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War Diaries
For

4rd County of London Yeomanry
September 1939 To July 1944

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November 1941 - Missing
February 1942 -Missing
March 1942 -Missing
April 1942 -Missing
October 1942 - Missing
October 1943 - Missing

January 1940 CO:
Jan 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
24/1/40 Worksop
Tpr Hudson posted as deserter.
31/1/40 Strength:
Officers 37, ORs 650

February 1940 CO:
Feb 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/2/40 Worksop
21/2/40 2Lt Lord Revelstoke gazetted as relinquishing his commission on account of ill health.
27/2/40 40 ORs posted to 22nd Hvy Armd Bde.
Vehicle Strength:-
5 Commers, 4 Morris Portees, 12 training cars, 1 Morris 6-wheeler, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 1 Triumph M/C, 6 Medium tanks, 4 Dragons, 1 Light tank, 2 utility tractors, 8 push bikes, 12 hired vehicles, 1 Commer, 1 Leyland 39 seater coach.

March 1940 CO:
Mar 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/3/40 Worksop
23 - 29 Regiment on leave with exception of 70.
31/3/40 Vehicle Strength:-
5 Commers, 4 Morris Portees, 12 training cars, 1 Morris 6-wheeler, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 1 Triumph M/C, 7 Medium tanks, 1 Light tank, 2 utility tractors, 8 push bikes, 19 hired vehicles, 1 Commer, 1 Leyland 39 seater coach.

April 1940 CO:
Apr 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/4/40 Worksop
16/4/40 Lt HR Nicholson joined the unit from 14/20th Hussars.
27/4/40 Vehicle Strength:-
5 Commers, 4 Morris Portees, 10 training cars, 1 Morris 6-wheeler, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 1 Triumph M/C, 7 Medium tanks, 4 Dragons, 2 Light tank, 2 utility tractors, 8 push bikes, 20 hired vehicles, 1 Commer, 1 Leyland 39 seater coach.

May 1940 CO:
May 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/5/40 Worksop
19/5/40 2Lt Count de Bendern joined this unit.
24/5/40 Lts Rosekilly and Beel joined this unit.
31/5/40 Vehicle Strength:-
5 Commers, 4 Morris Portees, 4 Guy trucks, 11 training cars, 1 Morris 6-wheeler, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 1 Triumph M/C, 7 Medium tanks, 9 Light tank, 4 Dragons, 2 utility tractors, 8 push bikes, 21 hired vehicles, 1 Commer, 1 Leyland 39 seater coach, 9 civilian coaches.

June 1940 CO:
May 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/6/40 Worksop
Major HM Hewett posted to HQ 22 Armd Bde.
5/6/40 2Lt Scratchley posted to special Training Centre, Inverness, 2Lt Hsankey posted to HQ 22 Armd Bde.
16/6/40 Rear HQ moved to Doddington, Lincolnshire, evacuating Worksop.
18/6/40 Advance party left Doddington for Weekley, Northants.
19/6/40 Tprs Vandy, Ayres, Humphrey, Lord all from 3rd KO Hussars taken on strength.
22/6/40 Unit moved to Boughton Park, Northants.
31/5/40 Vehicle Strength:-
5 Commer 15cwt, 1 Morris 6-wheeler, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 1 Commer 3-ton, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 2 Norton M/C, 3 Norton Combinations, 37 Light tanks Mk 6c, 4 coaches, 26 Bedford 3-ton, 12 15cwt Bedford trucks, 1 Bedford water truck, 1 Morris office truck, 4 Austin 2-seaters, 3 Humber utility cars, 10 Fordson 30cwt trucks, 8 bicycles, 3 Dragons.

July 1940 CO:
Jul 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/7/40 Kettering
8/7/40 Unit, less base detail, proceed on 2 Armd Div Harbouring Exercise.
9/7/40 Unit returned.
14/7/40 Regt visited by General Sir Edmund Ironside.
24/7/40 Division inspected by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Winston Churchill.
31/7/40 Vehicle Strength:-
1 Commer 15cwt, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 1 Commer 3-ton, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 2 Norton M/C, 3 Norton Combinations, 47 Light tanks Mk 6c, 2 Light tanks Mk 6b, 1 coach, 26 Bedford 3-ton, 13 15cwt Bedford trucks, 1 Bedford water truck, 1 Morris office truck, 4 Austin 2-seaters, 3 Humber utility cars, 10 Fordson 30cwt trucks, 8 bicycles, 3 Dragons, 7 scout cars.

