16th December

1 RIrF.

Six NCOs to Naples on leave.


6 Innisks.

Individual training commenced, all ranks to do one hour PT every day.


2 LIR.

Day leave for 50 other ranks starts in Lucera.

Personnel return from rest camp Campobasso.

W/Lt MDH Webb-Bowen and W/Lt G Cole joined from battalion from HQ 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade.



17th December

1 RIrF.

Captain WH Lang, RAMC, RMO till wounded 28 Nov 43, died of wounds at 19 CCS.

Died on this Day:

Captain William Lang, Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached from RAMC.

Read Lawrie Franklyn-Vaile’s letters.


6 Innisks.

Training continued.


2 LIR.

Battalion is offered 250 vacancies in billet in Campobasso. Accepted.

Advanced party warned and standing by.



18th December

Brigade HQ.

Brigade directive on daily admin in the field issued.


1 RIrF.

Captain JK Brown and 2/Lt RE Hogan, MM assumed duties of Adjutant and OC D Coy during absence on leave of Captain BDH Clarke and Major JS Clark.


6 Innisks.

Training continued – T/Major Cooke posted to this unit.


2 LIR.

Day leave parties to Lucera.

Battalion rests.



19th December

Brigade HQ.

1220 6 Innisks and 2 LIR informed new timings.

Lt-Col H Rogers (RIrF) CO 2 LIR evacuated through medical channels.

Lt-Col IM Goff (Kings, Liverpool Regiment) appointed CO 2 LIR.


6 Innisks.

Field firing range completed and A Coy start firing practice. The new Divisional Commander, Major General CF Keightley CB OBE, known to many of the bttn from our 6 Armoured Division days, visited the bttn, accompanied by Brigade N Russell DSO MC.

Training continued.


2 LIR.

Lt Col IM Goff Kings (Liverpool) Regiment takes over command of the battalion.

Lt Col H Rogers admitted to hospital and posted to x(ii) List. Day leave parties to Lucera.



20th December

1 RIrF.

Following immediate awards announced – Major PJ Proctor (deceased)–MC, 7011135 Sgt W Jackson (deceased) MM, 7017402 Fusilier R Gallagher-MM.

Read Lawrie Franklyn-Vaile’s letters.


6 Innisks.

TAB inoculations for all ranks in need of it.


2 LIR.

1030 The new Divisional Commander Major-General Keightley visits the battalion. Met company commanders. Also spoke to officers and senior NCOs. He inspected billets of HQ Company, G Company and H Company. Divisional Commander was accompanied by the Brigadier. Day leave parties as usual to Lucera.