Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front. 13th December – 31st December 1916

Celebrating Christmas and Boxing Day 1916

Troops in the Suez Canal Defence Zone were far enough away from enemy lines to be able to celebrate Christmas with gusto. Different entertainment and food all played their part in keeping up soldiers’ morale while far from home.

Many of the battalions in the 54th (East Anglian) Division had their own concert parties. Open to those who enjoyed devising and putting on shows, they often included satirical sketches that poked fun at army life in the Middle East as well as ever-popular performances of music hall songs.

Suez Canal Defences. Concert Party of the 1/11th London Regt. 162nd Infantry Brigade, 54th East Anglian Division at Ashton Post, 1916. © IWM Q57742

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 13/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences GOC South Section. Capt Troup returned from hospital. Visit of GOC

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 14/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences.  GOC B section inspected Lewis gun teams.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 15 to 16/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences. Lt Adjutant AL Garraway returned to duty from 16th Brigade.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date17/12/16

Divine service and usual duties.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 18 to 21/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 22 to 23/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences. GOC B Subertion visited.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 24/12/16

Routine as usual. Divine service.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 25 to 26/12/16

Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Both days observed as holidays. Lieut Holgers to hospital 26.12.16 from ASHTON

 

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 27/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences. 2nd Lieut Grundy 1/10 London Regt reported for duty as attachment. Lieut Morgan and MARGOLIOVITCH 1/10 London reported for duty on attachment.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 28 to 30/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 31/12/16

Divine service as usual. Routines. Capt F S HAMMOND reported for duty. Orders as to move received.

Suez Canal Defences. Men of the 162nd Infantry Brigade, 54th East Anglian Division, impersonating a camel and camel man at a fancy dress competition. Christmas morning, 1916. Ashton Post. © IWM (Q 57771)

 

Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front. A Christmas card from Egypt 1916

Greetings for Christmas and the New Year 

 Impressions of Egypt

The Finsbury Rifles produced their own Christmas card in 1916 to send home to family and friends. They were not alone; the 54th (East Anglian) Division, of which they were a part, also produced Christmas cards while in the Middle East. The cards would have been sent home long before Christmas as the post home could take several weeks. Many of the greetings cards produced by British Army units themselves during the war were grimly humorous in tone  but this card illustrates some of the sights of Egypt that the Finsbury Rifles encountered.

The battalion had been stationed by the pyramids at Mena near Cairo in early 1916 after the withdrawal from Gallipoli. Visiting the Great Sphinx at Giza was a popular trip during leave for soldiers in Egypt and indeed, Lt-Col Byrne had taken a photo of himself there after leaving the battalion in March 1917.

The designer of this card, L/Cpl J Jeffrys, did survive the war but we do not yet know anything more about him. Note the battalion’s own cap badge on the lower right hand side of the card.

Finsbury Rifles (Darren's images) 08A

Used with permission from Darren O’Brien

 

Finsbury Rifles (Darren's images) 08B

Used with permission from Darren O’Brien

 

Lt. Col. S.C. Byrne. Standing near the Sphinx, March 1917. © IWM Q57786

Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front, 23rd November 1916 – 12th December 1916

Lt-Colonel Stanley Cesnola Byrne (1872 – 1936)

 

Q57798 Lt Col SC Byrne at Bir El Mazar

Lt-Col S.C. Byrne at Bir-el-Mazar, February 1917

©IWM Q57798 Byrne, Stanley Cesnola (Colonel) collection
In May 1914, Major Stanley Cesnola Byrne was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel and became the Commanding Officer of the 11th Battalion, London Regiment (the Finsbury Rifles). He had joined its predecessor, the 21st Middlesex Regiment as a 19-year-old 2nd Lieutenant and had seen action in South Africa in 1900. He remained Commanding Officer of the renamed 1/11 as it trained in England and embarked for Gallipoli in July, 1915. Enemy action and dreadful conditions in the trenches took their toll. On the 19th September Captain Windsor assumed command of the battalion when Lt-Col Byrne was sent to hospital. Although the battalion diary recorded that he was suffering from diarrhoea, it might well have been dysentery which was far more serious.
He re-joined the Finsbury Rifles in November 1916. As he had done in Gallipoli, Lt-Col Byrne produced an extended series of photos which record the day to day experiences of the battalion; guarding the Suez Canal, working with camels, manning the defence systems, celebrating Christmas and crossing the Sinai desert.
However, his health issues had obviously not been completely resolved. On the 11th March 1917, as a terrible sandstorm engulfed the area around El Burj, Major AH Windsor took over command of the battalion once more as Lt-Col Byrne left for England via Alexandria.
He did not return to the Middle East. Once recovered, he continued serving with the Territorial Force. After the war, he commanded the 5th City of London Battalion and after that, a Cadet Force until he retired from the Territorial Force in December 1932, aged 60.

