War Diaries – 6th August 1943

Brigade HQ.

During the night, patrols were sent out to ensure that the enemy do not withdraw without our knowledge. Position of Brigade: 2 LIR (left), 6 Innisks (centre), 1 RIrF (left).

0930 G Coy 2 LIR patrol to 724966 report enemy MGs at 724966 and 726958. Patrol fired upon and also gave covering fire (smoke) to platoon of 6 Innisks on a similar recce.

1035 Lt-Col Chavasse reported to be bringing one squadron of 56 Recce Regiment towards 38 Brigade bridgehead from east, not up main road but right round from 51 Division’s front. Request keep lookout for them.

1 RIrF.

A quiet day. D Coy moved up behind A & C into the south bank of the river. The river afforded excellent facilities for bathing and washing clothes.

Fusilier George Watt, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Joseph Hall, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

6 Innisks – ADRANO.

0900 Patrol sent out under Lieut Clarke MC, located enemy position below Adrano, returned 1500hrs without casualties and 1 PoW.

Day quiet except for odd shelling – preparation proceeding all round by 11 and 36 Brigades for attack on Adrano. A and B Coys stepped up behind river.

Fusilier Harold Scarse, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Major Peter Savage, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attached from Royal Ulster Rifles.

2 LIR.

0900 Lieutenant Lyness commanding 14 Platoon recce area forward of company positions. They managed to patrol as far forward as 784966 towards Aderno and located enemy MG posts and snipers. They gave covering fire and smoke to a similar patrol of 6 Innisks whose leading section was pinned down and unable to withdraw.

1800 Heavy fire from German six-barrelled mortars fall in battalion areas. No casualties.

2359 Artillery barrage commences preparatory to attack on Aderno by 11 and 38 Brigades.

Battle Report 1-5 August Attached as APP “A”

Battle Report, Advance of Battalion on 1-6 August Attached as APP “B’.

Rifleman Albert Johnston, London Irish Rifles.

Rifleman William Cartledge, London Irish Rifles.

Rifleman William Beavis, London Irish Rifles.

Rifleman Michael Weir, London Irish Rifles.

Rifleman Frederick Lloyd, London Irish Rifles.