26th August

1 RIrF.

1800 78th Division concert party give a show for the troops at Randazzo.


2 LIR.

Lt-Col Rogers returns from leave and resumes command of the battalion.



27th August

Brigade HQ.

Brigade Movement Order No 4 – Move to North Coast – issued.


1 RIrF.

1200 Received orders that 78th Division would concentrate in present rest area.

1400 Staff Captain came down with orders re move. As much of the Bttn would move on the 28th as was possible and the remainder on the 29th. Afternoon spent preparing for move. Everything was to move on the 28th except A/Tk, QM, ammunition and C & D Coy stores. Transport would be sent back to convey QM etc on 29th. A/Tk moved self-contained. Carriers moved under Brigade arrangements on 28th.


2 LIR.

Battalion less E Company and QM warned to move to new location at Rest Area on coast. Companies already in the Rest Area warned to remain in their present location.

W/Lieut E Daly (RUR) admitted to ADS.

T/Major DW Conroy (RUR) admitted to ADS.



28th August

Brigade HQ.

Brigade Admin Instruction No 1 with Trace P issued. Personnel of Brigade still in area Maletto (7512) moved to concentration area Patti (8449) during night 28/29 August.


1 RIrF.

0600 Bttn moved off according to plan.

0930 Bttn arrived in rest area.

Remainder of the day was spent settling in for the first time since we left Bougie in North Africa last December and bttn officers’ mess was established.

0915 Last of the carriers arrived.


6 Innisks – TINDARI.

Whole bttn concentrated in Rest Area for training.

Captain McCaldin rejoined from hospital.


2 LIR.

1130 Battalion less E Company and QM arrive in new battalion location. Battalion HQ established 886503.



29th August

Brigade HQ.

Dispositions of Brigade as attached.


1 RIrF.

The Divisional rest period did not end until the end of the month and training did not start until 1st Sept.

A/Tk platoon and QM etc arrived, which made the bttn complete.


6 Innisks – TINDARI.

Coys settled in shady olive grove. Central officers’ mess (less C and D Coys) and Sgts’ mess started).

Septic sores and desert sores mostly cleared up since arrival here.

Severe thunderstorm shortly after midnight caused considerable discomfort as no tentage is available, but no damage was caused.


2 LIR.

1030 Remainder of battalion arrives.

Battalion now fully concentrated and established as follows:

E Company 884503; F Company 883503; G Company 882503; H Company 881503;

Battalion HQ at 884583.

S Company 885498.



30th August

Brigade HQ.

Brigade training Instruction No 2 with trace ‘P’ issued.


1 RIrF.

CO went on recce, with Brigadier, of the bttn training area.


6 Innisks – TINDARI.

Training programme commenced (but heavy rain interfered).

0800 Training programme resumed again.


2 LIR.

Company training recommences.

W/Lieut Barker (S Staffs) joins battalion from X (iv) list.



31st August

1 RIrF.

Company commanders made recces of training area. CO held a conference to decide what was the best way to utilising them due to the shortage of men available


2 LIR.

Company training. 2 i/c and Company Commanders recce battalion training area.