 

Date 23/11/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes. Work on defences. Lt Colonel SC Byrne TD rejoined and took over command of Battn. Lt Colonel H Windsor CMG relinquished command.

Date 24 to 25/11/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes, work on defences.

Date 26/11/16

Routine as usual. Divine service.

Date 27/11/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes, work on defences. Lt H G Landrock rejoined.

Date 28 to 29/11/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes, work on defences. Lieut GS Kilby left for RJ6.

Date 30/11/16

Routines as usual. The remainder of the Battalion proceeded from KUBRI EAST by route march to GENEFFE bivouac there for the night.

Location GENEFFE Date 1/12/16

Proceeded by route march to Ashton Post.

Location SALFORD Date 1/12/16

3 Officers 187 OR 2 Camp D coys taken our strength

Location ASHTON Date 2/12/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes, work on defences.

Location SALFORD Date 2/12/16

2nd Lieut Fox left to report to War Office.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 3/12/16

Routines as usual. Divine service.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 4/12/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes, work on defences. Field training GHQ 162 Brigade

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 5 to 9/12/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes, work on defences. Field firing.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 10/12/16

Routines as usual. Divine service. Lt C Anderson reported for duty from POW camp El Shatt.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 11/12/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes, work on defences

512 OR 1/10 London Regt camped at ASHTON.

Locations ASHTON and SALFORD Date 12/12/16

Routine as usual. Specialist classes; work on defences. 1/10 London Regt marched out on mobile column at 0800.

 

 

 

 

 

Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front, 25th October – 22nd November 1916

General Sir Archibald Murray inspects D Company at Kubri East

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General Sir Archibald Murray (1860 – 1945) was an experienced and decorated staff officer who had fought in South Africa and had served in France in the opening months of the First World War. In January 1916 he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of what became the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) which was largely involved in defending the Suez Canal and keeping it open to all shipping. As Allied policy changed, Murray had to plan the advance across the Sinai Desert and into Southern Palestine. This involved the building of a railway, roads and the all- important water pipeline to supply the troops and animals of the EEF. General Murray’s HQ was in Cairo but he spent 5 days inspecting the Southern Canal Defence zone in late October 1916. The entries for this period in the war diary of the 1/5 Bedfordshire Regiment mention some of the preparations for this visit.

 

 

Location KUBRI EAST Date 25/10/16

Routine as usual. No convoys.

Location ON COLUMN Date 25/10/16

Column left for Camp Y at 0630 returning to Camp Z without incident.

Location KUBRI EAST Date 25 to 29/10/16

Routines as usual. Visit of General Sir Archibald Murray to D coy.

Date 30/10/16

Routines as usual. Battalion on training (and night operation) 2nd Lieut GG Critchley left RJC

Date 31/10/16

Routine as usual. Battalion in training.

November and December 1916

Location KUBRI EAST Date 12/11/16

Routines as usual, Divine service.

Date 13/11/16

Routine as usual also specialist classes. Work on defences. Detachment from Gurkha Port returned to Kubri East.

Date 14/11/16

Routine as usual also specialist classes. Capt Tattersall, and 100 other ranks proceeded to Ashton to relieve detachment 5th. Lieut Owen and 100 other ranks proceeded to Salford to relieve detachment.

Date 15/11/16

Routines as usual also specialist classes. Work on defences. Detachments of 100 OR with officers to Ashton and Salford respectively.

Date 16/11/16

Routines as usual, also specialist classes.

Date 17/11/16

Lieut TW Griffiths End NB Hutchinson 2nd Lt CC Badgley left for RF6.

