3rd Bn War Diaries 1918

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Tuesday, January 1, 1918
Location: DIEVAL
Entry: At 12 midnight, the Band and all the Officers saw that the New Year was ushered in in a proper manner, by seranading the Commanding Officer. All training was cancelled for the  day, and the Battalion was given a holiday. A New Years dinner was served at noon. Lt.Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., proceeded to 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade and took over the command from the Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, D.S.O., who proceeded on leave. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. assumed command of the Battalion. Company Commanders dined at the H.Q. Mess in evening. Weather – fine and cold.

Wednesday, January 2, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: The Battalion paraded to Brigade Gas Hut at OURTON, where all ranks were put through the gas test. As a result of enemy activity on the Canadian Corps Front, yesterday, four raids were repulsed with casualties to the enemy, four prisoners were captured by both sides. Lt. Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. proceeded on leave to England. Hon. Capt. C.R. Armitage, Chaplain, arrived and is attached to this Unit. Training carried on as usual. Weather — thawing. The Divisional Gas Officer gave a lecture on Gas Defence, to all Officers in the Battalion at 6.00 p.m.

Thursday, January 3, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Four Other Ranks proceeded on leave to PARIS. The Battalion was paid during the day. Lieut. L. F. Gouldsmith returned from leave. Lieut. G.N.Payne nd 8 other ranks proceeded to the Canadian Corps School, PERNES. The usual training was carried out, “D” Company spending the morning in the “wiring”. At 3.30 p.m. a Company Commanders meeting was held in H.Q. Mess, to discuss the Platoon Competition, which will shortly take place. Weather – fine and clear.

Friday, January 4, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Four O.R. proceeded on leave to PARIS. “A” and “C” Companies marched to PERNES, where they carried on at the ranges all day, “A” Company firing in the morning and “C” Company in the afternoon. 35 rounds per man were fired. Other two Companies carried on with training and preliminary musketry. The following awards for gallantry at the attack on PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE on November 6th 1917 were published today:
D. S. O.
Captain J. K. Crawford

Lieutenant H.T Lord, M.C.

D. C. M.
138633 Pte. Marsh. F.

Lieut. (Acting Captain) H. H. Coombs was promoted to Temporary Captain, from November 7th 1917. Brigadier-General W. A. Griesbach, D.S.O. was award the C.M.G., in New Years Weather — fine and cold.

Saturday, January 5, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: “B” and “D” Companies marched to PERNES, and fired 35 rounds per man at the ranges there. “D” Company firing in the morning and “B” Company in the afternoon. Hot tea was served the men at noon. “A” and “C” Companies carried on with wiring and usual training. “A” Company led the Battalion in shooting during the last couple of days, with “C” Company second, “B” Company third and “D” Company last. Weather — fair and cold.

Sunday, January 6, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Battalion Church Service was split up. “A” and “C” Companies at 10.00 a.m. and “B” and “D” Companies at 11.00 a.m., in the Boys School. Hon.Captain W.R. Armitage too the service. Lieut. T. Weir and 2 Other Ranks proceeded to the Canadian Corps Gas School for a weeks course. Lieut. T. Montgomery, M.C., returned from G. H. Q. Lewis Gun Course. Weather — thawing.

Monday, January 7, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: 25 Other Ranks proceded on leave to England. The Division are holding a platoon competition in the near future, each Battalion to enter one platoon. Companies picked the platoons they will enter, in Battalion elimination. The Battalion was bathed at FOSSE 3 BRUAY, during the morning. F.G.C.M. of No.1024459 Pte. G.J.Land and No.850989 Pte. D. Dobrin of this Unit took place at BRUAY at 10.00 a.m. A Court of Enquiry, composed of:-
Major H.S.Cooper, M.C. President.
Capt. J.K.Crawford, D.S.O.
Capt. H.H.Coombs, M.C.
sat at 10.00 a.m., to enquire the loss by fire at CARENCY, of Officers kit, and other  effects. A concert party from the 13th Canadian Battalion arrived to stay with the Battalion for two days. At 7.00 p.m. they gave a most enjoyable concert in the Boys School, to half the Battalion. Weather — thaw.

Tuesday, January 8, 1918
Location: DIEVAL
Entry: Heavy fall of snow during the morning handicapped the training  considerably. Arrangements for platoon competition completed for tomorrow, each company has chosen a platoon. Col. (Canon) Scott, C.M.G., visited the Battalion for the day and stayed for the Concert given by the 13th Canadian Battalion Concert Party at night. Lewis gun crews continued firing at Lewis gun range at 0.13.b.2.2. The majority of “B” Company was placed in quarantine, a case of diphtheria having developed from that Company. Weather — snow and cold.

Wednesday, January 9, 1918
Location: -9-
Entry: 5 other ranks proceeded on leave to PARIS. Battalion Platoon competition was held on REBREUVE Ranges at 11.30 a.m. Platoons No.s 1, 8, 12 & 16 representing their respective Companies, took part in the competition. The plan of the competition was – The competing platoon represented the supports of an advance guard, and their scouts had reported an enemy working party, represented by the targets immediately in front. The Platoon Commander, two scouts and runner were taken forwardxx to the 300 yard firing point, from which point it was supposed the working party could first be seen, and the situation explained to him. There was a special target representing an hostile machine gun, which was the only target to be engaged by the Lewis gun. The Platoon Commander was then given ten minutes to make his plans, and was then required to move his platoon up and  advance on the most advantageous manner to the 100 yard firing point. Points were to count for manner in which Platoon Commander handled his platoon, manner in which section commanders handled their sections, general conduct and discipline of the men, and hits on targets. The targets were only exposed at intervals during the advance, but when the majority of the targets were down, three targets,  representing sentries, were left up. The Machine Gun target was only exposed for very short periods of time at irregular intervals. Lots were drawn and No.12 Platoon under Lieut. J.C.Ramsden were the first to compete. The next Platoon was No. 1, under Lieut. R. Montgomery, M.C., then No.8 under Lieut. J.H.Neelon, finally No.16
under Lieut. R.Bailey. The judges were Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O., Captain G.C.Patterson, M.C. and Lieut. D.Morrison. Lieut. J.M. MacDonald  was in charge of the butts. Captain A.K. MacDonald, the Medical Officer was also present. No.16 Platoon were pronounced to be the winners of the competition and were selected to represent the Battalion in the Brigade Platoon Competition on January 12th. Weather — snow.

Thursday, January 10, 1918
Location: DIEVAL
Entry: Lieut. R. Montogomery, M.C. and 16 Other ranks proceeded on cross-channel leave. There are now 7 Officers and 122 Other Ranks on leave from the Battalion. Lieut. R.H.E. LeMoine reported to 1st Canadian Trench Mortar Battery for duty, at OURTON. No.16 platoon excused all duties, and are working hard on competition. Meeting held by Captain N.V.Cliff and Hon. Captain R. Armitage, to see if a Battalion Concert is practical or not. Classes under an N.C.O from the C.A.G.S., and from Canadian Corps School, on German Machine Gun, carried out during the day. The 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Wirers were reorganized, and are located at DIEVAL, 2 N.C.Os and 10 Other Ranks proceeded from this unit. The following New Years honours were published today:-
Captain (A/Major) H.K. Clirton
9942 C.S.M. T. J. Moulds.

Lt.Col J. B. Rogers. D.S.O., M.C.
Captain (A/Major) H. Hutchinson, D.S.O., M.C. (deceased)
Captain (A/Major) W. H. Kippen, M.C.
Captain (A/Major) G.E. Reid, D.S.O.
Captain W. B. Woods.
63101 C.Q.M.S. B.H. Boultbee.

Weather — thaw.

Friday, 11 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Major H.S. Cooper, M.C., the Assistant Intelligence Officer, and one Officer per Company, proceeded to the Forward Area to look over Reserve Positions, on Canadian Corps Front. The rain during the morning and early part of the afternoon, seriously handicapped all training. Four Other Ranks proceeded on leave to PARIS. Lectures were given during the afternoon to Officers and N.C.Os. Weather — rain.

Saturday, 12 January, 1918
Location: DIEVAL
Entry: Four Other Ranks proceeded to PARIS. Lieut. T. Weir returns from Canadian Corps Gas School. Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. dined with the Officers Commanding Battalions of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade, at BRUAY. Lieut. J.H.McLean, attached to 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade as Bombing Officer, proceeded to England, to take up some new duty. Brigade Platoon Competition was helt at REBREUVE Ranges. Lots were drawn for places and No.16 Platoon under Lieut. R. Biley, representing the Battalion, drew first place. Platoon left here at 7.30 a.m., and were taken as far as HOUDAIN in two G.S. wagons, and marched to the ranges where they were inspected at 10.00 a.m., by Captain Foster, D.S.O., M.C., and Captain Cunningham, M.C. They were awarded 29 points out of 30, and took first place. At 10.30 a.m. they moved up on to the ranges and were halted about five hundred yards from the targets. Lieut. R. Bailey, 2 scouts and runners went forward and met the judges. The situation was then explained. The section commanders were [xxxxx] then called out by Lieut. R.Bailey and he in turn explained the situation to them, and gave them their orders. The platoon then advanced in “artillery formation” to the 400 and 50 yard point, where they extended into attack formation, and began the advance. The advance was carried out in splendid style, the fire orders were given very clearly and concisely, and were repeated by Section
Commanders. The sectional rushes were made very cleverlyunder covering fire from other sections and the work of the Platoon Commander, Section commanders and men was without criticism. The time allotted was ten minutes and the ground was muddy and sticky, and the platoon was unable to advance beyond the 200 yard firing point. Meanwhile the Lewis gun section had been thrown well out on the right flank and were engaging the Machine Gun target. There were three stoppages during the exercise, all were fixed in very quick time and valuable minutes were lost. The result of the shooting was just average, four targets were not hit at all, for which we were penalized 20 points. The Lewis gun made 120 hits. The Platoon representing the 1st Canadian Battalion then went into the exercise and did very
well. The 2nd Canadian Battalion were the next to compete. This platoon appeared to have one idea, which was to get forward to the 100 yard point. They did so, and then proceeded to riddle the targets. Their Lewis Gun section shot exceptionally well, making 236 hits. The 4th Canadian Battalion then competed and did very well, but were very unfortunate in having a bad jam with their Lewis Gun and only  getting 16 hits on the target. The total scores were 2nd Battalion — 220 1/4 3rd Battalion — 211 1/4 4th Battalion — 183 3/4 1st Battalion — 182.
The 3rd Battalion platoon more points than the 2nd Battalion in four out of the five
events, but the 2nd Battalion scored so many more hits on the targets that they were declared the winners of the competition and were awarded the Challenge Cup. Weather — fine.

Sunday, 13 January, 1918
Location: DIEVAL
Entry: Battalion Church parade was held in the Boys School at 10.00 a.m., HON. Capt. Armitage taking the service. 26 Other Ranks proceeded to England on leave. There are 159 all ranks on leave in the Battalion, this is the greatest number on leave at one time in the history of the Regiment. Lieut. L.E.Butler arrived as a reinforcement and was posted to “C” Company. Weather — very fine.

Monday, 14 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Snow fell during the early morning and handicapped outside training. The usual training with lectures was however carried on. At 2.00 p.m. a “tump line” demonstration was given to officers and Sergeants by Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C., and instructions were issued that each Company would organize a “tump line” section of 1 N.C.O. and 6 men. Major H.K.Clifton, M.C. had an interview with the O.C. 1st Canadian Divisional Wing, C.C.R.C at MAISNIL RUITZ during the morning. Weather — snow and fine.

Tuesday, 15 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: The Other Ranks proceeded on leave to PARIS. The driving rain throughout the day curtailed x the training considerably, lectures being carried on with. Major H.K. Clifton, M.C. proceeded to ROUEN to look over the system of handling supplies at the Base. The F.G.C.M of No.451326 PrivateF. Weiner took place at MAISNIL-les-RUITZ. Lieut. L.F.Gouldsmith was a member of the Court.

Wednesday, 16 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Lieut. E. Davison and 23 Other Ranks proceeded on cross-channel leave. Heavy fall of of snow, which turned to rain, interfered with training. A very successful Battalion wiring competition took place on “A” Companies Parade Ground at 2.30 p.m. Each Company entered a platoon team of 1 N.C.O. and 10 men, the Companies having already held an elimination contest. major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. and Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. judges the competition. Marks were given for turnout, system, neatness and efficiency of work, quickness of working and for every minute
under 10 that the work was completed in. “B” Company with a team from No.5 Platoon under  Lieut. A.G. Stanway, won the competition in 9 minutes and 45 seconds, completing a 26 yard double apron wire fence in that time. They scored 70 1/2 points. “D” Company was second with 29 points, “A” Company third and “C” Company fourth. Captain D.F.Rogers and Captain E.H. Minns returned from leave. Weather — snow and rain.

Thursday, 17 January, 1918
Location: DIEVAL
Entry: The Corps Commander was to have visited the Brigade, but a driving rain made training impossible, and the inspection was cancelled. A conference of C.Os was held at AUCHEL by the Divisional Commander, Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O attended this meeting. Weather — rain.

Friday, 18 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: The Battalion bathed at FOSSE 3, BRUAY, during the morning. Lieut. F.G. Rutley and Lieut. A.K. Coulthard attended a lecture at 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters, on CIPHER by the Corps Signalling Officer. The Brigade Commander, Lt.Col. W.McLaughlin, D.S.O., lunched at H.Q. Mess. The VICTORIA CROSS was awarded to No. A4017 CPL. COLIN BARRON, of “D” Company, for the
following gallantry in the attack on VINE COTTAGES, PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE, November 6th 1918. “Cpl. Barron opened on three machine guns at point-blank range, rushed the enemy guns singlehanded, killed four of the crew, and captured the remainder. He then with remarkable initiative and skill, turned one of the captured guns on the retiring enemy, causing them severe casualties”. Major W.H.Kippen, M.C. and Lieut. J.K.Gillespie, M.C., returned from leave. Weather — fine.

Saturday, 19 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: 27 Other Ranks proceeded on leave to England. A Battalion parade was held at 10.00 a.m. when the Officer Commanding, Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., pined the VICTORIA CROSS ribbon on A4017 Corporal COLIN BARRON, V.C. After Battalion parade a Battalion route march was held. Major H.S.Cooper, M.C. proceeded to MATRINGHEM, for a Senior Officers Musketry Course, lasting 3 days. Weather — fine.

Sunday, 20 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Battalion Church parade was held in the Boys School, “A” and “B” Companies at 10.00 a.m. and “C” and “D” Companies at 10.30 a.m., Hon.Captain Armitage taking the service. 5 O.R. proceeded to England on leave. Lieut. N.B.McPherson and 1 N.C.O. proceeded to Canadian Corps Gas School, for course. Lt.Col. J.B.Rogers, D.S.O.,M.C., returned from leave and took over command of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade from Lt.Col. W.McLaughlin, D.S.O. Weather — fine.

Monday, 21 January 1918
Entry: The Battalion moved from DIEVAL and proceeded to Forward Area. The Brigade is relieving the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade, with two Battalions in Front Line, in CITE ST.EMILE Sector, one Battalion in Support and one Battalion in Reserve in LES BREBIS. The Battalion lined up at the starting point at 0.8.b.2.5., at 10.15 a.m. and marched to HERSIN via OURTON – DIVION – HOUDAIN — MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ — BARLIN — HERSIN. At 11.45 a.m. the Battalion halted outside of HOUDAIN for one hour for lunch. At 4.00 p.m. the Battalion arrived in HERSIN, in good condition, although carrying packs. Battalion billited in Brewery. The Brigade Commander, Lt.Col. J.B.Rogers, D.S.O.,M.C, and the Brigade Major, Major J.D. Heron, D.S.O.,M.C., inspected the Battalion as it marched past the starting point. 2 O.R. proceeded on leave to PARIS. Lieut. J.H. Neelon was appointed Brigade Bombing Officer to 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade. Weather — cloudy.

Tuesday, 22 January, 1918
Entry: Battalion rested during the morning. At 1.30 p.m. the Battalion, less “A” Company, lined up at the starting point at Q.5.d.8.9., to march to LES BREBIS. Route was through SAINS-EN-GOHELLE — PETIT SAINS — POSSE 2 — LES BREBIS. Battalion arrived at LES BREBIS at 3.20 p.m. The Battalion, less “A” Company, relieved the 2nd Canadian Battalion in Divisional Reserve at LES BREBIS, the Companies being billeted throughout the town. The Transport lines
remained at HERSIN awaiting accomodation. “A” Company under command of Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C., left HERSIN at 3.00 p.m., to march to CITE  ST. EDOUARD, in N.7., the Support position. This company is working on MASONS HOUSE tunnel, and a shift of 1 officer, 3 N.C.Os and 34 O.R. started at 10.00 p.m. to work on first shift. Work is being done by 3 shifts. Captain J.K.Crawford, D.S.O. and 11 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. Weather — fine.

Wednesday, 23 January, 1918
Location: LES BREBIS (Divl. Reserve)
Entry: Battalion rested during the day with the exception of “A” Company who are working in front line. All Company Officers, and the Commanding Officer, proceeded to look over front line in ST.EMILE Sector. Battalion very comfortable, much more so than at DIEVAL, with excellent training grounds. Weather — cloudy.

Thursday, 24 January, 1918
Location: LES BREBIS (Divl. Reserve)
Entry: One N.C.O. per Company and remaining Officers of the Battalion proceeded to look over the Forward Area. “B”, “C”, and “D” Companies carried out training from 8.30 a.m. to 12. noon. The Transport and Quartermasters Stores moved from HERSIN to LES BREBIS. A conference of Company Commanders, Intelligence Officer and Quartermaster, took place at H.Q. Mess at 4.00 p.m., [xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] In the afternoon sports were carried on, the Band being in attendance, two excellent fields being available. A/Captain F.C. Brooke was appointed Town Major of LOOS. Major H.S. Cooper, M.C., returned from Musketry Course for Senior Officers at MATRINGHEM. Weather — fine.

Friday, 25 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: The Commanding Officer inspected the Battalion in the morning, after which indents were taken. Sports were held during the afternoon. Lieut. J.M. Airth and 11 Other Ranks proceeded on leave to England. Tump line teams commenced training Lieut. J.C. Ramsden. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. proceeded to Forward Brigade Headquarters for conference. Weather — fine.

Saturday, 26 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: General training carried on during the morning, with “B” Company wiring. [XXX] Company Commanders meeting was held in H.Q. mess at 11.00 a.m. A football game took place at 3.00 p.m. between the 3rd Canadian Battalion and the 1st Field Company, Canadian Engineers, the 1st Field Company winning by a score of 3 – 0. A working party of 4 officers and 200 Other Ranks under command of Captain J.J.Vandersluys, proceeded by train to Forward Area to work on Communication Trenches. The initial performance of “THE TORONTO’S”, the 3rd Canadian Battalion Concert Party, took place in the Y.M.C.A. Cinema hut, LES BREBIS, at 7.00 p.m. The house was packed, with a large number unable to gain admittance. The Band was in attendance and played between acts. Captain N.V. Cliff was in charge of the party, what had been practicing faithfully for the last week or two. Captain N.V.Cliff, Capt. K.C.Brooke, Lieut. D.W.Morrison and 8 O.R. completed
the troupe. An excellent show was presented, and gave promise of a very excellent party in the future. Lieut. L.B. Lyall reported as a reinforcement and was posted to “A” Company. Weather — very fine.

Sunday, 27 January, 1918
Location: LES BREBIS (Divl. Reserve)
Entry: Battalion Church parade took place at 10.00 a.m. in the Cinema Hut, LES BREBIS, with Hon. Captain Armitage taking the service. Very small attendance due to the last nights working parties. Major H.K. Clifton, M.C., went to Hospital. At 2.30 p.m. the Officers played a game of rugby football, much to the amusement of all the troops. Right Half Battalion, plus H.Q. played the Left Half Battalion, plus Transport Mess. Major C.E.Reid, D.S.O. got a new ball out from England for the occasion, and the large crowd thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Officers get a few bumps. The Right half Battalion “ROGERS PETS” defeated the Left half Battalion “ROGERS COLTS” by the score of 22 – 1. Major C.E. Reid, D.S.O., and Lieuts. L.B. Lyall and H.F. Petman starred for the winners, while Capt. K.C.Brooke and Lieut. M.D. Murdock starred for the losers. The following was line up: —
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Backs — Major W.H.Kippen, M.C. Backs — Captain D.F.Rogers.
Lieut. D.W.Morrison Lieut. L.E.Butler.
Wings — Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. Wings — Capt. N.V.Cliff.
Capt. J.J.Vandersluys Lieut. J.H.Jennings.
Capt. E.H.Minns. Lieut. N.B.McPherson.
Lieut. T. Weir. Lieut. J.C.Ramsden
Lieut. J.D.Scott. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie.
Lieut. L.B.Lyall Capt. K.C.Brooke
Lieut. A.C.Lewis Capt. C.S.Calhoun
Lieut. A.K.Coulthard Capt. A.E. MacDonald.
Lieut. F.G. Rutley handled the game.
Lieut. R. Montgomery, M.C. returned from leave. Working parties of 6 Officers and 240 O.R. under Captain N.V.Cliff proceeded to Forward area by train to work on Communication Trenches. Weather — very fine.

Monday, 28 January, 1918
Location: LES BEBIS (Divl. Reserve)
Entry: No training carried on except by Details. Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. and Lieut. F.G. Rutley proceeded up the line to make arrangements for relief on 30th instant. Captain G.C. Petterson, M.C., also went forward with some of his scouts, to establish an O.P. A working party of 6 officers and 240 O.R. under Captain K.C. Brooke  proceeded to forward area to work on Communications Trenches. Weather — very fine.

Tuesday, 29 January, 1918
Location: -do-
Entry: Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. proceeded to MAISNIL-les-RUITZ to deliver a lecture to Officers of C.C.R.C and 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade, on “Operations at Passchendaele Ridge, November 6th 1917”. Officers and N.C.Os reconnoitering their Company positions in forward area. [XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX] Enemy threw about 30 shells around the vicinity of the Mine, LES BREBIS between 11.00 p.m. 28th and 1.00 a.m. 29th. Weather — very fine.

Wednesday, 30 January, 1918
Entry: 2/Lieut. L. Wilson, U. S. Army, with one trunk, one bed, one bedroll, one valise, arrived for attachment to the Battalion for a few days, for instruction.
Battalion commenced to move forward to relief of 2nd Canadian Battalion in the Left sub-section of the ST. EMILE Sector, at 4.30 p.m., Band playing units out of LES BREBIS. Relief completed at 11.30 p.m. Companies occupying following positions:–
“A” Company — Reserve.
“B” Company — Support.
“C” Company — Left Front Line.
“D” Company — Right Front Line.
B’n Hqrs. — N.7.b.6.1.
Weather — fine.

