QUARTERLY HISTORICAL REPORTS

 

1ST BATTALION IRISH GUARDS

1947

Quarterly Historical Reports replaced War Diaries from July 1946. These particular ones for 1IG cover their time in Palestine.


TNA Refs and dates will be given on the right hand margin where appropriate.


Sources: TNA; Armed Forces Memorial

Photos: A.A. Mahoney; T. Beck 2010

WO 261/300


January - March 1947 inclusive


QUARTERLY HISTORICAL REPORT of the 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

for the Quarter Ending 31st March 1947.


1. LOCATION

Chelsea Barracks, LONDON, S.W.1.

Tower of London, LONDON, E.C.

Pirbright Camp, BROOKWOOD, Surrey.

At Sea.

Quassasin, EGYPT.

Athlit Camp, PALESTINE. Map Reference - 1406-2305, N. PAL. Sheet.


2. STRENGTH

35 Officers

826 Other Ranks


3. HOW EMPLOYED

Duties whilst in LONDON consist of King's Guard, and all Public Duties, plus London District Guards, fatigues etc.

Training confined to individual courses.

Duties at PIRBRIGHT were confined to Camp Guard.

Certain training was carried out under Platoon arrangements.

Remainder of time was taken up in preparation for embarkation.

During sea voyage, normal ship's routine carried out.

Battalion found ship's police and fatigues.

Training was confined to P.T. and Security lectures.

QUASSAISIN Camp. This being only a Transit Camp the Battalion had only one duty to find, this being Camp Guard.

ATHLIT and R.A.F. Camp. Here we came under the command of 3 PARA BRIGADE, 6 AIRBORNE DIVISION. Our duties consisting of two Camp Guards, and a Searchlight Guard. As yet we have no operational role.

Training: Weapon Training, range work, carrier and Company schemes, as well as Platoon exercises in daylight and darkness.

P.T. and Sports play a great part in our curriculum.

Battalion Drill Parades are held on the Football Field.

The Battalion is entirely dependant on itself for all forms of entertainment, which consist of film shows, a library, and other activities. Also weekly Signal Exercises are being run for Officers


4.

Nil


5.

Nil


6.

Appendices.



January 1947

1947 January 4

Battalion mounts King’s Guard. Captain of the Guard Captain C.W.D. HARVEY-KELLY.


1947 January 6

Commanding Officer holds a Welfare Meeting.


1947 January 7

Lecture by Colonel KAFFERATIA, Superintendant of the PALESTINE POLICE, on “Palestine Today”. Attended by the Battalion.

Irish Service and Ex-Servicemen’s Dance.


1947 January 8

Battalion mounts King’s Guard. Captain of the Guard Captain M.B.H. WHITE.

Lecture by Captain The Reverend MARTIN on Palestine.


1947 January 12

Battalion mounts King’s Guard. Captain of the Guard Major W.E. CROWDER.


1947 January 13

Commanding Officer holds a Welfare Meeting.

This was the day of the Meat Strike and owing to the lack of manpower the Battalion was moved to PIRBRIGHT so that a GRENADIER GUARDS Battalion could take over the abnormal duties of transporting meat to retailers.


1947 January 16

Battalion mounts King’s Guard. Captain of the Guard Major A.N. BELL, M.C.


1947 January 17

General Officer Commanding London District, is pleased to approve the award of Certificates of Good Service to the following Warrant Officers and Other Ranks:

2716204 W.O.I. (R.S.M.) KELLY,

2717873 W.O.II. (C.S.M.) RITCHIE, M.M.,

2715298 Guardsman BLAKELY,

2725939 Guardsman KIDDELL,

2655011 W.O.I. (R.S.M.) HOWE,

878584 Sergeant GRAY,

2723950 Guardsman BREWSTER,

2722978 Guardsman SWANTON.


1947 January 20

Battalion mounts King’s Guard. Captain of the Guard Major D.R.S. FITZGERALD.


1947 January 24

Captain J.C. CREWE, M.C. assumes command and financial responsibility of Residue Company with effect from 17th January 1947.

The G.O.C. in C., British Army of the Rhine, is pleased to approve the award of Certificate of Good Service to 2717657 C.Q.M.S. DRURY.

Captain J.C. CREWE, M.C. is granted the powers of Detachment Commander with effect from 25th January 1947.

Battalion proceed on Embarkation Leave.




February 1947

1947 February 13

Battalion return off Embarkation Leave 11th February 1947.

Captain E.C. GROGAN assumes command and financial responsibility of No. 3 Company with effect from 12th February 1947.


1947 February 14

Captain G. GORDON-SHEE assumes command and financial responsibility of Residue Company with effect from 7th February 1947.


1947 February 19

2722887 Lance-Sergeant GOLDEN is congratulated on winning his fight by a knock-out in the second round when fighting for the London District Team versus Home Counties at SHORNCLIFFE on the 14th February 1947.

2725354 Guardsman ROBERTS is congratulated on obtaining a distinguished pass on a Unit M.T. Storekeeping and Accounting Course.


1947 February 26

Battalion left FARNBOROUGH in two trains en-route for GLASGOW.


1947 February 27

Arrived GLASGOW midday, received by Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment and the Regimental Band who played us aboard the H.M.T. “CAMERONIA”.


1947 February 28

We weighed anchor at 0200 hours.

Morning found us at the mouth of the CLYDE still within sight of land.



March 1947

1947 March 1

Sailing through the IRISH SEA, calm weather.

Normal ship’s duties.


1947 March 2

Off LAND’S END, steaming across to the BAY OF BISCAY, rain and slight swell experienced.

Ship’s Newspaper “Ocean Shamrock” started, Editors Lieutenant the Honourable A.I.G. BOYD and Lieutenant J.O. UDAL.


1947 March 3

Heavy swell crossing the BAY OF BISCAY, 50% of Battalion incapacitated by sea sickness.


1947 March 4

Passed through STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR.


1947 March 5

Sailing along coast of NORTH AFRICA, passed ALGIERS.

Weather fine and getting warmer.


1947 March 6

Normal ship’s routine.


1947 March 7

Normal ship’s routine.

Concert given in the evening by various members of troops aboard, organised by IRISH GUARDS.


1947 March 8

Normal ship’s routine.


1947 March 9

Docked at PORT SAID at approximately midnight.


1947 March 10

0900 hours Battalion disembarked from H.M.T. “Cameronia”.

Entrained for QUASSASIN Transit Camp at 1100 hours. Moved away from siding at 1400 hours.

Arrived at destination by 1800 hours.

Met by Advance Party at camp and installed in tents for the night.

Major A.N. BELL, M.C., and Captain (Quartermaster) J. KEATING M.B.E., left with an Advance Party for PALESTINE in the evening.


1947 March 11

Routine matters taken up.

Commanding Officer’s and Adjutant’s Orders held.

Battalion is busy cleaning up and drawing necessary accommodation stores.

Lecture by Camp Medical Officer on prevention of various diseases peculiar to climate.

Commanding Officer and Intelligence Officer leave for ATHLIT CAMP (PALESTINE) by air.

QUASSASIN Camp washed out by rain, many tents flooded.


1947 March 12

Ordinary routine carried out.

Lecture given by Lieutenant J.O. UDAL on Security with the Battalion.


1947 March 13

Battalion packs up again.

Left camp in evening in two parties for QUASSASIN Station.

Entrained and started journey at 0100 hours.


1947 March 14

Travelling on train all day through EGYPT and PALESTINE as far as LYDDA, where line was blown.

Finished journey to ATHLIT by truck a journey of approximately 70 miles.

Arrived about 2100 hours and settled in for the night.


1947 March 15

Battalion occupied in taking over the 2 camps allotted it.

Camps are 200 yards apart.

One is all canvas and occupied by H.Q. and Support Companies. It has an M.T. and Carrier Park.

The other is mostly huts, with some canvas, and is occupied by Battalion H.Q. and the remainder of the Battalion.

We now come under command of 3 PARA BRIGADE within 6 AIRBORNE DIVISION, but at present there is no operational role for us.


1947 March 16

Daily routine established.

Guards taken over from 3 PARA BATTALION. Rotas worked out whereby each Company is responsible for duties in turn.


1947 March 17

St. PATRICK’s DAY.

Battalion Parade in Football Field opposite camp. Shamrock was distributed by Commanding Officer.

The Officers afterwards entertained Brigadier F.D. ROME, D.S.O., BRIGADE Commander.

Officers versus Sergeants Football Match took place in the afternoon.

Companies spent the afternoon swimming off ATHLIT Beach.

Sergeants Mess continued celebrations far into the night.


1947 March 18

Greetings telegram from 3 PARA BRIGADE for St. PATRICK’s DAY.

