Brigade HQ.

0015 1 RIrF requested brigade to send another Scammel and crew to bridge immediately.

0410 DR, who was dispatched at 0015 for Scammel not reported in or returned to this HQ.

0445 Tac HQ ordered Brigade LAD Scammel to proceed to bridge forthwith.

0530 Brigade commander spoke to 2 LIR, but they were out of contact with forward coys.

0550 6 Innisks reported HQ 663787. All coys arrived by 2300 26th October and took up positions vacated by 2 LIR.

6 Innisks patrol to 6375 searched farms but found no enemy.

0600 2 LIR reported everything went according to plan. Three coys over river. Locations:  Bttn HQ 648802, Coys: 635804, 633802, 628802, 649805. Slight opposition encountered.

0615 1 RIrF reported three coys over river and one coy and Brigade HQ this side as before.

Locations of three coys over river: 623799, 622793, 628797. Bridge shelled during night and 1 RIrF suffered 14 casualties. Patrol to recce area south of San Salvo located 2 MGs 615811 and suffered one casualty. Tracks in the area mined. All vehicles reported across river except a carrier, portee and q..CREME Scammel at Rec Pt near bridge moved off without orders when shelling started.

1000 GOC and AQ visited Tac HQ for conference with Brigade Commander. Orders for night made. Tac HQ moving tonight area 653785.

1700 2 LIR reported intermittent enemy shelling area bridge 6379.

Brigade letter on traffic control ref 29/Q issued.

Amendment No 1 to 38 OO No 29 dated 26 October 43 issued.

Captain KF MacLennan, REME, attached to Brigade HQ as EME Captain JFS Griffin evacuated to CCS.

1550 CO 1 RIrF enquired whether it was possible to postpone attack owing to sticky nature of ground, which would exhaust attackers. Brigade Commander replied that the attack would go in as already planned.

1830 Rain, which had fallen in the last hour and a half, prevented crossing of vehicles over diversion owing to the state of the ground on the far side, which was reported to be nothing better than a sea of mud. Four vehicles reported overturned on the diversion.

2200 Brigade diversion now usable but the programme of crossing necessarily curtailed.

2300 Barrage opened.

2335 6 Innisks reported in position.

38 Brigade Admin Order No 6 issued.

Read the brigade’s account here.


1 RIrF.

 

0400 Lieut HL Hutchison took out his patrol again. One of his men set off a booby trap and was killed. The enemy MGs opened up and forced the patrol to retire.

1030 O Group at the Bttn HQ. Orders for the attack on San Salvo.

1800 A Coy crossed the river to join the other coys.

1815 Bttn HQ joined coys.

2130 C Coy moved to a position 500 yards in front of Long Farm to protect Start Line.

2230 Tape was laid along Start Line by IO.

2245 Coys moved into position covered by C Coy in the following order: Forward – A Coy left, B Coy right, followed by the HQ, followed by C Coy left, D coy right.

2300 Own artillery barrage starts.

2306 Forward coys crossed start line A Company on a bearing of 302 degrees, B Coy on 314 degrees. They had only gone a short way when heavy MG and shell fire was opened up on them. The whole Bttn was pinned down, the rear areas still in area of start line. As the intensity of the fire increased, it became obvious that the Bttn was in an enemy DF area.

The CO held an O Group at which he ordered D Coy, which had fallen behind to move up on the left of C Coy.

Sometime during the next half hour, the CO was killed by a stray MG bullet, which struck in the head.

B Coy continued the advance but was finally halted by the intensity of the enemy MG fire.

Major PJ Proctor had been hit and was missing, later known to be KIA and Major Wood assumed command

The CO took the decision to return to the area of the bridgehead, but not before it became obvious that any further attempt to advance would be futile and lead to a needless sacrifice of life.

Lieut JGC Glennie KIA, Lieut HL Hutchison (since died of wounds), 2/Lieut JV Baker wounded as were the other officer casualties.

Fusilier Leslie Broadbridge, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier John Orr, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Lieutenant Michael Marmorstein, London Irish Rifles.

Fusilier Edward Lightburn, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier John Williams, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Corporal Leonard Brown, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier George Walls Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier John Plant, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Corporal Sidney Cooke, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Kevin Curran, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Lance Sergeant Albert Kidd, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Charles Warren, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Joseph Johnston, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Corporal John Kelly, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

WO II John Keir, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Lance Sergeant Baldwin Lloyd, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Lieutenant Colonel Beauchamp Butler DSO, Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached from Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Lieutenant John Glennie, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Major Patrick Proctor, Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached from Royal Ulster Rifles.

Fusilier Leonard Stone, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Percy Childs, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Sergeant William Jackson, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Fusilier Mathew Shuttleworth, Royal Irish Fusiliers.

Sergeant Alfred Smith, Royal Irish Fusiliers.


6 Innisks – RIVER TRIGNO.

Rain fell making river crossing extremely bad. This crossing was under direct observation by the enemy and was accurately shell throughout the day and night.

During the night, the RIrF and LIR completed their move across the river into the narrow bridgehead in preparation for their attack on San Salvo. 6 Innisks moved down to the river to take over the bridgehead with B, C and D Coys across the river and Bttn HQ and A Coy, which reverted to command, on the near side.


2 LIR.

1000 CO visits Company areas.

1300 Intelligence Officer recces area for Battalion Start Line for tonight’s attack on San Salvo.

W/Lieutenant MOW Clarke MC joined the Battalion from hospital.

2130 Battalion HQ & H Company move from present location and cross River Trigno.

Battalion HQ established in area 633806. H Company in area 632807 a 2300 hrs.

F & G Companies move two to start line.

2200  Heavy and concentrated enemy shelling of FUP as the two Companies take up posn. There were no casualties.

2300 Tanks of the 46 RTR across the River in support of 38 Brigade.

2300 Units of 78th Division move fwd to attack San Salvo. 2/LFs (11 Brigade) right. Object Stn di San Salvo 639848. 38 Brigade due left. Objective San Salvo. 2/LIR. Right 1/RIF Left. The attack was supported by 5 regiments of Field Arty and 1 Bty of Mediums.

2300 Companies move fwd F right. G left.

2315 Heavy enemy MG fire from 2/LFs front.

2330 The enemy lay down a heavy and concentrated DF from guns and 6” mortars.

2335 A wall of enemy machine gun fire on fixed lines causes Companies to get down.