6th August

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.

Died on this Day:

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.

Died on this Day:

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 36 Brigades.

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

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

Died on this Day:

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.



7th August

Brigade HQ.

0100 8 A & SH on escarpment west of 38 Brigade position (725920)

0400 36 Brigade with 6 RWK (left) and E Surreys (right) entered Aderno without opposition. 2 LF with squadron 50 RTR  and C Squadron 56 Recce regiment now proceeding up Bronte road.

0930 2 LIR moved to area 200 yards west of Carcaci station


1 RIrF.

2259 11 Brigade successfully occupied Aderno and were pushing into Bronte.

Bttn concentrated in A & C Coys. Packs and blankets issued to men on arrival of B Echelon.

Died on this Day:

Lance Corporal George Worrall, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – ADRANO.

1300 Terrific barrage overhead onto Adrano, which was taken without assistance.

Bulk ration issued. Bread blue mouldy. Bttn HQ moved to house 693955.

B Echelon moved to house 692953.


2 LIR.

0400 36 Brigade enter Aderno without opposition.

2 LIR with Squadron 50 RTR and “C” Squadron 56 Recce advance up road to Bronte.

0900 Battalion HQ moves to area 698960 (Sheet 269-1, Italy 1/50,000)

Present position of battalion as follows:

E Company Carcaci area: F Company 702958; G Company 702962; H Company 703961.

H Company and “B” Echelon move to area Railway Station at 695958.

Battalion rests after six days strenuous action.



8th August

Brigade HQ.

38 Brigade resting.

38 Brigade Intelligence Summary no 1 issued.


1 RIrF.

A quiet day spent resting, sorting out and cleaning of weapons for next advance. During this period, enormous quantities of grapes, pears, apples, tomatoes and onions were consumed. Also, there was a spring of cold, beautiful water, which was most welcome.


6 Innisks– ADRANO.

Quiet day. Bathing in River Simeto. Back to compo rations.


2 LIR.

1000 5 Northamptons reported in Bronte.

Battalion rests all day.

Died on this Day:

Rifleman John Dooey, London Irish Rifles.



9th August

Brigade HQ.

Brigade move to new area postponed.

W/Lt JF Harrison posted to 1 RIrF.


1 RIrF.

Another quiet day resting. Nothing unusual to report. 2100 BBC News reported the fall of Randazzo. Much speculation amongst officers.

Died on this Day:

Corporal Robert Shea, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier John Roberts, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier William Bertrand, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – ADRANO.

Bttn prepared to move to north of River Simeto. Move cancelled.


2 LIR.

Battalion rests all day.



10th August

Brigade HQ.

Brigade prepare to move from 1500hrs. Order of march as at Appendix.

1620  Move for night 10/11 cancelled.


1 RIrF.

CO called to 36 Brigade HQ for recce and conference for forthcoming operation. 38 Brigade to take Mt Albetto.


6 Innisks – ADRANO.

1400 R Group to 36 Brigade HQ (726084). Plan formed in which Innisks were to do right flanking on Maletto (later cancelled).

1430 Bttn marched across River Simeto to 705954, essential transport only.


2 LIR.

1400 Battalion warned to move and concentrate across River Simeto.

1430  Commanding Officer and Intelligence Officer report to 36 Brigade HQ for orders. Probable night attack on Maletto, advancing forward of 11 and 36 Brigades.

1600 Battalion HQ and S Company move across river.

Battalion HQ established 706960. E Company 707959. “B” Echelon remain present location.

Died on this Day:

Rifleman David McClatchey, London Irish Rifles.