Six NCOs to Naples on leave.
Individual training commenced, all ranks to do one hour PT every day.
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.
Captain WH Lang, RAMC, RMO till wounded 28 Nov 43, died of wounds at 19 CCS.
Died on this Day:
Battalion is offered 250 vacancies in billet in Campobasso. Accepted.
Advanced party warned and standing by.
Brigade directive on daily admin in the field issued.
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.
Training continued – T/Major Cooke posted to this unit.
Day leave parties to Lucera.
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.
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.
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.
Following immediate awards announced – Major PJ Proctor (deceased)–MC, 7011135 Sgt W Jackson (deceased) MM, 7017402 Fusilier R Gallagher-MM.
TAB inoculations for all ranks in need of it.
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.