21st August

1 RIrF.

The new rest area proved highly satisfactory to everyone. The troops settled down to three days relaxation. There was an abundance of all types of fruit and a number of vegetables. Eggs and fresh fish were also obtainable. The sea was little more than one hundred yards from the camp and most of the day was spent lying on the beach and bathing, with always a bunch of delicious grapes near at hand. A concert was held on the second night and free ‘vino; was supplied by the PRI. The local inhabitants did not appear to resent our presence at all and even joined into the concert. A limited number of passes were given out to men to go to Patti, the local town where it was possible to purchase at least a few conveniences. Without exception, everyone must have enjoyed themselves and the bttn well deserved it.


6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Captain McCaldin MC to hospital.


2 LIR.

Company training.

W/Lieutenant JD O’Rourke (RUR) admitted to ADS.

Captain LJ Samuels (RAMC) admitted to ADS.



22nd August

6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Major Bayley and Captain Kerr to hospital (suspected malaria).


2 LIR.

Major JD Lofting assumes command of the battalion vice Lt-Col Rogers on leave.

Company training.

First leave party to the coast returns to the battalion.



23rd August

Brigade HQ.

38 Brigade Movement Order No 3 with movement table issued. First 50% personnel returned to former concentration area Maletto (7512).


1 RIrF.

1620 First rest party returned to Randazzo. It was decided to have Bttn HQ at the rest area and the CO stayed. Bttn HQ moved up today.

1800 A concert by Corps concert party was held at Randazzo for the men left behind. 2/Lt HL Hutchinson joined.


6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Rest party returns.


2 LIR.

Remainder of the battalion – F Company, H Company and second half of HQ and E Companies move to Rest Area on the coast. Established same location.



24th August

1 RIrF.

1000 Second rest party ie the other half of the bttn left for rest area.

While they were away, the bttn had one or two parades a day but otherwise no strenuous training. Nothing to report.


6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Remainder of bttn moves to Rest Area. Since the 18th, a marked increase of suspected malaria is noticeable. 37 in all.

Similar training carried out by C & D Coys.

Bttn packed up and standing by for embarkation at 1 1/2 hrs notice.


2 LIR.

Company training.

T/Captain G Fitzgerald (RUR) joined battalion from X (iv) list.

T/Major APK O’Connor (KOYLI) joins battalion from X (ii) list.

T/Captain M Tasker admitted to ADS.



25th August

1 RIrF.

Nothing to report.


6 Innisks – MALETTO.

Lieut GT Griffiths to hospital with tonsillitis.

Lieut JF Hall joined bttn.


2 LIR.

Company training.