11th December

Brigade HQ.

Brigade IO left with advance party and reps each bttn, 152 Field Ambulance and 237 RASC Coy for recce of new brigade area near Isernia.


1 RIrF.

As for 10 December.


6 Innisks.

MBU arrived for use of the bttn. Check of kit and admin points.

1400 Advance party leaves for Isernia to recce billets for bttn, which had been ordered to stand by for move to there.  

1430 Kit bags of personnel arrive.


2 LIR.

1200 Battalion recce party under Captain Grannell reports to Brigade HQ to recce billets in new area.

Battalion casualties for period 30 November-4 December during the Sangro battle- 15 killed and 45 wounded.

Lt RQMS D Aitkenhead (RUR) admitted to ADS.



12th December

Brigade HQ.

Directive on organisation of Brigade Tac HQ issued.

Order by Brigade Command issued.


1 RIrF.

Officers’ leave commenced.  Captain JK Brown & Captain GL Richards first to go.

Read Lawrie Franklyn-Vaile’s letters.


6 Innisks.

0930 Bttn Church Parade – Captain Mahon posted to this unit.

1130 MO lectures on VD – further allotments for MBU.

1930 HQ Coy hold quiz and impromptu concert.


2 LIR.

1000 Church parades

Battalion rests and baths.

Two officers go to divisional rest camp in Campobasso.

W/Lieutenant EG Condy (RUR) disposed by GCM.

W/Lieutenant JD Searles (RUR) posted to x (ii) List (Hospital)

1400 Advance party from E and G Company under Captain JD White MC moves to Campobasso.



13th December

Brigade HQ.

Lieut GMJ Chambers (RIrF) posted to  1 RIrF.

Lieut M Webb Bowen (RUR) posted to 2 LIR.

Lieut THW Wilson (RUR) posted to this HQ from 2 LIR as LO.

Lieut F Lyness (RUR) posted this HQ from 2 LIR as LO.


1 RIrF.

ORs leave to Campobasso started – 35 vacancies.  Lt GMJ Chambers joined from Brigade HQ.


6 Innisks.

Captain DK McCaldin MC attached to Brigade HQ as assistant Staff Captain.

0930 A party of 35 men left for Divisional rest camp at Campobasso, which is run by Captain Ablett an ex member of the bttn.

0945 CO inspects kits.


2 LIR.

1000 Commanding officer’s inspection of billets.

Battalion rests.

35 other ranks to divisional rest camp in Campobasso.

T/Captain JD O’Rourke joined battalion from x(iv) List

W/Lt F Lyness (RUR) and W/Lt TWH Wilson (RUR) posted to x (i) List.



14th December

1 RIrF.

Commencement of slight training – drill, weapons, PT.

Read Lawrie Franklyn-Vaile’s letters.


6 Innisks.

RSM’s parade for C and D Coys.

Darts competition held in recreation room.

Maintenance inoculation of Typhus starts.


2 LIR.

Battalion rests.



15th December

1 RIrF.

Local recreation in form of 60 vacancies for cinema at Lucera.  Major DEH Hammond MC to allied school of infantry.  Lt NW Gamble joined from hospital.


6 Innisks.

Typhus inoculations continue.


2 LIR.

Battalion rests