Date 18 to 19/11/16

Routines as usual. Divine service.

Date 20 to 22/11/16

Routines as usual also specialist classes. Work on defences

Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front. 20th October – 24 October 1916

Out with the mobile column

The mobile columns of camels delivered supplies from the railhead at El Kubri to the outposts of the Suez Canal Defences. This also included small forward camps far out in the Sinai Desert that monitored enemy positions.  Although the food, water and equipment were vital, what soldiers really longed for was post from home.

Suez Canal Defences. Camel transport arriving at El Kubri. November 1916.

Suez Canal Defences : Camel Transport Column  at El Kubri, 1916

©IWM (Q57845)    Byrne, Stanley Cesnola (Colonel) collection

 Location KUBRI EAST Date 20/10/16

Routines as usual. (Details only remained at KUBRI EAST). 1st Lieut RFM Rem Evans and 14 other ranks left as escort for convoy A.

Location ON COLUMN Date 20/10/16

ABC coy with proportion of 2D Coy to bring strength up to 600 rifles marched to KUBRI RAILHEAD to join mobile column under command 2nd Lieut RC and  H Windsor CMG

Location KUBRI EAST Date 21/10/16

Routines as usual (Detach only remained at KUBRI EAST) Lieut HVL Latch and 14 other ranks left as escort for convoy B.

Location ON COLUMN   Date 21/10/16

Left KUBRI RAILHEAD at 6.30 marching to Camp Z (LITTLE BITTER LAKE 1:125000 TO 11-6-7) where column rested for the night, this company was used as an intermediate base for convoys. Signal communications was kept with KUBRI from point 888 (H10-1-1)

Location KUBRI EAST Date 22/10/16

Routine as usual. (Details only remained at KUBRI EAST)

Lieut LW Griffiths and 24 other ranks left as escort for convoy C2.

Location ON COLUMN Date 22/10/16

Left Camp Z at 0630 for Camp Y (just S.W of G 2 WADI EL GEBAB) moving by  WADI EL HAJ

Location KUBRI EAST Date 23/10/16

Routine as usual (Details only remained at KUBRI EAST) 2nd Lieut CC Badgley and 14 other ranks left as escort for convoy C3.

Location ON COLUMN Date 23/10/16

Left Camp Y at 0630 to clear Cte Budgens and Ravenna [ transcript unclear ], running in a SE direction from 11.1.7 to where tracks join the MITLA PASS. NEKHL ROAD no enemy encountered. But evidence of recent ….  Troops then moved to Camp X (GIDDI 1:125 A11-6-3)

Location KUBRI EAST Date 24/10/16

Routine as usual (Details only remained at KUBRI EAST) Lieut H H A Goldsmith and 24 other ranks left as escort for Convoy D.

Location ON COLUMN Date 24/10/16

Column left camp at 0630 convoy and front line transport being sent back to Camp. Y Column moved by DARB-EL-HAJ to point 1961 (C11-1/2-71/2) the light Coy picquets throughout the march arriving at 1961. Camp A ABU-SUWAN. Column then returned to Camp Y, at about 2055 shots heard from direction of picquet SE of camp and from picquets and ridge 1100 towards SE of camp. The camp was at the same time sniped for about half an hour, troops stood to, but no attack made. Two small parties of enemy 3 men and 12 men made clear their intentions being to take new position on ridges around camp. This was prevented.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Finsbury Rifles : Away from the Western Front. 25th August 2016 to 23rd September 1916.

Loading Camels

The 1/11 Finsbury Rifles were split at this point. While half the battalion stayed at Halfway House for specialist training and the never-ending maintenance and repair of the defence system, the remaining two companies were sent to the army base at Kubri. This was also the railhead for supplying the defence outposts and all the troops in the Southern Canal zone. Camels were used for transporting food & equipment in ‘mobile columns’ and were the mainstay of the final part of the supply chain here and as well as later on in the Sinai Desert and Southern Palestine.

While the overall direction of the Supply Lines was organised by the Army Service Corps and the camels belonged to the Camel Transport Corps, the transport officer in each battalion was responsible for the mobile column. Lt Wynn Evans was detailed to B Company CTC for a course in ‘Camel Management’ in 1917 where he would have learned the importance of loading camels correctly and taking care. Nearly 400 officers were sent to hospital with camel bites one year – male camels could be violent during the mating season.

