War Diary of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment (10 C.A.R.)

March 1943

Place

Date

Summary of Events and Information

Lindford

1/3/43

Bright and warm with cloudy periods during the day.  Lieut. H.E. [Harvey] Theobald took over the post of Regimental Intelligence officer today.  There was a group of the units personnel left today for the scheme “Spartan”.  Lieut. W.E. Mitchell took over R.H.Q. troop and the post of Gunnery officer, Lieut J.G. Fulton took over the post of Signal officer from Lieut J. Fraser who returned to “B” Squadron.  Lieut R.D. [Bob] Grant was posted to the newly formed Recce troop.

 

2/3/43

Dull and overcast all day but fairly warm.  Schools were carried on as usual.  In the evening Lieut Col R.E.A. Morton gave a lecture to all N.C.O.’s.  More of the Regiments personnel went on the “Spartan” scheme today.

 

3/3/43

Dull and overcast.  Schools were carried on as usual.  More of this units drivers went to join the ones already on the scheme “Spartan”.  In the afternoon there was a football game between our unit team and the Sherbrook Fusiliers.  Our unit won three to nothing.  This evening there was a show (Shall We Dance) put on in the Hatch House Barn by the Salvation Army.

 

4/3/43

Bright and warm.  Normal training was carried on as usual.  Four German airmen escaped in a Canadian Staff car from Crawley Sussex today.  At 1600 hrs Capt D.S. [Buck] Whiteford of “C” Squadron saw a staff car which was thought to be the stolen car.

 

5/3/43

Bright and cool all day with cloudy periods.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  In the afternoon there was a Soccer playoff game at Daly Field in Bordon between our unit team and the South Alberta Regiment.  The South Alberta Regiment won by a margin of 8-4.

 

6/3/43

Bright and warm.  There was a clean up parade in the morning after which normal training was resumed.  The afternoon was free for the men.  This evening there were some of the troops who were on the scheme “Spartan” made their camp in our lines and stayed here for the week end.

 

7/3/43

Bright and warm all day.  There was an R.C. Church parade this morning to Grayshott where Brigadier A.M. Thomas attended with his staff.  After Church there was a march past of all Brigade R.C.’s with Brigadier Thomas taking the salute.  An English Armoured Corps Band played for this parade.  The Protestants Church parade as to Headley Parish Church where they saw the graves of Canadian soldiers who died in the last war.  During the night there was an air raid during which some new Anti-personnel bombs were dropped.  Incendiary bombs caused heath fires on the London – Liphook road.  There was also a high explosive bomb dropped near the Hindhead Hospital.

 

8/3/43

Bright and warm.  Another group of personnel left to take part in the “Spartan” scheme.  The troops who had spent the week and in our lines left early this morning.  A.B.C.A., Citizenship and Educational classes were held this morning after which some of the Squadrons went on a short route march.  In the afternoon schools and normal training was carried on.  This evening there was a short alert.

 

9/3/43

Bright and warm.  Normal training was carried out in the morning and afternoon.  In the evening there was a show in Hatch House Barn at Lindford.  This was for all Squadrons.

 

10/3/43

Clear but very cold this morning becoming warmer by the afternoon.  There was a Mobile Bath at HQ Squadron today.  This evening there was a dance in Headley Hall.

 

11/3/43

Clear and cold becoming warmer by noon.  The Mobile Bath was at HQ Squadron for the whole day.  In the afternoon there was a group of men arrived here from C.A.C.R.U.  This evening there was a picture show (Sergeant York) shown in the N.A.A.F.I. on Headley Green.

 

12/3/43

Clear and cold in the morning becoming warmer by noon.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  This afternoon there was a meeting in HQ Squadron of all Corporals and Lance Corporals to inform them that HQ would do their own guard duties for a week, and that all Corporals employed or otherwise would have one day of duty.  This evening there was a dance at Headley Village Hall.  There was also a picture show at Hatch House Barn.

 

13/3/43

Cloudy and cold.  This morning there was A.A. fire about 0600 hrs, but as there were no aircraft seen or heard and there was no alert sounded it is believed that they were carrying out practices.  Normal training was carried out this morning.  In the afternoon there was a sports parade.

 

14/3/43

Clear and cold becoming warmer by noon.  There were R.C. and Protestant Church parades this morning to Headley Church.  In the afternoon HQ Squadron took over their own guard duties for the week.  The personnel who were on the scheme “Spartan” also arrived back in camp.  This evening there was a picture show (Sergeant York) shown at Hatch House Barn.

 

15/3/43

Clear and cold becoming warmer by noon.  There were S.A.P. parades this morning in all Squadrons for the A.B.C.A. period end The Padre hour.  Pay parade and inspection of respirators, boots, steel helmets, field dressings, pay books and hair cuts took place form 1100 hrs to 1300 hrs.  HQ Squadron was first followed by “A” “B” and “C”.  Normal training was carried out for the remainder of the day.  There was an air raid alert about 1535 hrs.  In the evening there was a lecture given in R.H.Q. mess by Lieut Col R.E.A. Morton.  Col Morton gave a short but instructive talk on air co-operation with the Army and outlined roughly the position and duties of the A.A.S.C.

