21st September

Brigade HQ – DIVISIONAL CAMP.

0700 Brigade Commander visits 152 Field Ambulance and 1 RIrF.

1100 Conference for Battalion Adjutants and representatives of the Brigade Group to give details of move to concentration area.

Battalions carry out individual and specialist training.


1 RIrF – TARANTO.

Major J Clarke MC, lecture and demonstration of patrols.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0800 Draft of 26 ORs, transferred to 1 RIrF.

1700 CO’s O Group regarding future moves.



22nd September

Brigade HQ – DIVISIONAL CAMP.

Battalions carry out individual and specialist training.

38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade Movement Order No 15 issued giving full details of the move to a forward concentration  area near Fano S 2070.

The whole distance to be done in MT covering three days. 150 miles on each of the first two days and 85 miles on the third.

The following units to be under command, forming the Brigade Group, for the move:

2 Innisks.

2 LIR.

1 RIrF.

A Squadron, 56 Recce.

17 Field Regiment, RA.

254 A/Tk Battery, RA.

280 LAA Battery, RA.

214 Field Company, RE.

281 Field Pack Company, RE.

D Coy 1 Kensingtons, No 3 Mortar Platoon.

237 RASC Coy.

152 Field Ambulance.

38 Brigade Wksps Coy, REME.

1800 Brigade Pipe Band played Retreat in 2 LIR lines. There was a short party afterwards in the Officers Mess at which the Divisional Commander, Brigade Commander, Officers of the Brigade Group and colonel JRL Macnamara MP were present.

2 Innisks held an Offficers’ Dance from 2000 – 2359 hrs.


1 RIrF – TARANTO.

CO lecture – Battle Procedure. Captain Richards joined unit. Brigade play Retreat in LIR lines.


2 Innisks – TARANTO.

1050 Commanding Officers’ conference on move to Fano area. Coys are made up to strength and orders for R Coy to move to 3 CRU are received.

1200 The Divisional Commander paid a visit to the bttn.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0800 BD and winter underwear issued. KD and summer underwear handed in.

1400 Brigade boxing tournament.

1500 Bttn warned for move on 25 Sept.



23rd September

Brigade HQ – DIVISIONAL CAMP.

Battalions carry out individual and specialist training.

Battalions commence to pack up camp and hand in heavy and surplus stores.

Battledress issued and all KD handed in to stores.

0900 Commander and Administration Parties leave for concentration area at Fano.

Brigade Commander is accompanied by Lt Col Bredin, Commander 2 LIR, and Lt Col Horsfall, Commander 1 RIrF.

Lt Col Scott, Commander 2 Innisks, assumes command of the Brigade Group for move to concentration area.

1100 Major RT Wilson TD lectures to the following officers on Counter Mortar Organisation within the Division.

Lt Col Scott, Second in Commands and Adjutants of Battalions, and Brigade Staff.

In future, two RA officers will be permanently attached to Brigade HQ during operations to deal with the destruction and neutralisation of enemy mortars.


1 RIrF – TARANTO.

R Coy moved off. CO and IO move in advance. Move Order No 9 issued.


2 Innisks – TARANTO.

Major Kerr MC and Lieut Scarratt IO proceed to Fano as representatives on planning conferences


2 LIR – ITALY.

1500 B Coy and regarded personnel (X R Coy) moved off in transport for sea journey to Ancona.



24th September

Brigade HQ – DIVISIONAL CAMP.

Battalions commence striking camp in preparation for an early start the following morning.

R Coys of the three battalions leave during the afternoon and are posted as 1st line reinforcements to No 3 CRU near Ancona.


1 RIrF – TARANTO.

Pack in preparation for move.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0700 Bathing parades.

1000 Loading of stores commenced.

2000 Bttn ready to move at 0500 hrs the following morning



25th September

Brigade HQ – DIVISIONAL CAMP.

0500 Head of Brigade Group convoy passes SP on first stage of the journey to the forward concentration area.

Order of March as follows:

HQ, 38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade.

152 Field Ambulance.

2 Innisks.

2 LIR.

1 RIrF.

A Squadron, 56 Recce.

280 LAA Battery, RA.

17 Field Regiment, RA.

214 Field Company, RE.

281 Field Pack Company, RE.

254 A/Tk Battery, RA.

D Coy, 1 Kensingtons.

38 Brigade Workshops and LAD.

1200 Halts for one hour from 1200 – 1300 hrs for tea meal.

1430 Head of convoy arrives at Staging Area just outside San Severo (J 1040). Tail of column and all units in by 1800 hrs. LAD and unit fitters coping with various vehicles broken down on the road.


1 RIrF – SAN SEVERO.

Possible SP at 0500 hrs. San Severo at 1700 hrs


2 Innisks – TARANTO.

The bttn move to Fano area by TCVs staging nights San Stephano and Giulianova.

1900 The bttn arrives in staging area.


2 LIR – ITALY.

0500 Bttn moved off in transport to join 38 Brigade Group convoy.

1200 1 hour halt for tea meal.

1515 Bttn Staging Area San Severo.