Heavy baggage arrived at LYDDA Station, and was collected for distribution.


1947 March 19

Battalion transport drawn from M.T.

Piper BURNETT was caught by undercurrents off ATHLIT Beach and believed to be drowned. No trace of him could be found.

A practice alarm was held at 2200 hours.


1947 March 20

Inter-Company football matches and swimming.


1947 March 21

Commanding Officer’s Lecture and exercise with Company. Commanders on HAIFA Duties.

Court of Inquiry on Piper BURNETT’s disappearance.

First mail arrived from ENGLAND.


1947 March 22

Normal routine.

HAIFA placed out of bounds for one week owing to disturbances the previous night.

Telegram from 5 Company, IRISH GUARDS, “Best wishes for 17th.” All ranks 5 Company, IRISH GUARDS, ARMAGH, N. IRELAND.


1947 March 23

Memorial Service for Piper BURNETT in the open air, attended by the Battalion. The body has been recovered.


1947 March 24

Normal routine for the day.

Piper BURNETT’s Funeral Service attended by Officers and Other Ranks. He was buried in HAIFA Military Cemetery.


CWGC :: Casualty Details

Guardsman L G BURNETT 2725030, 1st Bn., Irish Guards who died on 19 March 1947

Remembered with honour KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: D. B. 3.


http://www.veterans-uk.info/afm2/cer...SerialNo=J1209

Surname : BURNETT

Forenames/Initials: Leslie George

Rank: Gdsm

Service: Army

Service Number: 2725030

Regiment/Corps: IRISH GUARDS

Date of Birth: 09 September 1926

Age: 20

Date of Death: 19 March 1947

Included on Armed Forces Memorial: Yes

Included on Roll of Honour: Yes


1947 March 25

Normal routine.

Commanding Officer’s Drill Parade for Battalion.


1947 March 26

Normal routine carried out.

All men confined to Barracks on receipt of code word: “Quantity”.


1947 March 27

Normal routine carried out.

Adjutant’s Drill Parade.

Weapon Training by Companies. Swimming from beach.

Inter-Company football and hockey.

Plague of locusts.

Weather very humid with a strong wind blowing off the sea.


1947 March 28

Normal routine carried out.

Usual sport.

Telegram from Officer Commanding 2nd Battalion IRISH GUARDS “The Commanding Officer and all ranks 2nd Battalion send best wishes to you all for ST. PATRICK’s DAY.”


1947 March 29

Normal routine carried out.

Corporal’s Mess, Guardsmen’s Recreation Room and Library opened.

Film shows organised.

Inter-Company football and swimming.


1947 March 30

Normal routine carried out.

Sports and football, swimming.


1947 March 31

Normal routine.

Inter Company football and sports.

Welfare Meeting.



QUARTERLY HISTORICAL SHEET of the 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

for the quarter ended 30th June 1947.


1. LOCATION

ATHLIT Camp - Map Ref 1406-2305 N. PAL Sheet

KHASSA Camp - Map Ref 1107-1203 N. PAL Sheet


2. STRENGTH

37 Officers

806 Other Ranks


3. HOW EMPLOYED.

(a) ATHLIT Camp

Operation Duties. - Assist in the prevention of civil disturbance in HAIFA. Battalion actively committed April 15th - 17th.

Guards Duties. - Defence of two adjacent camps and a searchlight post.


Training. - Battalion Drill, Weapon Training, Range Firing, Platoon Exercises in locality of camp, Wireless Schemes, Rifle and Support Company marches away from camp.

Objects:-

(a) To make the men ft and accustomed to active service conditions.

(b) To enable the men to see the county and places of historical interest.

(c) To complete company and individual training.

(d) To show the flag.


Recreation. - Library, swimming, sports, football, hockey, cinema and visits to places of interest.


(b) KHASSA Camp

Operation Duties. - Maintenance of law and order in KHASSA Sector of 1st ARMD DIV. Operation of road blocks etc.


Guard Duties. - Guarding of camp area and those of neighbouring units.


Training. - Range firing for War Course of Rifle and Bren Gun. Battalion Drill, NCOs Cadre Courses, Weapon Training Courses, Platoon exercises in camp locality, Weapon Training, Battalion wireless schemes, company training in TRANSJORDAN for 3 weeks.


Recreation. - Battalion and Company cricket, Tug-of-War, Cinema, Library and Swimming.


4. ADMIN

Nil


5. MISC

Battalion moral remains excellent

Battalion visited by War Office Board inspecting Middle East Camps in KHASSA Camp May 1947.

Battalion visited by GOC PALESTINE 2.4.4.7, 29.5.47, 17.6.47

Battalion visited by GOC 3 INF DIV 10.5.47, 22.4.47

Battalion visited by GOC 1 ARMD DIV 20.5.47, 2.6.47


6. APPENDICES 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D' are attached.



Signed OC 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

14th July 1947



April 1947

1947 April 2

Battalion visited by Lieutenant-General MacMILLAN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., G.O.C. PALESTINE.

Inter-Company Football.


1947 April 3

Battalion played hockey against Divisional Signals at HAIFA. Result 2-2 draw.

Inter-Platoon Football and Swimming.


1947 April 4

GOOD FRIDAY.

Trip to JERUSALEM for Battalion personnel.

Inter-Company Football and Swimming.


1947 April 5

Inter-Platoon Football and Swimming.

First heats of Battalion Sports.


1947 April 6

EASTER SUNDAY.

Battalion personnel visit JERUSALEM.

HAIFA put in bounds for walking out.


1947 April 7

EASTER MONDAY.

Battalion holiday.

Battalion sports won by Support Company followed by No. 4 Company.

Inter-Platoon football match.


1947 April 8

Battalion Parade.

Inter-Platoon football.


1947 April 9

Welfare Meeting.

Commanding Officer held a promotion conference in his office.

Captain DALE appointed Savings Officer.

Major C.D.P. O’COCK arrives at Battalion.


1947 April 10

Company training for route march.

Carriers away on same in TRANSJORDAN.


1947 April 11

Adjutant’s Drill Parade.

Company swimming.


1947 April 12

Battalion played hockey agains ROYAL NAVY. Result won 3-1.


1947 April 13

Inter-Platoon football.


1947 April 14

No. 4 Company set out on Company route march.

Immigrant ships off the coast.


1947 April 15

Battalion recce in HAIFA.

No. 4 Company recalled from route march.

3 Companies and carriers ready for move into HAIFA.


1947 April 16

Battalion move off at 0300 hours in convoy to HAIFA.

Cordon off Jewish Quarter of HAIFA. Battalion in position 0400 hours.


1947 April 17

Curfew lifted at 0800 hours after a quiet night.

0900 hours Battalion return to ATHLIT Camp.

Operation successful.


1947 April 18

No. 1 Company preparing for company route march.

Advance Party move to KHASSA Camp, Lieutenant MULHOLLAND and Pioneer Platoon.


1947 April 19

Inter-Platoon football semi-final played.

Guardsman BRYDON killed in motor accident.


CWGC :: Casualty Details

Guardsman A BRYDON 2725276, 1st Bn., Irish Guards who died age 20 on 19 April 1947

Son of Walter and Catherine Brydon, of Walton, Liverpool.

Remembered with honour KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: D. C. 8.


http://www.veterans-uk.info/afm2/cer...SerialNo=J1210

Surname: BRYDON

Forenames/Initials: Anthony

Rank: Gdsm

Service: Army

Service Number: 2725276

Regiment/Corps: IRISH GUARDS

Date of Birth: 28 October 1926

Age: 20

Date of Death: 19 April 1947

Cemetery Name: Khayat Beach War Cemetery

Cemetery Address: Palestine

Grave Row: G

Grave Number: 8

Included on Armed Forces Memorial: Yes

Included on Roll of Honour: Yes


1947 April 20

No. 1 Company leave on company route march, towards LAKE HULA, North Palestine.


1947 April 21

No. 4 Company to ACRE Ranges to zero rifles. Welfare meeting.


1947 April 22

Battalion visited by Major General G.M. WOOD, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. Commanding 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION, the Division to which we go on move to KHASSA.

Platoon of No. 3 Company guard oil tanks in HAIFA.

Commanding Officer visits No. 1 Company on route march.


1947 April 23

Normal routine.


1947 April 24

Battalion in Waiting 3rd PARA BRIGADE.

H.Q. Company to Ranges.


1947 April 25

No. 1 Company return from route march.


1947 April 26

W.O.s and Sergeants of H.Q. Company went sight-seeing to NAZARETH. Father MURPHY conducted the party.


