War Diary 1941 

591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

January 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Portaferry, County Down N.I.
3 Jan 1941

1730 hrs: Advance party of 1 officer, 1 NCO and 3 Other Ranks left for Halifax.
4 Jan 1941 1300 hrs: Advance party of 1 officer, 1 NCO and 3 Other Ranks arrived Halifax.
5 Jan 1941

1730 hrs: Main Party left for Halifax.

Halifax, Yorkshire
6 Jan 1941
1430 hrs: Main Party arrived Halifax.
7 Jan 1941
1100 hrs: 45 Other Ranks arrived from No.22 TBRE Newark [Nottinghamshire]. [Training Battalion Royal Engineers].
12 Jan 1941

1730 hrs: Major A.G. White R.E. arrived to command Unit.

27 Jan 1941

591 Company move to Lightcliffe [Near Halifax] to carry out Field Work Training.

Strength of Unit 31/1/41
Officers =5     W.O.=nil     Sgts=3     O.Rs=172       Total=180

Signed:Major A.G. White R.E.




Antrim ( Fortress) Coy. Royal Engineers (TA)

February 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Halifax, Yorkshire
1 Feb 1941
2/Lt J.E.. Jackson RE reported for duty from 142 O.C.T.U. [Officer Cadet Training Unit].
12 Feb 1941 2030 hrs: Advance party of 1 officer, 1 NCO and 8 Other Ranks left for Wallingford, Berkshire.

13 Feb 1941

Advance party of 1 officer, 1 NCO and 8 Other Ranks arrived Wallingford.

16 Feb 1941 2145 hrs: Main Party left for Wallingford.
17 Feb 1941

0600 hrs: Main Party arrive Wallingford 

18 - 28 Feb 1941

Unit undergoing Bridging Training.

Strength of Unit on 28/2/41:
Officers=6      WO=1      Sgts=5      O.Rs=168       Total=180

Signed:Major A.G. White R.E.




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

March & April 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Wallingford, Berkshire
01 -15 Mar 1941
Unit undergoing Bridging Training.
12 Mar 1941 30 Drivers posted to Unit from No.2 M.T.T.D. [motor transport training depot]
15 Mar 1941 1430 hrs: Advance party left for Luton.
16 Mar 1941 1130: Main Party left for Luton.
1600: Main party arrived Luton.
Luton
17 - 21 Mar 1941
Unit engaged on wiring at Luton Hoo, H.Q. Advanced Eastern Command.
Luton
23 Mar 1941
Unit moved to Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Ely, Norfolk
24 - 31 Mar 1941
Training.
Ely
01 - 30 Apr 1941
Unit engaged in training and works
Works carried out:
(a) Construction of huts at St Ives [Huntingdonshire/Cambridgeshire]
(b) Construction of huts at Chippenham [Wiltshire].
(c) Construction of paths at Mildenhall [Suffolk].
23 Apr 1941 North sector of 2 Corps G.H.Q. and Command demolition lines taken over from 272 Field Company RE and 270 Field Company. Royal Engineers.
26 Apr 1941 Military assistance to the Ouse Catchment Board in the event of a bomb or other damage to drain embankments, taken over from 272 Field Company. R.E.
28 Apr 1941 No.2 Section (2/Lt C.D. Clark RE) moved to King's Lynn.
30 Apr 1941 Dock demobilization, Bridge demolitions and aid to Civil Authorities in case of air raid all taken over by No.2 Section from 272 Field Company. R.E.

Signed:Major A.G. White RE




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

May & June 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Ely, Norfolk
04 May 1941
2/Lt(W) A. Reatchlous RE posted to No.3 TBRE [Training Battalion RE].
01 - 31 May 1941 Unit engaged in general training. (No.2 Section at King's Lynn)

08 Jun 1941
2/Lt T.J. Hirst RE joined on posting fro 142 OCTU RE. [Officer Cadet Training Unit]
13 Jun 1941 No.3 Section (2/Lt J.E. Jackson RE) moved to King's Lynn and
No.2 Section (2/Lt C.D. Clarke RE) returned to Ely.
20 - 24 Jun 1941 Company except No.3 Section engaged in "Bulldog" exercise.
01 May to  30 Jun 1941 Unit engaged in general training.

Signed:Major A.G. White R.E.




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

July 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  RE

Ely, Norfolk
01 - 31 Jul 1941

Unit engaged in general training.
09 Jul 1941 Capt F.M.R. Byers posted to 21 T.C.R.E. for serial R.G.G.F.O.
Capt E.W. Widdowson joined on posting from C.R.E. [Commander Royal Engineers] 2 Corps Troops.
12 Jul 1941

2/Lt W.J. Knowlson joined on posting from 141 OCTU RE.

15 - 17 Jul 1941

H.Q. Nos.1 and 2 Sections engaged with 234 Field Company. R.E. in "Charley" exercise.

23 Jul 1941

No.1 Section (Lt W.S. Orr) moved to King's Lynn and
No.3 Section (2/Lt J.E. Jackson) returned to Ely.

Signed:A.G. White Major R.E.
Officer Commanding 591 (Antrim) Field Company




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

August 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Ely, Norfolk
01 Aug 1941
No.1 Section returned from King's Lynn.
2/Lt Jackson posted to 142 OCTU RE
04 Aug 1941 No.2 Section (2/Lt C.D. Clark) moved to Wollerton Park, Erpingham, Norfolk to prepare camp for Company.
06 Aug 1941

Remainder of Company moved to Wollerton.

22 Aug 1941

Lt W.S. Orr posted to 234 Field Company R.E. as second in command.

07 - 31 Aug 1941

Unit engaged in camp construction at Wollerton Park. Work consists of clearing trees from hut sites, erection of Nissen Huts, installation of water and drainage systems.

Signed:Major A.G. White R.E.




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

September 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Wollerton, near Aylsham, [Norfolk]
01 - 30 Sep 1941


Unit engaged in construction of hutted camp for 1000 men.

Signed:Major A.G. White R.E.




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

October 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Wollerton Camp[Norfolk]
01 - 31 Oct 1941


Unit engaged in construction of hutted camp.
01 Oct 1941 201725 2/Lt F.C. Dobson joined on posting from No.1 TBRE [Training Battalion RE] and taken on strength as re-inforcement officer.

Signed:Major A.G. White R.E.




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

November 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Wollerton Camp[Norfolk]
01 - 30 Nov 1941
Unit engaged in construction of hutted camp.
22 - 23 Oct 1941 76 Division Exercise.

Signed:Major A.G. White R.E.




591 (Antrim) Army Field Coy. Royal Engineers

December 1941

Commanding Officer: Major Arthur Gilbert White  R.E.

Wollerton Camp[Norfolk]
01 -29 Dec 1941
Unit engaged in construction of hutted camp.
06 - 07 Dec 1941

76 Division Exercise.

30 Dec 1941

Unit moved to Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Woodbridge, Suffolk
31 Dec 1941

Taking over of billets and stores completed.

Signed:Major A.G. White RE




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