Brigade HQ – ON ROUTE FOR ITALY.

0330 Brigade HQ closed. Recce parties of Bttns and Bttn Commander, IO, SC, LO left Brigade HQ.

0400 Brigade Group MT column left Tindari for Messina via Olivieri (C9247) , Falcone (C9447) Barcellona (D0650), Spadafora (D2059), Bauso (D2660).

0750 Recce party arrived Reggio.

0830 MT column arrived in staging area Messina (D3655).

1500 MT column left staging area Messina for docks. Informed that column would be ferried over to mainland in two separate parties at 2330hrs, and 0330hrs 24 Sept.

1800 Recce party arrived Crotone (Z7057) via south coast route Pellaro (D4437), Melito (D5626), Bova (D6827), Bianco (D8745), Locri ((D9663), Siderno (E0165). Bocello Ionica (E1073), Monastrerace ((E25856), Soverato (E2314), Cutro (E5653).

2330 First party of MT column embarked on ferry Messina for Reggio.


1 RIrF.

Battalion transport under command of Captain JE McNally commenced journey to Taranto.

0520 SP passed.

1600 Bttn received sudden movement order.

1700 Ready to move.

1900 Movement commenced.

2200 Milazzo reached and Bttn bivouaced on the road by the beach.


6 Innisks – PATTI.

Bttn, almost to a man, was bathing in the afternoon, when the order came into move at 16000hrs (Coys were ready to move at 1605hrs – a very good performance). A, B & C Coys moved off to Milazzo at 1800hrs having had to wait for transport. Bttn HQ, and HQ and D Coys warned to move at 2100hrs, at which hour transport arrived. CO decided to move off at 0430hrs. Troops slept near transport.

Bttn transport left Messina at 0630hrs and was complete in Reggio by 0830hrs. Trasnport left Reggio at 1045hrs and had a good journey in good roads to a place on the coast (Z4440) after a run of 120 miles.


2 LIR.

0500 Motor transport column left for Messina by road.

1450 Battalion (Marching Personnel) ordered to be prepared to move by 1530.

1830 Marching Personnel left by RASC troop for Milazzo Beaches.

During the morning, the Battalion embarked from Milazzo Beaches

TLCs took personnel to troopship Princess Josephine Charlotte.