1947 April 27

Cricket match between the Officers of the Battalion and the Officers of the 3rd PARA BRIGADE, captained by Brigadier ROME, D.S.O. Major General BOLS, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., G.O.C. 6th AIRBORNE DIVISION attended. 3rd PARA Battalion won by 3 wickets.

Inter-Platoon football.


1947 April 28

Film show every night for the Battalion.


1947 April 29

No. 4 Company leave on route march.

Battalion preparing for move to KHASSA Camp.


1947 April 30

Guardsman TILLIER sustained severe injuries in shooting accident.



May 1947

1947 May 1

Captain E.C. GROGAN assumes command of No. 3 Company.

Major C.D.P. O’COCK leaves for JERUSALEM.


1947 May 2

Commanding Officer’s Inspection of Camp.


1947 May 3

Normal routine.


1947 May 4

Baggage packed for move to KHASSA Camp. Company swimming.


1947 May 5

Baggage leaves for KHASSA at 0730 hours.


1947 May 6

Battalion leaves for KHASSA at 0700 hours and arrived at 1200 hours.

No. 2 Company rear party.

2/Lieutenant M.N. GARNETT and 2/Lieutenant G.B.A.F. ROWELL to be W/S Lieutenants with effect from 5th January 1947.


1947 May 7

Battalion settled down in new camp. All personnel under canvas. Drill Sergeant MORAN, M.M. leaves for Guards Depot CATERHAM.


1947 May 8

Work in camp on gardens etc.

NAAFI very good.


1947 May 9

Commanding Officer’s Lecture for Officers.

Battalion attached to 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION pending arrival of 1st ARMOURED DIVISION.

Recreational transport takes personnel to Divisional Lido.


1947 May 10

G.O.C. 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION Major General G.M. WOOD C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. visits Battalion.


1947 May 11

Church service.

Battalion film show every night.


1947 May 12

Battalion Welfare meeting.

Battalion take over Main Road Block in KHASSA Camp.


1947 May 13

Adjutant’s Drill Parade.

Normal routine.


1947 May 14

Normal routine.


1947 May 15

Battalion Drill Parade.

Normal routine.


1947 May 16

Cricket and Football, also swimming.


1947 May 17

Battalion played cricket against ROYAL HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT. Battalion lost.

Football played against 23/172 Company, ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS. Battalion lost 2-1.


1947 May 18

Normal routine for Sunday.

Gardening still being carried out in company lines.

Battalion played cricket against 1st Battalion WELSH GUARDS at SARAFAND. 1st Bn WELSH GUARDS 177 all out. 1st Bn IRISH GUARDS 196 all out.


1947 May 19

Normal routine.


1947 May 20

Adjutant’s Drill Parade. Battalion received a visit from Major General C.F. LOEWEN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., Commander of 1st ARMOURED DIVISION.


1947 May 21

Adjutant’s Drill Parade.

Cricket. No. 1 Company played the LIFE GUARDS. No. 1 Company won.


1947 May 22

Commanding Officer’s Drill Parade. Cricket played. Normal routine.


1947 May 23

Cricket played.

Normal routine.


1947 May 24

Normal routine.

Swimming and sports.


1947 May 25

W.O.s and Sergeants played football. Sergeants won 6-2. Swimming at Divisional Lido,


1947 May 26

WHIT MONDAY.

Routine as for Sunday.

Football played.

Cricket between Officers and Sergeants. Officers 193 for 6. Sergeants 47 all out.


1947 May 27

Adjutant’s Drill Parade. Cricket match between Battalion and 62 C.R.E. Result:- 62 C.R.E. 113. Battalion 79.


1947 May 28

Battalion Drill Parade.


1947 May 29

G.O.C. PALESTINE Lieutenant General MacMILLAN C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. visited the Battalion today. Normal routine.


1947 May 30

Lieutenant J.O. UDAL new Battalion Intelligence Officer.


1947 May 31

Battalion team played hockey against the LIFE GUARDS.

Cricket. Officers played Officers of the 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION and lost by 75 runs.



June 1947

1947 June 1

Sunday routine.


1947 June 2

G.O.C. 1st ARMOURED DIVISION Major General C.F. LOEWEN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O. inspected the Company lines.

Inter-Company cricket.

The Battalion is now under the command of the 1st ARMOURED DIVISION.

Any outside duties are found by the Battalion.


1947 June 3

Normal routine.

Company cricket.


1947 June 4

Battalion played cricket against LIFE GUARDS Result: A Draw.


1947 June 5

Normal routine.


1947 June 6

Normal routine.


1947 June 7

Cricket match played between Battalion and LIFE GUARDS. Battalion won by 1 wicket.


1947 June 8

Battalion table tennis team lost to 9th LANCERS.

Gardening in Company lines.


1947 June 9

Battalion on guard in BRIGADE area.


1947 June 10

Company cricket.

Normal routine.


1947 June 11

Battalion tug-of-war team won against the LIFE GUARDS by two straight pulls.


1947 June 12

Detachment of Battalion with Lieutenant M.E.H. MULHOLLAND took part in parade in JERUSALEM on His Majesty’s Birthday.

Lieutenant ME.H. MULHOLLAND left the Battalion.


1947 June 13

Battalion is now under command of 61 LOR INFANTRY BRIGADE.

Battalion is guarding BRIGADE H.Q. Company. Companies still go to the Ranges every day.

Hockey match between the Battalion and the LIFE GUARDS. Result:- a draw.

Company cricket.


1947 June 14

Sergeants of the Battalion played Sergeants of the COLDSTREAM GUARDS at cricket and lost.

A social evening was held in the Sergeants Mess and was a farewell party to C.S.M. PESTELL and Sergeant GRAY who leave to join the 1st GUARDS PARA Battalion.

Tug-of-war team left for HAIFA with football team to compete against 3rd PARA Battalion.

LAGONDA Road Block was mounted by the Battalion for the first time.


1947 June 15

Swimming has been stopped owing to the shortage of transport.

Return table tennis match with 9th LANCERS. Battalion lost.


1947 June 16

First draft arrived in the Battalion under the Command of Captain P.A. McCALL. With them were Captain J.A. AYLMER, Lieutenant A.P. HARRAGIN, 2/Lieutenant J.A. SWIRE, Drill Sergeant JOHNSON and 60 Other Ranks.

Tug-of-war team won but the football team lost against the 3rd PARA Battalion. The 3rd PARA Battalion were the champions of the Tug-of-war in MELP, in 1946.

Weekly Battalion Welfare Meeting.

C.S.M. RITCHIE recalled to ENGLAND.


1947 June 17

G.O.C. PALESTINE, Lieutenant General MacMILLAN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. visited Battalion.

Advance Party of ROYAL SUSSEX arrived in the next camp.

Normal routine.


1947 June 18

Captain P.A. McCALL assumed command of No. 4 Company while Captain D.A. LAMBERT has been transferred to BRIGADE H.Q. as G.S.O. III.

Battalion takes part in BRIGADE Signal Scheme.


1947 June 19

Battalion lost to LIFE GUARDS at hockey 2-1.

Company cricket.

Commanding Officer visited the Ranges.


1947 June 20

Battalion takes part in Signals training Scheme during the day.


1947 June 21

Battalion played cricket.


1947 June 22

Normal routine.


1947 June 23

No. 1 Company moved to Ranges for 36 hours for classifying.

Company cricket.


1947 June 24

Normal routine.


1947 June 25

Company cricket.

Semi-final of football.

Hockey between Battalion and LIFE GUARDS. Battalion won 4- 0.


1947 June 26

Letter from G.O.C. in C. congratulating unit which took part in Parade in JERUSALEM on the King’s Birthday.

Captain W. HARVEY-KELLY takes over Entertainments Officer.

Battalion played LIFE GUARDS at hockey. Battalion won.

Football - Battalion drew with LIFE GUARDS.

Company cricket.


1947 June 27

Normal routine.


1947 June 28

Two days cricket match with LIFE GUARDS.

Battalion Drill Parade.


1947 June 29

LIFE GUARDS won cricket by 114 runs.

Sunday service in camp church. New R.C. Padre, Father E.K. TAYLOR. Confirmation class has been started in the Battalion.


1947 June 30

No. 2 Company leave for training in TRANSJORDAN for three weeks training.

Battalion takes over camp road blocks. Battalion in Waiting.



ORDER OF BATTLE, 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS, June 1947

BATTALION H.Q.

Lieutenant-Colonel D.H. FITZGERALD, D.S.O. - Commanding Officer

Major D.P.E. FITZGERALD - Second-in-Command

Captain M.J. de R. RICHARDSON - Adjutant

Lieutenant J.O. UDAL - Intelligence Officer

Captain J. KEATING, M.B.E. - Quartermaster

R.S.M. G. HOWE

R.Q.M.S. D. THOMPSON

O.R.Q.M.S. M. GREY

Drill Sergeant W. WATTON

Drill Sergeant W. JOHNSON, D.C.M.


