On the 19th August the Regiment moved south to an area just north of WINCHESTER.
This was also a hutted camp and it was not without reason that it was promptly dubbed
Since the camp was in the WINCHESTER water shed, all refuse had to be burned, not
buried and the unit lived in a more or less permanent odour that will long be
The first part of the stay was the usual sort of thing;
foot drill, gun drill, smartening up, etc.
Liberty trucks took parties to surrounding towns and leaves were again allowed.
They were especially welcome since no pass later than 2359 hours had been
allowed during the stay in NORFOLK.
Several fiestas took place in WINCHESTER.
The most notable being an all ranks dance, the first and last one of it's kind —
the officers didn't have a chance.
HARLEQUIN - SEPTEMBER 1943.
On the 8 Sept. unit censorship was imposed for Exercise HARLEQUIN.
Since this was the first scheme that included vehicle waterproofing
and mail censorship even the wildest rumours gained credence only to be
surpassed by wilder still.
However after being marched to the docks, shown a boat and then being marched back
to unit lines all illusions were soon dispelled.
VICTOR, BLAST, DITTO - SEPTEMBER 1943.
Harlequin was followed by a number of other schemes, namely, VICTOR, BLAST and DITTO taking
the unit in turn from ALFRISTON to LARKHILL to SENNYBRIDGE.
The shooting was up to it's
usual high standard and Welsh weather was it's usual
targets were practised and much closer co-operation with the
infantry was achieved.
The main purpose of these schemes was to correct mistakes and faults discovered
during the divisional exercises in NORFOLK.
Much effort was expended in attempting to explain to Lt-Col. R.W. Armstrong, that
all ranks knew how to dig and that training in this direction
need not be emphasized.