War Diaries – 7th March 1943

Brigade HQ – BOU ARADA.

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


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.

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.

Fusilier Alfred Daniels, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

2 LIR.

1430 Enemy shells area between G and H companies.