H.Q. COMPANY

Major A.N. BELL, M.C. - Company Commander

Captain R.H.S. O’GRADY, M.C. - Second-in-Command

Captain C.J. ATKINS - Carrier Officer

Lieutenant J.C. BRODIE - A/Carrier Officer

Lieutenant E.C. WHITLEY - Mortar Officer

Lieutenant J.G.F. HEAD - Anti-Tank Officer

C.S.M. G. STONE

C.Q.M.S. P. HATCHE


No. 1 COMPANY

Major A.B. MAINWARING-BURTON - Company Commander

Captain B.S. DALE - Second-in-Command

Lieutenant T.C.P. WHIDBORNE - Platoon Commander

Lieutenant P.D.R. TALBOT-WILCOX - Platoon Commander

Lieutenant M.N. GARNETT - Platoon Commander

C.S.M. P. MERCER, M.M.

C.Q.M.S. M. O’BRIEN, M.M.


No. 2 COMPANY

Major W.E. CROWDER - Company Commander

Captain C.W.D. HARVEY-KELLY - Second-in-Command

Lieutenant A.P. HARRAGIN - Platoon Commander

Lieutenant G.B.A.F. ROWELL - Platoon Commander

2/Lieutenant J.B. GILLOW - Platoon Commander

C.S.M. J. RITCHIE, M.M.

C.Q.M.S. J. GRANT, M.M.


No. 3 COMPANY

Captain E.C. GROGAN - Company Commander

Captain J.A. AYLMER - Second-in-Command

Lieutenant M.C. ROBINSON - Platoon Commander

Lieutenant W.J.P. ROBERTSON - Platoon Commander

C.S.M. A. MAHONEY

C.Q.M.S. J. PARKE


No. 4 COMPANY

Major P.A. McCALL - Company Commander

Captain The Lord PLUNKET - Second-in-Command

Lieutenant Honorable A.I.G. BOYD - Platoon Commander

2/Lieutenant J.A. SWIRE - Platoon Commander

C.Q.M.S. T. DRURY

Sergeant K. ROYAL



QUARTERLY HISTORICAL REPORT of 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

for the quarter ending 30th September 1947.


1. LOCATION

KHASSA Camp - MR 11071203 N. PAL. Sheet 1/250,000

Hospice of NOTRE DAME - MR 17151319

MOUNT SCOPUS Camp - MR 17181341


2. STRENGTH

33 Officers

712 Other Ranks


3. HOW EMPLOYED

(a) KHASSA Camp


Operational Duties. - Maintenance of Law and Order in KHASSA Sector of 1st ARMOURED DIVISION. Operation of road blocks etc.


Guard Duties. - Guard on camp area.


Training. - Rifle Classification, Company march in TRANSJORDAN, Battalion Wireless Scheme, Battalion Drill.


Recreation. - Battalion and Company cricket, cinema, library, swimming, hockey.


(b) NOTRE DAME, JERUSALEM - MR 17151319

MOUNT SCOPUS, JERUSALEM - MR 17181341

Operational Duties. - Maintenance of Law and Order in JERUSALEM.


(i) Provision of static guard on VPs and 'C' Security Zone.

(ii) Provision of mobile troops to take active form of anti-Thug operations. Large scale searches. Block searches. Snap checks. Night patrols.

(iii) Enforcement of night curfew (whilst in force) in Battalion operation area of JERUSALEM.

(iv) Enforcement of Countrywide Road Restriction Curfew in JERUSALEM area by means of 4 road blocks by night.


Guard Duties. - Guard on Hospice of NOTRE DAME and 'C' Security Zone.

Guards on MOUNT SCOPUS Camp


Training. - Nil


Recreation. - Cinema, library, tours of Holy Places, 24 hour trips to seaside, cricket, athletics.


4. ADMIN

(a) No. 4 Company temporarily disbanded 21 July 1947.

(b) 'D' Company 1st Battalion ROYAL SUSSEX under command from 28 July to 28 September 1947.

(c) 2 Detachments 55 Field Squadron ROYAL ENGINEERS under command from 6 August to 27 September 1947.

(d) Support Company reduced to 114 Other Ranks from 159.

(i) Carrier Platoon - TWO Sections. ONE flame thrower Section

(ii) Mortar Platoon - SIX 3" Mortar Detachments.

(iii) Anti-Tank Platoon - FOUR 6-pounder Detachments.


5. MISC.

(a) Morale.

Battalion morale remains excellent.


(b) Visits.

Battalion visited by GOC-in-C MELF General Sir John CROCKER, KBE, CB, DSO, MC 12.8.47

Battalion visited by GOC PALESTINE, Lieutenant-General G.H.A. MacMILLAN CB, CBE, DSO, MC 1.8.47, 29.9.47

Battalion visited by GOC 1st ARMOURED DIV, Major-General C.B.F. LOEWEN CB, CBE, DSO 16.12.47

Battalion visited by Major-General Commanding BRIGADE OF GUARDS, Major-General J.C.O. MARRIOTT, CB, CVO, DSO, MC 3.9.47

Battalion visited by Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding the Regiment, Colonel J.O.E. VANDELEUR DSO 7 - 17.9.47


6. APPENDICES

(a) Battalion Diary

(b) Battalion weekly strength returns

(c) Battalion Operation Instructions

(d) Summary of searches etc in JERUSALEM.


Signed OC 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

17th October 1947



July 1947

1947 July 1

Normal routine. Duties remain very heavy.


1947 July 2

Normal routine.

Shortage of transport restricts swimming parties.


1947 July 3

Battalion Drill Parade.


AFM Results Page

Surname: LEE

Forenames/Initials: Leonard Charles

Rank: Gdsm

Service: Army

Service Number: 2725049

Regiment/Corps: IRISH GUARDS

Date of Birth: 03 August 1924

Age: 22

Date of Death: 03 July 1947

Cemetery Name: Ramleh War Cemetery

Grave Row: H

Grave Number: 22

Included on Armed Forces Memorial: Yes

Included on Roll of Honour: Yes


1947 July 4

Normal routine.


1947 July 5

The Battalion cricket team left for HAIFA in order to play against 3rd PARACHUTE Battalion.


1947 July 6

Normal Sunday routine.

National Day of Prayer services held in the Garrison Church.


1947 July 7

Normal routine.


1947 July 8

Normal routine.

Welfare Meeting.


1947 July 9

The Commanding Officer inspected H.Q. Company and all Specialist Platoons.

Battalion cricket match versus 9th LANCERS, won by 12 runs. Lance-Corporal HULME scored 69.


1947 July 10

Battalion Drill Parade attended by all Officers.


1947 July 11

Normal routine.


1947 July 12

Audit Board for the quarter ending 30th June was presided over by the Second-in-Command, Major D.R.S. FITZGERALD.

The cricket match versus 3rd Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS was won. Lieutenant W.B.H. CHURCHILL took 5 wickets for 28 runs.


1947 July 13

Normal Sunday routine and church services.


1947 July 14

The Commanding Officer lectured all Officers on the probable future moves of the Battalion. It was learned that the 1st ARMOURED DIVISION was going to be disbanded.


1947 July 15

A farewell Drill Parade was held for the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel D.H. FITZGERALD, D.S.O.


1947 July 16

Lieutenant-Colonel D.H. FITZGERALD, D.S.O. left by air for ENGLAND to enter ROYAL NAVAL Staff College.

Major D.R.S. FITZGERALD assumes command of the Battalion.

Hockey match between 58 MRRA and 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS.


1947 July 17

Final Inter-Platoon Football Competition played off.

The Administration Platoon beat No. 9 Platoon, No. 3 Company, by four goals to NIL. The cup was entered by the Commanding Officer.

Illegal Immigrant ship “President Warfield”, later known as the “Exodus 1947” was sighted off the coast. Battalion Stood To, and an O.P. was established at WADI SUKREIR, North of ISDUD.


1947 July 18

“Exodus 1947” came within 15 miles of the GAZA COAST, but was taken in hand by the ROYAL NAVY and escorted to HAIFA. The Battalion Stood Down.

It was learned that the Battalion was shortly moving to JERUSALEM. The training programme had been amended in consequence.


1947 July 19

Battalion tactical H.Q. reconnoitred future JERUSALEM base.

No. 2 Company arrived back from training in TRANSJORDAN.

The visit of No 3 Company has been necessarily cancelled.

The Battalion cricket team won against the LIFE GUARDS by 53 runs.


1947 July 20

Security State in the area is now Amber, and in JERUSALEM is read, as a result of countrywide renewal of terrorist activities.


