6th September

Brigade HQ – SIDI BISHR.

No 16 Area Embarkation Order No 8 received.

Date of departure and embarkation is confirmed as am on the 9th.

Battalions and Brigade HQ commence packing up of stores and baggage preparatory to loading. They also commence to hand in Welfare and Accommodation stores.


1 RIrF – SIDI BISHR.

Captain BDH Clark to hospital. Bttn rifle shoot.


2 LIR – EGYPT.

0730 E and F Coys on route march.

1500 D Day for future move to 9/9/44.



7th September

Brigade HQ – SIDI BISHR.

Training periods continue by battalions.

Sports and recreation carried out in morning and afternoon by battalions.

Striking of camps and handing in of Accommodation and Welfare stores commences


1 RIrF – SIDI BISHR.

Lieut KB Payne rejoined unit from ITD.


2 LIR – EGYPT.

0800 Commencement of handing in of accommodation stores.



8th September

Brigade HQ – SIDI BISHR.

Heavy baggage parties leave to load baggage on to the ships.

Final verbal orders from ESO received. Last minute revisions in numbers checked up and timings for transport arranged.

Brigade HQ and 2 Innisks to leave at 1030 hrs.

38 (Irish) Infantry Brigade Embarkation Order issued giving full details of movement and embarkation at docks.

Final tentage and accommodation stores in to permanent Camp Staff at Sidi Bishr.


1 RIrF – SIDI BISHR.

Struck canvas preparatory to move.


2 LIR – EGYPT.

0800 All tents struck. Stocks and baggage handed in.

1200 CO’s lecture on future move.



9th September

Brigade HQ – SIDI BISHR.

Embarkation at Alexandria Docks commences.

0800 2 Innisks and Brigade HQ leave present area in transport. They arrive at docks at 0915 hrs and commence embarkation on HMT Staffordshire.

1030 2 LIR, 152 Field Ambulance and 1 RIrF leave present camp area in transport for the docks. 2 LIR and 152 Field Ambulance arrive at docks at 1115 hrs and commence embarkation on HMT Staffordshire.

1 RIrF go to another quay on the docks and embark at the same time on HMT Durham Castle.

1300 All units now complete on board ship.

Convoy remained in port during the night.

No shore leave allowed.

There was a shortage of NAAFI Supplies on board, so arrangements were made after some difficulty for a truck to come to the docks in the morning to deliver cigarettes, matches and soap, sufficient to keep the troops going for a voyage.


1 RIrF – SIDI BISHR.

Bttn by lorry to dock embark Durban Castle at 1200.


2 Innisks – SIDI BISHR.

0830 TCVs report to Bttn HQ, Bttn embosses and proceeds to Alexandria docks. Bttn embarks on HMT Staffordshire with 2 LIR and Bttn HQ.

1200 Embarkation complete. Major Kerr MC rejoins the bttn ex hospital and becomes Second in Command.


2 LIR – EGYPT.

0930 Bttn em-bused for move to docks at Alexandria.

1030 Bttn began to embark on troopship, “Staffordshire”.

Remainder of day in port.



10th September

Brigade HQ – ALEXANDRIA.

Convoy remains in port.

NAAFI Supplies arrive safely and issued to units on board.

Ex MEF hospital personnel arrive at the docks and taken on board.

This overcrowded the mess decks to a certain extent, but it was better to take the men with us than leave them stranded in MEF for several weeks.


1 RIrF – ALEXANDRIA.

Inspection by ship and shore authorities.


2 Innisks – AT SEA.

1030 Commanding Officer holds conference on training in the Officers’ lounge.

1100 The ship sails.

1300 Officer, Commanding troops lectures to all Officers.


2 LIR – EGYPT.

Ship still in port.