War Diary 1940

Antrim ( Fortress) Company Royal Engineers (TA)

January 1940

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

Grey Point Battery,
Kilroot Battery,
Belfast Lough Defences

01 Jan - 14 Jan 1940
Z+122 to Z+135



Normal works; training and night manning carried out.
15 Jan 1940
Z+136 / D+137
As above.
Change of method of designating days Z+136 = D+137= 137th day including day of mobilisation
(Authority 114/GEN/7683 of 11/1/40 W.O. letter)
16 Jan - 28Jan 1940
D+138 to D+150

Normal works, training and night manning carried out.

29 Jan 1940
D+151
As above
Capt. J.R.H. Greeves R.E. on Gas Course at Army Gas School.
Tregantle camp (until 9 Feb 1940) [Tregantle, S.E. Cornwall]
30 Jan - 31 Jan 1940
D+152 to D+153

Normal works, training and night manning carried out.

Signed:JRHG and Signed off by Major J.M. Sinclair R.E. (T)




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

February 1940

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

Grey Point Battery,
Kilroot Battery,
Belfast Lough Defences

01 Feb - 08 Feb 1940
D+154 to D+161




Normal works; training and night manning carried out.
09 Feb 1940
D+162
As above.
Captain J.R.H. Greeves RE- course at Treganth Gas School ends.
Report obtained Q1.
10 Feb 1940
D+163

Normal works, training and night manning carried out.

11 Feb 1940
D+164
As above
L/Sgt McBride RE sent to 158th Infantry Brigade as Instructor for a Field works course, Derry.
12 -18 Feb 1940
D+165 to D+171

Normal works, training and night manning carried out. 

19 -29 Feb 1940
D172-D182

As above.
Field works course for Officers and NCOs of infantry units in N. Ireland held at Grey Point..
6 Officers and 20 other ranks attended - all received Q reports.
Instructors:- Lt. A.H. Glendinning RE, A/Cpl Moore RE, L/Cpl Rice S. RE
(course ends 2/3/40)

Signed:JRHG and Signed off by Major J.M. Sinclair R.E. (T)




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

March 1940

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

Grey Point Battery,
Kilroot Battery,
01 Mar-3 Mar 1940
Normal works and routine manning carried out. Portion of night manning carried out by Royal Artillery personnel for training purposes. Field works training under Cpl Moore G. R.E.
04 Mar 1940 2/Lt R.A.S. Breene RE Attended Gas course at Army Gas School Winterbourne Summer Camp. Course ends 16/3/40.
Normal works and routine manning.
05 - 11 Mar 1940 Normal works, training and night manning carried out.
Field works training continued under Cpl Moore G. R.E.
12 Mar 1940 As above - very cold - snow at night.
13 Mar 1940 As above- Brilliant sunshine. Wind N. Visibility Good
14 Mar 1940 16 NCOs and Sappers left for 8 weeks training course with 3rd Training Battalion, Ripon, Yorkshire. Works unavoidably curtailed. Night manning continued in conjunction with Royal Artillery personnel.
15 - 19 Mar 1940 Routine works and night manning. weather changeable - sunny and wet by turns.
20 Mar 1940 5 Sappers posted to Company from No.1 Depot Battalion R.E. Chatham
Routine works and night anning. Weather fine, sunny - Wind SW.
21 Mar 1940 Routine works and night manning - weather very wet.
22 Mar 1940 As above.
weather fine-dead calm
23 -24 Mar 1940 As above - weather showery
25 - 28 Mar 1940 As above.
Weather brilliant sunshine-wind N to NW strong.
29 Mar 1940 As above.
weather wet on whole - wind S to SW

Signed:JRHG and Signed off by Major J.M. Sinclair R.E. (T)




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

April 1940 

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

Grey Point and
Kilroot,
Belfast Lough Defences
01 Apr - 04 Apr 1940
D214 to D217



Normal routine carried out
05 Apr 1940
D218
Lt A.H. Glendinning left for Banbridge as instructor in field works - 160th Infantry Brigade.
Capt J.R.H. Greeves transferred from Grey Point to Kilroot.
06 Apr-13 Apr 1940
D219 to D226
Normal Routine carried out.
14 Apr 1940
D227
Lt F.M.R. Byers field works course at SME [School of Military Engineering, Ripon, Yorks]
Normal routine carried out.
15 - 30 Apr 1940
D228 to D243
Normal routine carried out
30 Apr 1940
D243
Lt A.H. Glendinning returned to Kilroot from Banbridge.
Captain J.R.H. Greeves transferred from Kilroot to Grey Point.

Signed:J.R.H. Greeves Captain R.E.




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

May 1940

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

Grey Point and
Kilroot,
Belfast Lough Defences
01  - 17 May 1940
D244 to D260


Normal routine carried out
18 May 1940
D261
Lt F.M.R. Byers course at SME ends.
Normal routine carried out.
19 - 31 May 1940
D262 to D274

Normal routine carried out

Signed:J.R.H. Greeves Captain R.E.




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

June 1940

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

Grey Point and
Kilroot,
Belfast Lough Defences
01 Jun - 11 Jun 1940
D275 to D285


Normal routine carried out
12 Jun 1940
D286
Company HQ and balance of company transferred from Grey Point to Kilroot.
Engine Room staff only left at Grey Point.
Normal routine carried out.
13 Jun 1940
D287

Training for conversion to Army Troop Company commenced.

