16th September.

1 RIrF.

A quiet day. Nothing to report.

Read Lawrie Franklyn-Vaile’s letters.



17th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

38 Brigade Admin Order No 5 issued.

38 Brigade Movement Order No 4 issued.


1 RIrF.

Training continues according to programme.

Preparation for forthcoming move go on in much the same way as they did in North Africa.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

Bttn held night exercise in area 8849c. Bttn in attack by night.


2 LIR.

0400 Scheme ‘Moon’ ended.

Captain PP Giles returned to unit from hospital.

1000 Commanding Officers Conference re pending move of Battalion to Italy.

Orders for first party (Carrier Platoon) move.

2300 Lt Barker & 1 other rank left Battalion to form Beach Party at Crotone.



18th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

38 Brigade Movement Order No 5 issued.

38 Brigade Battle Patrol Training ended.


1 RIrF.

Carrier platoon under Lieut Pattinson left for Syracuse to embark for Italy. Lt-Col BH Butler rejoined the bttn.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

SS platoon returned to bttn. First part of the bttn to move went to Syracuse to embark to Italy. Some new vehicles arrived to complete.


2 LIR.

0830 Lt Hunter & Carrier Platoon plus Company Carriers left to embark at Catania. Lt Clark MC & one Mortar Detachment left to collect new Mortar Carrier at Messina and then joined Carriers for embarkation.

1300 Lt Bonham Carter and 26 other ranks from 1st LIR arrived on two-day visit to the Battalion.



19th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

38 Brigade Movement Order No 6 issued.

38 Brigade Movement Order No 7 issued.

Conference at Brigade HQ regarding move of Brigade personnel and transport.


1 RIrF.

Remainder of carriers left, mortars etc.

2/Lts SEJ White, R Phillips, JL Baker, RE Hogan joined the bttn.

Bttn set off on 18 miles route march.

Read Lawrie Franklyn-Vaile’s letters.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

0500 2 i/c, Pioneer Officer and Coy reps left for Taranto. Church parade. I Conference at Brigade. Mortar carriers left Catania.


2 LIR.

0300 Beach Party (Lts Wilson, O’Connor & Condy and 27 other ranks left Battalion for Taranto where they will form part of 78 Division beach party.

0830 Lt Glasgow & Mortar Platoon left to embark at Catania.

All Bde Battle School Patrol personnel rejoin Battalion.



20th September

Brigade HQ – TINDARI.

38 Brigade Movement Order 8 issued.

Platoon Commander’s Course ended. Brigade Battle School closed.

Instructions for distribution of Brigade transport for moving 11, 36 and 38 Brigade troops issued.


1 RIrF.

A quiet uneventful day.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

Bttn route march Patti area (22 miles). This is the first march of any length for some time.


2 LIR.

Lt F Lyness took over duties of Intelligence Officer.

Promotions: T/Captain WH Westcott & T/Captain KDH Howlett appointed P/A Majors wef; 29.8.43. Lt JA St Maur-Sheil, Lt WHB Glasgow appointed P/A Captain wef. 29.8.43.

Amphibious Exercises by the Companies.