Thursday, 31 January, 1918
Location: sub-section ST.EMILE Sector.
Entry: Night passed very quietly. Early morning very misty, permitting much reconnaissance overland to be made. Trenches in very fair shape generally, although front line is very muddy, and the sanitary conditions are extremely poor. Lieut. Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., Acting Brigade Commander, had lunch at Battalion Headquarters. 14 O.R. proceeded on cross-channel leave. Company Commanders meeting at Battalion Headquarters at 3.30 p.m., at which Major
D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O, described the way in which he wished the front line to be held. Enemy shelled the Back country quite vigorously, with gas shells, between 8.00 p.m. and 10.p.m. but caused no casualties. Weather — fine.

January 1st to 20th — DIEVAL.
January 21st — Moved to HERSIN.
January 22nd — Moved to LES BREBIS.
January 22nd to 30th — LES BREBIS (Divisional Reserve)
January 30th. — Moved to Front Line, Left sub-section,
ST EMILE Sector, Canadian Corps Front.
January 31st — Left sub-section, ST.EMILE Sector.

850929 Pte. Taylor, R.V. Wounded 23.1.18
767053 Pte. Luney, J. Wounded 27.1.18 Died of Wounds 28.1.18

February 1, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: 4th Canadian Battalion patrol lost 4 O.R, believed to have been taken prisoners. Patrols active throughout the night, they being led by Lieut. L.F Gouldsmith and Lieut. G.F. Kerr. Night passed fairly quietly, though enemy were very alert and fired on patrols frequently. 2nd Lieut. Wilson. U.S. Army attached to “C” Company for instruction. Major H.S. Cooper, M.C. reported at Battalion Headquarters at Noon and plans for the forthcoming raid were gone over. Capt. B.H. Minns, M.C. assigned command of “B” Company. Rations up at 8.00 P.M. All available men on working parties, 40 men from “A” and “B” Companies being employed on front line wiring, and 60 O.R. from same. Companies working on HAPPY TRENCH. Weather – Fine. Visibility – Poor.

February 2, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: Night passed very quietly, although enemy was extremely alert. Patrols active throughout the night, one patrol under L/Corporal Carr making a full reconnaissance of the NORMAN STACKS. Good progress was made last night with front line wiring, 110 yds in all being put out. 2nd Lieut. Wilson, U.S. Army proceeded to LE TOUQURT on Lewis Gun Course. Lieut. B. Davison returned from Leave. Lieut. A.G. Stanway returned from Gas Course. Our guns and T.M’s very active about 4.30 P.M. Enemy did not retaliate. Offensive patrol left our lines at 6.00 P.M under Lieut. G.F. Kerr, but could not get forward, as our M.G’s were dropping their fire short in “No Man’s Land.” Working parties of 180 O.R. were employed on writing front line and North and South boundaries of defended localities. Weather – Fine.

February 3, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: Night passed fairly quietly. 14th Canadian Battalion holding frontage to our Left and 4th Canadian Battalion on our Right. Patrols active along our whole front during the night. The Divisional and Brigade Commanders were at our Headquarters from 10.30 A.M. until Noon. Our Artillery dropped 3 shells short into our trenches in the vicinity of Mason’s House, but without causing any damage. Enemy low-flying aeroplanes very active, flying over our trenches at very low altitudes. Inter-Company relief carried out, “A” Company relieving “C” Company in Right Front Line and “B” Company relieving “D” Company in Left Front Line, and “C” Company moving into Reserve and “D” Co. into support. Relief complete 11.P.M. Lieut.-Col J.B. Rogers, D.S.O. , M.C., resumed command of the Battalion. Weather – Fine.

February 4, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: Lieutenant H.T. Poste, M.C., returned from 1st. Army School. Night passed fairly quietly, our patrols being very active throughout the night but not encountering the enemy. Trench Strength – 28 officers – 488 Other Ranks. Pte. Yeoman killed by “pineapple” last night. Major Cooper’s party of raiders arrived at CITE ST. EMILE at 2.30 P.M., and were served with soup at 3.15 P.M. Parties moved forward to Front Line at 4.15 P.M., and Commanding Officer went around and inspected them in their assembly positions. (Attached herewith find Operation Orders and report on the raid). Weather –Fine.

February 5, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: Officer patrols out all night, endeavouring to locate Lieut. J.C. Ramsden, and the bodies of the two men who were killed, but without success. Raiding party left Battalion Headquarters, in charge of Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith for SAINS [ ] GOHELLE, where they are to get cleaned up, and will have 30 hours rest. Word received that both Ptes. Buffham and Carlton, who were wounded in last night’s raid, have died. Lieutenant R. Bailey, who was wounded last night, was sent to C.C.S. by Field Ambulance. Stokes guns put over a 5-minute barrage at 7.30 P.M. Word received at 8.50 P.M. from Lieut. A.G. Stanway, that Lieut. J.C. Ramsden, who was reported “Missing” in last night’s raid, had returned to our trenches at 8.30 P.M. having lain all day between the German front line and their wire, being severely wounded in the ankle, as well as sundry wounds in his buttock. When he passed through our Dressing Station he was very cheerful. His endurance and pluck have been wonderful. Leiut. F.G. Rutley slipped, on his way up to the trenches, and put his bad knee out, he being admitted to the Field Ambulance, and later in the night evacuated to the C.C.S. Wiring carried on with, by 180 O.R. and 5 Officers during the night, special attention being paid to the wiring of the defended localities. Weather – Fine.

February 6, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: At 3.20 A.M. a party of 20 of the enemy attempted to rush No. 2 Post of “A” Company (MASON’S HOUSE). The enemy threw a large number of “Pineapples” at the post and under their cover advanced across “No Man’s Land”, but was discovered outside our wire, and our Bombers and Lewis Gunner immediately opened up and dispersed the party. We suffered no casualties. Our patrols covered the Battalion front throughout the night, but had nothing unusual to report. Wiring parties did very good work last night, 240 yards of wire being constructed throughout the Battalion front. Lieut. G.F. Kerr, with 5 O.R. of “C” Company left our trenches at 5.15 P.M. and could find no trace of any wounded or dead Germans, but found an unexploded German bomb about 5 yards from our wire, which proved conclusively that the Germans had been close to our trenches. Weather – Fine.

February 7, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: The night passed fairly quietly, except at 3.00 A.M., when the enemy threw a large number of “Pineapples”, Medium and Heavy T.M’s. Our retaliation induced him to stop at 3.20 A.M. Our patrols throughout last night covered the entire Battalion frontage. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., proceeded on Leave. Corporal J. Soorey sniped outside “A” Company wire at about 6 A.M. Private J. Cohen, the noted character in the Battalion, lived up to expectations by shooting himself in the hand, two days after rejoining the Battalion. “S.O.S.” changed from Green Lights, to Gold & Silver Shower Rockets. 14th Canadian Battalion relived on our left by the 13th Canadian Battalion. Everything very quiet during the earlier part of the night. An abnormal amount of movement has been reported, along the CARVIN ROAD, and we have been warned to be especially vigilant. Weather – Fine.

February 8, 1918
Location: St. Emile
Entry: Night passed very quietly; our patrols were active throughout the night, but as it was extremely dark, little information of value could be obtained. “D” Company did very good wiring, putting out 220 yards of double-apron wire fence, 180 yards being in front of the Front Line. Battalion is being relieved by the 7th Canadian Battalion (Major Philpot, D.S.O.) Relief started to come in at 8.00 P.M. Relief completed at 11.45 P.M. No casualties. WEATHER – Fine.

February 9, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Battalion arrived in Billets at about 2.00 A.M. at FOSSE 10. Men all in houses; therefore, billets are scattered considerably. Word received that Lieut. J.C. Ramsden, R. Bailey and F.G. Rutley have all been evacuated to the Base. Day spent by men in cleaning up. Weather – Fine.

February 10, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Two Church Parades, half the Battalion at each, Captain W.R.R. Armitage taking both services. Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O, M.C. attended conference at Brigade H.Q. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O and Second-in-Command of Companies, went up to look over position we would take over in case of a move forward. Captain K.C. Brooke to 1st Canadian Divisional Wing, C.C.R.C. as a Co’y Commander. Lieutenant J.M. Macdonald proceeded to Canadian Corps Gas School. Weather – Fine.

February 11, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: The Belgian Government has awarded the CROIX DE GUERRE to No. 202001, Private A. Colvin, (deceased); No. 9068, Sergt. H.V. Spence (Stretcher Bearers), and to No. 416411, Sergt. R. Goulette, “A” Co. Battalion bathed at Baths in LES BREBIS. All Units took an indent, and Company Commanders held a Company Inspection. Capt. H.A. Chishom, M.C., reported, and took over command of “D” Company. Weather- Fine.

February 12, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: “A”, “C” & “D” Companies carried on with Musketry, Platoon in Attack, etc., in the morning. “B” Company shot at the Ranges in the morning and “C” Company shot at the ranges in the afternoon, under Lieut. T. Weir’s supervision. Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.C.O., M.C., sick in bed. Major-General A.C. Macdonell, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., gave a very instructive lecture to all the Officers of the Brigade at BRAQUEMONT. Battalion dump of Battle material moved from SAINS-EN-GOHELLE to FOSSE 10. Weather – Fine.

February 13, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., still in bed. Inspection by Corps Commander of Transport, which was to have taken place tomorrow postponed till 18th. Parades had to be called off at 10.30 A.M., owing to rain. Draft of 17 Other Ranks reported, all of them Casualties. Reconnoitering party of Capt. G.C. Patterson, M.C. and one Officer per Company went up and looked over the HILL to 70 Area. Weather – Rain.

February 14, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: “D” Company to Ranges in the morning, “B” and “A” Companies carrying on with training, and “C” Company having muzzle protectors fitted to their rifles. “A” Company to the Ranges in the afternoon. Draft of 10 Other Ranks (Casualties) reported for duty. Lieut.-Col. Brown, D.S.O., A.A. & Q.M.G., had tea at Headquarters. Reunion Dinner of all original 1st. Canadian Division Officers held at Corps Headquarters. Unfortunately, Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., could not attend, owing to recent illness. Capt. D.F. Rogers’ Birthday. The night was celebrated accordingly. Weather – Fine.

February 15, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: “D” Company shooting at the Ranges, other Companies carrying on with having baths, and having muzzle protectors fitted to their rifles. Brig-General W.A. Greisbach, C.M.G., D.S.O., gave a lecture re “Pursuit in case of an Advance”, at LES BREBIS. All Officers attended. Lieut. R.G. Wickham reported for duty and was posted to “A” Company. All Companies carried out an hour’s march over hard roads and cross-country during darkness, with Small Box Respirators on. Weather- Fine.

February 16, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Morning spent by Companies in making preparations to move into the Line. All Officers in the Battalion had their pictures taken as a group, at 2 P.M. Battalion Commenced to move off at 5.30 P.M., to the relief of the 16th Canadian Battalion, in the Support area of the HILL 70 Section. Relief complete at 9.30 P.M. 1st. Canadian Battalion in the Line on the Right and 2nd Canadian Battalion on the Left with the 4th Canadian Battalion in Reserve. All very comfortable. Battalion supplying permanent Working Party of 97 O.R., who are billeted and rationed by the 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company. Weather – Fine, and frosty.

February 17, 1918
Location: Support to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Night passed very quietly along Brigade front. Lieut. A.C. Lewis proceeded to Course at Canadian Corps Gas School. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., to Senior Officers’ Musketry Course at FRUG[illegible ] for 4 days. Working parties of 11 Officers and 428 Other Ranks will be supplied each night throughout the tour, exclusive of the permanent parties. All Other Ranks who came out with the original First Contingent, and were married before the War, were returned to Canada. This Battalion had six O.R. who came under this heading:
9703 Pte. Newdick J.W,
9236 Sgt Prestidge W.,
6544 Pte. Bint A.S.,
7028 Pte. Dizon W.,
10067 Pte. Pickup G.,
9271 Pte. Williams, D.J.
Weather – Fine.

February 18, 1918
Location: Support to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Heavy bombardment on 1st. Battalion front at 4.20 A.M. the S.O.S being sent up. The Quartermaster and all Cooks attended a demonstration in Cookery at Army School of Cookery, BETHUNE. Corps Commander inspected the Transport of the Brigade at FOSSE 10 and expressed himself as having been very well pleased with the showing made by the 3rd Battalion Transport. Credit is due to Lieut. M.D. Murdock for this, as he works very hard on this Transport. Capt. J.J. Vandersluys and two O.R. to LILLIERS as witnesses in the case of No.9548, Pte. J. Cohen. Lieut. H.H. Essex reported for duty and was posted to “D” Company. Weather – Fine, very frosty at night.

February 19, 1918
Location: Support to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Area heavily gassed by enemy shells, “C” Company having a number of gas cases caused by gas shells exploding at night, and the chemical staying on the ground and evaporating as soon as the sun comes up. 4 O.R. proceeded on Leave. Capt. H.H. Coombes, M.C. sent to Hospital with trench fever. Lieut. W.A. McMaster assuming command of “A” Company. News received that Sir William Robertson has resigned from the post of Chief of General of Staff, Sir Charles Wilson succeeding him. Companies doing very good work in salvaging their Company areas, a large amount of material having been obtained. A further detail of 17 O.R. dispatched to Lieut. J.D. Scott’s party with the Tunnellers. Lieut. J.M. Airth, M.C., wounded by M.G. bullet in Right shoulder while on working party. Weather – Fine.

February 20, 1918
Location: Support to Hill 70 Section
Entry: “C” Company had a further number of gas cases, which are quite mysterious. Brigade Gas Officer came up and suggests that the Germans are using some new kind of gas. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie M.C., proceeded to course at Lewis Gun School, LE TOUQUET. Canteen moved up and established itself in LOOS. Working parties supplied last night as usual. Parties reconnoitering the line in expectation of relieving 2nd Canadian Battalion on 24th instant. Total Gas Casualties to date 17 Other Ranks. Weather – Fine.
February 21, 1918
Location: Support to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Working Parties last night as usual. “C” Company had 11 more gas cases, making 28 Other Ranks having been evacuated in last three days, suffering from gas poison. Lieut. N.B. McPherson to Heavy Trench Mortor Battery, for attachment. Lieut. A.C. Lewis met with an accident at Corps Gas School, and evacuated to Hospital. Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O, M.C., proceeded to transport sick, he having a very bad attack of Trench Fever. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., returned from Musketry Course, and assumed command of the Battalion. Decorations have been awarded to the following Other Ranks for their work in the raid on February 4th:
766357, Lance-Corporal V.R. Dale, Bar to the Military Medal.
850178, Lance-Corporal J.A. McGeachie, The Military Medal.
9316, Sergeant H.V. Pogden, The Military Medal.
757792, Private R. Mallory, The Military Medal.
Brig-Gen. W.A. Greisbach, C.M.G., D.S.O., had tea at Battalion Headquarters. Weather- Drizzling rain.

February 22, 1918
Location: Support to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Working parties as usual, the whole Battalion out; very good work being done on HORSE FAIR, HURRAH and NETLEY trenches. Battalion complimented on the excellent work done during the tour, salvaging. Enemy battery of “5.9’s” located by Battalion Observation Post, and action taken against them by our Heavy Artillery. Message received at 9.30 P.M. that we will be relieving the 2nd Canadian Battalion tomorrow night, instead of on the 24th. Three other Ranks proceeded on Leave. Weather- Fair.

February 23, 1918
Location: Support to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Working parties as usual. 1 O.R. wounded on “D” Company’s party by M.G. fire. Headquarters and Company Officers busy reconnoitering forward area. Lieut. H.W.W. Copp reported for duty. Captain M.V. Oliff proceeded to Canadian Corps Gas School. Adjutant busy preparing new List of Officers which has been required by Headquarters, London, on account of the re-organization there. The Corps Commander sent out a letter, stating that of all the Transports he inspected at the recent Inspection, the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade was the best, Battalion commenced to move forward at 6.10 P.M. to the relief of the 2nd Canadian Battalion, in the Left sub-section of the HILL 70 Sector. Relief complete at 9.30 P.M., the Battalion occupying the following positions:
“A” Co. Front Line from H.25.i.2.8. to edge of BOID HUGO at H. 26.c.1.6.
“B” Co. “ “ centre H.26.c.1.6. to edge of BOIS RASE at H.32.a.4.8.
“D” Co. “ “ right H.32.a.4.8. to H.32.o.9.8.
“C” Co. Support, in region of Puite 14.
Battalion Headquarters near Junction of RAILWAY ALLEY and LOOS Trench at H.30.i.8.1.
Trench strength – 26 Officers, and 550 Other Ranks. 4th Canadian Battalion on the right, and 6th Lincolns on the Left. Weather – Fine.

February 24, 1918
Location: Left front line subsection Hill 70
Entry: Patrols active along the Battalion Front throughout the night; no enemy encountered. “C” Company is being used to carry up rations and water for front line Co’ys. The day passed very quietly, the enemy bothering us on a very small scale with “Pineapples” and “Whiss-bangs”. One O.R. Wounded. Sounds of iron hammering heard on the left, on the Battalion Front, suspected to be placing of gas projectors. Weather – Fine.

February 25, 1918
Location: Left front line subsection Hill 70
Entry: Night passed very quietly. Lewis Guns dispersed a patrol on the left, on the Battalion front. Work carried on by all garrisons of posts, in generally strengthening and improving their posts. Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., sent to Hospital; he has been feeling very ill for the last four or five days and has been persuaded to take sick leave to NICE for two weeks or a month. Capt. H.H. Coombes, M.C., is also going to NICE on sick leave. Lieut  A.G. Stamway proceeded on Leave. Lieut  H.P. Petman to Course at 1st. Army Musketry School. Leave to PARIS is opening up; five men getting away today. Letter received from Divisional Commander, in which he states, “The outstandingly smartest Battalions in the last two months have been the 3rd, 10th and 14th”. Weather – Drizzly.

February 26, 1918
Location: Left front line subsection Hill 70
Entry: Night passed exceptionally quietly. It being extremely light, it was impossible to send out patrols. Six more O.R. proceeded on Leave to PARIS. Lieut. Thairs reported for duty. Lieuts. L.F. Gouldsmith and D.W. Morrison to CAMBLAIN L’ABBE to hear lecture by Lieut.-General Byng on “The Cambrai Operations”. Captain Cunningham, Staff Captain “I” of Brigade, has left to take over duties as G.S.O.S. of 3rd Canadian Division, Captain Matheson of the 10th Canadian Battalion taking over duties as Staff Captain “I”. Major Armstrong; Sniping Officer, Canadian Corps, called at Battalion Headquarters, he being attached to Brigade for a week. 1 O.R. killed, 1 O.R. wounded. Weather – Fine.

February 27, 1918
Location: Left Front line Subsection Hill 70
Entry: Enemy artillery exceptionally violent about 1000 yards to our left flank at 2.40 A.M. Night otherwise quiet. Our patrols were out during the night, but no very pleasing results could be obtained on account of the brightness of the moon. Posts carrying on generally with repairing and improving their posts. No. 201092, Sergt. O.C. Roche; proceeded from Army School to England, to take a Course for a Commission. Divisional Commander passed through our trenches with the Brigadier. Lieutenant Thairs joined “A” Company. Our Artillery successfully shot up enemy “Pineapple” machine which has been causing us considerable trouble, in H.26.1. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., returned from Leave and assumed command of the Battalion. Message received at 11.00 P.M. that “enemy is expected to attack before daylight”. Everyone wondering whether the much-talked-of offensive has come to a head. Enemy very active with light trench mortars on “A” Company front between 9.00 P.M. and 11.00 P.M.

February 28, 1918
Location: Left front line subsection Hill 70
Entry: Patrols active throughout the night, enemy attack not taking place. Shell exploded at “D” Company’s advanced Headquarters at 11.00 A.M., 5 O.R. being shell-shocked, 3 O.R. of whom were evacuated. Stokes mortars put over a salve of 50 rounds from each gun at 8.30 P.M., very little enemy retaliation. Weather – Fine.

Moves of Battalion During February 1918:
February 1st-8th – LEFT SUB-SECTION, ST. EMILE
February 8th-16th – FOSSE 10
February 16th – 23rd – Support to HILL 70 SECTION
February 23rd – 26th – LEFT FRONT LINE SUB-SECTION, HILL 70

Friday, March 1, 1918
Location: Left Front Line/sub-section Hell 70’
Entry: Night passed quietly, our patrols being active throughout the night. Considerable wiring done on Band D Company front; 140 yards in all being completed. Corps. Commander and Brigadier General W.A. Griesback called at Battalion Headquarters; Corps Commander does not consider that any large attack by the enemy is imminent. Word received that Lieut. H. Ramsden and Lieut. R. Bailey have been awarded Military Crosses, everyone very pleased. Draft of 10 O.P. reported. Trench strength 26 Officers and 516 O.R., this does not include personnel permanently attached to Tunnellers. Suspected enemy relief opposite our front. Special Company R.E.’s commenced to install gas projectors in rear of HELL Trench in Bois Rase. Weather – fine and crisp.

Saturday, March 2, 1918
Location: Left Front Line/sub-section Hell 70’
Entry: Night passed very quietly. Our patrols active until 12.30 a.m., but moonlight rendered patrolling impossible after that hour. Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith reconnoitered sap on edge of Bois Hugo at H.26.C.36.70. and found German Officer’s cap scattered with brains which confirms statement by A Company sniper who thought he sniped a man in No Man’s Land about 5 p.m. last night O.R. wounded. Day very quiet. Weather – fine.

Sunday, March 3, 1918
Location: Left Front Line/sub-section Hell 70’
Entry: Patrols active throughout the night, no enemy patrols encountered. Patrol of 7th Battalion South Staffords cut up by enemy. Pineapple fire on our left flank. There were however no men missing. Word received that we will not be relieved until night of 5th and 6th making a ten day tour in the line which is a very long tour when there are 3 companies in the front line and intercompany relief impossible. & O.R. on teams to Paris. Heavy strife on left Company’s front. A Company 7 men wounded, 4 of whom were quite badly wounded. Draft of 40 O.R.’s reported. Weather – fine.

Monday, March 4, 1918
Location: Left Front Line/sub-section Hell 70’
Entry: Patrols active throughout the night but efficient patrolling has been difficult during this tour on account of the extreme darkness. Very heavy artillery fire and S.O.S. sent up by our troops in the LENS Sector about three miles to our right. Draft of 100 O.R.’s from 5th Canadian Division reported. Permanent working parties which have been attached to the Tunnellers returned to their Companies in the line. Everything very quiet along the line throughout the day. 4th Battalion on our right retrieved by the 8th Canadian Battalion. Weather – fine.

Tuesday, March 5, 1918
Location: Left Front Line/sub-section Hell 70’
Entry: Patrols active throughout the night, the night passing very quietly. 2nd Lieut. Griton of U.S. Army called at headquarters. Definite word received that Col. Rogers has gone to Nice. Battalion relieved by 7th Canadian Battalion who gave an excellent relief, all being complete by 9.15 p.m. Battalion moved back to billets in Fasse 10 the last unit arriving there about midnight. The draft of 99 O.R.’s reported to their Companies.

