RHLI War Diary December 1944 Lookup

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  1. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Hi there. I’m doing research on a relative, Lt. R.P. Daniel who served with the RHLI in Belgium and Holland. He was injured ~ Dec 2-6 near Groesbeek, NL. Wondering if the War Diary would have any reference to Lt. Daniel or info on RHLI movement/action at that time.

    If anyone has access to the diary, would appreciate a look up or copy of the pages. Many thanks.
     
  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    RHLI?
     
  3. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Yep. Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.
     
  4. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    No mention of a Lt Daniel in that period. But they were indeed in Groesbeek area.
     
  5. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Thanks Phillip. Any chance you could post or DM me with the pages over those days so I could read what was going on. Much appreciated.
     
  6. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

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  7. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Much appreciated. Can you add Dec 1st so we can get a bit more context.

    We're heading overseas in March and will be in Groesbeek touring the area. Lots to see.
     
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2018
  8. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

    RHLI War Diary of February 1945 (hope this is of use):
     

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  9. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Thanks.
     
  10. Recce-Boxmeer

    Recce-Boxmeer Member

  11. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Thanks ... Would love to read some more for Nov 44.
     
  12. Recce-Boxmeer

    Recce-Boxmeer Member

    Sadly I can't help you on that! Perhaps someone else?
     
  13. JEigl

    JEigl Member

    I'm still looking for December 1944 through May 1945, if anyone has it. Would be hugely appreciated!
     
  14. Pronto91

    Pronto91 Canadian Signals Researcher

    RHLI War Diaries are available online from Project '44.
     
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  15. JEigl

    JEigl Member

    I've found the information on the interactive map, but are the diaries themselves available for download on the site?
     
  16. Pronto91

    Pronto91 Canadian Signals Researcher

    Many months are available from Library and Archives Canada. I believe these are now available courtesy of Project '44's scanning efforts.
     
  17. Bedee

    Bedee Well-Known Member

    Sailormannn, i see this is an old post, maybe already solved.


    RHLI was under command of 4th CDN Infantry Brigade, here the brigade diary.
    Wardiary november 1944 can be found here.

    RHLI
    Patrol report from 4th CDN INF BDE diary December 1944

    1/2 Dec 1944
    -RHLI to contact standing patrol of RHC at track junc at 751517 (Kiekberg)
    -To contact at junc at track 743507 (Riethorst)
    2/3 Dec 1944
    -Fighting Patrol Lt Oliver and 3 ORs (North of Kiekberg)
    -Recce Patrol Cpl Trusler and 1 OR (Kiekberg)
    3/4 Dec 1944
    -Recce patrol Ptes Whiteshead and Chew
    -Recce patrolLt J Willianson and 2 ORs (Kiekberg)
    4/5 Dec 1944
    -Recce patrol Pte Whitehead and one OR (North edge of Kiekberg)
    -Recce patrol Lt Williamson and 2 ORs (Kiekberg)
    5/6 Dec 1944
    -No specific reports in Diary


    Royal Hamilton Light Infantry was during the incident of Lt R.P. Daniel located in the vicinity of the Kiekberg / St Jansberg. During this period 4th CDN Inf Bde controlled this area.
    The Kiekberg was occupied by many relsiliant German soldiers. 505 PIR and 325 GIR from the 82 Airborne division fought several battles in this forrest and even called it "The Kiekberg JUNGLE"

    In November 43 Wessex took over their positions and mid November the 2nd CDN Infantry Division took over from 43 Wessex.

    Kiekberg was one of the key objectives for Operation Veritable, and in the weeks before the Canadians tried to control this area, but this was not an easy job because of the stiff resistance and heavy mortar support from the German units. The enemy was firmly entrenched in this forrest.

    I checked the diary of the 4th Inf Bde and found his name on one of the casualty status reports, Lt R.P. Daniel was wounded on 04 December 1944.
    Code Y..... Maybe Escalpald can help to explain more.

    And if you visit this area, let me know.
    Daniels_1.jpg Daniels_2.jpg
     
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  18. Sailormannn

    Sailormannn Member

    Thanks for adding this. It is helpful, We visited Kiekberg in 2018 and walked through the area. It is an interesting spot that I don’t think has changed much. The RHLI War Diary has them camped in this spot the day my father-in-law was wounded so it was memorable to walk in this area. If we go back I will connect. Thanks again,
     
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