16th August

Brigade HQ.

A/Capt JHF Hobbs 56 Recce Regiment, appointed IO this HQ vice Capt MJ Glenn Worcestershire Regiment.

Brigade Commander attended GOC’s conference training in Sicily.  Brigade Commander issued memorandum on Artillery Comms when Divisional Artillery supports a brigade attack. T/Captain CPJD O’Farrell relinquished appointment as Staff Captain on posting to 1 RIrF.


1 RIrF.

Bttn reorganisation in progress.

Captain NW Bass admitted to hospital on Aug 15th.


2 LIR.

Battalion rests.

American troops reported on outskirts of Messina. Forward elements of the 5th Army advancing swiftly and are a few miles from the town.

T/Major APK O’Connor admitted to ADS.

T/Captain JP Delaney (RUR) admitted to ADS.



17th August

1 RIrF.

A few parades held during the day. Nothing more strenuous than PT.

Lieuts JR McNally, OPB Jewell and WG Dunn were promoted A/Captains.


6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Individual training started. Party of 2 Innisks visited unit.


2 LIR.

Americans enter Messina, followed by forward elements of 8th Army. End of all resistance in Sicily.



18th August

Brigade HQ.

T/Major MF Douglas Pennant KRRC relinquished his appointment as Brigade Major, 38 Brigade.


1 RIrF.

Nothing to report. A small party was given for all officers in A Coy’s mess. Recce parties were called for to recce the bttn rest area on the coast.

Died on this Day:

Fusilier William Cooper, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Major Henry Garratt, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attached to the Royal Irish Fusiliers.


2 LIR.

Battalion rests. Major Stopford, 1 LIR, and Major Gibbs visit the battalion, Arrangements made to convey parties to visit each battalion.



19th August

Brigade HQ.

T/Major FFK Ball DCLI posted this HQ as Brigade Major vice T/Major MF Douglas Pennant. Letter of congratulation to 78 Division attached.

2300 Orders for move received.


1 RIrF.

Message from Brigade to say that there were several hundred Germans reported to be in area 8555.

0600 A and D Coys under 2.i.c. set out to deal with them.

1100 Objective was reached and no trace of any enemy could be seen either on the way up or there. It seemed an extremely unlikely place for any German soldier to go to and the party returned home.

2100 Message from Brigade saying first rest party of half bttns would leave at 0330 tomorrow morning.


6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Captain Norman (Adjutant) admitted to hospital with jaundice.


2 LIR.

Company training and leave periods commence. E Company, G Company, half HQ Company and F Company move to coastal rest area near Patti. Established in area 8850 (Italy Sheet xxx 1/100,000).



20th August

Brigade HQ.

0345 Brigade HQ and 50% personnel of each bttn moved to rest area at Patti (8449).via Randazzo (8320), Domenica Vittoria (8524), Torotorici (7337), Castell Umberto (7243), Naso (6947), Capo d’Orlando (6552), Brolo (7352).

1500 Brigade HQ established Tindari (9250), 6 Innisks (8750), 2 LIR (8950), 1 RIrF (8850).


1 RIrF.

0330 With A Coy leading, first rest party left. Order of march A, B, HQ and S Coy. Route via Cap Orlando to Patti.

The journey was very tedious as there was a lot of transport on the road, and at Cap Orlando, the party was ordered off the road, as the coast road to Messina was reserved for the 51st Division.

1700 Half bttn was complete in rest area.


6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Half battalion (C & D Coys and half S and HQ Coys) moved to rest area (SL253 895505). Area affords good shade and is almost on the seashore. Bathing is excellent, the shore shelves steeply and deep water comes within 5 yards of the edge. Complete absence of parades and separation of officers and ORs is the “Order of the Day.”

Fruit is plentiful (grapes, figs, blackberries). Bttn HQ remains at Mortar Corner but as Brigade has moved to rest area, much administrative detail finds its way to the rest area.

The remainder of the battalion continues individual training and field firing.

1600 March out for Exercise “Blister”. 19 miles to assembly area.


2 LIR.

Church services. No training.

Battalion Training Instruction and Programmes of Work issued.

Lessons of the Sicilian Campaign. (letter to 38 (Irish) Inf Bde).

Died on this Day:

CSM John McKee, London Irish Rifles.