Wednesday, March 6, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Day spent by units in bathing, cleaning up and paying. Lieut. Lyman Abraham Henderson reported for duty and was posted to C Company. All Russians withdrawn from Battalion and dispatched to Base 3 sent from this Battalion. Lieut. D.W. Morrison proceeded to Le Louquet to see demonstration of Lewis Guns. Weather – fine.

Thursday, March 7, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Units carried on with musketry and drill and Special training from 8.30 a.m. until noon. All Officers attended a lecture by Lieut. Col. Fernic D.S.O. on the tanks in Braguamont at 2.30 p.m. The Battalion Football team played the Headquarters Section R.F.C. defeating them by a score of 6 to 0. Lieut. E. Davison to hospital. Weather – fine.

Friday, March 8, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Units carried on with wiring, musketry, and special training from 8.30 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. C.O. and Company Commanders attended a demonstration with tanks, at Noulette at 11.00 a.m. Lieut. D.W. Morrison returned from Lewis Gun School. Battalion baseball team played a game with 2nd Field Ambulance Score 9-9. Weather – fine.

Saturday, March 9, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Battalion route march of 12 miles – via BOUVIGNY BOVEFFLES, AOUY-SERVINS, PETIT-SERVINS, GRAND-SERVINS, HERSIN. Had lunch at Hersin at noon. Battalion arrived back to Fosse 10 about 3 p.m. Major D.H.G. mason D.S.O. gave a dinner for Company Commanders. Two tank Officers of the 8th tank Battalion also had dinner with us. Weather – fine.

Sunday, March 10, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Battalion church parade at 10.00 a.m. service taken by Captain W.R.R. Armitage. Commanding Officer attended a conference of Battalion Commanders held at 1st Canadian Infantry Bde. Headquarters. Lieut. R.G. Wickham proceeded to Canadian Corps School. Major G.E. Reid D.S.O. got off to Paris after various hitches and mishaps. In the end he went down to Division Headquarters and got his warrant himself. Weather – fine.

Monday, March 11, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Battalion cooperated in a practice attack with tanks at Noulette for three hours in the morning, quite a change for the men after the ordinary routine work. The tank people were all very decent to the men, everyone in the Battalion having a ride in a tank much to their enjoyment. Battalion had lunch at Noulette and marched back to billets in the afternoon. The 16th Canadian Battalion Concert party gave a very excellent concert to the Battalion, A and C Companies attending. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie M.C. returned from Lewis Gun School. 10 O.R.’s reported for duty from 1st Div. wing C.C.R.C. Weather – fine.

Tuesday, March 12, 1918
Location: Fosse 10
Entry: Major D.H.C. Mason D.S.O. made a trip to the Divisional wind with the other Battalion Commanders of the Brigade. The Battalion had a gala day at the ranges, every man firing 40 rounds, ten of which were fired with Box Respirators on. Great credit is due to Lieut T. Weir for his organization and carrying into effect of the musketry practices. B and D Companies attended the 16th Battalion Concert Party. This is a very excellent concert Party and is certainly something for their Battalion to be very proud of. Very bad accident in B Company when a rifle was discharged by accident the bullet striking a little French girl aged 11 years who later died. Weather – fine.

Wednesday, March 13, 1918
Location: Fosse 10 and Bully Grenay
Entry: The Battalion passed through the Divisional Gas Hut at Sains – [unreadable]. Battalion moved to billets in Bully Grenay, billets good but very scattered. Capt. H.H. Coombs N.C. returned from hospital. Lieut. G.H. Payne and 91 other Ranks attached to 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company for work on new tunnels. Weather – fine.

Thursday, March 14, 1918
Location: Bully Grenay
Entry: All available men on working parties working on new tunnels in the [unreadable] and Double Crassiers. This work will be carried on every day while the Battalion is in Bully Grenay. Capt. G.C. Patterson M.C. proceeded on leave to England. Weather – fine.

Friday, March 15, 1918
Location: Bully Grenay
Entry: Working Parties as usual. Battalion bathed at Les Bribis. Football team played anti-aircraft battery and defeated them by a score of 1-0. Lieut. A.G. Stanway returned from leave. 10 O.R.’s reported from 1st Div wind C.C.R.C. as reinforcements. Weather – fine.

Saturday, March 16, 1918
Location: Bully Grenay
Entry: Working parties as usual. Church parade in square at 10.15 a.m. service taken by Capt. Armitage. Capt. J.J. Vanders[unreadable] proceeded on leave to Paris and Lieut. D.W. Morrison, Lieut. Murdock and Capt. N.V. Cliff proceeded on leave to Nice, a wonderful trio. Lieut. R.G. Wickham returned from Canadian Corps Gas School. Lieut. H.T. Posted M.C. attached to 3rd Battalion C.F.A. for a 5-days tour of instruction. 12 S.O.S rockets put up by the companies and 3 by Headquarters to demonstrate to all ranks the correct procedure. Weather fine.

Sunday, March 17, 1918
Location: Bully Grenay
Entry: Anti-aircraft gun permanently placed at transport lines. Working parties as usual. Officers of this Battalion played Officers of 1st Battalion a game of Baseball we losing by score of 13-10. Capt. H.H. Coombs M.C. proceeded on leave to nice. Lieut. E.J. Thairs attached Canadian Corps Gas School. Lieut. J.J. Dolan reported for duty and was posted to “C” Company. Weather fine.

Monday, March 18, 1918
Location: Bully Grenay
Entry: Working parties as usual. Football match with anti-aircraft Battery we winning by score of 2-0. We also defeated 2nd Battalion at baseball by score of 5-2. The Battalion Transport maintained its high standard by again winning the whip, this being the third time the Battalion has won it out of five inspections. Major D.H.G. Mason DBO gave a dinner to all Commanding Officers and adjutants of the Brigade, a great success. Weather – fine.

Tuesday, March 19, 1918
Location: Bully Grenay
Entry: Working parties as usual. 10 O.R.s reported from 1st Division wind [unreadable] as reinforcements. Lieut. G.N. Payne and 91 O.R.s returned from 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company. Weather – wet.

Wednesday, March 20, 1918
Location: Bully Grenay
Entry: Preparation being made by units for move forward tonight. Lieut. R.G. Wickham, Lieut. L.B. Lyall and 85 O.R.s reported for duty to 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company. Battalion commended to move off at 7.15 p.m., clearing BULLY GRENAY by 8.00 p.m. and relieving the 8th Canadian Battalion, in reserve to Hill 70 Section by 11.00 p.m. Distribution of battalion – B, C, and D Companies in LOOS and Battalion Headquarters and “A” Company in the Village Line. The 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalions are holding the line with the 4th in support. Weather – fine.

Thursday, March 21, 1918
Location: Reserve to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Enemy raided 2nd Canadian Battalion trenches at 4.30 a.m. leaving six dead in our front line. 4 O.R.s of the 2nd Canadian Battalion are missing. Our casualties during the strife were 1 killed and 2 O.R.s wounded. The man killed was a 5th Division man having just done six hours in the forward area. Daily working parties consisting of 2 Officers and 110 O.R.s are being supplied whilst the Battalion is in Brigade Reserve. [Unreadable] projectors fired over 1500 rounds at 11.00 a.m. with seemingly good results on Hill 70 front. Enemy shelled LOOS very heavily with gas shells about 11.00 p.m. Weather – fine.

Friday, March 22, 1918
Location: Reserve to Hill 70 Section
Entry: Very heavy drum fire on our left between 12.30 a.m. and 2.05 a.m. 47th Battalion reconnoitering parties up looking over our area. Lieut. J.H. Jenning and Lieut. J.D. Scott went to the Division wing C.C.R.C. for the day to see the demonstrative platoons. News received that the Hun has attacked with 30 Divisions on a 50 mile front to our south, situation obscure. Lieut. J.H. Jennings proceeded to 1st Army School. All leave cancelled. Lieut. H.O. Dale reported for duty. Lieut. H.T. Post M.C. returned from 1st [unreadable] C.F.A. Lieut. E.F. Thairs returned from Corps Gas School and Lieut. H.F. Portman returned from 1st Army Musketry camp. Weather – fine.

Saturday, March 23, 1918
Location: Reserve to Hill 70 Section
Entry: No further news of Hun offensive. News received at noon that 4th Division will probably relieve us tonight. 20 O.R. reported from C.C.R.C. as reinforcements. Battalion relieved by 47th Canadian Battalion and moved back in Army reserve to hut in Bois du Froissart near Hersin. Lieut. R.G. Wickham and Lieut. L.B. Lyall and 85 O.R.s returned from 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company. Weather – fine.

Sunday, March 24, 1918
Location: Bois du Froissart
Entry: Day spent by units in cleaning up and reducing all surplus kit and baggage. 13 O.R.s reported back from Brigade Wirers. All personnel being returned from courses. Reconnaissance parties sent forward to reconnoiter in the vicinity of Nouex-les-Mines. Commanding Officer attended conference at Brigade Headquarters. Officers played men at outdoor baseball, men winning by score of 26-3. German offensive still continuing. Weather – fine.

Monday, March 25, 1918
Location: Bois du Froissart
Entry: Companies and units carried on with physical drill, small-box respirators drill, platoon drill, extended order, advancing in artillery formation and musketry in the morning, and organized games in the afternoon. Major G.C. Reid D.S.O. returned from leave. Lieut. E. Davison returned from hospital and Lieut. [unreadable] returned from Canadian Corps school. The baths at Sains-en-Gohelle were allotted to B.C.D. Corps in the afternoon. A reconnaissance party of 9 Officers was sent out to look over all the back area. Men’s baseball team defeated 4th Battalion team by score of 12-2. Weather – fine.

Tuesday, March 26, 1918
Location: Bois du Froissart
Entry: Battalion stood too from 5.30 a.m. and was ready to move off at one hours notice in anticipation of a hostile attack near Oppy. In view of a probably move, orders were issued about 10.oo a.m. for Battalion to stand down and rest men as much as possible. Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith and one Officer per company went forward to reconnoiter the line in the [unreadable] area. Officers baseball team defeated 4th Battalion Officers by a score of 12-8. Weather – fine.

Wednesday, March 27, 1918
Location: Ottawa Huts
Entry: Orders received that battalion would move to Ottawa Huts near Mont-Saint-Éloi. Battalion fell in at 6.25 a.m. and marched to Ottawa Huts via Grand-Servins and Villers-du-bois, arriving there about 10.00 a.m. and awaited further orders. Battalion now is in G.H.Q. Reserve. Capt. H. Brooke relieved of duties as [unreadable] Major [unreadable] and returned to unit. Weather- fine.

Thursday, March 28, 1918
Location: G.H.Q. Reserve
Entry: Battalion moved to Mont-Saint-Éloi at 12.15 a.m. to embuss but the arrangements evidently fell down as the busses did not arrive until 4 a.m. when the Battalion embussed from MONDICOURT moving via FREVENT and DOULLENS. An arrival at the debussing point approximately noon if not met by the B.G.G.S. of the 4th Corps who delivered orders from G.H.Q. that the 1st Division was to be sent to the 17th Corps Front in Front of Arris instead of as previously ordered, 3rd Battalion going to WANQUITON but the busses has only proceeded for about half an hour when they were met on the DOULLENS-ARRIS road about one mile northeast of MONDICOURT by Captain Hennessey of the 1st Division Staff and ordered to debuss as the busses were required to transport the 3rd Brigade. The Battalion therefore debussed and bivouacked along the road until 5.00 p.m. when it again embussed, under orders from Brigade and proceeded to huts in SIMENCOURT, arriving there about 7.30 p.m., everyone quite tired and all was quiet in the camp after 9.30 p.m. until 11.45 p.m., when the transport arrived, after having followed the Battalion all over France as they state, they having travelled a total of approximately 54 miles during the 24 hours. Weather – rain.

Friday, March 29, 1918
Location: Dainville
Entry: Divisional Staff Officer arrived at 12.15 a.m. and stated that Battalion must move to DAINVILLE. Busses were supplied and Battalion was clear of SIMENCOURT by 1.30 a.m., arriving in DAINVILLE about 3.00 a.m. No billets were allotted to the Battalion but as the civilians evacuated the town yesterday, the Battalion billeted itself. Everyone dead tired and slept quite soundly until 10.00 a.m. Officers sent up to Brigade support positions near BEAUVINS as it is expected that we will move into there tonight. Battalion moved forward at 8.00 p.m. relieving the 8/10th Gordons in the Brigade support area. All companies on Headquarters situated in M.4.C. and M.10.A. Weather – fine.

Saturday, March 30, 1918
Location: Brigade Support
Entry: Men spent the day in improving their positions which was easily done as there is a plentiful supply of lumber, corrugated iron, etc. in the vicinity, as their position was about 5 miles behind the line, 10 days ago. Officers and N.C.O.s very busy reconnoitering forward area. The 2nd Canadian Battalion are in the line with the 1st Battalion Forming a defensive switch down the telegraph switch with the 4th Canadian Battalion in reserve. Personnel to be left at transport lines in case of an action, sent back to transport lines including Major G.E. Reid D.S.O. Battalion strength 25 Officers, 680 O.R.’s. Weather – fine.

Saturday, March 30, 1918
Location: Brigade Support
Entry: Night passed very quietly. Officers and N.C.O’s again employed all day in reconnoitering forward area. Battalion moved forward at 8.30 p.m. to relieve the 2nd Canadian Battalion in the front line. Weather – fine.

Moves of Battalion during March
March 1st to 5th – Left Front Line Sub-Section, Hill 70
March 5th – 13th – Fosse 10
March 13th to 20th – Bully Grenay
March 20th to 23rd – Reserve to Hill 70 Section
March 23rd – 27th – Bois du Froissart Huts
March 27th to 28th – Ottawa Huts
March 28th to 29th – In Busses
March 29th to 30th – Dainville
March 30th to 31st – Brigade Support near Beauvins

List of Casualties for March
138167 Pt. Morris J – Wounded 3-3-18
851110 Pt. Bolger E.J. – Wounded 3-3-18
10128 Pt. Hamilton W.H. – Wounded 3-3-18
757559 Pt. Sherwood H. – Wounded 3-3-18
788821 Pt. Mason R.H. – Wounded 3-3-18
460867 Pt. Atman A. – Wounded 3-3-18
916555 Cpl. Pancott H.A. – Killed 21-3-18
669546 Pt. Keys J. – Wounded 21-3-18
9900 Pt. Clark T. – Wounded 20-3-18 (accidentally)
850364 Pt. Hughes J. – Wounded 30-3-18
201504 [unreadable] W.H. – Wounded 31-3-18

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1ST APRIL, 1918.
Location: FRONT LINE 1st. Canadian Divisional Sector.
Entry: Battalion moved to Front Line to relief of 2nd Canadian Battalion, commencing to move off from Support positions at 8.30 P.M. on the 31st ultimo, but owing to the scarcity of landmarks, etc., 9 out of the 16 platoons were lost by their guides and the relief was not complete till 4.00 A.M. Companies Occupying positions as follows:- “B” Company on the Right and “D” Company on the Left in the front line, with “A” Company in Right Support and “C” Company in Left Support. 3rd Canadian Battalion front extends from N.7.d.00.00. to N.1.d.30.00. The 3rd Battalion is the only Battalion of the Division in the line.
Before daylight today, “D” Company extended their Northern boundary 300 yards further to the Left, taking over from the 6th Camerons.
The night passed fairly quietly, and the enemy artillery was not overly active during the day except for desultory shelling of TELEGRAPH HILL, about Noon and in the early afternoon.
Our guns opened up on their “S.O.S.” lines at about 10.00 P.M., in anticipation of enemy attack
on our Right. Casualties – 2 O.R. wounded.

2ND APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Last night the 4th Canadian Battalion moved a company into the line, taking over 300 yards of our Southern front. In this way the Brigade front is considerably thickened. Our front was covered by four patrols last night, who have nothing to report.
Enemy shelled our front and support lines with considerable intensity between 5.00 A.M. and 6.00 A.M.. Enemy aeroplanes very active about 9.00 P.M., flying very freely over our lines at very low altitudes. One enemy plane flew over our lines at 4.00 P.M. and destroyed four of our balloons

3RD APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Casualties todate for the tour – 11 O.R. wounded.
Night passed very quietly, except enemy was very nervous about 4.00 A.M., sending up numerous red flares. Enemy artillery activity between 4.00 A.M. and 4.00 P.M. on rear areas near BEAURAINS and TILLOY very heavy.
Battalion to be relieved tonight in the Front Line by elements of the 1st. and 4th Canadian Battalions.
Captain S.J. Murphy and Lieutenant W.O. Tudhope reported for duty.
Captains N.V. Cliff, G.C. Patterson MC., and H.H. Coombs, MC., and Lieutenants D.W. Morrison, and M.D. Murdoch returned from Leave. Lieutenant G.F. Kerr, M.M., returned from Hospital.

4TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: Brigade Support. 1st. Can. Div1 Sector.
Entry: All Companies except “D” relieved by midnight, but the 1st. Canadian Battalion, who are relieving “D” Company got lost before they picked up their guide; consequently relief was not complete till 3.35 A.M. Upon relief the Battalion moved back to Brigade Support, arriving in the following positions by 6.00 A.M. : —
“B” Company –Army Intermediate Line in M.5.d.
“C” Company – M.12.central.
“D” Company – Army Intermediate Line in G.35.d. and G.36.c.
Headquarters – HEAURAINS.
Casualties for last 24 hours 3 O.R. Wounded. ARRAS place out of bounds for all Canadian troops. Rations brought up at 8.30 P.M. The Transport have had very good luck in this section, and have at the same time served the Battalion exceedingly well.

5TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: The enemy shelled the Brigade very heavily from 7.00 A.M. on, and at 9.00 A.M. raided the 1st. Battalion, but was repulsed with heavy casualties. Battalion being relieved tonight by 15th Canadian Battalion, and moving back to DAINVILLE. Report received that Bulgarian troops are being used opposite our front. Companies spent the afternoon improving their battle positions. Casualties for last 24 hours – 1 O.R. wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., returned from Hospital.

6TH APRIL,1918.
Entry: 15th Canadian Battalion relief complete by 2.00 A.M. and Battalion reported complete in billets in DAINVILLE at 5.30 A.M. Total casualties for the tour – 11 O.R. wounded. Orders received at 10.30 A.M., that Battalion is to move to VILLERS au BOIS this afternoon. Civilians of DAINVILLE expressed themselves as very well satisfied with the way in which the Battalion has conducted itself. Battalion moved off at 2.30 P.M., moving via ETRUN, MAROEUIL, and MONT ST. ELOY, arriving in huts at VILLERS-au-BOIS about 5.30 P.M. Lieutenant E. Davison to Hospital.

7TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: VILLERS-au-BOIS
Entry: Morning spent in paying, cleaning S.A.A., and generally cleaning up. Afternoon spent in paying and bathing. Battalion football team defeated a team of the A.S.C. by a score of 4 – 0.

8TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion went through the Gas Hut at DINKIEVILLE SIDING, near CARENCY in the morning. The rest of the day spent in repairing boots and clothing and taking indents.

9TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: VILLERS-au-BOIS
Entry: Morning spent by unites in 2 ½ hours Physical, Drill, Small Box Respirator drill and platoon drill. Every one getting a very good rest. Commanding Officer had dinner with the Corps Commander at CAMBLAIN L’ABBE.

10TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: LOUEZ
Entry: Battalion moved to LOUEZ, marching off from VILLERS-au-BOIS at 9.20 A.M. via MONT ST. ELOY and MAROEUIL, arriving at LOUEZ about noon. Billets very comfortable, but the Hun continually breaks overhead shrapnel over the town. There is a 12-inch Howitzer within 75 yards of Headquarters, which is not conducive to sleep. Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O., and Seconds-in-command of Companies went forward and reconnoitred our battle positions in the afternoon.

11TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: LOUEZ
Entry: The Commanding Officer and Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C., reconnoitred Battalion’s Battle position in the morning. Everyone resting up. Companies had half an hour’s physical and half an hour’s Small Box Respirator drill, and sundry baseball games, which were attended by large and cheering crowds.

12TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: LOUEZ
Entry: “B” and “D” Companies each supplied a working party of 125 men and 4 Officers, who worked from 7.00 A.M. till 3.00 P.M., constructing huts in the vicinity of BOIS de BRAY. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C., and one Officer per Company, went forward in the morning to reconnoitre the 15th Battalion’s positions, whom we are relieving tomorrow night. Lieutenant L.F. Gouldsmith, with 1 Officer per Company and 1 N.C.O. per platoon, went into the line as an advance party. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., to Hospital, Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., acting as Adjutant.

13TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: LOUEZ & Left Front Line, FAMPOUX SECTION
Entry: Morning spent in preparations for going into the line being made. Lieutenant H.H. Essex and 50 O.R. were despatched to Special Depot Machine Gun Corps. 1st. Canadian Infantry Brigade relieved 3rd Brigade in FAMPOUX Section, with 1st. Battalion on left, 3rd in centre, and 2nd on the right; the 4th Battalion in Support. The 3rd Battalion relieved the 15th Battalion, relief being complete at 1.20 A.M. 14th instant, the line being held as follows: –
“C” Company, with one platoon of “B” Co. – Left Front Line.
“A” Company — — — — — — Right Front Line.
“B” Company — — — — — — Support.
“D” Company — — — — — — Reserve.
Battalion trench strength on taking over the line 25 Officers, 653 Other Ranks.

14TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: Left Front Line FAMPOUX SECTION
Entry: Movement in the forward area in the day-time has been restricted to a minimum. Brigaider-General W.A. Greisbach, C.M.G., D.S.O., visited Headquarters in the morning and discussed advisability of “side-slipping” the Battalion and relieving the 1st. Battalion, on our Left. Our artillery firing short during the evening, one shell breaking behind our trench and wounding one O.R.
WEATHER – Dull and COOL.

15TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Orders received to relieve the one Company of the 1st. Battalion in Front Line, “D” Company to move up from CAM VALLEY and go into Front Line; “A” Company. 1st Battalion, quartered in PUDDING TRENCH to come under C.O., 3rd Canadian Battalion, making disposition of Battalion, 3 Companies in Front Line and two in Support. “D” Company moves up after rations at 10.00 P.M., and relief complete at 12.40 A.M. Ration dump shelled again; two teams ran away. One O.R. wounded by shell-fire and 3 O.R. hurt by horses. Defensive patrols out. No enemy encountered.
WEATHER – Cold and windy.

16TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Artillery Officers up to see about “S.O.S.” Line. Commanding Officer not satisfied with the Artillery Support. Major-General A.C. Macdonell, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., and Lieut.-Col. Hertzberg, D.S.O., M.C.,C.R.E. 1st.Canadian Division, came in about 12.00 noon and stayed for lunch. No shelling on front line. Four defensive patrols out. Enemy patrol seen, but it retired immediately to enemy lines. Day very quiet. Acting Captains G.C. Patterson, M.C., and R. Bailey, M.C., have been promoted Temporary Captains.
WEATHER – Fine and Warm.

17TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Small party of Germans dispersed by Lewis Gun fire early in the morning. Four of the enemy sniped during the day. Smoke seen coming from SUNKEN ROAD in H.17.b. and artillery shoot arranged. “A” Company and one platoon of “B” Company relieved “C” Company plus one platoon of “B” Company in Centre front line. “C” Company moving back to right front occupied by “A” Company. “A” Company moved up after collecting rations at 9.00 P.M. Relief complete 2.40 A.M. Day quiet. Protective patrols only.
WEATHER – Cold and drizzling towards evening.

18TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: Left Front Line, FAMPOUX SECTION
Entry: At 10.10 A.M., Captain R. Bailey, M.C. and one O.R. moved forward up CAMEL AVENUE Sap to a block at approximately H.11.d.53.05. and threw a bomb over the top of the block at a German who was sawing wood. (the block was too high to get over). At 3.00 P.M., Captain H.A. Chisholm, M.C. crawled out into wire in “No Man’s Land” about H.17.b.40.60., from where the dead ground in front could be seen. Two new enemy earthworks could be observed at H.17.b.50.75. and H.17.b.50.60. These would appear to be light Machine Gun positions. Bright moonlight made patrolling almost impossible. Day very quiet.
WEATHER- Warm and fine.

19TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Artillery Major of 6-inch howitzer battery went to front line to observe shoot on a house in FAMPOUX, from which enemy machine gun fired every night. 60 rounds were fired. Three hits on house were obtained, though the house itself was not knocked down. Brigadier-General W.A. Greisbach, C.M.G., D.S.O., was in Headquarters for a few minutes this morning. At 5.00 P.M., a letter was received from Brigade, stating that the Army Commander was very anxious to get identification on our front. Strong patrols were immediately organized. Lieutenant R.G. Wickham with 17 O.R. left our trench at 3.10 A.M. at H.17.b.3.2. and worked along N.E. side of SUNKEN ROAD. When near post at H.17.b.50.00., two parties of 4 each worked to North and South of post respectively, and the remainder acted as covering party. A Hun could be seen in the post. After crawling close up, Lieut. Wickham, and No.140209, Pte. C.K. Walls rushed the post from the North, and No.163477, L/Corpl. W.J. Wiggins from the South, but found that by that time the post was deserted. At the post a pack was found with greatcoat shoulder straps bearing Number 189. There was also machine gun ammunition and some fresh dirt had been shovelled up on sides. They went on to the junction of road at H.17.d.53.95., and found wire at this point with a gap wired on both flanks. They rejoined the main body and the whole party moved South alone wire. At about 10 yards South of road junction referred to a rifle shot was fired at the party, wounding one of the men. This was followed by more rifle shots and bombs. Our party retaliated with Mills Grenades and attempted to rush the Road from which the shots were being fired, but could not get through the wire, so withdrew to our trenches, N.W. along SUNKEN ROAD. Enemy party was estimated at 8 and was being reinforced from position south of 2 more enemy sniped during the days. Day quiet. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., returned to Transport lines from Hospital. The 2nd. Canadian Battalion on our Right made a raid, no prisoners taken, but killed 3 Germans and brought back one dead body.
Preparations made during the day for relief by the 1st. Canadian Battalion on night of April 20th/21st.
WEATHER – Sunny, fine and warm.

20TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Enemy shelled our forward positions for first time. FAMPOUX shelled intensely with 5.9’s and 4.1’s. Left front shelled during the day also, with 4.1’s; evidently for retaliation for 6-inch howitzer shoot of previous day. One man wounded slightly. Show started on the Right, just as 1st. Canadian Battalion were on the way up to relieve the 3rd Canadian Battalion. Very little shelling on our front. Relief complete 1.15 A.M. We had three casualties during relief.
Disposition: – Battalion Headquarters – H.14.a.00.80. (Railway cutting).
“A” Company — CAM VALLEY.
“C” Company — EFFIE SWITCH.
“D” Company — EFFIE TRENCH.
“B” Company — PUDDING TRENCH (under tactical control of the 1st. Canadian Battalion).
Our artillery shot 20 rounds of 18-pounder Shrapnel into “D” Company at 7.15 P.M. Total casualties for front line tour – 9 O.R. wounded (one stretcher case only).
WEATHER – Fine and Cool.

21ST APRIL, 1918.
Location: Support FAMPOUX SECTION
Entry: Very quiet day. Working parties at night of three complete Companies, less one platoon of “A” Company which “Stands to” all night in CAROLINA TRENCH. 7th Canadian Battalion raided on our Left. No prisoners. Division assert that identification procured by Battalion from pack found by Lieut. R.G. Wickham not reliable, as 189th Regiment should have been relieved on April 8th.
WEATHER – Fine, sunny and warm.

22ND APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: 4th Canadian Battalion raided on our Right last night with one Company. All objectives reached, but the enemy had retired overland and no identification was procured. “D” Company was shelled and moved No.16 platoon to better saps. Same working parties as last night; two in CAM AVENUE and one in CASTLE LANE. “CAM” Trench is pushed through to Front Line and is now complete from CAM VALLEY forward. Very quiet day.
WEATHER – Chilly and cloudy.

23RD APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: One O.R. wounded by anti-aircraft shrapnel. Quiet all day. “D” Company shelled with 5.9’s from 5.30 P.M. till 11.00 P.M. Had to move No. 13 platoon and Company Headquarters further along EFFIE. Working parties as usual; one Company on STOKES SUPPORT Trench. 3 O.R. wounded by shrapnel. Our artillery fired harassing fire continually during the night. Divisional Intelligence now accept identification procured by Lieut. R.G. Wickham’s party.
WEATHER – Sunny and warm.

24TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Quiet during day. Thunder about 7.30 P.M. At 10.10 P.M. intense shelling on our immediate Right. “S.O.S.” went up on XVII Corps front on right, and “S.O.S.” on 4th Battalion front. No infantry action. Shelling ceased 11.30 P.M. Inter-company relief, “A” Company relieved “B” Company and came under control of 1st. Canadian Battalion. “B” Company returned to CAM VALLEY. Working parties interfered with by shelling and stopped work at 11.00 P.M. The 3rd Battalion Transport have won the whip five times out of the last 7. Great credit is due to Lieutenant M.D.Murdoch for this.

25TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Very quiet day. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. visited Battalion Headquarters in the evening. 1 O.R. wounded by shrapnel. Working parties as usual on STOKES SUPPORT and CASTLE LANE.
WEATHER – Cloudy and rainy.

26TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Day passed very quietly; usual working parties.

27TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion relieved by the 7th Canadian Battalion. Relief complete at 12.33 A.M., 28th instant.

28TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: MAROEUIL
Entry: Battalion moved back upon relief to billets in MAROEUIL, whole Battalion having arrived in that town by 4.00 A.M. Billets fairly comfortable. Lieutenant O.E. Lennox posted to “D” Company. Battalion bathed at baths in MAROEUIL, all ranks getting a good bath and a clean change.

29TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: MAROEUIL
Entry: Working party of whole Battalion employed upon work on AUBIN TRENCH, south of ANZIN from 7.30 A.M. till 2.30 P.M. under Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C. and Lieutenant L.F. Gouldsmith reconnoitred Ridge Line and ST. CATHERINES SWITCH.
Captiain J.K. Crawford, D.S.O., attached for 5 days to 1st. Brigade, C.F.A.

30TH APRIL, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion again employed on AUBIN TRENCH. 2 Officers per company reconnoitred forward area. Commanding Officer held Company Commanders’ conference at which various things were discussed and decided.

850960, Private Burns, W.J. Wounded 1-4-18.
850138, “ Robins, O.H. “ 1-4-18.
171662, “ McCron, W.Y. “ 1-4-18.
766443, L/ Corpl. McIntosh, P. “ 2-4-18.
785044, Private Hopkinson, W. “ 3-4-18.
916221, “ Phillips, R. “ 3-4-18. (Died of wounds).
201461, “ Pate, A.C. “ 5-4-18.
416853, “ Ladouceur, A. “ 4-4-18.
850460, “ Baker, J. “ 14-4-18.
669260, “ McConnell, H.A. “ 15-4-18.
916856, “ Bailey, A.A. “ 14-4-18.
850859, “ Burrows, G. “ 20-4-18. (Died of wounds).
457135, “ King, C. “ 20-4-18.
766667, “ Swan, H.J. “ 20-4-18.
237999, “ Irwin, W. “ 20-4-18.
669600, “ Crisp, A.E. “ 20-4-18.
426079, Corpl. Hallsworth, T. “ 20-4-18.
788234, L/Corpl. Savard, E. “ 23-4-18.
1096100, Private Crowley, R.J. “ 23-4-18.
1096088, “ Thaeter, C.F. “ 23-4-18.
916360, “ Trimbee, A.E. “ 23-4-18.
237655, “ Smith, H.P. “ 25-4-18.
164500, “ Howe, W.H. “ 27-4-18.

Lieut-Colonel J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., Officer Commanding.
Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., Second in Command.
Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., Adjutant.
Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., attached Headquarters.
Capt. D.F. Rogers, Quartermaster.
Capt. G.C. Patterson, M.C., Intelligence Officer.
Capt. C.S. Calhoun, Paymaster.
Capt. A.E. McDonald, Medical Officer.
Capt. W.R.R. Armitage, Chaplain.
Lieut. J.H. Jennings, Assistant Adjutant.
Lieut. D.W. Morrison, Lewis Gun Officer.
Lieut. T. Weir, Grenade Officer.
Lieut. A.K. Coulthard, Signalling Officer.
Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith, Scout Officer.
Lieut. M.D. Murdoch, Transport Officer.

“A” Company
Capt. H.H. Coombs, M.C. O.C.
Lieut. W.A. McMaster
Lieut. R. Montgomery, M.C.
Lieut. H.F. Petman
Lieut. R.G. Wickham
Lieut. J.J. Dolan
Lieut. G.R. Collin
Capt. S.J. Murphy, (Supernumerary)

“B” Company
Capt. E.H. Minns, M.C. O.C.
Capt. J.J. Vandersluys
Lieut. H.T. Poste, M.C.
Lieut. J.D. Scott
Lieut. A.C. Lewis
Lieut. A.G. Stanway
Lieut. G.N. Payne

“C” Company
Capt. J.K. Crawford, D.S.O. O.C.
Capt. N.V. Cliff
Lieut. L.E. Butler
Lieut. L.A. Henderson
Lieut. H.O. Dale
Lieut. G.F. Kerr
Lieut. E.F. Thairs

“D” Company
Capt. H.A. Chisholm, M.C. O.C.
Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, M.C.
Lieut. L.B. Lyall
Lieut. H.W.W. Copp
Lieut. W.O. Tudhope
Lieut. F. Bolte
Lieut. O.E. Lennox

April 1st to 4th – FRONT LINE, 1st. Canadian Divisional Sector. (N.7.d.00.00. to N.1.d.30.00).
April 4th to 5th – BRIGADE SUPPORT, 1st. Canadian Divisional Sector. (BEAURAINS).
April 6th (A.M.) – DAINVILLE.
April 6th to 10th – VILLERS-au-BOIS.
April 10th to 13th – LOUEZ.
April 21st to 27th – SUPPORT, FAMPOUX SECTION.
April 27th to 30th – MAROEUIL.

May 1, 1918
Location: Maroeuil
Entry: On completing a return re wounded men, it is found that 116, all ranks, have returned to the Battalion after having been wounded twice. Lewis Gun class of 15 O.R. per Company has been carrying on instruction under Lieut. Morrison, and Tump Line class of 10 O.R. per Company, since we have been in MAROEUIL. Battalion went through the Gas Hut in the morning, all Units also carrying out one-half hour’s physical drill and S.B.R. drill. Battalion Muster parade in the afternoon. Battalion football team played the 5th D.A.C. team, who have been beaten in England or France, they defeating us by a score of 2 to 1. Commanding Officer again gave dinner to Company Commanders; Canon Scott C.M.G., Senior Divisional Chaplin also attended. A quart glass of beer was much in evidence and was appreciated by everyone. WEATHER: Fine.

May 2, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: “A” and “B” Companies bombed under Lieut. G.R. Collins’ supervision, and “C” and “D” Companies carried on with musketry at the ranges. All Companies did, in addition, an hour and a half of physical drill, etc. Lieut. F. Bolte and 32 O.R. proceeded to 1st. Divisional Wing, C.C.R.C., in accordance with Corps Commander’s wishes. They are sent for a rest, we getting another Officer and 32 men in their places. Battalion baseball team played 5th D.A.C. team, we losing by a score of 6 to 5. Ptes. Harrigan (short-stop) and Pte. Powers (catcher) starred for us.

May 3, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Cinema taken of the Battalion. Companies taken in the morning at work as follows:-
Transport- Grooming and shoeing
“A” Company- Physical Drill and S.B.R. Drill.
“B” Company- wiring.
“C” Company- Pay parade.
“D” Company- Eating Lunch
Tump Line Class were also taken, working.
In the afternoon the Battalion marched past, and was cinema’ed afterwards the “Canadian Record” representative took a group of the Officers, and also all the decorated men. The Battalion looked splendid at the march-past and the pictures should be a great success. Draft. Of Lieut. G.P. MacAgy, M.M., and 32 O.R. reported to replace party sent down yesterday.

May 4, 1918
Location: Maroeuil
Entry: The Battalion Baseball team played the 5th D.A.C. team at 2:00p.m., losing by a score of 11- 10. Battalion moved to LE PENDU, leaving MAROEUIL AT 6:00 P.M., and arriving at LE PENDU at 7:20P.m. Battalion arriving in huts; accommodation crowded. WEATHER: fine.

May 5, 1918
Entry: Battalion moved to IZEL LES HAMEAU, leaving LE PENDU Huts at 9:00a.m., arriving at IZEL LES HAMEAU at 12:20p.m. The men’s packs and blankets were carried on motor lorries. Living in billets; accommodation fairly good, but officers were crowded. WEATHER- dull, rain.

May 6, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion commenced training at 8:30a.m., companies carrying on with Physical Training and S.B.R. drill; Company and platoons in Attack. The C.O. held a conference with all Company and Unit commanders in H.Q. Mess at 3:30p.m. Company commanders lectured their companies from 2 p.m. to 3p.m. on “Attack and the normal attack formations”. The Battalion football team played the 64th squadron, R.A.F. team at LES HAMEAU, commencing at 5:30p.m. The R.A.F. won the game 2 to 1. WEATHER: Fine.

May 7, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The training was broken up in the morning on account of rain, but lectures were carried on by the Companies. Some P.T. was carried out later in the morning. The Commanding Officer & Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. reconnoitred a Battalion training area. Lieut. T. Weir, with a working party, built a Musketry range of 24 targets at I.14.a.7.5. A meeting of Company and Unit Commanders was held in H.Q. Mess at 3:30p.m. All the Company Lewis Gunners except “C” Co. fired their guns under the supervision of Lieut. Morrison. Syllabus of training for the time we are in this Area, made out. The Officers played ball with the Officers of the 4th Battalion, losing by a score of 15-8. Lieut. M.D. Murdoch and Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., were the battery. “A” & “C” Companies, Signallers & Q.M. Stores, took in the pictures at 64th Squadron, RAF cinema a LES HAMEAU. Several of the Officers, had flights in aeroplanes. WEATHER-rainy in morning; afternoon fine.

May 8, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion fired on the ranges, “A” & “B” Companies firing in the morning and “C” & “D” Companies in the Afternoon. The Commanding Officer, Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., Capt. H.A. Chisholm M.C., Capt J.K. Crawford, D.S.O., Capt H.H. Coombs, M.C., and Capt E.H. Minns, M.C. went forward on reconnaissance tour. The Band played for the 64th Squadron RAF, Officer’s Mess at 6:00 p.m. “B” & “D” Companies, Scouts, Headquarter Lewis Gun Section and H.Q. Sub-Staff took in the pictures at the 64th Squadron R.A.F., cinema at 8:00p.m. Lieut. A.G. Stanway proceeded to G.H.Q. Lewis Gun School. The Commanding Officer had Dinner at Brigade headquarters. H.Q. Sub-Staff played ball with the Transport, and lost-score 15-14. Lieut. M.D. Murdoch brought the Transport out of a hole in the 7th inning by going in and pitching for them. Lieut. W.O. Tudhope evacuated to Hospital-sick. WEATHER-Fine.

May 9, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Syllabus of training today:
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.- Physical Drill & Bayonet Fighting.
9:15a.m. to 9:30a.m.- S.B.R. Drill
9:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.- Musketry
10:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.- Platoon in Attack
2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.- Lectures
“A” Company’s Lewis Gunners fired their guns on the ranges.
The Battalion Baseball team played the 1st. Battalion team at the 6th Corps School grounds at GIVENCHY, and won, score 9-3. The Battalion football team played the 2nd. Battalion team at IZEL LES HAMEAU and lost, 3-1. Orders received from Brigade that Battalion is under four hours’ notice to move, forward. C.S.M. Moulds (“D” Co), C.S.M. Morrison (“C” Co), Sergt. Reid (“B” Co), Cpl. Dale (Scouts) Pte. Dyson (Runners), proceeded to England to attend Cadet Course.

May 10, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Syllabus of training today:
8:30 a.m. to 9:15a.m.- Physical drill and Bayonet Fighting.
9:15 a.m. to 9:30a.m.- S.B.R. Drill
9:30 a.m. to 10:30a.m.- Misketry
10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m.- Company in Attack from Artillery Formation
2:00 p.m. to 3:00p.m.- Lectures
“B” Company’s Lewis Gunners fired their guns on the ranges. All Officers in the Battalion voted on the wearing of “Tommies” tunics in a show. The vote was 24 FOR and 8 AGAINST. WEATHER- Fine.

May 11, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: “A” & “B” Companies fired on the Ranges in the morning. Brigade Sports were held in the afternoon. Our Battalion baseball team won the Brigade championship by beating the 1st. Field Ambulance, 12-3. Pte. Taylor (Transport) won the Boxing bout. The Commanding Officer had Dinner with Lieut. Col. G.J. Boyce, 1st. Field Ambulance. “C” Company’s Lewis Gunners fired on the Range from 8:30a.m. till 12:30p.m. Remainder of “C” Co., “D” Company, Signallers and Scouts carried on with:
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.- Physical Drill & Bayonet Fighting.
9:15 “ to 9:30 “- S.B.R. Drill.
9:30 “ to 10:30 “ – Musketry.
10:30 “ to 12:30 p.m.- Company in Attack
2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.- Lectures

May 12, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Church parade was held on Sports grounds at IZEL LES HAMEAU at 10:00 a.m. A Captain from the 13th Squadron R.A.F., addressed the Officers and N.C.O.’s on “Organization of the R.A.F.” in the Y.M.C.A. tent at 3:30 p.m. WEATHER- Fine.

May 13, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Training for today: Signallers, Scouts and H.Q. Sub-staff bathed at 8:30 a.m.
“A” Co. Lewis Gunners fired on the Ranges from 8:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.
Remain of Battalion carried on with:
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.- P.T. and B.F.
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.- S.B.R. Drill.
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.- Musketry.
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.- Company in Attack.
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.- Lecture.
Remainder of the Battalion bathed in the afternoon.
An R.E.S. plane from the 13th Squadron R.A.F., co-operated with our Signallers at 10. A.M., the aeroplane using a Klaxon horn and the Signallers a POPHAM Panel. A message was sent from the “plane by Klaxon and relied to by Popham Panels. The demonstration was a success. Lieut. T. Weir proceeded to Divisional Headquarters on a three-day tump-lines Course. The Commanding Officer, Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., and Company Commanders attended a Trench Mortar demonstration at LE COUTE. A draft of 30 Other Ranks arrived from the C.C.R.C. A Lewis Gun class in charge of Lieut. Morrison started this afternoon, 8 men from each Company attended. The Boxing Tournament that was to have been held today, was cancelled owing to inclement weather. The YMCA put on a special picture show for the men at 6:30p.m. and for the Officers at 8:30. Everyone enjoyed themselves. WEATHER- Dull and rainy.

May 14, 1918
Location: Izel Les Hameau
Entry: Training today in B’n area:
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Physical Drill & Bayonet Fighting.
9:15a.m. – 9:30a.m. – S.B.R. Drill
9:30a.m. – 10:30a.m. – Musketry
10:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Battalion in Attack
2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. – Lecture
The Brigadier and Battalion Commanders proceeded to AMBRINES to look over ground for Brigade Scheme. A meeting of Company Commanders, Intelligence Officer, Signalling Officer & Lewis Gun Officer was held in H.Q. Mess at 5:30p.m. Eight Lance-Corporals per Company reported o the R.S.M. for an instructional course today. WEATHER- Fine.

May 15, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The Battalion marched to AMBRINES for a practice Brigade Scheme: ZERO hour 10:00 a.m. and scheme finished at about 2. P.M. The 4th Battalion went over on our left. The 1st. Battalion went through us and the 2nd Battalion through the 4th. The scheme was a success, but the Divisional Commander caught us practicing. A Company Commanders’ meeting was held in H.Q. Mess to discuss points re the scheme for the 16th. WEATHER- Fine.

May 16, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The Battalion marched to AMBRINES for the Brigade scheme: ZERO 10:00a.m. The scheme was the same as yesterday, only we used some No.27 Grenades to smoke out strong points, which were marked by men waving red flags. The Commanding Officers dined with “B” Mess, 1st. Canadian Division to-night. WEATHER- Fine and warm.

May 17, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Training for today:- 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.- P.T. & B.F.
9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.- S.B.R. Drill
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.- Saluting; Close Order Drill, & Manual exercises.
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.- Musketry (specializing in rapid loading).
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.- Platoon in attack, using smoke bombs & practice rifle grenades.
A Lewis Gun class of 2 Section Commanders and 16 O.R. per Company, commenced at 8:30 a.m. under Lieut. Morrison. The N.C.O. Class of 8 Lance-Corporals per Company carried on under the R.S.M. from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. supervised the training of “A” & “B” Companies, and Major G.E. Reid, DSO., the training of “C” & “D Companies. Companies were issued with one more Lewis Gun each, bringing the establishment up to 6 guns per Company. “A” & “B” Companies were paid at 2:00p.m. and 5:00p.m., respectively. The Brigade Transport was inspected by the Divisional Commander. The Judges were from the 3rd Division. Our Transport led the Brigade; we received 294 points, being 5 points higher than the next highest (2nd Battalion). We were highest on everything. The Transport received a prize of 100 Francs. The Y.M.C.A. held a 5-mile Road Race. A 2nd Battalion man came first. We had two men in the money (4th and 5th). Pte. Wallace (Regimental Police) received the prize for the tallest and heaviest man to finish. A boxing tournament was held at 5:00p.m. we received four firsts. Pte. Taylor (Transport) was declared a loser on a foul in the 145-pound class. WEATHER- Fine & warm.

