11th July

Brigade HQ – SOUSSE.

AM CO’s conference at Brigade HQ.

Brigade Major gave talk to all Brigade HQ personnel ref the Allied invasion of Sicily, developments and topography.

Brigade Security Instruction No 3 issued.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

A quiet day spent settling into new area. Nothing to report.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

Recce of training area. Salisbury Plain type with no natural cover.

Major Crocker rejoins bttn (he was OC B Coy until Exercise Dryshod in Oct 42).


2 LIR.

E Company, 16 and 18 Platoon of the Battalion specially commended by the Brigadier on their performance during Exercise “Marathon” – they marched 53 miles in just under 36 hours without a single casualty.



12th July

Brigade HQ – SOUSSE.

Brigade Admin Order No 1 issued.

Personal message from Army Commander.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Companies started training. Field range firing was allotted.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

Field Firing exercise.

Much less dysentery now but septic spots are prevalent.


2 LIR.

Company Training.



13th July

Brigade HQ – SOUSSE.

Major H Rogers (1 RIrF) appointed Commander of 2 LIR.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Two ENSA concerts were held at Sousse. Bttn had a certain amount of seats allotted to it.

1700 Instruction in wireless for all officers under the signals officer Captain Brown. T/Major H Rogers posted to 2 LIR.

Warning order for conversion of Algerian money.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

A & C Coys Field Firing. B & D Field Training.

Major McCann left to take over Base Details.


2 LIR.

Lieutenant-Colonel H Rogers (1 RIrF) assumes command of the Battalion.

T/Major H Rogers (1 RIrF) joined the Battalion, and assumes command wef same date.



14th July

Brigade HQ – SOUSSE.

Lieut CMP North attached this HQ. Brigade Training tables issued.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Captain RCP Jefferies is admitted to hospital, and Captain BDJ Clark takes over the duties of Adjutant.

Died on this Day:

Fusilier Raymond Purvis, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

A & C Coys’ training. B & D Field Firing.


2 LIR.

Battalion Signal Exercise under direction of Intelligence Officer to practice officers and Warrant Officers in Signal procedure. Officers attend demonstration of night shoot for guiding purposes by 25 pounders.



15th July

1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Lieut RH Richardson posted to 6 Innisks.

A quiet day. Nothing to report.

2130 Demonstrations for Company Commander on keeping direction by night with the assistance of artillery.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

Lieut RH Richardson joined bttn from 1 RIrF.

Coy Field Training. Heat and dust considerable.


2 LIR.                                    

Company training and Field Firing as per programme of work.