August 1940 CO:
Aug 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/8/40 Kettering
6/8/40 Parade to commemorate 1st Anniv of the Regt going to camp at Popham, 6/8/39.
7/8/40 Annual Inspection by Brig J Scott-Cockburn.
10/8/40 Annual Regtl sports Day.
17/8/40 Regt moved to new Harbour Area Wandlebury near Cambridge.
29/8/40 Regt on 4th Corps Exercise.
31/8/40 Vehicle Strength:-
1 Commer 15cwt, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 1 Commer 3-ton, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 2 Norton M/C, 3 Norton Combinations, 46 Light tanks Mk 6c, 2 Light tanks Mk 6b, 1 coach, 26 Bedford 3-ton, 13 15cwt Bedford trucks, 1 Bedford water truck, 1 Morris office truck, 1 wireless truck, 4 Austin 2-seaters, 3 Humber utility cars, 10 Fordson 30cwt trucks, 8 bicycles, 3 Dragons, 6 scout cars.

September 1940 CO:
Sep 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/9/40 Cambridge
7/9/40 Regt on 4th Corps Scheme.
26/9/40 Vehicle Strength:-
1 Commer 15cwt, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 1 Commer 3-ton, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 2 Norton M/C, 3 Norton Combinations, 46 Light tanks Mk 6c, 26 Bedford 3-ton, 13 15cwt Bedford trucks, 1 Bedford water truck, 1 Morris office truck, 4 Austin 2-seaters, 3 Humber utility cars, 10 Fordson 30cwt trucks, 8 bicycles, 3 Dragons, 10 scout cars 6 Humberettes.

October 1940 CO:
Oct 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/10/40 Cambridge
12/10/40 2Lt C Gray Skelton joined the Regt.
13 - 14 Regt moved to Dorking
20/10/40 2Lt AJ Scratchley joined the Regt.
29/10/40 Visit by a group of Canadian journalists.
31/10/40 Visit by GOC 7th Corps Lt-General AGL McNaughton CB, CMG, DSO.
Vehicle Strength:-
1 Commer 15cwt, 1 Morris dual control, 1 Bedford horse box, 1 Commer 3-ton, 10 BSA M/Cs, 6 Matchless M/Cs, 2 Norton M/C, 3 Norton Combinations, 46 Light tanks Mk 6c, 26 Bedford 3-ton, 13 15cwt Bedford trucks, 1 Bedford water truck, 1 Morris office truck, 4 Austin 2-seaters, 3 Humber utility cars, 10 Fordson 30cwt trucks, 8 bicycles, 3 Dragons, 9 scout cars 6 Humberettes.

November 1940 CO:
Nov 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/11/40 Dorking
19/11/40 2Lt GC Bunn posted to 59 Trng Regt.
21/11/40 30 ORs posted from 3 Cav Training regt Edinburgh.
26/11/40 Capt EP Paynter posted to 101 OCTU.
30/11/40 Vehicle Strength:-
38 Light tanks Mk 6c,3 Cruisers Mk IVa, 9 scout cars, 6 Humberettes, 26 Bedford 3-ton, 12 Bedford 15cwt, 10 Fordson 30cwt, 10 BSA M/C, 6 Matchless M/C, 2 Norton M/C, 3 Norton Comb., 1 Water truck, 1 Office truck, 1 W/T, 1 Austin 7, 1 Bedford HB, 1 Morris DC, 7 Utilities, 8 bicycles.

December 1940 CO:
Dec 40 4th County of London Yeomanry
1/12/40 Dorking
2 - 4 Regt on 5th Corps Exercise.
10/12/40 2 Lt A Smith joined Regt.
14/12/40 Vehicle Strength:-
38 Light tanks Mk 6c, 6 Cruisers Mk IVa, 9 scout cars, 6 Humberettes, 26 Bedford 3-ton, 12 Bedford 15cwt, 10 Fordson 30cwt, 10 BSA M/C, 6 Matchless M/C, 2 Norton M/C, 3 Norton Comb., 1 Water truck, 1 Office truck, 1 W/T, 1 Austin 7, 1 Bedford HB, 1 Morris DC, 7 Utilities, 8 bicycles.

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