May 18, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Training today as follows:
“C” & “D” Companies reported to Ranges at 6:30a.m.
“A” & “B” Companies carried on with:-
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.- Physical Drill & Bayonet Fighting.
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.- S.B.R. Drill
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.- Saluting and Close Order Drill
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.- Musketry.
11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.- Platoon in attack, using smoke grenades and practice rifle grenades.
Lewis Gun Class of 2 Section Commanders and 16 men per Company, carried on under Lieut. Morrison from 8:30 a.m. till 12:00 p.m. N.C.O. Class of 5 Lance-Corporals per Company received instruction from R.S.M. form 2:00 till 3:00 p.m. “C” & “D” Companies, Scouts, Signallers and H.Q. Sub-staff, were paid in the afternoon. Orders issued today that Lewis Guns would only carry 24 full magazines each, and not 32 as have been carried previously. The Battalion football team defeated the 4th Battalion team by a score of 3-0. Lieut. E. Slatery, D.C.M., M.M., reported for duty, for instructional purposes, but will be returned to C.C.R.C. in case of Battalion moving forward into the line. He was posted to “D” Co. WEATHER-Fine and Warm.

May 19, 1918
Location: ditto & LOUEZ
Entry: The Battalion as moved from IZEL LES HAMEAU to LOUEZ. Battalion passed starting point at J.3.a.8.2. at 7:05a.m. and arrived at LOUEZ at 11:00a.m., being reviewed en route at K.6.c.20.75 by the Corps Commander. Billets very good. Med took advantage of fine weather to bathe in SCARPE RIVER. Lieuts. R.H. Sheppard and J.A. Macdonald reported today, under the same orders as Lieut. E. Slattery. Lieut. Sheppard was posted to Signal Section and Lieut. Macdonald to “B” Company. A voluntary Church parade was held on the banks of the RIVER SCARPE. A fairly large number of Officers and men attended this parade. Lieut. J.H. Neel on reported back from Brigade Headquarters and posted to “B” Company. WEATHER- Fine and Warm.

May 20, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The Battalion under Major G.E. Ried, D.S.O. went on working party to ARRAS WEST LINE, leaving LOUEZ at 4:40 a.m. and finishing work (650 yards trench digging) at 8:45 a.m. The Commanding Officer and Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., reconnoitred the ARRAS WEST LINE, and positions to be occupied by Battalion in case of attack. Box respirator inspection was held in the afternoon. The men are enjoying bathing in the SCARPE. The Commanding Officer held a meeting for all Officers in H.Q. Mess at 6:30 p.m. WEATHER- Fine and Warm.

May 21, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Training today:
6:30a.m. – Battalion parade, under Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O.
8:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.-kit inspection, and general clean-up for Brigade
All Companies busy on fitting equipment and getting clothes and boots in condition. The Commanding Officer demonstrated to the G.O.C., the No. 27 Smoke Grenade, fired at all angles and getting whatever range required, without using a cup attachment. The G.O.C. recommended the Commanding Officer’s method to the other Battalions in the Brigade. H.Q. Sub-staff defeated “C” Company in a baseball game. Score- 9 to 4. The Battalion baseball team were defeated by the 4th Battalion team by a score of 10 to 5. WEATHER- Fine & Warm.

May 22, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion under Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. proceeded on working party to ARRAS WEST LINE, passing starting point at 4:20 a.m. and returning at 10:00 a.m.; approximately 700 yards of trench dug. In the afternoon the Companies carried on with a final clean-up for the Brigadier’s inspection, which takes place tomorrow. Two Company Commanders, two Platoon Commanders per Company, and Capt. G.C. Patterson, M.O., reconnoitred position the battalion would take up in case of attack. In the afternoon the Commanding Officer, Capt. H.H. Coombs, M.C., Capt. E. H. Minns, M.C., and Capt. N.V. Cliff attended a Staff Ride, with the Brigadier. Draft of 11 Other ranks received from C.C.R.C.; this draft inoluded 6 casualties and 5 new men. The Transport spent their one hundred francs, which they won at Transport inspection, on a big dinner party. It was a huge success. WEATHER- fine & Warm.

May 23, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The Brigadier inspected the Battalion at 10:00 a.m. The Battalion formed up in mass, with five Company frontage and five platoons in depth. Fifth Company was made up with Scouts, Signallers, H.Q. Sub-staff, H.Q. Lewis Gun Section, and Stretch Bearers. The equipment, ammunition and appearance was A1. In the afternoon, “B” Company defeated H.Q. Sub-staff by a score of 14 to 11. WEATHER- fine, slightly cooler.

May 24, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Queen’s Birthday, but the Battalion had to go on working party. The Battalion paraded at 4:30 a.m. under Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. and moved up to rifle rages at G.20.a.3.4., to dig trenches. The morning was very wet. The Battalion dug 700 yards of trenches finishing at 10:00 a.m., Everyone was soaked through. Two Officers per Company reconnoitred PADDOCK SWITCH in the afternoon. Captain J.J. Vandersluys and a Sergeant from “A” Co. proceeded to 1st Army Musketry School, MATRINGHAM. Everyone drying themselves out this afternoon. Lieut. J.H. Neelon transferred from “B” to “C” Co., and Lieut. L.E. Butler from “C” to “B” Company. WEATHER- Cool, with rain.

May 25, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The training for today:- “B” Company fired on the MAROEUIL Ranges from 8:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. “A”, “B” & “D” Companies carried on with:
8:30 a.m.- 8:50 a.m.- inspection.
8:50 a.m.-9:45 a.m.- P.T. & B.F.
9:45 a.m.- 10:00 a.m-. S.B.R. Drill
10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.- Saluting & platoon drill
11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.- Practice in firing grenades & smoke bombs.
Lewis Gun Class of 18 O.R. per Company reported to Lieut. Morrison at 8:30a.m. for instruction. Scouts & Signallers carried on with their specialist training. The Battalion baseball team were gain defeated by the 4th Battalion at ANZIN, score 5-0. The Commanding Officer, Capt. H.A. Chisholm, M.C., Capt. H.H. Coombs, M.C. Capt E.H. Minns, M.C., and Capt. G.C. Patterson, M.C. attended a staff ride with G.O.C. WEATHER: Fine & Cool.

May 26, 1918
Location: LOUEZ
Entry: Sunday, Church Parade at 10:30a.m. on the banks of the RIVER SCARPE. The R.C.’s paraded to MAROEUIL at 11a.m. to hear Bishop Fallon of London, Ont. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, M.C. proceeded on General Course at Corps School, AUBIN ST. VAAST. Lieut. A.G. Stanway returned from Lewis Gun Course at Le TOUQUET. The Battalion have organized an eight-team baseball league composed of 1 team per Company, 1 team H.Q.S.S., including Bn. Runners & L.G. Section. The first game was played this afternoon, “A” Co. Vs. “B” Co. The Commanding Officer pitched the first ball, Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. caught, and Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. at bat. “B” Company won the game, 26-6. The Commanding Officer, Major D.H. C. Mason, D.S.O., and Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., have each donated 100 francs each for prize money, 150 francs to be given to the winners, 100 francs to second place and 50 francs to third place. A great deal of interest is being taken by everyone in the Battalion. The league will last until July 1st, 1918. The Officers played the Officers of the 1st. Canadian Machine Gun Battalion in a game of indoor ball, the Machine Gun Battalion winning, score 15-6. The M.G. Officers stayed for Dinner and some of the Company Officers came in to Headquarters mess to help the evening along. The Dinner and the evening were a huge success. WEATHER- Fine & Cool.

May 27, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The Battalion, commanded by Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., went on working party to the ARRAS WEST LINE leaving billets at 4:30a.m. and return in 10:00 a.m. About 700 yards of trench was completed. Capt S.J. Murphy is transferred from “A” to “D” Company, and will act as Second-in-Command. Lieut. J.A. Macdonald is taken on the strength of the Battalion. A training syllabus for the coming six days was sent to Brigade headquarters today.  Baseball results today:
“D” Co. 23- “C” Co. o; Umpires Capt. D.F. Rogers & Lieut. H.F. Petman.
H.Q.S.S.23- Band 10; “ Lieut. H.F. Petman & Lieut. R. Montgomery, M.C.
A Battalion Officers’ Mess was opened tonight in H.Q. Mess; Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. as President. After dinner several Officers stayed in the Mess and played Bridge and “Baseball”. WEATHER- Fine & Warm.

May 28, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: Training today as follows:- 8:30 a.m. Commanding Officer’s Inspection
8:50 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.- Physical Drill and Bayonet Fighting.
9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.-Small Box Respirator Drill.
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.-Platoon drill, Extended Order, and Saluting.
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-Musketry
18 Other Ranks per Company reported to Lieut. T. Weir at 8:30 a.m. for training in Rifle Grenade work. 18 Other Ranks per Company reported to Lieut. Morrison at 8:30 a.m. for Lewis Gun instruction. Scouts & Signallers carried on with their specialist training after Physical Drill. Companies carrying on special musketry class with the men who are poor shots. The Battalion baseball players reported to Lieut. H.O. Dale for practice. The Commanding Officer attended a Commanding Officers’ conference at Brigade H.Q., “Y” Huts. In the afternoon the Battalion when through gas at ANZIN:
“B” Comany at 2:00p.m.
“D” “ at 2:30 p.m.
“A” “ at 3:00p.m.
“C” “ at 3:30p.m.
“H.Q.S.S. at 4:30p.m.
Band, Transport & Q.M Stores at 5:00p.m.
Baseball results today:- Souts &Sigs 15- Transport 14; “B” Company 7- “D” Co’y 6.; H.Q.S.S. 10-“A” Co’y 5. A large crowed turn out to see these games. WEATHER-Fine.

May 29, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The Battalion under Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., went on working party to ARRAS, widening trenches. Battalion left LOUEZ at 4:30a.m. and arrived back at 9:00 a.m. The Battalion covered 2500 yards of trenches. (4-Battalion task). Capt. G.C. Patterson, M.C., explained the reading of 1/100,000 Map to Officers at Lunch. The Commanding Officer is judging the 3rd Brigade tactical scheme at MONCHY-BRETON. Baseball results today: “A” Company 11- “C” company 16; Band and QMS, 15- “B” Company 31. Major W.M. Pearson, 4th Brigade M.G., called at Battalion Headquarters at about 9:00 p.m. Lieut. M.D. Murdoch went on a week’s course at H.Q. Company, 1st Divisional Train. WEATHER-Fine. At about 11:00 p.m. the Hun dropped two bombs near the Railway track, about 300 yards from Battalion Headquarters. No damage done.

May 30, 1918
Location: LOUEZ
Entry: Training today as follows:
8:30 a.m. – Battalion Parade
8:50 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – P.T. & B.F.
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – S.B.R. Drill.
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. -Musketry.
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Platoon drill, using extended order arm and whistle signals saluting.
At 10:00 a.m., O.C. Companies and permanent platoon commanders were given a lecture by the Commanding Officer on the “scatter formation”, to be tried out at 11:00 a.m. by “D” Company. At 10:45 a.m., “D” Comany moved to L.16.b.0.8. on the ARRAS-ST.Pol Road, where they practiced the “Scatter formation”, in a big field. Lewis Gun Class of 18 O.R. per Company reported to Lieut. Morrison at 8:30 a.m. for Lewis Gun instruction. Scouts & Signalers carried on with their specialist training. The Baseball and Football players reported to Lieut. H.O. Dale and Lieut. G.R. Collin respectively for practice at 8:30 a.m. The Battalion Concert party reported to the Padre at 8:30 a.m. They are rehearsing for a concert to be put on for the Battalion tomorrow. Some very good talent in this party. The Brigade have asked for the names of 5 Officers in 25 O.R. for cross-channel leave. This is the first allotment since march. Baseball for today:-2:30 p.m. “D” Co. Vs. Signallers & Scouts, Winners “D” Co.-score 14-4. 5:00 p.m. Headquarters VS. Transport. Winners Transport “ 11-5. WEATHER-Fine & Warm.

May 31, 1918
Location: ditto
Entry: The Battalion under the command of Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., worked on the ARRAS WEST LINE, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., deepening the fire-stepping trenches. Lieut. A.G. Stanway proceeds to 1st. Division al Wing, C.C.R.C., in exchange for Capt, R. Bailey M.C. Battalion Baseball team defeated the 13th Brigade C.F.A. team, in baseball field at L.3.d., by a score of 14-10. The Battalion Concert party put on a show for the men at 6:30 p.m. A flat car was used as a stage and the men sat on the grass. This is the first show the Concert party has put on. The show was a huge success everyone having a good laugh. Capt. N.V. Cliff was stage manager.  Standing of Battalion Baseball League to date:-
Team won Lost Percentage
“B” Company 3 0 1.000
“D” Company 2 1 .667
Scouts & Sigs 1 1 .500
“C” Company 1 1 .500
Transport 1 1 .500
Headquarters 1 2 .333
“A” Company 1 2 .333
Band & Stores 0 2 .000
(WEATHER- Fine & Warm)

There have been no casualties during the month of May, 1918.

Battalion’s Movement in the Month of May, 1918.
May 1st to 4th – MAROEUIL.
May 5th to 18th – IZEL LES HAMEAU.
May 18th to 31st – LOUEZ

June 1, 1918
Location: LOUEZ
“A” and “D” Companies fired on Maroeil ranges. “B” and “C” Companies practiced “Scatter Formation”. The C.O.C. witnessed this training. The H.Q.S.S. baseball team played “A” Company, winning by a score of 11 to 10. “C” Company played Transport and won by a score of 21 to 11. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. and Major C.H. Reid, D.S.O. had dinner with No.5 Balloon Section, and reported a very enjoyable evening. Operation Orders received for the Battalion to move to CAUCOURT. Weather fine and warm.

June 2, 1918
Location: LOUEZ
Church parade at 9.00 a.m. on the Battalion Parade ground. R.C’s proceeded to ETRUN for service at 9.00 a.m. The Battalion moved to CAUCOURT, leaving LOUEZ at 1.00 p.m. The men’s packs were parried by lorries. The Brigade aloted one lorry for one trip only, but three others were procured from the different lorry parks in the vicinity. Accommodation at CAUCOURT is good, men living in billets. The Battalion officers mess is being continued. The Battalion was inspected on the march, at 2 H.53.49 (Ref. Lens 11 1/100,000) by Brigadier General W.A. Griesbach, C.H.G., D.S.O., and a visiting General Officer. Weather fine and warm.

June 3, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Training was carried out today as follows – Battalion Parade, Physical training and bayonet fighting, Small box respirator drill, Platoon drill and Musketry. Lieut. M.D. Murdock returned from H.Q. Company, 1st Divisional Train. Lieut. T. Weir and Lieut. D.W. Morrison and Major W.H. Kippen, M.D. reconnoitered a Battalion training area. The 15th Canadian Battalion concert party gave a concert to the battalion in the Y.M.C.A. Cinema, which was enjoyed by all present. Weather fine and warm.

June 4 , 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Training today – Battalion parade, physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill, musketry and platoon in attack. 16 O.R’s reported to Lieut. D.W. Morrison at 6.30 a.m. for a Lewis gun class which will last 14 days. 12 men per company reported to Lieut. T. Weir at 2.00 p.m. for musketry instruction, these are men who are decidedly below the average in shooting. Class will last until they have satisfied Lieut. T. Weir. An N.C.O’s class of 6 N.C.O’s per company reported to the R.S.M. at 2.00 p.m. for training until 3.00 p.m. This class will last for 10 days. The Commanding Officer held a meeting of Company Commanders at battalion Headquarters at 9.00 a.m. to discuss a scheme which will be practised by the Battalion tomorrow. Major Mabee, Field Cashier, 1st Canadian Division was a guest of Captain C.S. Calhoun at dinner. Captain Calhoun has received instruction to report to the Base from where he will proceed to Canada, he will be leaving the Battalion on the 7th instant. The Battalion football team played the 1st D.A.C. team in the draw for the “Canon Scott” cup, our team winning by a score of 3 to 0. Lieut. F. Bolte returned from the 1st Canadian T.M. Battery. Companies practised the “Scatter” method on V.14 and will carry it out tomorrow. The Divisional Commander is expected to be present at this demonstration.

June 5, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Captain R. Bailey, M.C. reported from the C.C.R.C in exchange for Lieut. A.G. Stanway. The Battalion marched to the training area at V.4 to practise “Scatter” formation and attack, Lewis gun class being cancelled. The signals for the “scatter” were carried out by bugles. A dinner was given in the mess in honour of Captain C.S. Calhoun who is leaving for Canada. The dinner was a high success and everyone enjoyed themselves. Many complimentary speeches were made in favour of “Charlie” as his loss will be felt very much by the Battalion. The evening closed with a silent toast to the Ladies. Weather fine and warm.

June 6, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Training today was carried out in accordance with the Battalion syllabus of training. Battalion bathed at Divisional Baths, CAUCOURT in the afternoon. Lieut. H.W.W. Copp was admitted to hospital at FRESNICOURT. The Battalion baseball team played the 1st Battalion baseball team, losing by a score of 7 to 5. The Y.M.C.A. put on a special picture show for the officers at 8.30 p.m. and showed some very good pictures. Weather fine and warm.

June 7, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The following training was carried out today in accordance with battalion syllabus – Battalion parade, physical drill and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill, outposts, flank and rear guards. The Commanding Officer held a meeting at 9.00 a.m. at the Mess to discuss the forthcoming brigade scheme, with Lieut-Col. H. Nelles, D.S.O., M.C., Scout Officer 4th Battalion, Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. and Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. Major D.H.C Mason, D.S.O. held a meeting of Company and Unit commanders at the mess at 7.30 p.m. to discuss tomorrows operation. He will be in command of the Battalion, the Commanding Officer being in command of the “KHAKI” brigade. Captain C.S. Calhoun left for Canada today, he will be very much missed by the battalion. The Band played at 3rd Field Ambulance Garden party, at FRESNICOURT, in the afternoon, and will be remaining with them to play at the Canadian Corps Rest Station tomorrow. Weather fine and warm.

June 8, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The Battalion under Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. moved to area in the vicinity of CHELERS and MACNICOURT, for the brigade scheme. Battalion formed up at road junction 2.G.80.75 at 6.30 a.m., and arrived at rendezvous 2.G.15.74 at 7.45 a.m., where they were met by Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., and Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., Commanding Officer and Brigade Major of the “KHAKI” brigade. Orders were issued to Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. for our part of the operation, we occupying the front from 2.F.63.74 to 2.F.50.55., with “D”, “C” and “B” Companies occupying the front line, and “A” Company in Outpost reserve on sunken road from c.F.85.71 to 2.F.80.61. The 4th Battalion were in Brigade reserve on road from 2.F.91.75 to 2.G.05.72. The show was a complete success for the “KHAKI” brigade, only 2 platoons from out Support Company being put into the line, the 4th Battalion not being used. At 1.10 p.m. 2 platoons from the 1st Divisional Cyclists attacked the enemy from out left flank, forcing them to withdraw. The enemies objective was to capture a dump in MACNICOURT, but at the completion of the operation out positions were as originally taken up. Brigadier-General N.W. Webber, C.M.G., D.S.O. was chief umpire, and from his remarks at the conference held at 2.30 p.m., the “KHAKI” force carried out their scheme tactically better than the opposing force which was composed of the 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalions under Lieut-Col. McLaughlin. Company Commander had lunch in a field to the North of HERLIN. Weather fine and warm.

June 9, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Church parade was held on the battalion parade ground at 11.00 a.m. while the R.C’s paraded to the parish church CAUCOURT at the same time. A battalion Sports committee was organized, the Commanding Officer being appointed Hon. President, and Captain E.H. Minns, M.C. President. The Battalion Sports will be held on Tuesday, the G.O.C. having been asked to act as Chief Referee. The Commanding Officer Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C., Captain E.H. Minns, M.C., and Captain H.A. Chisholm, M.C. attended the 2nd Brigade sports at St. AUBIN, in the afternoon. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. held a meeting of Company Commanders at the Mess, at 5.00 a.m. and discussed the Army platoon competition. Captain K.C. Brooke returned to the battalion from the C.C.R.C. Lieut. R.G. Wickham returned from the Corps School Lewis gun course. Captain E.H. Minns, M.C. and Captain N.V. Cliff, M.C., attended a sports meeting of the Brigade sports officers at MINGOVAL at 7.45 p.m. The following letter was received from the Officer Commanding the 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance:

“Dear Colonel Rogers,
On behalf of the Officers, N.C.O.’s and men of the unit under my command and the patients in the Corps Rest Station. I desire to tender my thanks for the excellent services rendered by your regimental band on the 7th and 8th instants, at FRESNICOURT.

The programme given by them and the fine quality of the band were appreciated to a very marked degree by all, and the words of praise expressed by all reflect very highly upon the efficiency of your Bandmaster and the musicians. I trust that it may not be long before we again have the pleasure of hearing them.

Sincerely yours,
(Signed) R.S. DONALDSON, Lieut_Col.
No.3 Canadian Field Ambulance”

June 10, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The following training was carried out today – Battalion parade, physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill, musketry and outposts. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. took four platoons to the musketry range to test them in firing, as a platoon will be picked to represent the battalion at the Brigade Platoon Competition. Our battalion baseball team played the 2nd Canadian Battalion team at FREVILLERS, losing by a score of 14-11. Out tug-of-war team lost to the 2nd Battalion. Weather fine and warm.

June 11, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Battalion sports were held on the football field, commencing at 9.00 a.m. and lasting until 6.30 p.m. A very successful day was carried out. All the Companies were well represented in every event. No. A4116 Pte. F. Hopkinson of the Band tied with “B” Company for the highest points, each receiving 26 points. The Clowns were a novelty and caused a great deal of laughter. The Transport won the “Volley Ball” game, our team defeated the 2nd Battalion football team by a score of 2-0. This is our final game for the Brigade championship. Tea was served to the men at 4.00 p.m. in the field, and an officers booth was opened to serve tea, sandwiches and beer. The mens canteen was established in the grounds also. Brigadier-General Griesbach, C.M.G., D.S.O. who was to have been Chief Refree, but was unable to be present, he however called on us at 3.30 p.m., and stayed for a short time.