[Tpr Michaelis killed Tpr Gibbs in a brawl near the Holly Bush – see 26 March]

 

16/3/43

Clear and cold becoming warmer on the day.  On this mornings parade there were new mugs issued to the men.  Normal training was carried out for the remainder of the day.  This evening there was a picture show (Sun Valley Serenade) shown in Hatch House Barn.  Major Wigle 3 Canadian Army Tank Brigade B.M. gave a short but interesting talk on the function of Brigade HQ during battle.

 

17/3/43

Cloudy and cold with heavy fog.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  “A” Squadron went to Burley Road Ranges for the day.

 

18/3/43

Dull and cold all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning with classes on Gunnery, Wireless, D & M and also an N.C.O.’s school.

 

19/3/43

Dull and cold all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  All Squadrons had a S.A.P. parade at 1245 for the echelon scheme “Tiger” which ended at 1345 hrs after which Squadrons resumed normal training.  In the evening there was a picture show (Hot Spot) shown in Hatch House Barn.  There was also a wireless scheme at 1900 hrs.

 

20/3/43

Clear and cold in the morning becoming warmer by noon.  There was an SAP parade this morning in HQ Squadron.  This was a smartening up parade carried on while the C.O.’s inspection took place.  In the afternoon there was a sports parade.  This evening there was a picture show (Hot Spot) shown in the Hatch House Barn.

 

21/3/43

Clear but quite cold in the early part of the day.  There were Church parades today in all Squadrons Protestant at 1000 hrs and R.C. at 0900 hrs.  The remainder of the day was free.

 

22/3/43

Clear and cold in the morning warmer by noon.  In the morning the weekly A.B.C.A. and Padre hour were held.  Sports parades were held from this time until noon.  Normal training was carried out in the afternoon.  There was a meeting of all officers this evening at 1930 hrs held in R.H.Q. mess.  Lieut Col R.E.A. Morton gave a talk on the object and lessons learned from Army Scheme “Spartan”.  There was also a picture show (Hellzapoppin) shown in Hatch House Barn.

 

23/3/43

Clear and warm all day.  This morning there was C.A.P. gas concentrated in offices and in buildings where men were working.  This was to test the alertness of the men.  Normal training was carried out in the afternoon.  This evening at 1800 hrs some of the Squadrons held sports parades in preparation for Sports Day which is to take place tomorrow.

 

24/3/43

Cloudy and cold all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  Early this morning A.A. Batteries in this are carried out practices.  This afternoon there were Inter Squadron Sports held in “A” Squadron lines which turned out very well.  This evening HQ Squadron had a night convoy which moved off at 1930 hrs.

 

25/3/43

Cloudy with light rains all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  In the afternoon there were training films shown in Hatch House Barn.  This evening there was also a picture show at the same place.  Some of the Squadrons were on route marches, these moved off at 1830 hrs.

 

26/3/43

Cloudy with showers.  There were muster parades this morning for all Squadrons after which the men and N.C.O.’s were issued with new part 1 pay books.  Corporal J.T. Gibbs died today from injuries received on March 15.

 

27/3/43

Fair and warm.  There was an inspection of kit and quarters this morning by Lieut Col R.E.A. Morton.  At 1430 hrs today Lieut H.E. [Harvey] Theobald and Delores Irene Pidgin of Headley were united in marriage at St Josephs Church at Grayshott.  Immediately after the reception they left on their honeymoon.  There was a range run this afternoon in which a number of competitors from each Squadron ran to Conford Ranges and then fired five application shots.  “B” Squadron won this which judged by time taken to run the course and the score on the shots.

 

28/3/43

Clear all day with cool winds.  There were Protestant Church parades this morning to Headley Parish Church and R.C. Church parade to Headley Village Hall.

 

29/3/43

Cloudy and cold with a fairly strong south west wind.  The Squadron O.C.’s and 2 i/c's plus the Intelligence staff proceeded to Hankley Common this morning to watch a demonstration on the handling of prisoners of war upon capture.  There were also the weekly A.B.C.A. periods and the Padre hour.  This afternoon normal training was carried out.

 

30/3/43

Cloudy with could winds all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning and afternoon.  There were pay parades form 1230 hrs to 1800 hrs being paid in the following order “A” “B” “C” and “HQ”.  On these parades all men and N.C.O.’s turned out in light battle order and carried rubber boots.  Equipment was inspected after pay parade.

 

31/3/43

Cloudy and cool all day.  At 0800 hrs there was a scheme “Tiger” after which everyone resumed normal training and work.  This afternoon there was a group of personnel from each Squadron attended Corporal Gibbs’s funeral.  This evening there was another scheme “Tiger” to try and better time of previous one.  At 1930 hrs there was a night convoy of all wheeled vehicles in HQ Squadron.  Some of the other Squadrons were on night route marches.

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