1947 July 21

All ranks delighted with the prospect of going to JERUSALEM. Normal Routine. A night curfew imposed in JERUSALEM. No. 4 Company temporarily disbanded owing to shortage of manpower.


1947 July 22

Future BRIGADE Commander, Brigadier J.G. BEFORD-ROBERTS, Commanding 8th INFANTRY BRIGADE in JERUSALEM lectured to the Battalion on its role in JERUSALEM. Battalion Welfare Meeting.

Lieutenant-Colonel B.O.P. EUGSTER, D.S.O., M.C., arrived to take over command of the Battalion.


1947 July 23

Commanding Officer with Battalion ‘O’ Group, made a detailed recce of the Battalion’s two camps in JERUSALEM. One camp is at the Hospice of Notre Dame in the centre of the town, and is part of ‘C’ Security Zone. The other is on the Northern outskirts of the town and is known as Mount SCOPUS Camp.


1947 July 24

The Battalion spent the day packing up in preparation for the move to JERUSALEM.


1947 July 25

The Advance Party of No. 1 Company which will be stationed in the Hospice of Notre Dame, left for JERUSALEM.

Major J.W. BERRIDGE arrived to take up appointment of Adjutant.


1947 July 26

No. 1 Company, Intelligence Section and part of the Signal Platoon left for Notre Dame, JERUSALEM. No. 1 Company will be responsible for the safeguarding of ‘C’ Security Zone. The Intelligence Section will take over responsibility for the Zone Pass Office.

The sirens are sounding frequently.


1947 July 27

No. 1 Company spent the day settling in at Notre Dame.

In the evening a small convoy of three tonners returning to KHASSA were attack by thugs on the Western outskirts of JERUSALEM. A grenade was thrown at a three tonner, and the thugs opened up with sten guns. Guardsman RUDDY, No. 3 Company, was seriously wounded and died later in SARAFAND Hospital. Guardsman GOODWIN and Guardsman MACKEY were wounded. The sirens sounded immediately afterwards, but the thugs got away.


1947 July 28

Battalion less the rear party, travelled up from KHASSA to Mount SCOPUS.

Commanding Officer held an ‘O’ Group. No. 1 Company took over operational security of ‘C’ Zone from the 2nd Battalion OX AND BUCKS.

In the evening the Battalion put out a strong patrol, 2 Platoons, in the area of the attack on our three tonners, one hour before curfew. There were however no incidents.

Curfew was enforced from 1900 hours to 0500 hours by No. 3 Company.

A grenade was thrown at vehicles belonging to ‘D’ Company, 1st Battalion ROYAL SUSSEX, enforcing a road block in the SAN HEDRIYA area; it exploded harmlessly.

The Commanding Officer toured the Battalion area.

Except for sporadic firing and one explosion, there were no other incidents.

‘D’ Company 1st Battalion ROYAL SUSSEX is under command and is stationed at RAMALLAH.

Captain M.J. de R. RICHARDSON left for ENGLAND on demobilisation.


1947 July 29

The siren sounds at 0615 hours when a bomb was thrown at a Police truck in Jaffa Road. Security State is now “PURPLE”.

Death sentence carried out on three terrorists.

The Commanding Officer held another ‘O’ Group.

Curfew again in force.

Mine found by TROUT Road Block on JAFFA Road by ROMENA.


1947 July 30

Captain E.C. GROGAN became M.T. Officer. Lieutenant the Honourable A.I.G. BOYD became Liaison Officer 8th INFANTRY BRIGADE H.Q.

Several sirens, curfew again in force.


1947 July 31

A block search carried out in BEN YEHUDA Street by Support Company; nothing found.

Guardsman RUDDY was given military funeral in SARAFAND.

Curfew again in force.


http://www.veterans-uk.info/afm2/cer...SerialNo=J1207

Surname: RUDDY

Forenames/Initials: Anthony

Rank: Gdsm

Service: Army

Service Number: 2726371

Regiment/Corps: IRISH GUARDS

Date of Birth: 08 October 1925

Age: 21

Date of Death: 29 July 1947

Cemetery Name: Ramleh War Cemetery

Cemetery Address: Haifa, Palestine

Grave Row: 9

Grave Number: 19

Included on Armed Forces Memorial: Yes

Included on Roll of Honour: Yes


CWGC :: Casualty Details

Guardsman ANTONY RUDDY 2726371, 1st Bn., Irish Guards who died age 21 on 29 July 1947

Son of Michael and Margaret Ruddy, of Clogher, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Irish Republic.

Remembered with honour RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: 9. J. 19.



August 1947

1947 August 1

Support Company carried out another block search in the early morning in KING GEORGE V Avenue; nothing was found.

The STERN GANG attacked 1st ROYAL HAMPSHIRES posts in ‘’B’ Zone. The attack was very successfully repulsed.

The G.O.C. PALESTINE visited the Battalion.

The Battalion finds a Lightning Platoon which is always at immediate notice at NOTRE DAME when the sirens sound.

Battalion H.Q. moves from MOUNT SCOPUS to NOTRE DAME.


1947 August 2

The Battalion carried out a search of the Jewish settlement of GIVAT SHAUL at 0400 hours. By 0545 hours all males were screened, and a large arms cache containing rifles and explosives were found. Four persons were detained.

The Battalion is now carrying out snap checks every day in the streets of JERUSALEM.


1947 August 3

A quiet day with no sirens.

Lieutenant M.C. ROBINSON found a car containing extraordinarily valuable HAGANA documents in North East outskirts of JERUSALEM whilst operating a snap check.

There are films every night a MOUNT SCOPUS.


1947 August 4

The house where on Saturday an ams cache was found was blown up by ROYAL ENGINEERS. No. 2 Company found the cordon.

A mine was discovered on the ROMENA Road Block on the evening by No. 1 Company. Police removed the mine. It was concealed under a pile of gravel, the normal post of a Bren gunner.


1947 August 5

Snap checks as usual.

The curfew is enforced regularly every night between 1900 and 0500 hours.

Lightning Patrol was called out when the Public Works Department building was blown up at 1400 hours by terrorists. Four British Constables were killed, and there were a number of casualties.


1947 August 6

A Block search was carried out but there was nothing found.

The tension is easing somewhat in JERUSALEM.

Curfew again as usual, carried out by a company.


1947 August 7

IZL [Irgun Zevai Leumi] pamphlets found by a curfew platoon.

Block search by No. 2 Company yields a box of gas capes.

No. 3 Company searched ROHAMA area in the early morning. 1 Top-Grade terrorist arrested.


1947 August 8

Snap check, arrested one man.

Small house search in Northern JERUSALEM found nothing.


1947 August 9

Security State is now “GREEN” and Guardsmen are now able to walk out in the In Bounds areas.


1947 August 10

Lieutenant M.N. GARNETT plays for the Army versus the RAF at the JERUSALEM Sports Club.

Several persons were detained for violating road curfew restrictions on the Western outskirts.

Visits have been organised to the historic churches in the Old City.


1947 August 11

Large search was carried out in the area of ZIKHRON MOSHE. The cell of a group leader in the IZL was discovered with black masks medical kit, literature, a list of pamphlets, addresses, IZL lantern slides, etc. Nine persons were detained out of 170 screened.


1947 August 12

Another search was carried out by Major FITZGERALD, Second-in-Command. In the BEIT YA’AGOV area, found nothing. 250 were screened but all were subsequently removed.

Lieutenant J.C. BRODIE operating road block in the evening near GIVAT SHAUL found a mine in one of the normal road block positions. ROYAL ENGINEERS detachment detonated the mine.

G.O.C.-in-C. MELF, General Sir John CROCKER, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O., M.C. visited the Battalion in the afternoon.

At 2000 hours sirens sounded when a large number of shots were heard in the direction of Police H.Q. All clear sounded a half an hour later.


1947 August 13

BRIGADE Commander visited NOTRE DAME.

Welfare meeting held at MOUNT SCOPUS and NOTRE DAME.

Otherwise nothing of interest to report.

Curfew still being enforced.


1947 August 14

Night curfew on JERUSALEM lifted.

Road restrictions curfew continues.


1947 August 15

Search was carried out early in the morning in the area of GIVAT SHAUL commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel B.O.P. EUGSTER, D.S.O. M.C. 399 were screened and four detained. All were subsequently released after interrogation.

Now that there is no curfew in JERUSALEM a Phantom Patrol is carried out for two hours between the hours of 2200 and 0400 hours.


1947 August 16

Search was carried out at 0900 hours in the REHAVIA quarter. Nothing was found.


1947 August 17

RAMADAN ended last night and as a result the day was interspersed with the thump of cannon fire.

The flare up between Jews and Arabs in TEL AVIV had not affected JERUSALEM.


