Police Arrangements

 

1)         POSTS AND PATROLS.

During operations the M.MP of the 3rd Division will find the usual post at No. 10 Bridge, West entrance to YPRES– POPERINGHE Road. They will also find a Post at X roads H.14b. Patrols will be sent out on all roads in the Division and also roads N of POPERINGHE – YPRES road as notified to 6th Division.Patrols must see the traffic proceeds smoothly; and whatever district orarea they are in, they remain on duty. All Police must carry one days ration and forage.

2)         The 50th Division find posts at Bridge at entrance to YPRES on KRUISSTRAAT Road and at LILLE Gate, also at X Roads H.16d. The A.P.M. has been informed of operations and will patrol his area.

3)         STRAGGLERS.

All stragglers will be sent to farm H.11b 8.3, a post remaining at the turning on main road to direct and collect stragglers.

4)         PRISONERS of WAR.

The Asylum at WEST Entrance to YPRES H.12c 6.5, will be the collecting station for Prisoners of War. Those men brought down from the front will be handed over to the 2nd South Lancashire Regiment on the ramparts near the SALLY PORT who will provide the escort. Prisoners of War should, when received, either by the Commanding Officers of Regiments, or the G.O.C. brigades, be asked if they have any complaints to make against their captors, if any, they should be noted and reported. When they are brought to the Asylum, they will be handed over to the A.P.M. or his representative. A Serjeant and N.C.O., or M.M.P. will be on duty at this post. Two Interpreters will be on duty there who will note the following by interrogation:-

What unit, Regt, Div: and Corps Prisoners belong.

Name of Divisional and Corps Commander.

Strength of Company.

How maintained, whether 1915 Erzatz Reserve or Lanswehr.

Type and number of Officers.

Distribution in front line.

Position of Reserves and Headquarters.

Regiments on each Flank.

Tour of duty in Trenches.

State of Trenches.

Loopholes, how many and how made.

Where and how many Machine Guns.

Position of Batteries.

Allowance of Ammunition.

Morale of Troops, whether confident in victory.

Arrangements for gassing.

Method of inter-communication.

Supplies, quality and quantity.

Treatment of inhabitants.

Opinion they have of English Troops.

Any Mines being dug and where.

Casualties.

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A wire stating number of prisoners captured will be sent to G.H.Q. to P.M. G.H.Q. , to A.P.M. 5th Corps.

If time, weed out documents, tie up same with mans name and number, outside.

The Serjeant will note the following points, for report J.R. stands for Infantry. R.J.R. stands for Reserved Infantry. On top of Identity Disc will be found number of Army Corps in Roman Figures. Regimental Number at bottom of Disc in Arabic Numerals. In centre of Disc, regiment and Company.

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Motor Busses will wait at WEST VLAMERTINGHE to convey prisoners to 5th Corps, and they will be despatched as soon as possible. A small escort only will be necessary. They will be handed over to A.P.M. 5th Corps ABEEL.

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Should by any chance Prisoners of War be brought in through 50th Division area, A.P.M. has been instructed to hand them over to South Lancs.

The A.P.M. of 6th Division under similar circumstances will send them direct to Asylum.

Chas E.F. Rich Captain,

14th June, 1915.                                                                        A.P.M., 3rd Division.

After Instructions.

As no busses are available on the 16th instant, Prisoners of War, after being taken over by the A.P.M. at the Collecting Station, will be sent back under escort to be provided by the O.C. Divisional Mounted Troops to a site to be selected by him close to the farm occupied by the Squadron North Irish Horse in Square L.23.d. From thence they will be evacuated to Railhead at GODEWAERSVELDE under arrangements which will be communicated to O.C. Divisional Mounted Troops.

C.E.F.R. Capt,

A.P.M., 3rd Division