6th March

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

Contact was made with enemy Farm 654129. Results of patrol and enemy activity on the brigade front, see 38 Brigade Intelligence summary dated 6 March.


1 RIrF – REST AREA.

This day, 1 RIrF as part of 38 (Irish) Infantry brigade ceased to form part of 6 Armoured Division, their place being taken by 1 Guards Brigade. The Irish Brigade became part of 78 Division. Captain MW Harvey RAMC posted as MO i.c. 1 RIrF. Lieut DW Smith and DF Siller reported, posted to A and D Coys respectively.


6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

1130/1230 A few mortar bombs on Grandstand.

1930 Another small patrol to Stop Farm saw and heard nothing of the enemy.

1930 One NCO and two men went out to pt 286 again. About 100 yards up the hill (SE slope), they found some booby traps (with trip wires 4” to 6” off the ground. Voices were heard coming from near the top of the hill. Whilst this patrol was out, they came under shellfire. The enemy put down a number of shells between pts 279 and 286 apparently with the object of harassing any of our patrols. Our constant visits to pt 286 evidently annoy him.

2100 A patrol of 10 under command Sgt O’Driscoll, C Coy, paid a visit to Carrier Farm (654129). On the way, Sgt O’Donnell found a signal cable running along the road going east from 648099 junction. He cut about 200 yards out of this, brought some back with him and scattered odd lengths of the rest about the countryside. From Hamra (6612), he saw a light at Carrier Farm. The patrol then went on, and reached a spot about 20 yards before the farm entrance before being halted by a sentry.  He was standing somewhat leisurely by the entrance and Sgt O’Donnell opened fire upon him with his Tommy Gun. The sentry fell; MG fire opened up from all parts of the farm and especially from positions well away from the buildings. One MG about 50 yards from the patrol was silenced with a grenade. Fire continued to come from all directions and Sgt O’Donnell ordered his men to fall back. Groups of Germans thereupon ran out of the various barns and our patrol put down considerable Bren fire upon them. Another MG opened up from the west of the Goubellat road. Sgt O’Donnell gradually retreated with his men, and the enemy began firing off Very lights and followed up our patrol for about 100 yards. When Sgt O’Donnell stopped to check up, he found that L/Cpl Daniels was missing. This NCO did not return. On the way back, another telephone cable, running east from Stop Farm was cut. 5-10 casualties were inflicted on the enemy by this well led patrol.


2 LIR.

PM Enemy spasmodically shelled by our artillery in areas 616076, 644077.



7th March

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

Day patrols destroyed many enemy telephone comms. No contact made. Two SD personnel destroyed enemy ammunition dump at Farm 618112.


1 RIrF – REST AREA.

Capt WG Corbett-Edwards (MO i.c. 1 RIrF) posted to 1 Field Ambulance. Lieut JL Baggs died of wounds in an accident, which occurred during his return from Patrol. He was pulling an NCO up the 12 foot wall of a gully by his Tommy Gun, when it discharged, wounding him in the left shoulder and in the abdomen.

Died on this Day:

Sergeant William Cahill, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Lieutenant John Baggs, Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached from The Royal Ulster Rifles.


6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

Fairly persistent shelling and mortaring of areas. No damage during the night.

The morning was quiet, no enemy shelling or mortaring.

1450 5 smoke shells dropped: 2 about 632082, 1 about 620288, 2 in area 627063

After dark, a mortar and gun flash spotting plan was put into operation with the cooperation of the gunners. Two additional OPs were established. However, the enemy remained quite inactive this night. None of our patrols went out until after midnight, in order to give the artillery full scope in the event of enemy gun positions being discovered.

Died on this Day:

Fusilier Alfred Daniels, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.


2 LIR.

1430 Enemy shells area between G and H Companies.



8th March

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

No contact made by patrols. Trace showing area patrolled attached.


1 RIrF – REST AREA.

1130 Two SD men attacked from French forces (Patrol Alsace), left to blow up ammunition dump at Farm 618112. They destroyed it with two charges. After the first, they had the opportunity of inspecting the interior of the building: they were especially anxious to search it as immediately after the explosion, several Arabs, who had patently been looting, bolted northwards from the farm. In it, they found much damage as a result of our shellfire. The wireless set previously reported by Patrol Marquis was confirmed to be of civilian pattern. A civilian telephone was also in the farm, but with…tee-in of German military cable, the lines from which ran NW into the hills. The wireless set was removed for examination, and the telephone and lines were totally destroyed by the patrol. Also was found a German Oberst’s tunic badly torn and bloodstained above the waist. Monsieur Peladan told our SD men that this had been there before we had shelled the farm. It is therefore probable that the Oberst’s death was caused by Patrol Marquis’ booby trap. After the second explosion, four enemy were observed approaching from the… while about 300 yards behind them (1500 yards from the farm), a large support of unidentifiable men could be seen. Patrol Alsace accordingly withdrew via Farm Peledan where, hidden by boughs and foliage lay a dump of 120 Tellermines in a gully. Patrol Alsace did not touch them but returned to Bttn HQ, and reported them, and enumerating at the same time the contents of the dump they had destroyed as stick grenades, detonators, pull igniters and SAA packed for MG and rifle. Plans were accordingly made for the destruction of the Tellermine dump the next day. Capt RM Cunningham struck off Bttn strength wef this date.

