16th July

Brigade HQ – SOUSSE.

T/Captain CPJD O’Farrell relinquished appointment as Staff Captain on posting to 1 RIrF.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

A quiet day with nothing to report.

1900 Lecture to the whole bttn on the campaign in Sicily.

2000 Bttn concert was held for the troops using purely local talent from the bttn.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

Lieuts EJ Griffiths and GT Griffiths joined bttn.


2 LIR.

Brigadier N Russell MC, commander 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade, lectured battalion on Sicily and events to date.



17th July

Brigade HQ – SOUSSE.

Brigadier N Russell MC addressed personnel of Brigade HQ, Signals Section, and Support Group at Brigade HQ on the campaign in Sicily. Afterwards, the Brigadier addressed the bttn in their own lines.

1000 Brigade advance party left for new area. South of Sousse (P6248).


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Another quiet day. Training carried out as per programme.

2000 A repetition of last night’s concert was held.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

3” Mortar shoot in training area.

Talk on Sicily by Brigadier Russell.


2 LIR.

Company training.



18th July

Brigade HQ – SOUSSE.

Brigade HQ, Bttns, Support Group, 152 Field Ambulance, and 214 Field Company RE moved to new area south of Sousse (P6248) via Kalaa Apira (P5251), Sousse ((P5952) move commenced at 2015hrs. Marching personnel went by direct route across country.

2300 Brigade HQ established P629483.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

A quiet day. Bttn receive orders to move to a new area nearer the sea.

1300 Bttn set out on foot for new area, about four miles south of Sousse on the coast road.


6 Innisks – HAMMAMET.

1600 Bttn marches to new area. Halt 2300-2359hrs for tea.


2 LIR.

1730 Battalion moves to new area nearer the coast.

2000 Battalion HQ established at 632478 (Sheet 57 Tunisia I/50000).



19th July

1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

Day spent settling into new area. Bathing parties organised.


6 Innisks – SOUSSE.

0100 Bttn moves to new area 5 miles south of Sousse. 1/4 mile from the sea. 18 mile march along sandy tracks. All ranks marched as well. Area is in olive grove, with deep sand. Water situation bad.

Recce of training area. Quiet day.

Died on this Day:

Fusilier Ronald Anthony, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.


2 LIR.

Battalion Training Programme issued. Company training.



20th July

Brigade HQ – SOUTH OF SOUSSE.

1015 Lieut North, 1 East Surreys and Sergeant Colwill, Corps Military Police attached this HQ. Both killed by enemy mine, which exploded when their jeep was passing through wadi at P637483.

Brigade training area issued.

Brigadier N Russell’s story of the Irish Brigade attached.

6 Innisks’ Exercise “Blister” area P6521.

6 Innisks’ History of bttn in Tunisia in Appendix.


1 RIrF – SOUSSE.

A quiet day.

1900 Football match v 2 LIR, which we lost 4-1. Concert held by 152 Field Ambulance.

CO went on recce for forthcoming exercise.


6 Innisks – SOUSSE.

1600 March out for Exercise “Blister”. 19 miles to assembly area.


2 LIR.

Company training.