War Diaries – 30th March 1943

Brigade HQ – BEJA.

Nothing to report.

1 RIrF – BEJA.

The day was quiet. A ‘rifle’ meeting was held at Bttn HQ. OPs had nothing to report.

Night quiet. Standing patrols 280487 and 263477 had nothing to report.

6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0430 The Bttn arrives at its new position and Bttn HQ is established in Farm 343371. Thick mist and rain added to the darkness, making the journey very trying for the drivers of all the vehicles.

1100 CO’s conference.

Remainder of the day spent in making local recce and settling down in new positions.

1800 C Coy send Standing Patrol to be at Oued Zarga.

A, B, and D Coys local patrols only.

2130 Report received from C Coy, that PET lorry had run over minefield in their area. On investigation, it was found that the patrol lorry had run over a mine placed on the side of the road in C Coy’s area. Sentries had been placed on the road and acted as guides to incoming vehicles. The patrol lorry was in convoy and was preceded by the QM’s car and ration lorry. These had been guided through the minefield, but the driver of the patrol apparently did not wait for the guides and ran too close to the side of the road. Occupants of lorry and load were undamaged but two sentries were wounded. These were evacuated at 2400hrs.

2 LIR.

Battalion training.