Finsbury Rifles

Finsbury Rifles, Away from the Western Front. 19th April to 25th April 1916.

In this post, the Diary records a visit from HRH Edward Prince of Wales on Easter Sunday, which was marked with concerts and sports.

Concert Dec 1916 Ashton Post
© IWM (Q 57742) Finsbury Rifles dressed for a Christmas Concert, at Ashton Post along the Suez Canal, in 1916.  
HRH P of Wales at Spinx
HRH Edward Prince of Wales at Sphinx Post, Egypt. Powles family: Photographs. Ref: PA1-q-604-32-2. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22475405

The Prince of Wales was unable to serve on the front line, due to his position as the heir to the throne. However, he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards, and played an important role in terms of morale and ceremonial visits.

Date 19/4/16

Digging commenced on new sentry posts. Remainder of battalion less specialist on work as previous day.

Date 20/4/16

Normal routine. Work continued on defence.

Date 21/4/16

Good Friday. Church parade.

Date 22/4/16

Normal routine. Work during morning as previously.

Date 23/4/16

Easter Sunday. Church parade. Lieutenant A Rodgers to hospital. Lieutenant J A Stanbrook reported from 54 Division Details Camp.

Date 24/4/16

Easter Monday. Battalion Sports and Concert. HRH Prince of Wales passed through lines on return from Outer Defences.

Date 25/4/16

Normal routine. Work continued on defences.

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