The officials for the sports were _
Chief Refree _ Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, C.M.G.D.S.O.
Refree – Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C.
Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O.
Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O.
Major W.H. Kippen, M.C.
Captain W.R.R. Armitage
Chief Scorer – Captain N.V. Cliff, M.C.
Scorer – Captain D.F. Rogers
Assistant Scorer – Lieut. H.F. Petman
Starter _ Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C.
Judge – High Jump- Captain H.A. Chisholm, M.C.
Judge – Broad Jump – Captain J.K. Crawford, D.S.O.
Captain R. Bailey, M.C.
Scorer – Jumps – Lieut. H.T. Poste, M.C.
Clerk of Course – Lieut. J.J. Dolan
Asst. Clerk of Course – Lieut. R.F. Sheppard
Time Keepers – Captain A. B. MacDonald
Captain C.C. Patterson
Refreshment Committee – Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O
Captain S.J. Murphy
Grounds Committee – Lieut. H.O. Dale
Lieut. G.R. Collin
Lieut. A.K. Coulthard
Chairman of Sports – Captain E.H. Minns, M.C.
Sports Committee
Hon. President – Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C.
Vice Presidents – Captain N.V. Cliff, M.C.
Captain S.J. Murphy
Lieut. J.J. Dolan
Secretary-Treasurer – Lieut. J.H. Jennings

June 12, 1918
Locations: CAUCOURT
Following training was carried out – Physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill, and Company tactical schemes. In the afternoon the Battalion football team defeated the 1st Canadian Machine Gun Battalion team by a score 3-2. The G.O.C. and Officer umpires on Brigade platoon competition had tea with the Commanding Officer. Part 2 Orders of this date show Lieut. W.O. Tudhope as being granted sick leave to England from 30.5.18 to 19.6.16, and Lieut. F.C. Brooke as struck off the strength of the Battalion, being medically unfit to return to France. Weather fine and warm.

June 13, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The battalion marched to TINQUES to attend the Brigade sports. The cookers were taken with the battalion and lunch was served to the men. The Officers also had lunch on the grounds. The Battalion Transport won the “Volley Ball” game, and received several places in the track events. The Battalion football team defeated the 4th Battalion team by a score of 5-1. The Battalion received the highest points in the Brigade. Weather fine and warm.

June 14, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Following training was carried out – Battalion parade, physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill and Company tactical schemes. The R.S.M. took all the Sergeants for an hours drill instruction. C.S.M. Speadbury, a C.A.G.S. instructor, took “A” Company for physical training and bayonet fighting. In the afternoon the Commanding Officer held a conference in the mess, with all the Unit commanders taking part in the brigade tactical scheme, which will be carried out tomorrow. The Commanding officer will be in command of the KAHKI brigade. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. held a meeting of Company and Unit Commanders in the Battalion Mess, to discuss the 3rd Battalions’ part in tomorrows scheme. Our battalion concert party put on their initial performance in the Y.M.C.A. Cinema hut at 7.30 p.m. a very fine performance was put on and much credit is due to Captain W.R.R. Armitage and Capt. N.V. Cliff, M.C. for the excellent programme put on. Weather fine and warm.

June 15, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The Brigade tactical scheme was carried out in the vicinity of MAGNICOURT, HERLIN_le_VERT, CHELERS and MONCHY_BRETON. The KAHKI force, commanded by Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. attacked a dump located on the MONCHY_BRETON_CHELERS road, for this attack he had the following force _
1st, 2nd and 3rd Canadian Battalions
2 Batteries, and 2nd Brigade, C.F.A.
“A” and “B” Batteries, 1st Canadian Machine Gun Battalion.
Section of C. B.’s from 1st Engineers Battalion
3rd Canadian Field Ambulance
3 tanks from “B” Company, 11th Tank Battalion
2 Stokes guns from 1st Tank Battalion
The 2nd Battalion attacked on the right and the 1st Battalion on the left, “A”, “B” and “C” Companies attacking. The dump was captured and destroyed by the 1st Battalion, who came up, when it appeared that the 2nd Battalion would not get it. The 3rd Battalion reached all its objectives on the left on the order to withdraw, which was given after the dump had been destroyed, withdrew in an orderly manner, “D” Company taking up strong position from our reserve position, and allowing the remainder of the Battalion to retire through them. A conference of all Officers was held after the operation. The Chief Umpire criticized, and pointed out the different things that has happened on both sides. Major-General A.C. Macdonnell, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. also made a few remarks about the operation. The Commanding Officer was highly pleased with the action of his troops throughout. The Battalion concert party put on their second concert in the Y.M.C.A. cinema hut at 7.45 p.m., Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, C.M.G., D.S.O., Major L.D. Heron, D.S.O., M.C., Major W.H.A. Foster, D.S.O., M.C. and Captain Taylor of Brigade Headquarters were present and were very pleased with the performance out boys put on. Weather fine and warm.

June 16, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The Battalion paraded for Divine Service on the battalion parade ground at 9.30 a.m., Captain Emmett taking the service. The Band played for the Engineers Church parade at GAUCHIN-LEGAL, Sir R. Borden the Premier of Canada and Major-General A.C. Macdonnell, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. being present. A working party of 5 officers and 150 men proceeded to TINQUES, in busses, to work on sports grounds where the Divisional sports will be held tomorrow. The semi-finals for boxing for the Division took place today at TINQUES, the Commanding Officer, Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C., Captain H.A. Chisholm, M.C. and Lieut. A.C. Lewis were present. The following 3rd Battalion men won their bouts – No. 201990 Pte. Taylor, H.G., No. 775118 Pte. Moore, G.F., No. 669619 Pte. marks, C.A. and No. 1096104 Pte. Wainwright, J.W. The Battalion football team played the 7th Battalion team at TINQUES at 6.00 p.m. in the semi-finals for the Divisional championship, winning by default, as the 7th Battalion team did not turn up. All our wrestlers go up for the finals – No. 9939 Sergeant W.G. McKeown, No. 404398 Corporal F. Mansfield and No. 201265 L/Cpl. W. Scott. Capt. G.C. Patterson, M.C. attached to Canadian Corps Intelligence Section. Weather fine and warm.

June 17, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Captain J.J. Vandersluys returned from First Army Musketry Camp, MATRINGHEM. The Divisional Sports were held at TINQUES. The battalion marched down, arriving there at 12.00 a.m. Our battalion football team defeated the 7th Battalion team by a score of 5-0. “A” Companies “Shuttle Relay” team won their event. No. 201990 Pte. Taylor, H.G., No. 775118 Pte. Moore, G.F. and No. 669619 Pte. marks, C.A. won their boxing events and No. 9939 Sgt. McKeown, W.G. and No. 404398 Cpl. F. Mansfield won their wrestling events No. 201265 L/Cpl. W. Scott also won his wrestling even by default. The Brigade received the highest number of points for the day. About 200 Nurses came up from BOULGNK for the day. Lunch and tea was served to them in the luncheon tent. Their presence was certainly enjoyed by all present. At 6.30 p.m. the 1st Divisional Concert Party put on a show, which was enjoyed by all. The organizers of this day certainly deserve the highest praise for the way everything was carried out, not a hitch in anything all day. Weather fine with shower.

June 18, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Following training was carried out today – Battalion parade, physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill, company schemes and outposts. “A” and “B” Companies fired their Lewis guns on the 200 yard range in the morning. A new N.C.O.’s class of 8 per Company reported to the R.S.M. at 2.00 p.m. The Commanding Officer proceeded to the 1st Divisional Wing, Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp where he witnessed the days training. At 2.00 p.m. Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, C.M.G., D.S.O. gave a lecture on “The Attack”, Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. and Company Commanders being present, the lecture took place at 2nd Battalion Headquarters. The battalion baseball league re-opened today H.Q.S.S. played the Scouts and Signallers, the latter winning by a score of 14-8. “A” Company played “D” Company, the former winning by a score of 14-5. Weather fine and warm.

June 19, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Training today was cancelled on account of rain. Companies carried on with lectures in their own billets. Major D.H.C Mason, D.S.O. lectured to all officers at the battalion Mess, on the Prismatic Compass, at 4.00 p.m. The Battalion football team played the Medical Services football team at TINQUES at 3.00 p.m., winning by a score of 2-0. This game decided who would play for the Divisional championship. The Commanding Officer held a conference at this billet at 7.30 p.m., of all Company and Unit commanders, in reference to the Brigade tactical scheme which will be carried out tomorrow on the MONCHY-BRETON training area. Weather fine.

June 20, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The Battalion proceeded to MAGNICOURT to carry out the Brigade Tactical scheme, but on arrival on ground it was found to be wet, on account on light showers. The Battalion returned to billets in command of Captain R. Bailey, M.C. The mounted officers remaining behind to go over the scheme with horses. Weather _ rain.

June 21, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Training for the day was cancelled as the Battalion is going through [gae] at CHELERS. In the afternoon the Battalion football team played the 15th Battalion team for the final in the Divisional Championship. At the end of the game the score was 2_2, thus necessitating an additional half hours play, in which time no goal was scored. The tie was ordered to be played off tomorrow. Weather fine _ cool.

June 22, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Following training was carried out today – Battalion Parade, physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill and company schemes, Lieut. T. Weir’s musketry class completed its course. C.S.M. Spreadbury, C.A.G.S. instructor took charge of N.C.O.’s class from 9.00 to 10.30 a.m. The Battalion football team played off the tie game with the 15th Battalion at TINQUES, losing by a score of 1-0. 2000 Francs were put up by the officers on the game. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, M.C. reported back from Canadian Corps School. Lieut A.A. Kippen dined with Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. Weather fine.

June 23, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Church Parade wa held on the Battalion parade ground. The Commanding Officer attended the 3rd Canadian Division Sports. Weather – cloudy.

June 24, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Following training was carried out- Battalion parade, physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill and company tactical schemes. Lieut. H.A. Thompson rejoined the Battalion. A guard of honour for the Duke of Connaught, who will be present at the corps Sports on July 1st 1918, is being picked from the Brigade, our battalion supplying 25 men for this guard. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, M.C. is in charge of this party. All men picked for this guard are between 5’10” and 6’1” in height. A dinner was given the battalion football team at 7.30 p.m. Several officers called in them and a very enjoyable evening was reported. The Y.M.C.A. put on a special show for the officers and N.C.O.’s in the Cinema hut. Major G.E. Reid, the 1st Divisional Wing, C.C.R.C. at AUBIN-ST-VAST, but they were unable to procure transportation farther then ST.POL. Weather- rainy.

June 25, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
The Battalion took part in a brigade scheme on the MONCHY_BRETON training area, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions attacking an imaginary line in the vicinity of the MONCHY-BRETON – CHELERS Road. Lunch was served to the men on the grounds after the operation. An epidemic of influenza has started in the battalion, 25 cases are so far reported. Weather fine.

June 26, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Following training was carried on with, Battalion parade, physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill and training in overcoming machine gun nests, in accordance with mode laid down by the Divisional Commander and notes on recent fighting. The Commanding Officer is laid up in his billet with an attack of influenza. Our battalion baseball team played the 2nd Battalion team, losing by a score of 9-5. Weather fine and cooler.

June 27, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
“A” and “D” Companies fired on the CAUCOURT ranges, “B” and “C” Companies carried on with physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill and company tactical schemes up to 11.00 a.m. H.Q.S.S. baseball team played “C” Company losing by a score of 10-11. Scouts and Signallers played “B” Company, losing by a score of 11-6. The battalion carried out night manouverres on the HERTHOMSART training area, an Outpost scheme was carried out. The battalion left their billets at 9.00 p.m., “C” Company forming the advanced guard, “B” “D” and “A” Companies formed the outpost line on arrival in the area and “C” Company fell back, forming a local reserve. The operation was completed by 11.00 p.m., and the battalion returned to their billets where they were served with tea. Weather fine and warm.

June 28, 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
Companies carried on with training from 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon with training laid down by Company commanders. Guard of Honour consisting of 29 Other Ranks, under command of Liuet. J.K. Gillespie, M.C. proceeded to TINCQUETTES, where they will train with the brigade guard of honour until July 1st. H.Q.S.S. baseball team played “D” Company losing by a score of 13-6. The officers of the right half of the battalion played the officers of the left half of the battalion at baseball, the former winning by a score of 13-6. Lieut. T. Weir proceeded to AGNES-LES-DUISANS to look over billets, etc. The Battalion will be moving to this placed on Sunday June 30th.

June 29 , 1918
Location: CAUCOURT
All Company Lewis Gunners fired on the CAUCOURT Ranges. The remainder of the Companies carried on independently with P.T. & B.F., S.B.R. Drill, and attacked Machine Gun nests.
Influenza cases now amount to 55.
The Battalion Signallers co-operated with an aeroplane in the use of the Popham panels and signal lamps, at 11.00 a.m.
Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. and Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. proceeded to TINQUES to witness the boxing bouts between the 1st and 2nd Divisions; Ptes. Taylor, Marks and Moore (3rd Can.Battalion) represented the Division in their classes, winning all their bouts. They will next fight for the Corps Championships.
Canon Scott, C.M.G., addressed the Battalion at 7.00 p.m. on “My trip to Rome”. It as very interesting, and everyone enjoyed it to the limit. WEATHER – Fine & Warm.

June 30 , 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
The Battalion moved to AGNEZ-les-DUISANS, leaving CAUCOURT at 7.30 A.M. in the following order: – Headquarters, “C”, “D”, “A” & “B” Companies, and Transport. Battalion arrived at AGNEZ-les-DUISANS at 10.55 A.M. The Companies are some distance from one another, “B” Co. being located in “Y” huts on the ARRAS- ST.POL Road. Billets good. The influenza cases are billetted in huts.
Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., and Capt. D.F. Rogers are new additions to the influenza list. Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C., returned from Canadian Corps Sniping School.
Captain Matheson, Staff Captain, called at Battalion Headquarters at 6.00 P.M.
WEATHER- Fine & Warm.

There have been no casualties during the month of June, 1918.
Battalion mess discontinued this date independent mess again in [vogue]

Battalion’s Movement in Month of June, 1918.
June 1st – LOUEZ
June 2nd to 29th – CAUCOURT
June 30th – AGNEZ-les-DUISANS

July 1, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Today being Dominion Day training was cancelled. A party consisting of Lieut. L.E. Butler and 15 O.R’s from “B” Company, proceeded to permanent working party to ETRUN. The Canadian Corps sports were held at TINQUES, the Officers except one per company, and 250 men attended. the 1st Canadian Division topped the list with a score of 101, the 3rd Battalion were the highest individual Battalion in the Corps, having a total score of 35 points in all. The Duke of Connaught, Sir Robert Borden and Hon. N.W. Rowell were present, also numerous French Generals. The Guard of Honour was highly commented upon by Divisional and Brigade Commanders. The Brigade Massed Band under No. A4135 C.S.M. Laurence, P., was also highly commented upon by the Divisional and Brigade Commanders. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., Hon. Capt. D.F. Rogers and Captain N.V. Cliff, M.C. are at the Regimental hospital suffering from influenza. Weather fine and warm.

July 2, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Following training was carried out today, Physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill, platoon drill and “Attacking Machine Gun Nests”. Lt.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., proceeded to Brigade Headquarters to take command of the brigade during the absence of the G.O.C. who is on leave. Hon. N.W. Rowell, K.C. accompanied by Lt.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., and Captain Fraser, A.D.C. to Corps Commander visited the battalion at 5.00 p.m., and had tea with Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., who also invited the Company Commanders.
The sportsmen and Guard of Honour from TINQUES, reported back to the Battalion. Lieut. H.O. Dale was evacuated to No.3 Canadian Field Ambulance suffering from synvitis of the knee. Weather fine and warm.

July 3, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
The same training as yesterday was carried on by the Battalion, “B” Company bathed between the hours of 10 and 11 A.M. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. dined with the Officer Commanding the 4th Canadian Battalion at ECOIVRES. Weather fine and warm.

July 4, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Following training was carried out – Battalion parade, and Battalion in attack on Machine Gun Nests, by companies, the Companies not carrying on witnessing the others. The manoever was also witnessed by Lt.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. and the Brigade Major. Major. W.H. Kippen, M.C. returned to duty today although still feeling rather weak. 4 O.R’s proceeded on a Tump Line Course to Divisional Headquarters. No. A.4197 Sgt. Sharland, T., proceeded to Lewis Gun School at LE TOUQUET for a course. Weather fine and warm.

July 5, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Following training was carried out – Physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator and a battalion Route March via HAUTE OVESNES – ARRAS-ST.POL Road and DUISANS. “A”, “C” and “D” Companies bathed in the afternoon.
A baseball game was played on Battalion parade ground between H.Q.S.S. and Transport, H.Q.S.S. winning by a score of 16-6. This game has caused the played of three more games, in order to decide First, Second and Third place in the Battalion league. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. dined with the Officer Commanding, 51st Divisional Wing. Weather fine and warm.

July 6, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Following training was carried out – Physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill and Companies on Outpost scheme. Companies bathed and obtained a clean change of clothing in the afternoon. An indoor ball game was played between “A” Company Officers and battalion H.Q. and “D” Company Officers, the former winning by a score of 19-16. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. attended the Scotch sports at TINQUES. Weather fine and warm.

July 7, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Divine service was held on the battalion parade ground at 10.30 a.m.,
A baseball game was played between “D” Company and the Transport, the former winning by a score of 9-0. Weather fine and warm.

July 8, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
The Battalion marched to BRUEHAUT FARM to work on defense systems, leaving billets at 4.45 a.m., the first company (“B” Company) finished work at 10.00 a.m. 6 O.R’s proceeded to the First Army Rest Camp. “A” Company Officers defeated the remainder of the officers of the Battalion in an indoor baseball game by a score of 19-11. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. has been appointed as Officer Commanding the Guard of Honour that is going to PARIS to represent the Canadians. He reports to Divisional Headquarters where he will receive his orders. Weather fine and warm.

July 9, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
The Battalion proceeded on working party again to BRUNEHAUT FARM, leaving billets at 5.15 a.m., the first company finished work at 10.00 a.m. No. 435017 C.S.M. House, P.A. left the Battalion today to proceed to Canada where will be act as an instructor in No. 2 Military District, Toronto. Weather rain.

July 10, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
The Battalion proceeded on a working to BRUNEHAUT FARM, with Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C. in command. A reconnoitering party consisting of 7 officers and 4 O.R’s proceeded to the line to look over before the Battalion moves up on Saturday night. Captain A.R. McDonald reported for duty today. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. and Captain A.E. MacDonald attended the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance sports at ORLINGCOURT. “D” Company winning by a score of 20-16. The battalion baseball league is now over with “B” Company first, “D” Company second. Weather showers.

July 11, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Following training was carried out – Physical training and bayonet fighting, small box respirator drill, specialist training and taking of an indent. The Battalion football team defeated the 4th Canadian Battalion team in the second game for the Canon SCOTT Cup, by a score of 7-0. Captain, H.A. Chisholm, M.C., Captain E.H. Minns, M.C. and Captain R. bailey, M.C. had dinner with the Commanding Officer at Headquarters Mess. Weather – showery.

July 12, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
The Battalion went through the gas at gas hut AGNEZ-les-DUISANS. An advance party of 6 officers and 20 O.R’s proceeded to the front line, they will remain with the Battalion we are releaving until relief complete tomorrow night. Captain K.C. Brooke proceeded to ANZIN- ST. AUBIN to take over the duties of Area Commandant. Weather – showery.

July 13, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
No training today Companies preparing for move up to line. A Composite was left at MARNE Camp, AGNEZ-les-DUISANS under command of Captain A.R. McDonald. The Battalion moved to the front line by bus, leaving AGNEZ-les-DUISANS at 9.00 p.m. Relief reported complete at 11.30 p.m. We relieved the 8th Seaforth Highlanders in the FAMPOUGH Sector, positions after relief as follows: –
“B” Company – Front Line
“D” Company – Close Support
“A” Company – Support
“C” Company – Reserve
Lieut L.F. Gouldsmith, left Battalion at 11.25 p.m. to proceed on course at First Army S.O.S. School, LINGHAM. Everything Quiet. Weather – fine.

July 14, 1918
Location: Front Line FAMPOUGH Sector
A quiet night was experienced, nothing unusual to report. “B” Company has one man wounded slightly. Lt.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. called at Battalion Headquarters. Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C. reported to Battalion Headquarters where he will remain during this tour in the line. “C” Company are moving up the line tonight to take over from 2nd Canadian Battalion North of “B” Company front. They are holding with 2 platoons in the front and 2 platoons in support. “C” Company 4th Canadian Battalion took over trench occupied by out “C” Company. Everything quiet on this front so far. Weather fine with showers.

July 15, 1918
Location: Front Line FAMPOUGH Sector
The night passed quietly. Four men from “B” Company were wounded whilst on wiring party in front of No. 7 Post, one of them returning to duty. Patrols out last night have nothing to report, no enemy having been seen or movement observed. “D” Company took over “B” Company’s right post on river bank. “C” Company took over “B” Company’s Left post, relief complete 12 midnight. Weather fine with showers.

July 16, 1918
Location: Front Line FAMPOUGH Sector
One man from “B” Company was reported killed last night on wiring party. The night passed quietly. Patrols were out continuously during the night but no enemy movement was observed. A special patrol reconnoitered enemy wire and report it as varying from “good” to “no wire at all” Lt.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. had lunch at Battalion Headquarters. Operation orders recieved for relief tomorrow night by the 1st Canadian Battalion. 1st Divisional Artillery are now behind us and are fairly active. Aerial activity on the part of enemy practically nil, but out planes continue to enter his areas. Captain J.J. Vanderslus proceeded to Composite Company tonight, he came into the line 36 hours ahead of the Battalion. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., and Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C. looked over the 1st Battalion area where we will be going tomorrow night. Our patrols patrolled “no mans land” during the night. A post was observed and a few bombs thrown into it by our scouts. At 10.30 p.m. a shoot was put on a supposed enemy Machine Gun emplacement in the Sunken Road at h.17.b.5.0., several shells fell short but no casualties were caused. The enemy was quiet after this shoot. Weather fine and warm.

July 17, 1918
Location: Front Line FAMPOUGH Sector
About 3.00 a.m. the enemy shelled “D” Company’s positions with 7.7 cm. shells but no casualties occurred, everything quiet after this. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, M.C. left for the Composite Company. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. and Lieut. A.K. Coulthard proceeded on 10 days leave to BIARRITZ. The Battalion was relieved in the line by the 1st Canadian Battalion. Relief started to come in at 9.40 p.m. Weather fine and warm.

July 18, 1918
Location: AGNEZ-les-DUISANS
Relief complete at 1.30 a.m., The Battalion moved back to STIRLING CAMP, in the railway embankment, taking over positions vacated by the 1st Canadian Battalion. The camp is situated on the side of the embankment and looks like a large summer hotel at night. Everything quiet during the night except for shelling in the forward areas which sounded intense at times. We supplied working parties amounting to approx. 200 men, who were employed in carrying S.A.A. from rear dumps to Brigade dumps.

July 19, 1918
Shelling in forward areas intense during the night but everything quiet during the day. Operations Orders received from relief tonight by the 85th Canadian Battalion. Their advance party reported at 10.00 a.m. 85th Battalion relief began to come in at 11.00 p.m. Weather fine and warm.

July 20, 1918
Relief complete at 12.40 a.m. Battalion moved back to the “Y” Hutments, the last company was in billets by 3.30 a.m. No parades excepting pay parade today. The Right hlaf Battalion officers played the Left half Battalion officers a game of indoor ball, the Right half winning by a score of 13-7. Lt.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. returned from Brigade.

