Table 1.

1939–1945 War Diaries held at the UK National Archives for Royal Engineers Boring Sections 1 to 10 and Water Boring Companies 797 and 798

Unit no.Diary date rangeCommand areaFile reference
11939 Sep–OctHome Forces: UKWO 166/3529
1939 Nov–1940 JunBEF: FranceWO 167/901
1940 Jul–1941 FebHome Forces: UKWO 166/3529
1941 Mar–DecMEF: Egypt, LibyaWO 169/1831
1942 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt, LevantWO 169/5454
1943 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt/CMF: ItalyWO 169/10861
1944 Jan–DecCMF: ItalyWO 170/1860
1945 Jan–DecCMF: ItalyWO 170/5116
1946 Jan (disbanded)CMF: ItalyWO 170/8050
21939 Dec–1940 JunUK/BEF: FranceWO 167/902
1940 Jul–1941 DecHome Forces: UKWO 166/3530
1942 Jan–DecHome Forces: UKWO 166/8492
1943 JanHome Forces: UKWO 166/11868
1943 Feb–JunUK/Brit N African ForcesWO 175/570
1943 Jul–DecMEF: Algeria, TunisiaWO 169/10862
1944 Jan–DecMEF: Algeria/CMF: ItalyWO 170/1861
1945 Jan–DecCMF: Italy/GreeceWO 170/5117
1946 Jan, Feb (disbanded)CMF: GreeceWO 170/8051
31940 Feb–1941 JanHome Forces: UKWO 166/3531
1941 Feb–DecMEF: EgyptWO169/1832
1942 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt, CyprusWO 169/5455
1943 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt, MaltaWO 169/10863
1943 Jul–AugMEF: MaltaWO 169/10772
1944 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt, Libya, LevantWO 169/16337
1945 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt, Libya, LevantWO 169/20312
1946 Jan–JunMEF: EgyptWO 169/23367
41940 JulHome Forces: UK
1940 AugHome Forces: UKWO 166/3532
1940 Sep–DecUK/MEF: Egypt
1941 Jan–MarMEF: Egypt/Greece
1941 Apr–DecGreece/MEF: EgyptWO 169/1833
1942 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt-LibyaWO 169/5456
1943 Jan–DecMEF: EgyptWO 169/10864
1944 Jan–Jul (disbanded)MEF: EgyptWO 169/16338
51940 Aug–DecHome Forces: UKWO 166/3533
1941 Jan–DecUK/MEF: Egypt-LevantWO 169/1834
1942 Jan–DecMEF: Levant-EgyptWO 169/5457
1943 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt-Tunisia/CMF: ItalyWO 169/10865
1944 Jan–NovCMF: ItalyWO 170/1862
1944 DecCMF: Italy/MEF: EgyptWO 169/16339
1945 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt-LevantWO 169/20313
1946 Jan–Jun (disbanded)MEF: Levant, EgyptWO 169/23368
61940 Jun–DecMEF: EgyptWO 169/383
1941 Jan–DecMEF: EgyptWO 169/1835
1942 Jan–DecMEF: Egypt, SudanWO 169/5458
1943 Jan–Jul, Sep-NovMEF: Egypt, LevantWO 169/10866
1943 DecHome Forces: UKWO 166/11869
1944 Jan–MayHome Forces: UKWO 166/15363
1944 Jun–DecUK/AEF: France–BelgiumWO 171/1817
1945 Jan–DecAEF: Belgium–GermanyWO 171/5345
1946 Jan–Jun (disbanded)AEF: GermanyWO 171/9315
71941 Feb–SepHome Forces: UKWO 166/3534
1941 Oct–DecHome Forces: UKWO 169/1836
1942 Jan–DecMEF: IraqWO 169/5459
1943 Jan, Feb, Apr, SepMEF: Iraq, IranWO 169/15191
1943 Jan–JulMEF: IraqWO 169/15192
1943 Mar–DecMEF: Iraq, EgyptWO 169/10867
1944 Jan–AprMEF: Egypt, MaltaWO 169/16340
1944 May–DecMEF: MaltaWO 169/18692
1945 Jan–Dec (disbanded)MEF: MaltaWO 169/22144
81942 Feb–DecHome Forces: UKWO 166/8493
1943 Jan–DecHome Forces: UKWO 166/11870
1944 Jan–MayHome Forces: UKWO 166/15364
1944 Jun–DecUK/AEF: France–BelgiumWO 171/1818
1945 Jan–SepAEF: Belgium–GermanyWO 171/5346
91943 Feb–DecHome Forces: UKWO 166/11871
1944 Jan–AprHome Forces: UKWO 166/15365
1944 May–Dec
1945 Jan–DecGermany
101943 May–DecMEF: EgyptWO 169/10868
1944 Feb–MarMEF: EgyptWO 169/16341
1944 Jan, Mar, DecMEF: Egypt/CMF: ItalyWO 170/1863
1945 Jan–Aug (disbanded)CMF: ItalyWO 170/5118
7971943 Mar–AugMiddle East W of River NileWO 169/10770
‘E’ (later 798)1943 MarMiddle East E of River NileWO 169/10860
7981943 Mar–DecMiddle East E of River NileWO 169/10771
1944 Jan–JulMiddle EastWO 169/16449
  • Note 1: Boring Sections were re-titled Boring Platoons from September 1944, and Water Boring Companies founded in March 1943 as ‘D’ and ‘E’ were re-designated 797 and 798 the following month.

  • Note 2: On-line search of the National Archives catalogue currently revealed only part of the list provided here; the full list has been compiled from on-site search of the original paper catalogues.

  • Note 3: Command areas indicated by abbreviations are for the British Expeditionary Force, Middle East Forces, Central Mediterranean Forces, British North African Forces, and the Allied Expeditionary Force. Within the Middle East, Boring Sections could be moved rapidly from one country to another to meet operational needs, or a single Section could be deployed as several detachments operating simultaneously in more than one country, so areas listed are for general guidance only.