Attack on 2nd Inniskillings, Suez Canal Zone.

Thu, 05/14/1953

When the 2nd Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers reformed in Colchester in April 1952, the Battalion did not become fully effective until February 1953. The Inniskillings embarked on 3 April at Southampton aboard HMT Empire Ken and arrived on 12 April at Port Said. However, as the Battalion was still below strength, A Company was disbanded shortly after arrival. There was a state of unrest and internal security took precedence over training. Duties included vehicle check points (road blocks), patrolling and the protection of key installations including cold storage and water filtration plants. On 14 May 1952, there was an unsuccessful attack on the Kafr Abdou water filtration plant guarded by elements of D Company. There were no casualties amongst the Company but it was suspected that three attackers were killed or wounded.

This British Movietone News film shows the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel T W F Patterson, accompanied by WOI (RSM) S J McHaffey MBE, conducting a tented accommodation and kit inspection. This is followed by images of guarding a road junction, a water filtration plant and a bridge at the entrance to the plant at Kafr Abdou.