The 2nd Battalion (2 LIR) spent the first part of December 1944 with the rest of the Irish Brigade and still under 5th Army orders, in the area near Monte Grande taking part in patrolling and raiding party activity. After a short period of rest at Christmas, they were again back in the line at Casa Tamagnin as the year came to a close.
Meanwhile, after a major divisional reorganisation and, having joined 167th Brigade, the 1st Battalion (1 LIR) were called forward to the floodbanks of the River Senio. A prolonged period of activity, which was akin to trench warfare from the Great World War, commenced for the battalion and this experience was later to be replicated for 2 LIR in the New Year.
Tragedy struck the Regiment on 22nd December, when Lieut Colonel Macnamara, its former Commanding Officer, was killed, along with Lieutenant Prosser MC, when visiting the front line positions of 1 LIR at the Senio.
As 1944 came to a close, the battalions of the London Irish Rifles were readying themselves for the major assault that would be anticipated once the spring time came. Both battalions faced a third New Year away from their families.
7th December: 1 LIR move to the Senio River.
20th December: 2 LIR are relieved from positions at Monte Grande.
Roll of Honour: December 1944.