|PLACE||DATE||HOUR||WEATHER||SUMMARY OF INFORMATION||REMARKS|
|Upper Chine School||1 Jul 42||a.m.||Fine.||R.M. Cdo concentrates.||Crushed conditions - Army rationing, more suitable owing to Army service available.|
|1700||All Officers briefed for Operation Rutter.|
|Upper Chine School||2 Jul 42||a.m.||Fine||Street Fighting. Briefing of N.C.O's.|
Issue of Amn.
|During this period, lectures and demonstrations given by subaltern from 3 Cdo who fought in Vaagso raid.|
|p.m.||Fine||Final checking of all stores.|
|H.M.S. Locust||3 Jul 42||0830||Dull changing to rain. Windy.||Cdo H.Q., A. Coy, 10 Pl.(X.Coy), 3 Pl, and No. 1. Demolition party embark in H.M.S.Locust for Operation Rutter. B. Coy X.Coy less 10 Pl, NO's 2 & 3 Demolition parties due to embark at 1700 hrs.||H.M.S. Locust 700 Tons armed 2 - 4" Pom-Poms.|
|1110||Dull changing to rain. Windy.||C.C.O. (Vice-Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten) address ships coy and R.M. Cdo ranks in LOCUST, says that operation cannot take place as arranged owing to weather preventing adequate fighter protection.|
|p.m.||Rain||Cdo ranks in 'Locust' very crowded. Efforts made to return to camp at Shanklin which is secure.|
|Shanklin||4 Jul 42||1000||Cloudy Rain||Cdo details in 'Locust' return to Shanklin.||Disappointment of all ranks.|
|Shanklin||5 Jul 42||0900||Fair||Cdo details as above embuss for Cowes|
|1015||Decision to postpone operation Rutter further 24 hrs as weather still unfavourable for fighting cover.||During this period Cdo is living in large Girls School but in crowded conditions, although far better than in a ship for exercise but not for victualling.|
|1700||All ranks 40 mins P.T. followed by Pay.|
|1800||Operation Rutter postponed till Tuesday 7 July at earliest.|
|Shanklin||6 Jul 42||0900||Fair but windy. Low clouds.||Cdo route march in loose order 10 miles.|
|p.m.||All Magazines emptied ammunition and mags oiled.|
|2100||Coms O Gp1. Operation Rutter amended. To be completed in one tide i.e. shortened by 4 hrs R.M. Cdo task approximately same except speed even more essential.|
|Shanklin||7 Jul 42||0915||Fair, Windy|
|ADMA force embuses for Cowes and embarkation in Locust.|
|1030||Order is given to cancel Operation Rutter completely.|
|1400||ADMA force disembarks. Returns to Shanklin.|
|p.m.||Preparations for leave begun. Coys disperse to lodgings in same locations as before occupied.|
|Shanklin||8 Jul 42||a.m.||Fair, Windy||Stores and amn collected. Leave arrangements completed. Mne.D.Mcleod awarded 96 hrs detention.||As leave was due to unit this has enabled great disappointment to be over come and has prevented any large reaction or staleness.|
|Shanklin||9 - 20 Jul 42||a.m.||Fair. Only rain.||Adm. Rear parties left. Trg in S.A. of ranks ex Aux Bn, carried out. Arrangements for F.G.C.M. of Mne. John Darwin eventually completed. F.G.C.M. to take place 27 days after arrest.||Capt. A.D. Comyn commands during absence of C.O.|
|Shanklin||21 Jul 42||a.m.||Windy high clouds.||Capt. A.D. Comyn goes on leave.|
Second leave party goes no leave.
|Lt.J.W.E.Bradley Acting Adjutant.|
|Shanklin||22 Jul 42||p.m.||Dull & cloudy with high wind and rain.||"O" Gp regarding future moves and trg.|
|1800||Lecture by 2nd i/c to all officers on "Battle Procedure"|
|Shanklin||23 Jul 42||p.m.||Windy low clouds||Demonstration Battle Procedure conducted by C.O.|
|Shanklin||24 Jul 42||p.m.||Cloudy and Dull||C.O. confers with B.M. 214 Bde regarding 3 days exercise for 1st, 2nd, 3rd Aug.|
|Shanklin||25 Jul 42||a.m.||Windy and dull with spasmodic rain||Court Martial takes place at Eastney Barracks. Mne.Darwin guilty.|
|Shanklin||26 Jul 42||a.m.||Rain with high wind||"O"Gp at Yaverland Range Ref.OS142 054052 for Coy advance under fire with dive bombing using soot as token bombs. Also making preliminary arangements for R.M.Cdo's operational role in defence of the I.O.W.|
|Shanklin||27 Jul 42||a.m.||Rain all forenoon.|
Fine in the afternoon.
|Sigs exercise to test communication for the above mentioned scheme.|
|p.m.||C.O. to 9.Inf.Bde. making arrangements for 3 day exercise.|
|Shanklin||28 Jul 42||a.m.||Sunny &||Coys adv. under fire.||Good value to tps. Exercise marred by aeroplace accident. No hits more practice required.|
|Shanklin||29 Jul 42||p.m.||Rain||Court of Inquiry held by R.A.F. personnel on the place accident at yesterdays exercise.|
C.O. watches pl. in attack exercises observing standard of battle procedure in pls.
|Shanklin||30 Jul 42||a.m.||C.O. & Capt. J.C.Manners to an "O" Gp at R.A.F. Station Ventnor with regard to a future night exercise.|
|p.m.||Court of Inquiry on Aeroplane accident continues.|
C.O. carries out recce on the ground for 3 days exercise now know as exercise 'PORT' prepared.
Capt. A.D. Comyn. R.M. commands 9/20 July 42.