Q57815 SuezCanal Defences Camel Transport Somali Camels El Kubri Nov 1916

©IWM (Q57884) Suez Canal Defences. Somali camels of the Camel Transport Corps.

Somali camels could only carry a load of 200lb. This was less than the larger Egyptian camels which were becoming difficult to obtain. It was important not to overload each camel –replacements took a long time to arrive.

BRYNE, STANLEY CESNOLA (COLONEL) COLLECTION .

 

Location MANCHESTER Date 25/8/16

Company and specialist training. Lt L Fox rejoined from English leave. Orders received to proceed to KUBRI RAILHEAD.

Location OLDHAM Date 25/8/16

Company specialist training resumed. Orders received to proceed to HALFWAY HOUSE.

Location MANCHESTER Date 26/8/16

Striking camp and loading camels preparatory for moving. Marched off 1615 and relieved the ¼ Northants at Kubri Railhead,

Location OLDHAM Date 26/8/16

Relieved by 1/5/ Essex Regt. march off at 1600. Spent night at SHALLUFA EAST.

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD Date 27/8/16

Day spent in pitching camp and generally clearing up.

Location HALFWAY HOUSE Date 27/8/16

Left SHALLUFA EAST 0400 arrived HALFWAY HOUSE 1100. Remainder of day spent in settling down.

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD Date 28/8/16

A coy training B coy working on defences. Usual routine.

Location HALFWAY HOUSE Date 28/8/16

D Coy training C Coy working on camp sanitation. 2nd Lt Rodgers to hospital.

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD Date 29/8/16

A coy training B coy working on defences. Routine as usual.

Location HALFWAY HOUSE Date 29/8/16

D coy training C coy working on defences.

Locations HALFWAY HOUSE and KUBRI RAILHEAD Date 30 to 31/8/16

Company training and work on defences

September and October 1916

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD Date 1/9/16

A coy training work on defences.

Location HALFWAY HOUSE Date 1/9/16

Coy training and work on camp sanitation.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 2 to 3/9/16

A coy training and B coy working on defences and camp sanitation.

Divine service usual routine. 2nd Lt Pethybridge (Sherwood Foresters) attached to 11th London Regt. Transferred to 1/1 KENT FIELD DC9 KUBRI  Captain HAD Collins reported for duty and took over command of HALFWAY HOUSE.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 4 to 9/9/16

A coy training B coy work on defences and specialist training.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE 10/9/16

Divine service and usual routine. Lt Herring left Battn to transfer to 2/17 F coy (EVANG RE) at GENEFFE.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 11 to 12/9/16

Work on defences and coy training.

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD Date 13/9/16

Work on defences. Battn also employed preparing camp for mobile column. Lt Owen Lt Gibson 2nd Lt Hamilton and 2nd Lt Du Cane detailed for duty with mobile column. Capt Horner 2nd Lt Ince Alden and Bradley detailed for duty at El Shall during absence of 2 Battn 1/5 Bedfords on column.

Location HALFWAY HOUSE Date 13/9/16

Work on defences and specialist training.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 14/9/16

½ Battn employed in filling and loading camels for mobile column. Remainder at work on defences. Specialist training. Mobile column moved off at 1800. Lt Rogers reported for duty in connection with convoy loading for mobile column.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 15 to 16/9/16

Work on defences and specialist training.Part Battn deployed loading and preparing camels for mobile columns.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 17/9/16

Divine service. Fatigue parties employed on Convoy F despatched at 1300.

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 18/9/16

Battn fatigues on convoy G for column. Remainder working on defences. Specialist training.

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 19 to 20/9/16

Battn fatigues on convoy H for column. Remainder working on defences. Specialist training.

Location KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 21/9/16

Mobility column returned and dispersed. Battn furnishing parties for fatigues and work on defences. Specialist training. Lts Owen and Gibson reported on return from mobile column also Lt Hamilton and Du Cane.

Locations KUBRI RAILHEAD and HALFWAY HOUSE Date 22 to 23.9/16

Work on defences and specialist training. Capt Hooper and 2nd Lt MEE BADGLEY and ALDEN returned from duty with 1/5 BEDFORDS at EL SHATT.

