On Sheikh Abbas Ridge
After the disastrous Second Battle of Gaza as part of the 162 Brigade , the Finsbury Rifles retreated behind the Sheikh Abbas ridge. Over a third of the battalion had been killed, wounded or posted as missing – all recorded as casualties in the battalion war diary. In spite of the heavy losses, it was business as usual. A new communication line and trenches had to be dug while shelling continued from the enemy artillery behind the Gaza defences.
Owing to heavy casualties Total reorganisation of battn necessary. Fairly quiet day with reciprocal artillery fire. 2nd Lt A.R. ALDERS to hospital.
Usual artillery fire and otherwise quiet day. 4 Officers, 300 Other Ranks digging new line and communication trenches during night 21/22 April.
Usual artillery fire, otherwise quiet day. 2 officers 300 other ranks digging new line and communications.
Usual artillery fire, otherwise quiet day. 2 officers, 300 other ranks digging new line and communications.
Usual artillery fire otherwise quiet day – 2 officers 300 OR digging our line and communications.
Usual artillery fire. Otherwise quiet day – 2 Officers 300 OR digging over line and communications: 2nd Lieut AR ALDERS returned to duty.
Usual artillery fire: Battn on front line trenches. Patrol work on trench line in accordance with brigade working.
Usual artillery fire, Battn on Front Line Trenches. Patrols, work in trench line, long sniping by the evening.
Heavy artillery fire, Battn in front line trenches. Long Patrol at Waddi Mukademe work in a trench line, general observations of enemy line. 2nd Lieut AR & Alders re-entered hospital.
Usual artillery. First sniper brought in and battn on front line. Usual trench work in trench line and communications trench.
Usual artillery fire, 4 prisoners brought in from front line trenches work and trench line and communications. General observations of line.
Usual artillery fire, work in trench communications in accordance with Brigade working together