War Diaries – 4th January 1943


48 hr patrols of 6 Innisks and 2 LIR penetrated beyond the Goubellat Plain. A full report is given at Appendix 4 (5 Jan).


A, C and D Companies commenced wiring their positions.

No 2 hold in which the bulk of the Bttn baggage was stored was badly damaged and A Coy living in the mess deck immediately above the hold had to move to a promenade deck.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0015 Lieut McCaldin returned, one of his patrol was killed at his OP. McCaldin seems to have done some excellent work and found out, with the aid of the Tunisian soldier with him, information about enemy positions. He withdrew from his position at 1430 3 Jan as enemy were closing in on him. They knew his position as he returned the fire when Fusilier Lunn was shot on the haystack. But before returning, he managed to retrieve the …from haystack.

1000 Information is received that Major Allen has been promoted Lt/Col and assumed command of Bttn wef 20 Dec 42 and Major J McCann is posted from this Bttn from 2 LIR and assumes the position of 2.i.c.

1800 Lt George goes out on 36 hr patrol with 20 ORs to search farms and inflict casualties on enemy.

Lieutenant Robert Carruthers, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Lieutenant Charles McKee, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

2 LIR.

0900 Carrier platoon less carriers patrol areas 6315/6517.

Four patrols by companies in local area.