 

The Finsbury Rifles: From Islington to Egypt, Palestine and Syria. Private View and Storytelling Celebration!

Islington Museum is one of a number of partners around the country contributing to Away from the Western Front, a two year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project looks to explore the heritage of the men and women from Britain and its former Empire who served in the campaigns of Salonika, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Africa, during World War I.

Local young people researched the experiences of the Finsbury Rifles, a local regiment who traveled first to Gallipoli, and then on to Egypt, Palestine and Syria. The group explored the war diary in our archives, before working with Chocolate Films on a week long animation course to produce three stop motion films.

We are excited to announce a display of the young people’s spectacular animations opening on the 14th November, and would like to invite you to join us to celebrate. 

Bring the whole family (under fives welcome!) to explore animations made by local young people, create crafts to take home and take part in an interactive, imaginative storytelling experience! 

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Up Against It

‘1967: Up Against It’ explores the impact of the Sexual Offences Act (1967) passed on 27 July that year, and the 50th anniversary of the deaths of the borough’s most (in)famous gay couple, Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, on 9 August.

Up Against It

Through the stories of well-known and some not so well-known gay men living in Islington before and after the act, this exhibition seeks to reflect the experience of men who could not declare their love freely and the difference the 1967 act made to them. Stories featured include those of Oscar Wilde, imprisoned at Holloway and Pentonville prisons, and record producer Joe Meek whose life, like Orton and Halliwell’s, also ended in tragic circumstances.

Collaged public library book covers created by Orton and Halliwell, a Halliwell collage and his newly acquired ‘World of Cats’ screen will be on display together for the first time. The exhibition further asks whether the sixth-month sentence the couple received for theft and malicious damage in 1962 was, as Orton asserted, “because we were queers.”

Join us for our Up Against it event on 17th October 18.00

Dates: Saturday 22 July to Saturday 21 October 2017

Opening timesMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10am – 5pm. Wednesday and Sunday: closed

Finsbury Rifles: Away from the Western Front. 17th July to 2nd August 1916.

Work on defences

The defence posts by the Suez Canal included a network of communication trenches.

Q57788

© IWM (Q 57788) Suez Canal Defences. Trench system, Ashton Post, December 1916. BYRNE STANLEY CESNOLA (COLONEL) COLLECTION.

Maintaining these trenches was a never ending task involving an immense amount of hard physical labour by the men. The trenches were lined with sandbags and boards but these gradually rotted away because of the heavy night dews and had to be replaced. The shifting sands of the desert gradually built up around the barbed wire defences and filled up the trenches despite their matting cover. It all had to be dug out and thrown at least 12 foot away.

 

Q57749

© IWM (Q57749). Suez Canal Defences. Fatigue party 1/11th London Regiment, 162nd Infantry Brigade, 54th East Anglian Division, repairing the revetting of a trench which had given way. Ashton Post, 1916. BYRNE STANLEY CESNOLA (COLONEL) COLLECTION.

 

The working day lasted 6 hours –usually split into a very early morning and a late afternoon session to avoid the heat of the day. In summer the temperature could reach 50 degrees Celsius.

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Date 17/7/16

Work on defences as usual. B Coy training. GOC 161 Bde visited the Post.

Date 18 to 19/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Battn finding usual guards and outposts.

Date 20/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Battn finding usual guards and outposts.

Date 21 to 22/7/16

Work on defences as usual. GOC 162 Bde visited the post.

Date 23/7/16

Divine service under Battn arrangements.

Date 24/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Remainder of Battn training 2nd Lt Gethy Bridge (13th Sherwood Foresters) returns to duty from hospital.

Date 25/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Remainder of Battn training.

Date 26 to 27/7/16

Work on defences as usual. Lt Gibson returned from duty with 162 Bde.

Date 28 to 29/7/16

Work on defences as usual.

Date 30/7/16

Divine service under Battn arrangements. Routine as usual.

Date 31/7/16

Routine as usual. 2nd Lt Lawrence rejoined for duty from Alexandria. C Coy commenced training.

Date 1 to 2/8/16

Work on defences. Training and usual routine. Lt WS Owen rejoined from English leave.