14 - 29 Jun 1940
D288 to D303

Training continued.

30 Jun 1940
D304

Instructions Postponing conversion of company to Army Troop Company - WO [War Office] Letter dated 26/6/40

Signed:J.R.H. Greeves Captain RE




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

July 1940

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

Grey Point and
Kilroot,
Belfast Lough Defences
01 Jul - 02 Jul 1940
D305 to D306


Normal routine carried out
03 Jul 1940
D307
Company handed over by Major J.M. Sinclair R.E. to Captian J.R.H. Greeves R.E. Certificates sent to C.E.   N.I.D. [Commander Engineers Northern Ireland Division]
Major Sinclair appointed GSO ii [General Staff Officer grade 2]Ulster Defence Force.
04 Jul 1940
D308

2 New Searchlights in action at Kilroot.
2/Lt W.S. Orr transferred from Kilroot to Grey Point.

05 Jul 1940
D309

Old searchlight, engine and detachment sent to Magilligan, County Derry. Captain J.R.H. Greeves to Magilligan for installation of above.

06 - 08 Jul 1940
D310 to D312

Normal routine

Magilligan
09 Jul 1940
D313

Searchlight in action at Magilligan

Grey Point and
Kilroot and
Magilligan
10 - 14 Jul 1940
D314 to D318



Normal routine

15 Jul 1940
D319

Capt J.R.H. Greeves returned to Grey Point.
Lt A.H. Glendinning to Magilligan

16 - 27 Jul 1940
D320

Normal routine

28 Jul 1940
D332

2/Lt R.A.S. Breene's course in MT at SME Comences [School of Mechanical Engineering-Ripon, York]

29 Jul 1940
D333

Capt J.R.H. Greeves  transferred from Grey Point to Kilroot.

31 Jul 1940
D335

New No.2 emplacement completed and occupied.

Signed:J.R.H. Greeves Captain RE




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

August 1940

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

Grey Point and
Kilroot,
Belfast Lough Defences
01 - 02 Aug 1940
D336 to D337


Normal routine
03 Aug 1940
D338
Searchlight and Engine at Larne, County Antrim in action.
Detachment for manning sent to Larne.
Engine at Magilligan, County Derry in new concrete bed.
04 - 07 Aug 1940
D339 to D342

Normal routine

08 Aug 1940
D343

Lt A.H. Glendinning RE attached to CE NID with effect date  Authority CE/2/mil of 7/8/40 from CE NID. [Commander Engineers  - Northern Ireland Division]

09 Aug 1940
D344

Normal routine

10 Aug 1940
D345

2/Lt R.A.S. Breene's course MT at SME ends.

11 - 15 Aug 1940
D346 to D350

Normal routine

16 Aug 1940
D351

2/Lt C.D. Clarke posted to Company from SME [School of mechanical engineering] and RE depot - authority  W/O[war office]  P1/7568 of 6/8/40

17 - 25 Aug 1940
D352 - D360

Normal routine

26 Aug 1940
D361

Lt F.M.R. Byers RE promoted Captain.
Authority CR NID No.40833/1/A of 20/8/40.

27 - 30 Aug 1940
D362 to D365

Normal routine

31 Aug 1940
D366

Instructions received for 2/Lt R.A.S. Breene to join No.1 Training Battalion RE, Shornecliffe Kent to proceed to Middle East - to report on 8/9/40

Signed:J.R.H.Greeves Captain RE




Antrim ( F) Coy. Royal Engineers

September 1940

Commanding Officer: Captain John Ronald Howard Greeves R.E.

Belfast Defences
01 - 07 Sep 1940
D367 to D372
Normal routine
08 Sep 1940
D374
2/Lt R.A.S. Breene reported to No.1 Training Battalion, Shorncliffe, Kent to join Draft Serial No. RCDAJ for Middle East
09 - 29 Sep 1940
D375 to D395

Normal routine

30 Sep 1940
D396

Instructions received (NID No.43408/Q of 24/9/40) for Antrim (7) Coy to move to Portaferry, County Down on formation of new Field Company.
Number to be notified later.
32 DEL [Defence Electric Light] Engine Room Staff to remain with fixed defences. Date of moving 8/10/40.

Signed:J.R.H. Greeves Captain R.E.




591 (Antrim) Army Field Company. Royal Engineers

October 1940

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White R.E.

Portaferry
08 Oct 1940
3 Officers and 29 other ranks of Antrim (Fortress) Company R.E. arrived from Kilroot ,County Antrim, as cadre for Field Company

Signed: A.G.White




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

November & December 1940

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Portaferry
05 Nov to 13 Dec 1940
3 NCOs and 2 sappers attached to 282 Field Company R.E. Banbridge, County Down whilst  engaged on supervision of construction of water supply systems.
06 Nov to 03 Dec 1940
2 NCOs attached to 29 Pioneer Group, 183 A.M.P. Company, Carrickfergus, County Antrim as instructors in Field works.
01 Dec 1940

Date of formation of 591 (Antrim) Army Field Company. R.E.

03 to 09 Dec 1940

4 NCO and 3 sappers engaged in construction of defence boom on River Lagan.

04 Dec 1940

2/Lt A. Reatchlous joined on posting from 563 Field Park Company R.E.

25 Dec 1940

100 other ranks joined on posting from No.5 T.B.R.E [Training Battalion Royal Engineers]

Signed:Major A.G. White RE



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