1947 August 18

Snap checks and road blocks continue to arrest various civilians not in possession of identity cards or otherwise appearing suspicious.

Films are now shown at NOTRE DAME.


1947 August 19

Nothing to report.

JERUSALEM is now undergoing a period of lull.


1947 August 20

In the early morning the Battalion searched the YEMIN MOSHE quarter of JERUSALEM. Very large arms cache believed to belong to the IZL containing 300 rifles, 400 grenades and other military equipment was found under a school. 14 persons were detained in connection with this discovery. Search ended at 0600 hours.

At 1000 hours a smaller search was made on information of a cement words in GIVAT SHAUL where there was a suspected arms cache. A very close search revealed nothing.

In the evening there was a siren followed by a gun battle in ZION Square and both the Phantom and Lightning Platoons moved there. The All Clear sounded just before midnight.


1947 August 21

Two sirens. The first was a boycott bomb in the area of ST. LOUIS WAY. The second was at 2245 hours following another gun battle at Police H.Q.


1947 August 22

Search was made in the evening of a house on YESHAYU Street on information that it was a meeting place of members of the STERN GANG. The probable room of such meetings, a Rabbi’s guest room was found by there was nothing incriminating in it.


1947 August 23

Sirens sounded in the evening following the explosion of a bomb in the EMPIRE CAFE. This bomb appears to have been thrown by Jewish Sabbath Day Observance Group.


1947 August 24

Lieutenant-Colonel D.N.L. GORDON-WATSON M.C. arrived to take over command of the Battalion.

Major B.O.P. EUGSTER, D.S.O., M.C. became Second-in-Command.

Major D.R.S. FITZGERALD relinquishes that post.


1947 August 25

50 Field Squadron, ROYAL ENGINEERS are now at RAMALLAH.

‘D’ Company ROYAL SUSSEX have moved down to MOUNT SCOPUS Camp.

The Battalion now operates 3 Road Blocks, TROUT on the Western outskirts; SALMON on the JERICHO Road, and ROACH in the area of SANHEDRIT.

55 Field Squadron are responsible for GRAYLING Road Block on the RAMALLAH Road.


1947 August 26

Large search carried out in the REHAVIA Quarter North of the previous search of 16th August. Nothing was found, 2 people were detained.


1947 August 27

Personnel of 58 Group left for PORT SAID this morning.

ENSA show in the evening at NOTRE DAME.

Siren at 1630 hours following an explosion in BEZALEL Street.


1947 August 28

Nothing to report.

Snap checks and Phantom patrols as usual.


1947 August 29

Another lull is on JERUSALEM and generally speaking order seems to be restored.

As a result there are greater opportunities for walking out.


1947 August 30

A number of persons were detained for breaking road restriction at the road blocks.


1947 August 31

Nothing to report.



September 1947

1947 September 1

Large search carried out early in the morning by the Battalion, of the GEULA area. A large number of cess pits were discovered which appeared to have been renovated, with an eye to being turned into arms caches. Out of 275 screened, 7 persons were detained, 5 of whom were subsequently released.


1947 September 2

Normal routine, nothing to report.


1947 September 3

Major General Commanding the BRIGADE OF GUARDS, Major General J.C.O. MARRIOTT, C.V.O., C.B., D.S.O., M.C. visited the Battalion, and inspected NOTRE DAME and MOUNT SCOPUS Camps. In the morning he toured the Old City with the Commanding Officer.

Road blocks produced more persons for police custody.


1947 September 4

Battalion lost the cricket match against H.Q. 8th INFANTRY BRIGADE.

0430 hours Battalion searched the BUKHARIYA area. 400 persons were screened and 6 men and one girl detained. One man and one girl known members of the IZL. Subsequently released on licence.


1947 September 5

Platoon of No. 3 Company searched YEMIN MOSHE quarter in the morning. One revolver was found. The owner was subsequently arrested.


1947 September 6

Battalion entered a team for the South Palestine District Athletic Meeting Medley Relay race, which took second place.

At SARAFAND the Battalion entered for the Motor Cycle Championships. Guardsman UNSTEAD and Lance-Corporal COX of Support Company gained first and second places.

Tour of BETHLEHEM was arranged for Guardsmen.


1947 September 7

JERUSALEM remained very quiet and the last siren was on the 27th August. Interest is largely centred on HAMBURG and the Exodus immigrants.

The Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment Colonel J.O.E. VANDELEUR, D.S.O., arrived at the Battalion on a weeks visit.


1947 September 8

Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel accompanied by the Regimental Adjutant and Superintending Clerk visited both Battalion Camps.


1947 September 9

Intelligence Section found cellar of STERN Pamphlets off AGRIPPA’s Way. Owner of cellar arrested.


1947 September 10

Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel visited 1st GUARDS BRIGADE.


1947 September 11

Battalion searched the area of SHA’EVET TSEDEQ in the early morning. Nothing was found. 550 persons were screened. 10 were detained. Of these 9 were subsequently released. The tenth, MIZRAHI, turned out to be the leader of the JERUSALEM STERN GANG.


1947 September 12

Phantom patrol of ROYAL SUSSEX caught one Jew who bolted on being challenged in the REHAVIA quarter. Arrested Jew wanted for four armed robberies and in possession of two pistols.

Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment visited 6th AIRBORNE DIVISION.


1947 September 13

Nothing to report.


1947 September 14

First flight of 59 Group left for PORT SAID.

Usual church services, otherwise nothing to report.


1947 September 15

The sirens sounded in the evening. First the result of warning flares from GOVERNMENT HOUSE. The second a bomb in the REHAVIA quarter.


1947 September 16

Captain R.S. DALE, Second-in-Command of No. 1 Company left on demobilisation.

Sergeants Mess party in honour of Lieutenant-Colonel.

G.O.C. 1st ARMOURED DIVISION accompanied by Brigadier T. BRODIE Commanding 61 LOR INFANTRY BRIGADE visited the Battalion in the morning.


1947 September 17

In the early morning the Battalion searched the YEGIA KAPAYIM. One civilian was arrested having been found in possession of numerous STERN pamphlets. In all 220 were screened, 6 were detained.

Regimental Lieutenant-Colonel returned to ENGLAND.


1947 September 18

Nothing to report.


1947 September 19

Large search carried out in the early morning in the BEIT YISRAEL quarter. Three arms caches were found. Twenty rifles, two mines, two flamethrowers, two Molotov cocktails, one revolver, one time bomb, grenades, detonators etc, were among the equipment found. Out of 400 persons screened ten persons were detained, two of whom were sent to LATRUN and four held awaiting charges.


1947 September 20

Normal routine, nothing to report.


1947 September 21

G.O.C. PALESTINE congratulated the Battalion on its performances in JERUSALEM. Commanding Officer congratulated all ranks on their outstanding success on recent searches, road blocks, and patrols.

Lieutenant M.N. GARNETT arrested eleven people when a loaded pistol was found during the night in a sack of chaff on the BIDDU road to the North West of JERUSALEM.


1947 September 22

Corporals and Guardsmen’s social evening held in the NAAFI at MOUNT SCOPUS.


1947 September 23

Large block search was carried out in the early morning in the SHAAREI PINNA - HAHALAT TSEVI - BEIT YISRAEL quarter. Out of 600 screened seven persons were detained for further interrogation. Nothing was found.


1947 September 24

Athletic meeting was held between the Battalion and Palestine Police in the afternoon at MOUNT SCOPUS. The Battalion won with a score of 63 points against 46.


1947 September 25

Normal routine, nothing to report.


1947 September 26

The BRIGADE Commander, Brigadier J.G. BEFORD-ROBERTS, paid a farewell visit to the Battalion at MOUNT SCOPUS. He addressed the Battalion on Parade and congratulated them on their great successes in the past two months in JERUSALEM.


1947 September 27

Sirens sounded just before 2000 hours and a bomb was thrown in the doorway of the SWEDISH Consulate. The Lightning Platoon Stood To, but was not called out.


1947 September 28

Normal Sunday Church services.

Battalion entered a team for the WELSH GUARDS Athletic meeting medley relay race which took first place.


1947 September 29

Flights ‘B’ and ‘C’ left for PORT SAID.

Lieutenant-General G.H.A. MacMILLAN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C. visited the Commanding Officer at NOTRE DAME.

The day was spent in packing up the kit in preparation for the return to KHASSA.


1947 September 30

Battalion left JERUSALEM for KHASSA and arrived there in time for lunch. The remainder of the day was spent in settling in.



QUARTERLY HISTORICAL REPORT of 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

for quarter ending 31st December 1947.


