Finsbury Rifles : Away from the Western Front. 24th September 1916 to 19th October

Sidi Bishr

 

Sidi Bishr was an extensive Allied army base to the north east of Alexandria. It housed an open-air rest and recuperation camp for other ranks. Men were sent there from the different battalions guarding the Suez Canal during 1916 and appreciated the change of scene and better conditions. A detachment from the 1/5 Bedford Regt had also recently returned from Sidi Bishr.

 

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 24/9/16

Divine service, Capt NEWTON reported from ‘Prisoner of War’ camp EL SHATT. Lt TUBBS and 20 other ranks from SIDI BISHR reported at Base Camp KUBRI.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 25 to 27/9/16

Work on defences and specialised training. Lt WS OWEN entered hospital. Captain FW CLARKE left Battn en route for port of embarkation (ALEXANDRIA) for ENGLAND

LT AL CARRAWAY temporarily attached to K2 BRIGADE. 2nd LT HL WINDSOR appointed acting adjt.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 28 to 30/9/16

Work on defences and specialist training.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 1 to 2/10/16

Work on defence and specialist training. Visit of GOC 54th Division

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 3/10/16

The headquarters and Mr Los from Rail Head and two coy from H House relieved by 1/10 London Regt and proceeded to KUBRI railhead.

Location KUBRI EAST Date 4/10/16

A and B Coys work on Defences, C and D coys training Lieut JA Stanford returned from England

Date 5.to 6/10/16

A and B Coys work on Defences, C and D coys training. Lieut JA Stanford left for England

Date 7/10/16

A and B Coys work on Defences, C and D coys training. Capt LA Nerlin returned from England

Date 8/10/16

Divine service. Routines as usual.

Date 9 -13/10/16

A and B Coys work on Defences, C and D coys training. Specialist classes.

Date 14/10/16

A and B Coys work on Defences, C and D coys training. Specialist classes. 54th Division training

Date 15/10/16

Divine service. Routines as usual.

Date 16/10/16

A and B coy training. C and D work on defences. Specialist classes.

Training with corps attack on Halfway House GOC Brigade present

Date 17 to 19/10/16

A and B coy training. C and D work on defences. Specialist classes.

 

 

 

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    1. Hallo Alan, Thank you for reading the blog and getting in touch with us ! We would be very interested in hearing more about F W Jager and his story. Do feel free to contact us again via email islington.museum@islington.gov.uk. We currently have a mini-exhibition up in the museum linked to our recent animation project about the Finsbury Rifles should you be able to visit us. From the team at Islington Museum

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