1830 Patrol Lorraine returned. Their report and trace attached in Appendix.

1900 During the afternoon, the evacuation of M Peladan with our assistance from the Farm Peladan to his brother’s farm at Ain Ksyl was begun under auspices of FSP. At this time, it was reported completed.


6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0005 Recce patrol to Plough Top found no sign of the enemy, beyond the sound of digging in the gully north of the feature. Lt Wood took 3 men to Stop Farm to ascertain if it was definitely occupied. He entered the farm after a cautious recce and found evidence of a hasty retreat by the enemy. The buildings were all badly damaged by our shellfire, and it was apparent that several enemy dead were beneath the rubble in the cellar of the house. This had apparently been used as an HQ, 2 cables ran through a window and various articles of clothing and equipment lay about the room.

In the yard, was discovered the bodies of Capt WAR Daly, L/Cpl Black and one other.

A number of enemy and British small arms and ammunition was collected by Lt Wood. An A/Tk gun was found by the haystack; this had a longer barrel that our 25 pounder, but was smaller itself. The breech block was smashed.

Lt Wood lay up here all day with the 2 others of his patrol, sorting and collecting the salvage.

A recce patrol visited Argoub Hamra and found no enemy upon it. They went onto the vicinity of Carrier Farm, but owing to the extreme darkness could not ascertain if the enemy were there or not. No movement was seen or heard.

1000 Coy Commander’s conference.

Enemy shelling is more persistent during the afternoon and evening than for some days. 2.i.c. visited A and C Coys on Grandstand after dark

Wood, who has been lying up on Stop Farm J647102 since last night reports that Capt Daly’s body is there, as is Corporal Black’s. He has stacked a quantity of enemy equipment up. B Coy are sending out patrol to bring in the bodies and equipment.


2 LIR.

2 platoons and company HQ of H Company take over E Company’s positions 610083. 1 platoon of H Company relieve 9 Platoon (E Company) on Castle Hill. E Company take up positions on Stuka Ridge and Stuka Farm.



9th March

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

No contact made with enemy.


1 RIrF – REST AREA.

No patrols were sent out during the night and there was no incident on bttn front.

The activities and events of the day are recorded in detail in the Appendix. Lieut RV Dudley-Clarke struck off strength.


6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

0325 The patrol returns with Capt Daly’s body, but in the dark, they were not able to find Cpl Black or the equipment.

1000 Patrol conference.

1100 A representative gathering collected at the RAP to pay their last respects to Capt Daly, a great loss to the bttn losing this brave, intelligent and gallant officer. He is buried in Farm J 639058. CO visits B Coy during the afternoon and D Coy on pt 279 after dark.

1900 Lieut Wood and strong platoon go out to recover the body of Cpl Wood and enemy equipment from Stop Farm. They are warned of enemy activity in Farm 618112. Returned without incident.

No patrols, other that the local protective, were sent out.


2 LIR.

Changeover of E and H Companies now complete.



10th March

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

Enemy aircraft attacked A Echelon, 1 RIrF at 0830 hrs and inflicted two casualties. Brigade letter enemy equipment issued.


1 RIrF – REST AREA.

During the night, the bttn sent out no patrols nor was any incident reported.

The activities and events of the day are recorded in detail in the Appendix.


6 Innisks – IN THE FIELD.

A peaceful day. No enemy shelling or mortaring took place. A Coy sent out a patrol to W Hill and Plough Top during the first part of the night. They heard voices and digging in the valley to the east of the arab dwellings on W Hill but neither saw or heard any other signs of the enemy during their patrol.

A C Coy patrol visited Argoub Hamra and discovered unoccupied trenches there; later they lay up near Carrier Farm (654129) and saw a vehicle enter the yard, from the direction of Goubellat. It stayed only a minute or two and then made off eastwards. The farm did not appear to be occupied.


2 LIR.

Recce patrol to Flat Top 5909 find abandoned enemy equipment.