July 21, 1918
Location: “Y” Hutments
Battalion sent a working party to BRUNHAUT FARM. Order received to send up reconnoitering party tomorrow morning to look over the NIEUVILLE ST. VAAST Sector. We will probably relieve that area on the night of the 23rd/24th. A Voluntary church parade was held in the Y.M.C.A. tent at 6.15 p.m. Weather fine with occasional showers.

July 22, 1918
Location: “Y” Hutments
A reconnoitering party consisting of Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., Company Commanders and one officer per Company, proceeded in lorry to the NEUVILLE ST. VAAST area. The battalion bathed at AGNES-LES-DUISANS and went through the gas chamber at ETRUN. Major John A. Cooper, late Commanding Officer of the 196th Battalion had dinner with the Officer Commanding. Weather showers.

July 23, 1918
Location: “Y” Hutments
Battalion spent the day in getting ready for move to the line tonight. Operations orders received that we will relieve the 52nd Canadian Battalion in the Right Battalion front, NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector. All Company Commanders will be going in, Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. is staying out in charge of the Composite Company which will be stationed at GOUY-en-ARTOIS. The Battalion left MAROEUIL Station, by train, at 5.30 p.m. and detrained at the MARBLEXARCH at 10.15 p.m. Companies came up in order that will take over the line, i.e. “A”, “D”, “B”, and “C” Companies. Weather – rain.

July 24, 1918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
Relief complete at 2.05 a.m., Companies occupying positions as follows: –
“A” Company – Right Front Line
“D” Company – Left Front Line
“B” Company – Right Support
“C” Company – Left Support
Battalion Headquarters located at M.22.d.O.2.
Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. and Lieut. D.W. Morrison went round the line this morning. The G.O.C. called at Battalion Headquarters in the afternoon and talked over the general situation with the Officer Commanding. Lieut.-Col. Matthews, 1st Canadian Division Staff called at Battalion Headquarters in the afternoon. No. 438416 Sgt. G. Green of the Battalion Scout Section went out on a daylight patrol in the vicinity of N.19.c.35.70. He worked up to within 15 yards of a German post, and was able to recognise the markings of caps of the garrison, which appeared to be those of a LANDWEHR Regiment. Weather fine and warm.

July 25, 1918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
Everything quiet during the night. “B” Company had one man wounded. Lieut. L.B. Lyall was slightly wounded in the right knee but is remaining on duty. Our patrols covered the entire Battalion front during the night, but no enemy were encountered. Captain J.K. Crawford, D.S.O. reported to Battalion Headquarters, where he will remain, while his Company is forward, for instructional purposes. Weather fine with occasional showers.

July 26, 1918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
During the night a large number of gas shells were dropped in our area. Approximately 600 “Yellow Cross” shells dropped in the vicinity of “D” Company. “B” Company had one man killed and two wounded, one man being seriously wounded. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. and Lieut. D.W. Morrison visited the line during the morning. A mess for Battalion Headquarters has been built above ground in the Intermediate Trench, being a great improvement on a stuffy dugout. Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. left the Battalion today to proceed to the First Army School at HARDELOT, on a Commanding Officers course. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. arrived at Battalion Headquarters, and will assume command during the absence of the Commanding Officer. Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C., after being laid up at the Transport Lines, with influenze, for a few days, reported back for duty. Lieut. T. Weir has been acting as Intelligence Officer during his absence. Lieut. J.L. Austin reported to rear Headquarters from the 39th American Division, to whom he has been attached as Gas Officer. Weather – rain.

July 27, 1918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
Operation orders were sent out for an inter-company relief tonight. “B” Company relieves “A” Company and “C” Company relieves “D” Company in the front line. “A” and “D” Companies taking over positions previously held by “B” and “C” Companies in Support. Night quiet. “C” Company report one man wounded. Two O.R’s proceeded to the 1st Divisional Wing, C.C.R.C., on a wiring course. The G.O.C. visited our front line yesterday, and in his remarks expressed himself as being very pleased with the alertness and trench disciplines of “D” Company. Enemy Trench Mortars fired on our line during the morning and made several direct hits neat No. 7 Post. Weather – fine.

July 28, 1918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
The night passed quietly and nothing of importance occurred during the day. Captain H.A. Chisholm, M.C. reported to Battalion Headquarters where he will remain for the rest of the tour. Weather – rain.

July 29, 2918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
Captain R. Bailey, M.C. came up line to take over from Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C. who is proceeding on a Lewis Gun course to LE TOUQUET. A “shoot” with 9.2 howitzers was put on the Sugar Factory. Weather – fine.

July 30, 1918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
Night passed quietly with the exception of enemy Trench Mortars which are still active in spite of the shooting up we gave them yesterday with 9.2 howitzers. The Officer Commanding 26th Royal Welsh Fusiliers called at Battalion Headquarters this morning. The G.O.C. 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade called at Headquarters on his way up the line. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. and Lieut. A.K. Coulthard reported to the Transport from BIARRITZ after spending 8 days there on leave. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. went out to see a tank demonstration. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. in command of Battalion. One man killed and three wounded last night. We took over 100 yards more front on the Right last night, from the 26th Welsh Fusiliers. Warning order received that we will be relieved tomorrow night by three companies and Battalion Headquarters of the 7th Middlesex, and one Company of the 8th Middlesex Battalion. The Officer Commanding 7th Middlesex Battalion called at Battalion Headquarters to look over the situation. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. called at Battalion Headquarters with Captain D.F. Rogers, at about 11.00 p.m.

July 31, 1918
Location: Front Line. Right bn. Front. NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.
The Hun raided out “C” Company at 7.30 a.m. this morning. He entered the trench at the SNOUT and worked down the trench to No. 7 post, we rushed him and drove him out. No prisoners were obtained from the Hun. Two of our men reported wounded. Operation Orders received for relief tonight by Battalion Headquarters and three Companies of the 7th Middlesex Battalion and one Company of the 8th Middlesex Battalion. Advance party arrived from 7th Middlesex Battalion at noon. Relief from 7th Middlesex Battalion began to come in at 11.00 p.m. “D” Company relieved 11.50 p.m.

Following casualties occurred during the month of July 1918.
285183 Pte. Burkholder, C. Wounded 14.7.18
237375 Pte. Renfrey, W. Wounded 14.7.18
1096321 Pte. Wallace, J.D. Wounded 14.7.18
787045 Pte. Patterson, J.V. Wounded 14.7.18 (remained on duty)
916754 Pte. Burton, H.P. Wounded 14.7.18
237819 Pte. Lossing, G.W. Killed in action on 16.7.19 by M.G. bullet in head, while on wiring party.
1096301 Pte. Symon, F. Wounded 17.7.18
785192 Pte. Dobson, C. Wounded 24.7.18
Lieut. Lyall, L.B. Wounded 26.7.18 (remained on duty)
916536 Pte. Wilson, S.R. Wounded 26.7.18
408801 Pte. Jones, J.W. Wounded 26.7.18
239354 Pte. Callaghan, T.G. Killed in Action 26.7.18
916140 Pte. Aylward, J.B. Wounded 26.7.18
2393399 Pte. Anker, M. Wounded 26.7.18
757287 Pte. Cooper, E. Killed in Action 29.7.18
201803 Pte. Gordon, J.M. Wounded 30.7.18
404163 Cpl. Mulvey, F. Wounded 29.7.18
3030325 Pte. Hvistendahl, A. Wounded 29.7.18

Following Officers serving with the Battalion on 1st July 1918
Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C.
Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O.
Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O.
Major W.H. Kippen, M.C.
Captain J.K. Crawford, D.S.O.
Captain H.H. Coombs. M.C.
Captain E.H. Minns, M.C.
Captain R. Bailey, M.C.
Captain S.J. Murphy
Captain J.J. Vandersluys
Captain N.W. Cliff, M.C.
Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, M.C.
Lieut. D.W. Morrison
Lieut. H.T. Poate, M.C.
Lieut. T. Weir
Lieut. M.D. Murdock
Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith
Lieut. J.H. Jennings
Lieut. J.H. Neelon
Lieut. W.A. McMaster
Lieut. R. Montgomery, M.C.
Lieut. G.F. Kerr
Lieut. A.C. Lewis
Lieut. G.N. Payne
Lieut. J.D. Scott
Lieut. L.E. Butler
Lieut. L.B. Lyall
Lieut. R.G. Wickham
Lieut. E.F. Thairs
Lieut. L.A. Henderson
Lieut. J.J. Dolan
Lieut. H.O. Dale
Lieut. F. Bolte
Lieut. G.R. Collin
Lieut. O.E. Lennox
Lieut. G.P. MacAgy
Lieut. J.A. MacDonald
Lieut. R.F. Sheppard
Lieut. H.A. Thompson

HON. Capt. D.F. Rogers Quartermaster
Captain A.E. MacDonald Medical Officer
Captain W.R.R. Armitage Chaplain

Captain K.C. Brooke Attached from C.C.R.C.
Lieut. E. Slattery Attached from C.C.R.C.

Moves of Battalion during July 1918
July 1st to 13th – AGNES-LES-DUISANS
July 13th to 17th – Front Line FAMPOUH Sector.
July 18th to 20th – STIRLING CAMP
July 20th to 23rd – “Y” Hutments
July 24th to 31st – Front Line Right Battalion Front, NEUVILLE VITASSE Sector.

August 1, 1918 
Entry: Relief complete at 2.15 A.M. Battalion moved back to BERNEVILLE by ‘busses, arriving there at 4.30 A.M. Battalion living in huts. Warning Order for move today received; move to be made on ‘busses, leaving BERNEVILLE at 4.00 P.M. for BEAUFORT. Definite orders received at noon that Battalion will march to WARLUS and embus at 4.30 P.M. Battalion embussed at 6.30 P.M., arriving st BEAUFORT at 8.30 P.M. Battalion living in billets. Billets clean and comfortable. Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. decorated by Premier at POINCARE with the Legion of Honour, while in Paris with the Colonial Contingent, which he commanded. WEATHER- Fine.

August 2, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: A training schedule was made up for today, but cancelled on account of rain. An indent was taken. Operation Orders received for a move to an area at present unknown. The Battalion will entrain at PETIT HOUVIN tomorrow night. WEATHER – Rainy.

August 3, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: Battalion Operation Orders issued for the move tonight. The Battalion will entrain at PETIT HOUVIN at 3.40 A.M., August 4th. “D” Company will not move until 11.40 P.M., August 4th. A party of 1 Officer and 35 Other Ranks sent ahead as an entraining party. The Transport will leave at 8.00 P.M., and the Battalion at 10.10 P.M.

August 4, 1918
Location: RAMBURES
Entry: Battalion arrived at PETIT HOUVIN at 1.50 A.M. and left that place at 5.30 A.M. The destination was given us just before leaving the station, which was RAMBURES, via rail and route march, arriving at 4.00 P.M. The Battalion living in billets which are very comfortable. The inhabitants are very good to the troops, probably on account of there very seldom being any troops billetted here. Orders received that the 1st Canadian Division would make an attack in a few days; the 3rd Brigade will attack, the 1st Brigade will go through them, and the 2nd Brigade will go through the 1st. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions of this Brigade will be the attacking Battalions for this Brigade, the 1st Battalion being in Reserve.  Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, DSO.,MC., arrived back from the 1st Army School.  WEATHER- Fine and Warm.

August 5, 1918
Location: RANBURES
Entry: No training today as the Battalion is moving tonight. Warning order received that we will be moving by ‘bus to BOVES WOOD, 5 1/2 miles Southeast of AMIENS, leaving this place at 7.30 P.M. The Transport ordered to “Stand to” ready to move at 3.00 P.M. “D” Company arrived in billets at 3.00 P.M. Lieut J.L. Austin proceeded to 1st Can. D vision and will be attached to the Gas Services 1st Canadian Division  The Commanding Officer held a Company Commanders’ meeting at 9.00 A.M. Captain Adams called for the Commanding Officer at 11.30 A.M. with an ambulance to take him to the Brigade to attend a Battalion Commanders’ conference. Major G.E. Reid, DSO. proceeded with Advance Party to BOVES WOOD at 6.20 P.M., to take over the portion of the Wood allotted to this Battalion. Operation Orders for the move by ‘busses received at 6.40 P.M. The Battalion to be at embussing point 2 miles from RANBURES on the ANDAINVILLE-RANBURES Road at 8.15 P.M. Battalion embussed at 9.25 P.M. Embussing was held up owing to the 1st Canadian Engineer Battalion getting in wrong position.

August 6, 1918
Location: BOVES WOOD
Entry: Battalion arrived at BOVES WOOD at 9.30 A.M. The details to be left out under S.S.135 reported to Captain J.K. Crawford, D.S.O., who will be in charge of them, at 12.00 Noon. The Commanding Officer, Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O., an Officer per Company, and an N.C.O. per platoon, proceeded forward to BOIS de GENTELLES at 4.00 P.M. Captain K.C. Brooke proceeded to BOVES de GENTELLES as soon as dark enough to move. Battalion left BOVES WOOD at 10.30 P.M. 12 men per Company from the Composite Company were detailed to carry up the rations of the Companies going forward. Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith returned from First Army S.O.S. School.

10.30 p.m. The Battalion left BOVES WOOD for Reserve position in the Front Line.
August 7th, 1918

August 7, 1918
See attached Reports [Inserted from Narrative in Appendix 1 to simplify chronology.]

2.30 a.m. Battalion arrival in Reserve position, March very tiring on account of the congested condition of the roads.
12.00 noon Assembly Area reconnoitered by Company Commanders and positions in same allotted.
1.00 p.m. Commanding Officer attended a conference at Brigade H.Q.
3.00 p.m. Company Commanders conference at Battalion H.Q.
8.00 p.m. Afternoon spent by officers in going over details of operation with their men.
9.45 p.m. Battalion equipment and 48 hours rations arrived and were issued to the troops.
10.10 p.m. ZERO hour for attack received (4.20 a.m.)
11.45 p.m. Battalion commenced to move forward to Assembly area.
10.00 M.N. Battalion Headquarters established at V.14.b.5.4. together with the 2nd and 4th Battalions.

August 8, 1918
Draft of 50 Other Ranks arrived at Transport Lines from C.C.R.C. Lieut. H.F. Petman returned from Canadian Corps School.
See attached Reports. [Inserted here from Narrative in Appendix 1 to simplify chronology.]

2.00 a.m. Issued orders that Battalion would move from Assembly Area to ZERO plus 50 minutes, and not at ZERO.
2.20 a.m. Battalion reported as being in position.
3.00 a.m. Headquarters Officers visited the Companies in the Assembly Area, and everything was found in readiness, the men being in excellent spirits.
4.08 a.m. Tanks who have been lying 100 yards behind the front commenced to move forward.
4.20 a.m. ZERO hour. Very misty. Our guns opened fire. Artillery support does not appear to lack in volume. 3rd Brigade commenced to advance.
4.50 a.m. Wounded 3rd Brigade men report attack progressing satisfactorily, Exceedingly misty.
5.20 a.m. Battalion commenced to move forward from Assembly positions to GREEN Line. Companies moving in two line of platoons in single file at 100 yards distance and 100 yards interval, with “B” Company on Left, “D” Company on the Right, “A” Company 300 yards in rear of “B” Company and “C” Company 300 yards in rear of “D” Company, and Battalion Headquarters halfway between “A” and “C” Companies. Mist very heavy.
5.55 a.m. Battalion passing through old German front line; fog thickening, cannot see a man at 20 yards. All marching being done by compass, by platoons.
6.10 a.m. Fog lifted.
6.20 a.m. Battalion headquarters arrived at MORGENONT WOOD, out of touch with “B” and “D” Companies. Several platoons of “A” and “C” Companies seen all moving forward in correct direction.
6.30 a.m. Heavy Machine Gun fire encountered on Eastern side of MORGENONT WOOD, advance now progressing slowly.
6.40 a.m. Battalion Headquarters and No. 4 Platoon (Lieut. R.G. Wickham) progressed forward as far as TITTLER COPSE, but Machine Gun and Rifle Fire very heavy, and there appear to be none of our troops in front of us.
6.45 a.m. Captain E.H. Minns, MC., came over to battalion Headquarters wounded and reported that he is about 300 yards to the Right and that he has been in action with the enemy for about 15 minutes, his Company suffering heavy casualties from Machine Gun fire.
7.10 a.m. As the enemy are not retiring in V.13,b, and there do not appear to be any 3rd Brigade troops in the vicinity, and as this Battalion was due to advance from GREEN Line at 8.20 A.M., Battalion Headquarters and No.4 platoon commenced to advance against the enemy, in the face of exceptionally heavy rifle and Machine Gun fire, which caused a great many casualties, Lieut. D.W. Morrison being killed, Major. G.E. Reid, DSO., and the R.S.M. wounded, 8 other ranks killed and about 22 other ranks wounded. When the advance reached a point about 60 yards from the enemy, they retired on the double, out troops following them up and causing them many casualties with rifle and Lewis Gun fire.

7.30 a.m. Battalion headquarters got into touch with “D” Company and two additional platoons of “A” Company as they passed in the vicinity of cross-roads in 14.o.
7.35 a.m. Battalion Headquarters moved forward in front of Companies to the GREEN objective.
8.05 a.m. Met Lieut.-Col. H. Nelles, DSO., MC., at K.21.d.4.3.
8.15 a.m. Battalion headquarters arrived at GREEN objective, finding only Captain G.C. Patterson, MC., and Lieut G.F. Kerr and his platoon there. This platoon has captured four 77 Guns on the road about K.21.b.6.9.
8.35 a.m. “D” Company arrived at the GREEN objective.
8.40 a.m. Only five platoons of the Battalion up, but these pushed on in the attack, as we are not 20 minutes late.
8.45 a.m. Three platoons of “B” Company arrived at GREEN objective and pushed on ahead with attacking force.
9.00 a.m. Battalion passing through gully between CANCRLETTE WOOD and LEMAIRE WOOD. Battalion headquarters stopped at V. for ten minutes and despatched situation report to Brigade as follows: –
“3rd Canadian Battalion arrived at the GREEN Line at 8.25 A.M. Battalion is now advancing on LEMAIRE WOOD. Strength approximately 200 Other Ranks. Are in touch with 2nd Canadian Division on the Left, but are not in touch with the 4th Battalion. Met. Col. Neelan at V. He was proceeding to [MON-IDER], but have not got in touch with him yet. The heavy fog this morning rather disarranged our organization. Am pushing on to the final objective, but consider I should have at least a couple of additional Companies to assist me in scouring the high ground in R.1.a., W.25.d, and W.25.a. Our [beavies] are troubling us a great deal by short-shooting, shells at the present time leaving in U.22.a. and b. Have had at least 8 Officer casualties. Headquarters at present at Quarry in V.16.d.2.4. but on reaching  objective will establish Headquarters at V.24.d.4.3. Am moving immediately. When we passed 4th Battalion they appeared well in hand. Am in touch with two of my Companies (the two advancing), but have not been in touch with the other two since fog descended. Will report their arrival. Please arrange to have run sent up tonight. Roads look in good condition.
9.55 a.m. The attacking platoons held up midway between LeMAIRE Wood and STOVE Wood by enemy strong points on high ground in 24.a and c. Impossible to get forward unless our support troops arrive or we are assisted by tanks. Casualties extremely heavy. Battalion headquarters established behind a broken-down tank at V.23.a.8.9.
10.15 a.m. Advance still held up. The enemy are holding the ridge apparently in numbers nd intend to make a stand there; our Lewis Guns engaging them and causing many casualties, but they have such a commanding position that they can effectively hold up out advance.
10.40 a.m. Three platoons from “A” Company under Lieut. W.A. McMaster, (Captain R. Bailey, MC., having been killed near the RRD LINE) and three platoons from “C” Company under Captain N.V. Cliff, MC., arrived at LEMAIRE WOOD, Lieut. McMaster and Captain Cliff both showing excellent judgment in taking all advantage of cover in bringing their commands forward.
10.40 a.m. The six support platoons established twelve Lewis Guns on the Eastern edge of Le MAIRE WOOD, and opened covering fire to assist the attacking platoons to advance. Advance being carried out slowly and at quite heavy cost.
10.45 a.m. Two tanks observed moving down road along ridge in 24.a. and c.
10.55 a.m. Under the effects of the covering fire from out Lewis Guns and from the actions of one of our tanks, our troops are advancing rapidly and the enemy in retiring in disorder.
11.00 a.m. High ground in 23.a. and c. assaulted and captured and our troops continued the advance.
11.25. a.m. “B” and “D” Companies and Lieut. G.F. Kerr’s platoon of “C” Company held up temporarily at cross-roads at V.24.d.4.2. by three enemy Machine Gun nests, who are established in excellent positions.
11.35 a.m. Advance continued by the gallant actions of the attacking platoons, who gradually worked around the enemy Strong Points and then rushed them, causing terrible execution.
11.55. a.m. Attacking platoons reached the RED LINE and “C” Company are pushing ahead to make good and high ground East of the LUCE. Battalion headquarters established at V.24.d.central.
12.15 p.m. 10th Canadian Battalion commenced passing Battalion Headquarters.
12.25 p.m. Outposts East of the LUCE established by “C” Company and remainder of Battalion forming a main line of resistance.
1.45 p.m. “B” Company who have been very badly out up, withdrawn to field in rear of Battalion headquarters.
2.30 p.m. Total amount of material captured during operation estimated at eight [unreadable], guns, two [unreadable] 4.2 guns, 14 machine and about [unreadable].
3.00 p.m. Everyone settling down in captured positions and enjoying themselves on captured German victuals, etc.
7.00 p.m. Message received that we may move forward again tonight, and to be in a state of readiness.