1. LOCATION.

KHASSA Camp - MR 11071203 N. PAL Sheet 1:250,000

Camp 71, GIVAT OLGA - MR 14022005


2. STRENGTH

Officers - 37

Other Ranks - 576


3. HOW EMPLOYED


(a) KHASSA Camp

Operational Duties. - Maintenance of Law and Order in KHASSA Sector of 61st LOR. INF. BRIGADE. Operation of road blocks etc.


Guard Duties. - Guard on Camp area.


Training. - Battalion Air Support Scheme, Battalion Drill.


Recreation. - Battalion and Company Football, Rugby, Hockey, cinema, library.


(b) Camp 71, GIVAT OLGA - MR 14022005

Operational Duties. - 6th AIRBORNE DIVISION reserve to counter Illegal Immigration. Operation of road blocks etc.


Guard Duties. - Guard on Camp area.


Training. - Battalion Drill.


Recreation. - Swimming.


4. MISC

(a) Morale - Battalion morale remains excellent.

(b) Visits

Battalion visited by GOC PALESTINE, Lieutenant-General G.H.A. MacMILLAN, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, 12.11.47, 29.12.47

Battalion visited by Major-General C.F. LOEWEN CB, CBE, DSO, GOC 1st ARMOURED DIVISION

Battalion visited by Brigadier J. BRODIE Commanding 61st LOR. INF. BRIGADE

Battalion visited by Brigadier C.F. JOHNSON DSO Commanding 1st GUARDS BRIGADE.


5. APPENDICES

(a) Battalion Diary

(b) Battalion weekly strength returns

(c) Battalion Operation Instructions


Signed OC 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

4th January 1948.



October 1947

1947 October 1

Normal routine.

Battalion busily engaged settling down after their return from JERUSALEM.


1947 October 2

Normal daily routine. I

n the evening word was received that the Battalion was moving to GIVAT OLGA on the following morning, so once again Office kit and stores had to be packed.


1947 October 3

The Battalion consisting of No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 Companies, Battalion H.Q., Signal, Pioneers, and M.T. Platoons, left KHASSA this morning en route for GIVAT OLGA. On arrival work commenced on the installation of Offices, etc.


1947 October 4

This morning was spent on erecting tents which provided a welcome shelter from the glare of the sun. This was quickly done, and the afternoon was spent on the bathing beach which everybody looked forward to.

A lecture by the Commanding Officer outlining the future activities of the Battalion.

New draft consisting of 3 Officers and 91 Other Ranks arrived at KHASSA today.


1947 October 5

A very quiet day, with all men clear of duty spending most of the day swimming from the beach.


1947 October 6

Normal daily routine.

Swimming during the day with Company Drill Parades in the evening.


1947 October 7

Battalion composed of No.s 1 and 3 Companies, Pioneer Platoon, and Battalion H.Q. carried out a search of the NAHALIEL Quarter of HADERA this morning. No arms were found but were successful in finding 4 wanted men and 9 other suspects. A man was arrested after approximately 27,000 NAAFI cigarettes had been found in his house.


1947 October 8

Normal daily routine.

Swimming from the beach with Company Drill Parades in the evening.

Social Evening in the Sergeants Mess when members entertained guests from the GUARDS PARA Battalion.


1947 October 9

Battalion Drill Parade held this morning, remainder of the day spent swimming from the beach.


1947 October 10

Commanding Officer’s Drill Parade held this morning. Swimming during the afternoon.

The evening was spent packing once again ready for the return to KHASSA.


1947 October 11

The Battalion left GIVAT OLGA at 1000 hours en route for KHASSA, arriving at approximately 1400 hours.

The evening was spent unloading and getting settled down again.


1947 October 12

Quiet day with normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison church.


1947 October 13

Normal daily routine with the Battalion Athletes training hard for the forthcoming sports meeting.


1947 October 14

Normal daily routine.

Battalion Welfare Meeting in the Reading Room.

Message received from 1st PARA BRIGADE “Thanks for your co-operation, sorry you are leaving”.


1947 October 15

Normal daily routine.

Battalion Relay Team gained first place at the 1st INFANTRY DIVISION Sports Meeting.


1947 October 16

Normal daily routine.

Visit by Major-General C.F. LOEWEN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., G.O.C. 1st ARMOURED DIVISION.


1947 October 17

Normal daily routine.

Final preparations being made for tomorrow’s BRIGADE Sports.


1947 October 18

Normal daily routine.

The Battalion Athletic Team gained 1st place in the 61st INFANTRY BRIGADE Sports Meeting held at JULIS Camp.

1st ARMOURED DIVISION breaks up at midnight.


1947 October 19

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church.


1947 October 20

Normal daily routine.

No. 1 and No. 2 Platoons of No. 1 Company left this morning on their march to METULLA.


1947 October 21

Battalion Parade held this morning. Commanding Officer addressed the Battalion in the NAAFI on Star Classification.


1947 October 22

Normal daily routine.

Recce Party under command of Major A.B.M. BURTON, with Lieutenants J.O. UDAL, J.E.E. WILLIAMS, J.G.F. HEAD and 15 Other Ranks left for AQABA this morning.


1947 October 23

Commanding Officer’s Inspection of Camp.


1947 October 24

Headquarter Company Rifle and Kit Inspection by Commanding Officer. Normal routine.


1947 October 25

Battalion Drill Parade.

The Battalion Athletic Team gained 1st Place in the GAZA District Athletic Meeting today. The Battalion Team also won the Tug-of-War.


1947 October 26

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church.


1947 October 27

Normal daily routine.


1947 October 28

Battalion Drill Parade.

Normal routine.


1947 October 29

Normal daily routine.

Captain C.W.D. HARVEY-KELLY assumes command and financial responsibilities for No. 3 Company with effect from 28th October 1947.

Captain R.H.S. O’GRADY M.C. assumes command and financial responsibilities for Support Company with effect from 26th October 1947.


1947 October 30

Battalion Drill Parade held.

Battalion Welfare Meeting held in the Library.


1947 October 31

Normal daily routine.

Recce Party returned from AQABA this evening.



November 1947

1947 November 1

Battalion Drill Parade. Normal daily routine.


1947 November 2

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church.


1947 November 3

Normal daily routine.


1947 November 4

Battalion Drill Parade.

Headquarter Company Kit Inspection by Commanding Officer. Normal routine.


1947 November 5

Normal daily routine.


1947 November 6

Battalion Drill Parade.

Court of Inquiry held.

Normal routine.


1947 November 7

Normal daily routine.

Commanding Officer returned from ENGLAND.


1947 November 8

The Battalion Athletic Team gained 2nd Place in the Command Athletic Meeting held at SARAFAND, being beaten by the 3rd PARA Battalion by one point.


1947 November 9

REMEMBRANCE DAY [Sunday].

Church Services were cancelled owing the the heavy rain on Saturday night. The day was spent securing tents against further storms.


1947 November 10

Normal daily routine.

Visit by Brigadier T. BRODIE Commanding 61st LOR. INFANTRY BRIGADE.


1947 November 11

Battalion Drill Parade.

Message from Commanding Officer, congratulating the Tug-of-War and Athletic Team on their success in the Command Athletic Championships.


1947 November 12 Normal daily routine. Visit by Lieutenant-General G.H.A. MacMILLAN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., G.O.C. PALESTINE. Court of Inquiry held.


1947 November 13

Battalion Drill Parade.

Normal daily routine.


1947 November 14

Normal daily routine.


1947 November 15

Battalion Drill Parade.

Cookery and Messing Demonstration 1000 hours.

The Battalion Football Team drew 2-2 with the LIFE GUARDS.

Headquarter Company beat Support Company by 4 goals to 2 in the Battalion inter-Company Football League.


1947 November 16

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church and Camp 5A NAAFI.


1947 November 17

Normal daily routine.


1947 November 18

Battalion Drill Parade.

372687 2/Lieutenant J.B. GILLOW to be WS/Lieutenant with effect from 18th October 1947.

The Commanding Officer, Adjutant and Lieutenant M.H. PYE left for AQABA today.

Football Match between No. 1 Company and No. 2 Company resulted in a draw 1-1.


1947 November 19

Normal daily routine.

Cookery and Messing Demonstration 1000 hours.

Lieutenant W.J.P. ROBERTSON assumes command and financial responsibilities for No. 3 Company with effect from 19th November 1947.


1947 November 20

Routines as for Sunday on the occasion of H.R.H. Princess ELIZABETH’s Marriage.

Extract from Middle East General Order No. 755. The Commander-in-Chief MELF commends the undermentioned Officer for his good and courageous work carried out in connection with his duties in PALESTINE:-

362205 Lieutenant M.C. ROBINSON, 1st IRISH GUARDS.

The Battalion Football Team beat the 1st BORDER REGIMENT by 1 goal to nil.


