War Diary - CRA - December 1940
1 December 1940
Received wire from TROOPERS that Brigadier E.L.G. Griffith-Williams, DSO, MC is appointed C.R.A. Alabaster Force, Iceland, and is embarking immediately.
2 December 1940
“B” Troop 386 Field Battery/143 Field Regiment carry out Field Firing exercise at Kleifervatn in conjunction with 1st Tyneside Scottish. A/C.R.A. attends.
4 December 1940
Major B. Armitage T.D. appointed B.M.R.A. Alabaster. (Brigade Major, Royal Artillery).
5 December 1940
Conference held at Force HQ, directed by G.O.C. C.R.A. Lt-Col F.W.B. Maufe and B.M.R.A. attend.
Brigadier E.L.G. Griffith-Williams DSO, MC arrives 19:00 hours.
6 December 1940
Conference held at Force HQ directed by G.O.C. C.R.A. , Lt-Col F.W.B. Maufe and B.M.R.A. attends.
7 December 1940
C.R.A.’s conference regarding Educational Training to be held in Iceland during winter months. Unit representatives attended.
11 December 1940
G.O.C. and C.R.A. recce SANSKEID area with a view to its use as an Artillery Range.
12 December 1940
C.R.A.’s Inspection of R.A. units – South West Sector.
A/273/69 Field Regiment – Hafnafjordur.
273/69 Field Regiment – SOGAMRYRI.
Section 4 (H) AA Battery – SKELETON HILL and Section 4 (H) AA Battery GARDAR.
14 December 1940
C.R.A. and B.M.R.A. inspected 143 Field Regiment (R.H.Q.) and 386/143 Field Regiment (less one troop) Alafoss.
17 December 1940
C.R.A. and B.M.R.A. inspected 69 Field Regiment (R.H.Q.) – SALMON BRIDGE and “B” Troop/366/143 Field Regiment BALDURSHAGI.
19 December 1940
Visited 147 Infantry Brigade.
20 December 1940
Visited 70 Infantry Brigade.
22 December 1940
Special Xmas Service conducted by Captain Reverend A Inglis C.F. at 4 AA Battery HQ, PIMPLE HILL. Attended by C.R.A and B.M.R.A. and Detachments of 69 Field Regiment, 273 Field Battery and 4 AA Battery.
Collection made for “Lord Mayor’s Air Raid Distress Fund”. £12. 14. 9 realised and forwarded.
25 December 1940
Xmas Day treated as a Sunday. C.R.A. and B.M.R.A. attended DOMKIRKJAN Garrison Church, Reykjavik.
26 December 1940
C.R.A.’s inspection of Royal Artillery units in Western Sector.
By sea to Borganes (with car). Weather – calm and mild.
27 December 1940
Witnessed practice Field Firing Exercise. Weather – mild.
28 December 1940
By road to Reykerskoli. Inspected Section “D” Troop 388/143 Field Regiment. Weather – MILD, slight rain, sharp frost at night.
29 December 1940
By road to Blonduos. Weather – fine but very cold.
30 December 1940
Inspected “D” Troop 388/143 Field Regiment (less one Section). Day temperature 7 degrees Fahrenheit.
31 December 1940
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