Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

No contact during the day was made by our infantry. Enemy shelling of our front was observed but no damage reported.

1215 Enemy strength about one coy, came from north east to reoccupy pt 286, but were repulsed by shell fire. 3 Grenadier Guards were forced by this threat to occupy “Stand To” positions on pt 279 and lost one killed and eleven wounded through hostile shelling and mortars.

During the enemy bombardment, our artillery successfully engaged farms 717107 and 667112.

1440 Two tanks appeared on pt 286 (apparently for observation) and immediately withdrew.

3 Grenadier Guards sent Captain Bonsor as L.O. to Brigade HQ.

Lieut TS Osborn (Cheshires) left Brigade HQ to be adjutant 2 LIR.


1 RIrF – HILL 329.

0315 Bttn HQ and HQ Coy moved to wadi at 637077, these moves being a return to normal after the battles with an additional disposition (C Coy) to cover a threat which had only shown its possibilities during the early part of the engagement.

Two patrols were sent out, one to search farm 633105 and main road at junction 645108, destroying and enemy found, and the other to search farm 617111 and wadis running east and west 400 yards each side of it. Both were to fire 6 green Verey lights if any tanks of AFVs were heard approaching, and 6 red if any infantry. Both returned with nothing to report.

0800 Commander 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade had decided that 6 Innisks had had a long spell on Grandstand Hill and should be relieved by 1 RIrF that night. Accordingly CO & 2.i.c. went over to HQ 6 Innisks to recce the new area and arrange the move.

0930 When they had made the general plan, they were joined by the Coy Commanders and the relief was discussed in detail. While this was happening, shelling of the area started and the party got into slit trenches. One shell landed on that occupied by Major JM Dunnill. He was unhurt but acutely affected by the blast and evacuated.

1800 The move started with D Coy taking over positions of D Coy 6 Innisks the remainder taking over in turn. C Coy last of all.

Fusilier James Craddock, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

Heavy shelling of our position continues. 1 RIrF are to relieve us tonight.

1100 CO 1 RIrF arrives and holds conference during shelling attack. One Coy Commander 1 RIrF is blown out of slit trench but is only badly shaken.

1830 Take over starts. 1 Platoon at a time by Coys.

1955 D Coy take over is complete

2100 B Coy take over is complete.

2225 A Coy take over is complete.


2 LIR.

1800 Companies wire positions.