1947 November 21

Normal daily routine.

Battalion Trial Hockey Match held this afternoon.


1947 November 22

Battalion Camp Cleaning Parade.

Final Cookery and Messing Demonstration at 1000 hours.

Normal routine.


1947 November 23

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church and Camp 5A NAAFI.

The Battalion Football Team were beaten by 5 goals to 1 by 58 Medium Regiment ROYAL ARTILLERY.

The Battalion Rugby Team beat the GAZA Police by 31 points to 6.


1947 November 24

Normal daily routine.

Cookery and Messing Competition held at 0945 hours.


1947 November 25

Battalion Drill Parade held in CAMP 5A NAAFI. Normal routine.


1947 November 26

Normal daily routine.


1947 November 27

Normal daily routine.

Court Martial held in Games Room.


1947 November 28

Normal daily routine.

Letter received from H.R.H. Princess ELIZABETH, thanking all serving Officers and Other Ranks of the BRIGADE OF GUARDS for the wedding present she received.


1947 November 29

Battalion Camp Cleaning Parade.

Commanding Officer’s Inspection of Cookhouse, Ration Store and Reserve Ration Store.

The Battalion Football Team beat the 1st Battalion ROYAL SUSSEX by 2 goals to 1.


1947 November 30

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church and Camp 5A NAAFI.

No. 2 Company beat No. 1 Company by 3 goals to 2 in the 1st round of the BRIGADE Minor Unit Knockout Competition.

The Battalion Rugby Team beat the LIFE GUARDS by 16 points to Nil.



December 1947

1947 December 1

Normal daily routine.


1947 December 2

Commanding Officers Administrative Inspection.

Captain The Lord PLUNKET assumes command and financial responsibilities for No. 3 Company with effect from 29th November 1947.


1947 December 3

Normal daily routine.

Court of Inquiry held.

Lieutenant G.B.A.F ROWELL will perform the duties of Quartermaster until further orders.


1947 December 4

Battalion Drill Parade held.

Normal routine.


1947 December 5

Normal daily routine.


1947 December 6

Battalion Drill Parade.

Commanding Officer’s Inspection of Cookhouse and Messroom.

The Battalion Rugby Team beat the 1st BORDER REGIMENT by 11 points to 3.

The Battalion Football Team were defeated 5 goals to 2 by the 2nd Battalion K.R.R.C. at NUSEIRAT this afternoon.


1947 December 7

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church.

Headquarter Company Team defeated ‘C’ Company 1st ROYAL SUSSEX by 7 goals to 6 in the 1st Round of the BRIGADE Minor Unit Knockout Football Competition.


1947 December 8

Normal daily routine.

Court of Inquiry held.

1st Series of the Inter-Company Novices Boxing Competition held in CAMP 5A NAAFI.


1947 December 9

Battalion Drill Parade.

Major P.F.I. REID assumes command and financial responsibilities for Headquarter Company with effect from 8th December 1947.

Court of Inquiry held.

Sergeants and Corporals Mess Meeting held in their respective Messes.


1947 December 10

Normal daily routine.

2nd and 3rd Series of Novices Boxing Competition held this evening.


1947 December 11

Battalion Drill Parade. Normal routine.


1947 December 12

Normal daily routine.


1947 December 13

Commanding Officer’s Drill Parade.

Normal routine.

The Battalion Team beat the 1st Battalion BORDER REGIMENT by 4 goals to nil in the BRIGADE Football League.

No. 1 Company won the Challenge Cup of the Inter-Company Novices Boxing Competition.


1947 December 14

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church.

The Battalion Rugby Team beat the 1st Battalion BORDER REGIMENT in a friendly match by 19 points to nil.


1947 December 15

Normal daily routine.


1947 December 16

The Battalion were engaged in an Air Support Exercise on the MAJDAL - HEBRON Road from 1000 hours to 1300 hours today.

Lieutenant M.E.H. MULHOLLAND assumes command and financial responsibilities for No. 3 Company with effect from 16th December 1947.

Captain The Lord PLUNKET assumes the duties of Education and Entertainments Officer with effect from 16th December 1947.


1947 December 17

Normal daily routine.

Court Martial held in Corporals Reading Room.

Visit by Brigadier G.F. JOHNSON, D.S.O. Commanding 1st GUARDS BRIGADE. The Battalion Football Team were defeated by 4 goals to 2 by the LIFE GUARDS in the BRIGADE League.


1947 December 18

Battalion Drill Parade.

Court of Inquiry held.

Support Company were defeated by 2 goals to 1 by H.Q. ROYAL ARTILLERY 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION in the BRIGADE Minor Unit Knockout Football Competition.


1947 December 19

Normal daily routine.


1947 December 20

Battalion Drill Parade.

The Battalion Football Team were defeated by 4 goals to 1 by the 3rd Battalion GRENADIER GUARDS in a friendly match played at NATHANYA.


1947 December 21

Normal Sunday routine. National Day of Prayer services held in the Garrison Church.


1947 December 22

Normal daily routine.

Battle Dress taken into wear with effect from today.


1947 December 23

Battalion Drill Parade. Normal routine.


1947 December 24

Normal daily routine.


1947 December 25

CHRISTMAS DAY.

Routine as for Sunday.

Signal received from the Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding the Regiment, wishing all ranks a Happy Xmas and a Prosperous New Year.

C of E Church Service held in PLAZA Cinema.

R.C. Service held in CAMP 5A NAAFI.


1947 December 26

BOXING DAY.

Routine as for Sunday.

Officers versus Sergeants Football Match played this morning.


1947 December 27

Battalion Drill Parade.

Normal routine.

The Battalion Football Team beat the 1st Battalion R.H.A. by 2 goals to 1, in a BRIGADE League Match played at ISDUD today.


1947 December 28

Normal Sunday routine. Church Services held in Garrison Church.


1947 December 29

Normal daily routine.

Visit by Lieutenant-General G.H.A. MacMILLAN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., M.C., G.O.C. PALESTINE.


1947 December 30

Normal daily routine.


1947 December 31

Normal daily routine.

Headquarter Company Team were beaten by 4 goals to nil by H.Q. 61ST LOR. INFANTRY BRIGADE, in the 2nd round of the BRIGADE Minor Unit Knockout Competition.



QUARTERLY HISTORICAL REPORT of 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

for the quarter ending 31st March 1948.


1. LOCATION

KHASSA Camp - MR 11071203 N. PAL Sheet 1/250,000

CAMP 280 - 20182628 ROSH PINNA

CAMP 10 - MR 20182641 ROSH PINNA

SAFAD 0 MR 196264


2. STRENGTH

29 Officers

477 Other Ranks


3. HOW EMPLOYED

(a) KHASSA Camp

Operational Duties. - Maintenance of Law and Order in KHASSA Sector in 61st LOR. INFANTRY BRIGADE area.


Guard Duties. - Guard on Camp area.


Training. - N.C.O.s Drill Course. Time was taken up preparing move.


(b) ROSH PINNA

Operational Duties. - Maintenance of Law and Order in SAFAD Sub District.

(1) To keep main road open to both Jewish and Arab traffic.

(2) Provision of mobile troops to take immediate steps quell disturbances in the area.

(3) To keep law and order in SAFAD.

(4) To remain neutral in dealings with both sides.


Guard Duties. - Guard on two Camps ROSH PINNA.

Guard on two billets SAFAD.


Training. - Nil.


Recreation. - Library, cinema, football, concerts by Regimental Band.


4. ADMIN

Nil.


5. MISC

(a) Morale - Battalion morale remains excellent.

(b) Visits -

Battalion visited by GOC PALESTINE, Lieutenant-General G.H.A. MacMILLAN CB, CBE, DSO, MC, 27.1.48, 13.2.48, 17.3.48

Battalion visited by Major-General H.C. STOCKWELL CB, CBE, DSO, GOC 6th AIRBORNE DIVISION 19.1.48, 27.2.48, 5.3.48

Battalion visited by Brigadier G.F. JOHNSON DSO, Commanding 1st GUARDS BRIGADE, 18.1.48

Battalion visited by Brigadier C.H. COLGUHOUN Craforce Commander, 2.3.48, 5.3.48

Battalion visited by Brigadier J. BRODIE, Commanding 61s LOR. INFANTRY BRIGADE 3.1.48

Battalion visited by Colonel GREY W.N., DSO, MC, Inspector General PALESTINE Police, 29.1.48

Battalion visited by Lieutenant-Colonel H.S. PHILLPOTT MC, 19.2.48


6. APPENDICES

(a) Battalion Diary.

(b) Battalion weekly strength returns.

(c) Battalion Operation Instructions.


Signed OC 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

6th April 1948.