In October the Regiment was moved to Heathfield and was almost immediately
warned that it would be proceeding to NORTHERN IRELAND in preparation
for a move to a theatre of operations.
Excitement and morale rose to new heights and were only tempered by the news that we were
leaving all our equipment behind.
After all the care we had lavished on our guns and vehicles, insisting
on the highest standard of maintenance, it was a heartbreak to leave it all
behind though little did the Regiment know how much of a heartbreak it really was.
Chore horses we had never used in order to save them for the “big day” were put
away still unused.
Guns and vehicles were put in a state of light preservation while all
sets and technical equipment were put in a central dump.
Sten guns were replaced by Tommy guns and the promise of brand new American equipment
made the parting a little easier.
On the 25th October Exercise TIMBERWOLF began and the Regiment
entrained for LIVERPOOL embarking after a trolley ride and a short route march
through the city on the 26th October.