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« on: September 04, 2014, 09:02:33 AM »

Extracts from No. 172 Tunnelling Company's War Diary, referring to the construction of the underground Combined Headquarters at Fort Southwick.


February 1942.
From Feb. 16th the Company has been engaged in tunnelling at Fort Southwick, actual excavation commencing on the 22nd.

March 1942.
During March the whole Company was billeted at Fort Southwick, Fareham, Hants, and was engaged in constructing Underground Operational H.Qs., Portsmouth Area.

April 1942.
During April the whole Company was billeted at Fort Southwick, Fareham, Hants, and was engaged in constructing Underground Operational H.Qs., Portsmouth Area. A small underground chamber in the Oil Storage Reservoir, near Fort Southwick, was also constructed.

May 1942.
During May work continued on the Underground Operational H.Qs., Portsmouth Area. A small underground station was also constructed; this is situated in a quarry about ½ mile east of Fort Southwick. During the early part of the month, the whole of 171 Tunnelling Coy. R.E. was sent to assist in the work; they were quartered in Victoria Barracks, Portsmouth, and were brought to Fort Southwick daily. In all about 2 working weeks were put in by this Company. When they marched out, a section of 179 Coy. R.E. and a section of 183 Coy. R.E. (Special and Well Boring Tunnelling Engs) were sent to replace them.

June 1942.
During June work continued on the Underground Operational H.Qs., Portsmouth Area. The whole Company was engaged exclusively on this work.

July 1942.
During July work continued on the Underground Operational H.Qs., Portsmouth Area. The Company was engaged exclusively on this work.

August 1942.
During August work continued on the Underground Operational H.Qs., Portsmouth. Towards the end of the month, work on this H.Q. being almost completed, two sections of the Company were sent to Dover, where work was commenced on an Underground Operational H.Qs., Dover.
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2014, 19:13:57 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2014, 14:35:44 PM »

From the War Diary of H.Q. 1st Tunnelling Engineers R.E.


10th February 1942.
Advance party of 172 Tunnelling Coy.R.E. moved to Fort Southwick, Portsmouth.

12th February 1942.
C.R.E. visited Fort Southwick. Main body of 172 Tunnelling Coy.R.E. arrive.

13th February 1942.
C.R.E. met Lt.Cmdr. Robinson, R.N. at Fort Southwick.

16th February 1942.
C.R.E. visited Fort Southwick and met S.O. to C.E. and camouflage Officer.

3rd March 1942.
C.R.E. to Fort Southwick to inspect job. Adits in about 100.ft. Discussed arrangements for Plant Room with Major Huxley, E.& M. S.Hants. Area.

10th March 1942.
C.R.E. to Fort Southwick. 172 Tunnelling Coy.R.E. have begun work on Chamber at the foot of the incline in the Oil Storage Depot near Fort Southwick.

12th March 1942.
C.R.E. returned from Fort Southwick.

17th March 1942.
C.R.E. and Adjutant to Fort Southwick. Inspected dugout and chamber at Oil Store.

24th March 1942.
C.R.E. to Fort Southwick. Met Capt.Watson, O.C. No.2 Boring Section and inspected site for boreholes. C.R.E. present at conference attended by Lt.Cmdr.Robinson, R.N. and G.P.O officials.

25th March 1942.
C.R.E. to Southern Command and saw Col.Cruikshank re Fort Southwick job.  C.R.E. went for flight over Fort Southwick district with Capt.Broadbent, Camouflage Officer, Southern Command, to inspect camouflage at the entrances to Fort Southwick dugout.

5th April 1942.
C.R.E. to Home Forces. Saw General Young and E.-in-C. Gen. King re labour and supplies at Fort Southwick.

15th April 1942.
C.R.E. returned from embarkation leave and proceeded to 172 Company, Fort Southwick. C.R.E. and Major Foss to Salisbury to see Col. Cruikshank re employing two sections of 171 at Fort Southwick - and the additional plant required.

16th April 1942.
C.R.E. at Fort Southwick for the visit of E-in-C, accompanied by C.E. Southern Command. Col. Cruikshank and Col. Heaton-Armstrong. 2.0.p.m. meeting with Commodore Taylor C.of S. to C-in-C Portsmouth, and all G.P.O. officials present.

18th April 1942.
Capt. Olver to 172 Coy. Fort Southwick.

19th April 1942.
1 officer and 6 Other Ranks of 171 Coy. moved as advance party to Fort Southwick. 2/Lt. B.G. Fletcher posted to H.Q. from 142nd. O.C.T.U., R.E., to replace Captain Olver. He proceeded to Fort Southwick.

20th April 1942.
2 Sections of 171 Coy. moved to Fort Southwick. C.R.E. to 172 Coy. Fort Southwick to meet Gen. Inglis, C.E. Home Forces and Col. Heaton-Armstrong.

26th April 1942.
C.R.E. to Fort Southwick.

28th April 1942.
2 remaining sections of 171 Tunnelling Coy. moved to Portsmouth for work at Fort Southwick.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2015, 09:04:42 AM »

A few telegrams regarding proposed extensions to the tunnels..

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2015, 08:39:34 AM »

Defending Fort Southwick and the adits to C.H.Q. The usual 'last man and last bullet' routine..

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2016, 15:48:48 PM »

A few photos of the tunnels:

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