11th September

1 RIrF.

A quiet day.

1730 A concert party “Stars in Battledress” gave a show, which was much appreciated.


2 LIR.

Officers under 2nd i/c on Fire Orders instruction.

Captain PP Giles admitted to hospital.

Seventeen Italian Warships reached Italy and surrender to British Navy.



12th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

38 Brigade W/T diagram issued.


1 RIrF.

1100 Swimming Gala which should have been held last Sunday was held.

Major CC Markes left the Bttn to take command of 4th Bttn Lancashire Fusiliers stationed in Malta.

Read Lawrie Franklyn-Vaile’s letters.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

Church parade. Captain Kendal takes over duty of adjutant. Captain Norman assumes command of S Coy, and Lieut Griffiths takes over duties of IO. Lieut Hamilton cross posted to D Coy. Swimming gala in the afternoon won by HQ Coy. 


2 LIR.

Lt Col H Rogers visited 117 LAA Regiment RA (8th RUR)



13th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

Appreciation of the Italian situation issued.


1 RIrF.

Training continued according to programme.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

CO and Coy officers went to a demonstration by 4 Field Regiment RA in area C9639.


2 LIR.

Brigade Command in Battalion area to watch Company training.

Commanding Officer lectured the Battalion on discipline.

Lt Lyness transferred to HQ Company as Intelligence Officer vice Lt O’Rourke. 



14th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

Brigade Commander attended demonstration by Divisional Royal Artillery on engaging an ‘U’ target and also a demonstration of 4.2” mortars by 1 Kensingtons.

Permission granted by Division to use part of Patti as a street fighting area from 14-16 September.

Brigade Section Leaders Course No 2 ended.


1 RIrF.

1430 RA Demonstration for all available officers was held at Tripi.

Training continued as usual.

1945 Cinema show in 2 LIR lines.

Read Lawrie Franklyn- Vaile’s letters.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

Mobile Film Unit visits Bttn TAB inoculation for B Coy.


2 LIR.

All Officers attend a demonstration UNCLE Shoot by 25 pounders.

ENSA cinema show for 38 Bde in Battalion lines.



15th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

Brigade Platoon Commander’s Course commenced at Brigade Battle School.

Leaders Course No 3 commenced.


1 RIrF.

Bttn received warning order of forthcoming move to Taranto in Italy. Carriers were to go about the 19th, marching serials on 24th, and transport on 25th.

1830 Concert by 78 Division concert party was held in 2 LIR lines.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

152 Field Ambulance gave concert in LIR area.

More TAB innoculations given.


2 LIR.

Lt Col D Swinburne, 117 LAA Regiment RA (8th RUR) visited.

1000 Bde Scheme ‘Moon” for battalion commenced (recce of area)