
Z+91 to Z+100


Normal works; training and night manning carried out.
11 Dec - 22 Dec 1939
Z+101 to Z+112
Normal works and night manning carried out.
Field works course for officers and NCOs of infantry units in N. Ireland held at Grey Point. 6 Officers, 20 Other Ranks.
Instructors- a CS Larkin RE, Lance Serjeant McBride RE and Acting Corporal Moore RE.
All students received Q reports.
23 Dec - 31 Dec 1939
Z+113 to Z+121 


Normal works, training and night manning carried out.

Signed: JRHG [John Greeves]   






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