After the 3rd Battle of Gaza
After the fighting and an all too brief time to recuperate the Finsbury Rifles were directed to support the Royal Engineers – providing labour for the construction of prisoner of war camps. While this work was often resented by the men of the EEF it was a welcome change from the horrendous noise of the artillery barrage that had preceded the third battle for Gaza.
Portion of Bn left behind at 54 Div, details rejoined.
Bn bathing and resting – quiet day.
Holy Communion at Bn HQ 0800. Quiet day. Bn Bathing and resting.
Orders received for Bn to move to Beit Hanun for construction work under RE. Bathing parades and preparing to move.
Bn moved to Beit Hanun 1300. A&B Coys sent onto DEIR SINEID for work under RE. D&C Coys employed constructing P of W compound at BEIT HANUN.
½ Bn employed on building P of W compound. 40 prisoners arrived during afternoon from front line.
Work on P of W compound continued. No further prisoners, previous 40 sent onto A.P.M GAZA. Orders received to move forward.
Bn HQs moved 1230 and proceeded to DEIR SINEID leaving 2 companies to received and guard further P of W. Remaining 2 companies being picked up at SINEID the whole proceeding to MEJDEL where Bivouac for the night was formed