11th June

1 RIrF – GUELMA.

A quiet day.

1800 Discussion on “Lessons of the Campaign”.

1900 Concert by 152 Field Ambulance concert part in the cinema at Guelma.

Major JH Coldwell-Horsfall re-joined the bttn from hospital. Lt JB Cammiade, Lt GF Ash, 2/Lt WG Fielding joined the bttn.


2 LIR.

Three Officers and 20 NCOs attended the Course Number 2 at the Brigade Battle School.

W/Lieutenant KDH Rowlette and W/Lieutenant M Tasker promoted A/Captain.



12th June

1 RIrF – GUELMA.

Nothing to report during the day.

Bttn played a football match against A & SH.


6 Innisks – HELIOPOLIS.

Bttn Sports Meeting. A Company won Company prize.

Captain DK McCaldin MC returned to bttn on recovery from wounds.


2 LIR. 

Lieutenant Clark in charge of a party of Officers and NCOs per company to go to Phillipeville to inspect LST and MLC.



13th June

Brigade HQ – GUELMA.

Demonstration of Recce and Group drill at Divisional HQ.

W/Lieut WJ Concannon  (193879), RUR, posted to this HQ as LO vice 89181 W/Lieut Seymour, RUR, to 2 LIR.

Liaison Officers’ course ended.


1 RIrF – GUELMA.

A quiet day. Training continued as per programme.

Received warning of impending visit by the Secretary State for War.


2 LIR.

Company Training.



14th June

Brigade HQ – GUELMA.

Divisional Intelligence course began. All Bttn and Brigade HQ Intelligence personnel attended. Programme attached.


1 RIrF – GUELMA.

A quiet day. Training continued.

No 6 Section 10 Platoon C Coy won the inter section shooting competition.

Lt OPB Jewell joined the bttn, Lieuts RH Richardson, A Smith and RG Wilkin joined the bttn.

Nothing to report. Bathing under coy arrangements was carried out.


6 Innisks – HELIOPOLIS.

Lieut A Ferriss appointed assistant Adjutant.


2 LIR.

Intelligence Section attended divisional intelligence course. Duration four days.

T/Captain DHM Davies (Welsh), T/Captain JKH Culverhouse (RE), W/Lieutenant GT Griffiths (RWK) W/Lieutenant EJ Griffiths (Welsh) joined battalion from X(iv) list.

T/Captain KS Grannell (RUR) joined battalion from RWK.

T/Captain WH Westcott admitted to hospital.

Seven Officers and 27 NCOs attended Course Number 3 at the Brigade Battle School.



15th June

1 RIrF – GUELMA.

Visit by Secretary of State for War cancelled.

Training cancelled.


2 LIR.

Three Company Commanders, 3 Platoon Commanders, and 4 Platoon Sergeants attended courses at 18 Army Group Battle School.



16th June

Brigade HQ – GUELMA.

Brigade Support Group arrived (1st Kensingtons) in area 691069. Brigade Support Group organisation attached.


1 RIrF – GUELMA.

Nothing to report. Some vehicles went to MT shops. Capt PT Proctor, 2/Lt GL Richards, Lieut GF Ash left to attend 18th Army Battle School.

Warning orders saying General Montgomery would speak to all officers tomorrow.


2 LIR.

2’’ Mortar Course for all Platoon detachments under the 2 i-c. Duration 2 days.



17th June

Brigade HQ – GUELMA.

0700 Advance transport party left for new training sector.

1100 Visit of HM the King to 78 Division. All available HQ personnel took their place lining the Bone-Guelma road. The King, accompanied by Sir James Grigg, passed at 1345hrs on his way to lunch at HQ 78 Division. After lunch, the visitors returned to Bone.


1 RIrF – GUELMA.

Bttn lined the route for the visit of His Majesty the King.

Reinforcement company came into being.


6 Innisks – HELIOPOLIS.

The bttn lined the road outside the camp on the occasion of the visit of HM the King to inspect 78 Division.


2 LIR.

Company training.



18th June

Brigade HQ – GUELMA.

Division I course ended. “Reference Point” Map References Code came into use.


1 RIrF – GUELMA.

A quiet day. Nothing to report.


6 Innisks – HELIOPOLIS.

Waterloo Day. Training continued as usual for a future Waterloo. Football March – Officers v Sergeants. Waterloo night celebrated in traditional manner in Officers’ and Sgts’ messes. Brigadier Russell and Lt-Col Butler were guests. There was considerable numbers of cases of mild dysentery caused by flies, which are as bad as the heat and the dust.


2 LIR.

HM The King visited the division. The battalion lined the route to Divisional HQ and the King spoke to Brigade Command Group including the Commanding Officer – Lieutenant Colonel TPD Scott.



19th June

Brigade HQ – GUELMA.

Brigade TEWT for COs’ and Commanders’ supporting arms. Main purpose to introduce the Brigade Support Group. Object, opening narrative and tracing of area attached.


1 RIrF – GUELMA.

PIAT demonstration for all officers and ORs down to the rank of platoon Sergeants at the Brigade Training Camp.

Nothing further to report. Restarted training programmes.


6 Innisks – HELIOPOLIS.

Bttn inter platoon shoot. Bttn HQ were the team winners. A Plate shoot was won by officers.


2 LIR.

Warning Order received. Advance Party to move on 21st to new area at Hammamet. (This was later postponed to 23rd).

Died on this Day:

Rifleman James Carr, London Irish Rifles.



20th June

Brigade HQ – GUELMA.

Lieut Cole returned from instructing at Brigade Junior Leaders’ Course.


1 RIrF – GUELMA.

A quiet day. Nothing to report.

1800 Lecture on RT procedures by Bttn Signals Officer.


6 Innisks – HELIOPOLIS.

The officers of the bttn entertained in the Sgts’ Mess.


2 LIR.

T/Captain WH Westcott re-joined battalion from hospital.

T/Captain Findlater admitted to hospital.