August 9, 1918
Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C., returned from G.H.Q Lewis Gun School.
See attached Reports. [Narrative from Appendix 2 inserted here to simplify chronology]

2.00 A.M. Message received that Battalion must be prepared to move to Assembly positions North West of LE [unreadable] at any time.
4.00 A.M. Transport arrived at battalion headquarters and Lieut. Jennings brought a verbal message to the effect that we are moving off at 6.45 A.M.
6.30 A.M. Orders received from Brigade that move does not take place will 7.45 A.M.
7.30 A.M. Commanding officer proceeded ahead for conference of Commanding Officers.
7.45 A.M. Battalion moved off.
8.30 A.M. Battalion moved into field at D.6.o. with the remained of the Divisions.
10.40 A.M. Orders received that we are to attack BEAUFORT at 11 AM.
11.10 A.M. Above entry cancelled, as BEAUFORT is reported taken. The Brigade is therefore to carry out the attack on ROUVROY.
11.25 A.M. Battalion moved off from D.6.o.
12.40 P.M. Battalion arrived at woods in R.19.o., and the Commanding officer reported to Brigade, where be obtained information that BEAUFORT had not been captured; therefore at 1.00 P.M. the 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalions attacked with the 4th in Support and the 3rd Battalion in Reserve, with ROUVROY as the objective ofthe Brigade.
1.50 P.M. Battalion commenced to move forward. “A” Company Left Front Line; “C” Company Right Front Line; “B” Company in Support, “D” Company in Reserve.
3.00 P.M. Advance continuing satisfactorily; casualties very light.
4.15 P.M. Battalion passed through BEAUFORT WOOD and took ip positions on Eastern edge, as 2nd Canadian Battalion appear to be help up in front on the general line MARMITES.-WARVILLERS Road.
4.30 P.M. Lieut.-Col. H.T. McLaughlinm D.S.O., called at Battalion Headquarters (K.5.d.3.7) and stated that attack was progressing favourably, and that he was going to advance and capture ROUVROY. I stated that if he captured ROUVROY, I would push forward and capture FOUQUESCOURT.
4.45 P.M. Battalion Headquarters moved to dugout at K.5.d.9.6.
4.50 P.M. Large canteen in BEAUFORT discovered, and cigars were much in evidence.
5.35 P.M. Commanding Officer returned from Brigade with orders that the Battalion was to attack RUVROY, as the 2nd Battalion were permanently held up and could not advance further.
6.00 P.M. Held Company Commanders’ conference.
6.40 P.M. Orders recived that attack must be made on ROVROY immediately.
6.45 P.M. Battalion moved out to jumping-off line, this being trench running through K.6.d. and K.12.a.
7.10 P.M. Battalion reported as in position on jumping-off line.
7.15 P.M. Battalion commenced to advance, “A” Company on the Left, “C” Company on the Right “D” Company in Support and “B” Company in Reserve. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. in command of the advance.
7.45 P.M. Out troops entering ROUVROY which town has been partially cleared by three platoons of the 2nd Canadian Battalion who are now on the North-Eastern edge of the village.
9.20 P.M. Battalion in complete occupation of ROUVROY, capturing about 20 prisoners in the village, having three companies thrown out on the high ground east of the village in L.9.b. and d. and L.15.a., and one Company in Reserve. The Battalion now covers about two thirds of the Brigade front, and is extending further South, trying to get in touch with the 1st and 4th Battalions. Battalion headquarters established at L.8.d.2.7.
10.00 P.M. Night passing quietly.

August 10, 1918
[Inserted here from Narrative in Appendix 2]
1.00 A.M. Rations arrived.
5.00 A.M. Enemy believed massing in BLACK WOOD, in L.17.a.

5.45 A.M. Enemy commenced to advance; “S.O.S.” sent through.
6.10 A.M. Enemy advancing towards our line, but are no attacking but establishing a line.
6.35 A.M. “S.O.S” answered, but all 18-pounder shells are dropping on the Eastern edge of ROUVROY.
6.50 A.M. Out 18-pounders ceased firing, they having fired about 300 shells in all.
7.00 A.M The six-inch took up the work where the 18-pounders left off, and dropped some 50 shells on the Western edge of ROUVROY.
8.45 A.M. The 1/5th Borier Regiment, 32nd Division, passed through us to their attack on FOUQUESCOURT.
9.00 A.M. The strength of the Battalion is now 19 Officers, and 380 Other Ranks.

Entry: Headquarters dugout was filled all last night with prisoners, we having some 20 in there through-out the night and they kept dribbling in all the time. At 10.40 A.M., the attack by the 32nd Division appeared to be progressing satisfactorily, they being reported to be in the vicinity of FOUQUESCOURT. All quiet throughout the day except for occasional shelling of ROUVROY. Received orders about 4.00 P.M. that we would continue the advance tomorrow. This was cancelled, however, about 7 P.M. Draft of 50 Other Ranks reported for duty. Situation on 32nd Division front very obscure at 8.30 P.M., as there appear to be a number of gaps in their line. Enemy shelled ROUVROY heavily at 8.20 P.M. with gas shells.

August 11, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: Night passed fairly quietly, men getting cleaned up. Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith, MM., was killed, Captain H.H. Coombs, MC, wounded, two Other Ranks killed and 2 Other Ranks wounded, by a direct hit on “A” Company headquarters last night. Lieutenant W.A. McMaster taking over command of “A” Company. Orders again received at 11.00 A.M. that we are to move forward. These were cancelled at about 2.00 P.M. Commanding Officer proceeded to Brigade at about 3.00 P.M. and ‘phoned at 4.30 P.M. to move Battalion back to BEAUFORT. Battalion commenced to move by Units at 6.00 P.M. and arrived complete in bivouacs at BEAUFORT at 11.00 P.M. Very comfortable in grassy field; everyone to bed with great alacrity.

August 12, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: Battalion living in bivouacs built around trees and are quite comfortable. No training being carried out. Major W.H. Kippen, MC., busy all day making out report on the operations. A parade by Companies was held at 4.00 P.M. Lieutenant A.G. Stanway, Lieut. F.M. Bastin, and Lieut. A.V. Noble, and a draft of 107 Other Ranks arrived as Reinforcements. WEATHER – fine.

August 13, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: The following Officer promotions were made by the Commanding Officer: –
Captain H.A. Chisholm, MC., to be Acting Major
Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, MC., to be Acting Captain
Lieut. W.A. McMaster, to be Acting Captain
Acting Captain J.K. Gillespie, MC., is appointed Lewis Gun Officer, vice Lieut. D.W. Morrison, Killed in Action. Lieut O.E. Lennox and Lieut. J. McCrae arrived as reinforcements. Warning order received of a probable swing around to the North and attack with the Australians on the 15th. No details received; the Commanding Officer attended Battalion Commanders’ conference at Brigade Headquarters. A parade by Companies was held at 4.00 P.M. The Tailor, Shoemaker and Barber have been kept busy all day, putting the men’s clothing, boots etc., in condition. Lieut. G.F. Kerr, MM., is appointed Acting Second-in-Command of “B” Company. Captain N.V. Cliff, MC., transferred from “C” to “A” Company, and to be O.C. “A” Company. Capt. W.A. McMaster to be Second-in-Command of “A” Company. WEATHER – Fine.

August 14, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: Results of the Battalion Intelligence Section Competition which was held at HAROEUIL, received showing our Section as winning; the 1st battalion Second; the 4th Battalion Third, and the 2nd Battalion Fourth. Lieut. H.W.W. Copp and Lieut. A.G.W. Duncan returned to Battalion with a draft of 18 Other Ranks. Another Warning Order received that the 2nd and 3rd Divisions would attack on this front with the 1st and 4th Divisions in Reserve. This order was later in the day postponed. Battalion paraded by Companies at 4.00 P.M., for inspection. WEATHER – Fine & Warm.

August 15, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: Brigadier-General Marshall, C.M.G., D.S.O., Director of Training for the British Armies in France, called on the Commanding Officer and talker over the operations of this Battalion, and the way they were so successfully carried out. He was very pleased with our operations. Warning Order received that we would move to FOLIES and take over from a Battalion of the 8th Can. Inf. Brigade tonight. All arrangements made for this move, which was later cancelled. The Battalion paraded by Companies and Units at 4.00 P.M. for inspection by Company and Unit Commanders. Draft of 42 Other Ranks arrived from C.C.R.C. This draft included 15 signallers, who were urgently required, owing to the heavy casualties in the Signal Section during the recent operations. WEATHER – Fine & Warm.

August 16, 1918
Location: BEAUFORT
Entry: Operation Orders received that Battalion would move to FOLIES tonight and take over area vacated by the 1st C.M.R. Battalion. The Brigade will be in Divisional Support on completion of the move. The following Training was carried out: – P.T. & B.F., Games, and cleaning & scrubbing equipment. Battalion commenced to move at 3.30 P.M. to new area. Word received from Brigade that we are under ten minutes notice to move. Details to be left out under S.S.135 have been made up, and in case of a move they will be left with the Transport. Battalion arrived in FOLIES at 6.00 P.M. Men living in Bivuacs. The band played from 7.00 P.M. to 8.15 P.M. WEATHER – Fine & Warm.

August 17, 1918
Location: FOLIES
Entry: Training carried out today as follows: – P.T. & B.F., Games, Company Commanders lecturing to their men on the methods of attacking villages. This training was interrupted by the Hun shelling our area with an 8″ naval gun, but the lectures were carried out later in the day. The Battalion, less H.Q. Units, bathed at LE QUESNEL, bathing commencing at 6.00 P.M. and finishing at 10.30 P.M. Lieut. G.R. Collin returned to the Battalion from Hospital. WEATHER- Fine.

August 18, 1918
Location: FOLIES
Entry: Lieut. B.B. Grosvenor and a draft of 15 Other Ranks arrived from the C.C.R.C. Church parade was held by half Battalion on field in vicinity of “A” Company; “A”, “B” and Signallers parade at 10.00 A.M., and “C”, “D” and Scouts at 10.45 A.M. The remainder of the Battalion were bathed at 1.00 P.M. The Brigadier, Col. G.J. Boyce, and Captain Thomas called on the Commanding Officer after dinner. WEATHER- Fine & Warm.

August 19, 1918
Location: FOLIES
Entry: Final results of Brigade Intelligence Sections Competition received. Out Section received the highest points. They received 220 being 16 points higher than the next highest, which were the 1st Battalion. Warning Order received that the Canadian Corps would be relieved in the Line by the French tonight; this Battalion to be relieved bu a Battalion of the 55th Regiment of the 126th French Division. The Battalion will be moving to bivouac area in V.23.d. An advance part of 1 Officer per Company, and 1 N.C.O. per platoon and Unit was sent out at 6.00 P.M. to the new area. Leave Warrants for Lieut. H.F. Petman and four Other Ranks received today, for them to proceed on Leave on the 21st instant. WEATHER- Cool, a light Rain.

August 20, 1918
Location: V.23.d.
Entry: Battalion arrived in Bivouacs at 12.50 A.M. Companies are comfortably located. No training carried out today. Man men are taking advantage of the swimming in the River LUCE. Lieutenant J.H. Neelon proceeded to the Canadian Corps School on a Course. WEATHER- Fine & Warm

August 21, 1918
Location V.23.d.
Entry: The General Officer Commanding the Brigade inspected the battalion and addressed them on the recent operations. He was very pleased with the results obtained by the 1st Brigade. Lieut.-Col. Persons, D.S.O., and Major W.B. Wedd, M.C., had lunch with the Commanding Officer. WEATHER – Fine & very warm.

August 22, 1918
Location: V.23.d.
Entry: Training today- An ident was taken and Companies were lectured by Company Commanders on the “Attack”. The Battalion moved to BOIS de GENTELLES, leaving this place at 8.45 P.M. Tunics were not worn. WEATHER – Fine & warm.

August 23, 1918
Entry: Battalion arrived at BOIS DE GENTELLES at 1.10 A.M. Battalion living in bivouacs and are fairly comfortable. The Commanding Officer went on Leave today, Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. assuming Command of the Battalion during his absence. The Battalion moved to DURY at 9.15 P.M. Packs were carried by lorries. The Band played the Regimental March through ST. NICHOLAS in honour to Lieut.-Col. J.B. Urquhart, D.S.O., C.C. 42nd Canadian Battalion, who is a patient in Canadian C.C.S. near ST. NICHOLAS Station.

August 24, 1918
Location: DURY
Entry: Battalion arrived in DURY at 1.15 A.M. Battalion living in billets and are fairly comfortable. There are two Battalions, Brigade Headquarters, and Trench Mortar battery in the Town. Lieutenant G.N. Payne proceeded on Cross-channel Leave. Several Officers visited AMIENS during the afternoon. Administrative Instructions received for a move by train tomorrow. operation Orders to be issued tomorrow. The Battalion will entrain at PROUZEL and detrain at WAVRANS. WEATHER- Fine & Warm.

August 25, 1918
Location: DURY
Entry: Church Parade was held at 10.00 A.M. The detraining point has been changed to TINQUES. Battalion Operation Orders send out. “A” Company will entrain at 3.22 P.M. today and remainder of the Battalion at 10.22 P.M. The Transport will commence to entrain at 7.22 P.M. Captain Rogers left DURY at 10.45 A.M. with billetting party to the AGNES les DUISANS – MAROUEIL Area. Entraining completed at 9.40 P.M. and train left at 10.22 P.M. WEATHER- Fine, with showers.

August 26, 1918
Location: TINQUES
Entry: Battalion arrived in TINQUES at 11.30 A.M. The billetting party and “A” Company that were sent forward yesterday, were sent to NEZIERES, and not as per previous instructions. Orders were received from Brigade that the Company and Billetting party would return at once and that the Battalion would proceed by ‘busses to DAINVILLE. The Billetting part returned at 2.00 P.M. and were dispatched forwith by ‘bus to DAINVILLE. “A” Company arrived at 2.30 P.M. The rations were issued and lunch served to the men. The Battalion embussed at 4.00 P.M. Lieuts. R. Montgomery, MC., and T. Stephens, MM., reported for duty from the C.C.R.C. Battalion arrived in DAINVILLE at 6.15 P.M. orders received that the Battalion would move forward tomorrow after-noon to Assembly Area in TELEGRAPH HILL and be ready to relieve the 2nd Canadian Division in the Line at night. Lieut. A.K. Coulthard, MM., proceeded on Cross-channel Leave. Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C., proceed to 1st Canadian Division and will be attached to the Intelligence branch. WEATHER – Fine & Warm.

August 27, 1918
Entry: Between 4.00 A.M. and 5.00 A.M., the town of DAINVILLE was continually shelled by an 8″ High Velocity Naval Gun. Corporal W.G. Collins of Battalion Headquarters was killed and 3 Bandsmen wounded. The houses occupied by Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., Capt. J.K. Gillespie, M.C., and Lieut. J.H. Jennings were almost completely demolished, the latter Officer receiving a slight wound in the chin. Orders received that the battalion would move forward before 4.00 P.M. to Assembly positions and that we would in all probability attack from the Line occupied by the 2nd Canadian Division. Battalion arrived in the Assembly Area at 6.20 P.M. Officers from all Companies were sent forward to reconnoitre the forward Area. The details to be left out under S.S.135 reported to Major H.A. Chisholm, MC., at 7.45 P.M. and proceeded to Transport Lines. Battalion headquarters located at N.7.a.5.5. and Transport Lines at M.6.d.central. Orders received that attach would be postponed 24 hours. WEATHER- Fine, with occasional showers.

August 28, 1918
Entry: During the night the enemy shelled in the vicinity of Battalion Headquarters with 8′ Shell. No casualties from this shelling. orders received that the Brigade would move forward tonight and relieve a Brigade of the 2nd Division in Divisional Reserve. Reconnoitring parties were sent forward to look over the area, and to the guide in the Battalion tonight. The 1st Division will attack tomorrow with the 2nd and 3rd Brigades. The 1st Brigade will be in Reserve and will pass through the other two Brigades and exploit success. The battalion commenced moving forward to new Assembly Area at 7.00 P.M. The line at present held by the 2nd Canadian Division runs through U.4.c. and U.34.a. – O.35.a. – O.28.c. and a. Major H.A. Chisholm, M.C., proceeded on Cross-channel leave tonight. Captain W.A. McMaster took over command of the Composite Company from him. Battalion arrived in new Assembly Area at 9.20 P.M.; Battalion headquarters located at N.30.a.1.2. The Lewis Gun limbers accompanied their Companies to their positions and are remaining with them. The cookers were ordered up from the Transport. WEATHER- Fine.

August 29, 1918
Location: N.30.a.
Entry: The attack that was to have taken place this morning has been again postponed. It will probably not take place until the 30th, and there is a possibility of it not coming off until the morning of the 31st. Cookers arrived at the Companies at 4.00 A.M. Orders received from Brigade to the effect that the 1st Brigade would move forward tonight to Assembly Area in the valley of the River ENSEE. The 1st Brigade will attack tomorrow at dawn from line now running through U.2.b. – O.33.c,d., and b., O.34.a. – O.28.d. – O.29.a., now held by the 2nd and 3rd Brigades. This Brigade will attack the line now held by the enemy and establish a jumping-off position East of UPTON WOOD, as close to the DROCOURT-QUEANT Line as possible, for the 2nd and 3rd Brigade to jump off from. The 2nd and 3rd Brigades will attack the DROCOURT-QUEANT Line through the 1st Brigade.

The 1st Brigade are attacking on a three-Battalion front: –
1st Battalion Right
2nd Battalion Centre
3rd Battalion Left
4th Battalion Re4serve

All Officers and N.C.O.’s (Corporals and above) reconnoitred the forward area this morning. The Battalion had three men wounded today. A representative of the TORONTO DAILY STAR called at Battalion headquarters this afternoon. Battalion commenced moving forward at 7.45 P.M. The Order for the attack tomorrow by this Battalion will be: –
“A” Company – Left Front
“C” Company – Right Front
“B” Company – Support
“D” Company – Battalion Reserve
“A” and “C” Companies will attack, and “B” Company will pass through them. “D” Company will be held in Battalion Reserve.

[From Narrative]

2.00 P.M. Assembly positions reconnoitred by Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. and Lieutenant R.F. Sheppard.

5.30 P.M. Commanding Officer and Adjutant attended conference at Brigade Headquarters

7.30 P.M. Battalion left position in front of [unreadable] and moved into valley south of VIS-EN-ARTOIS at 11. P.M. having been delayed by the heavy concentration of gas along the valley of SENSEE RIVER.

12.00 M.N. Conference of Company Commanders at Battalion headquarters

August 30, 1918
[This taken from September War Diary.]

1.00 A.M. Companies and Battalion headquarters started moving into assault positions guides being supplied by the 8th Battalion form their Headquarters in TRINGLE WOOD.

2.30 A.M. Battalion headquarters established at O.28.c.30.75.

3.30 A.M. Part from Composite Company arrived with extra bombs.

4.30 A.M. Battalion in position

4.40 A.M. ZERO HOUR. Quite darks. Our guns opened fire. Companies started moving forward and met with little resistance until near a line roughly along OX and UNION TRENCHES. This line was heavily manned with Machine Guns the garrison apparently having remained in dugouts until our barrage passed over.

8.00 A.M. Our men reported to have occupied OX and UNION TRENCHES after severe fighting; – heavy casualties from Machine Gun fire and bombs.

8.30 A.M. OX AND UNION TRENCHES organized for defence, and “B” Company started working up VIS-EN-ARTOIS SWITCH. Enemy snipers and Machine Guns very active from direction of OCEAN WORK and position in SUNKEN ROAD running through O.30.c. and O.36.a.b. &d.

12:30 P.M. “B” Company (2 platoons) reported to be in touch with 1 platoon of 1st Battalion in ORIX TRENCH and to have posts established between O.35.b.70.40 and O.29.c.70.20. Two platoons “B” Company in position in OPAL TRENCH in O.35.d. Sniping reported from UPTON WOOD.

1.10 P.M. “A” and “C” Companies ordered to attack OCEAN WORKS and OLIVE TRENCH at 2.00 P.M. Artillery support to be arranged.

2.00 P.M. Attack on OCEAN WORK and OLIVE TRENCH postponed until 3.00 P.M. as Artillery could not be arranged in time.

3.00 P.M. Attack on OCEN WORK and OLIVE TREE was attempted by 1 platoon and “A” Company and 1 platoon of “C” Company under cover of Lewis Gun fire. The positions were too strongly held, however, by Machine Guns, to be taking without Artillery and after suffering heavy casualties, the parties returned to OX TRENCH.

4.00 P.M. A patrol of three Battalion scouts was sent out to go through UPTON WOOD and report on whether it was occupied by the enemy. During the day, the enemy carried out intensive artillery shoots on trenches held by us (OX, ORIX, OBUS and UNION) apparently having direct observation, as he engaged any undue movement as soon as it started.

7.00 P.M. Patrol returned from UPTON WOOD and reported it to be clear of the enemy.

7.30 P.M. Two platoons of “B” Company organized in OPAL TRENCH with post from O.35.d.65.55. to O.35.a.70.40. and in touch with one platoon of 1st Battalion on their Right. Line now runs :- 8th Battalion on Left, in touch at O.29.a.2.2., “A” Company, “C” Company, and 2 platoons of “B” Company holding OX and ORIX TRENCHES from O.29.a.2.2. to O.35.b.70.40. “D” Company in OBUS TRENCH, OLGA Trench, UNION Trench. Two platoons of “B” Company in OPAL TRENCH in touch with troops of 1st Battalion in both ORIX and OPAL TRENCHES.

Night of 30/31st of August Enemy artillery active during the night, but not attempt made to come back.

August 31, 1918
[This information was actually provided in the September Diary.]
1.00 P.M. “D” Company ordered to push out in ORIX and OPAL Trenches with view to establishing our line along trench between ORIX and OPAL in U.6.b.

2.10 P.M. Two platoons of “D” Company started up each of ORIX and OPAL from about [unreadable].35.b.20.70 and O.35.a.80.40., respectively. The trenches being poor, they were under observation from the outset, and enemy machine guns opened fire from the direction of their objective, while the artillery laid down a barrage along OX, UNION, and UNICORN. The enemy could also be seen to bring reinforcements and more machine guns up to meet the attack.

2.30 P.M. 8Th Battalion reported to have established an Outpost Line in front of our line from ORIX, at approx. O.35.b.70.40. to ARRAS-CAMBRAI Road in O.30.b.

5.00 P.M. In ORIX TRENCH the two platoons had reached O.35.b.95.05. but the trench being practically nil from this point onwards further advance was impossible in face of the machine gun fire. Casualties had already been very heavy from Machine Guns and Sniping. In OPAL TRENCH the two platoons were held up in the same way at approx. O.36.c.05.20. and were occupying shell-holes at this point.

9.00 P.M. The 2nd Battalion reported to have established a line of posts connecting up the right flanks of our Platoon in ORIX and OPAL TRENCHES, and to have a further line of posts running Southwards in front of UPTON WOOD. This covered the ground held by the two platoons in OPAL, and they were withdrawn to form a Support. The Battalion was relieved during the night by elements of the 15th Canadian Battalion and the 72nd Canadian Battalion.

Battalion’s Movement in Month of August, 1918
August 1st – BERNEVILLE
August 2nd & 3rd – BEAUFORT
August 4th & 5th – RAMBURES
August 6th – BOVES WOOD
August 7th-11th – In Action (Third Battle of the [unreadable])
August 12th-16th – BEAUFORT
August 17th-19th – FOLIES
August 20th-22nd – V.23.d.
August 24th -25th – DURY
August 26th – TINQUES
August 27th – DAINVILLE
August 29th – N.30.a.
August 30th & 31st – Included in next month’s report

List of Casualties During the Month of August, 1918
Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. Wounded 8-8-18.
Lieut. D.W. Morrison, Killed. 8-8-18.
Captain R. Bailey, M.C. Killed. 8-8-18.
Lieut. J.J. Dolan Wounded, 8-8-18.
Lieut. R.G. Wickham Wounded 8-8-18.
Captain E.H. Minns, M.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
Lieut. H.T. Poste, MC., Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
Lieut. A.C. Lewis, Wounded 8-8-18.
Lieut. J.D. Scott Wounded 8-8-18.
Lieut. E.F. Thairs Killed 8-8-18.
Lieut. L.B. Lyall Wounded 8-8-18.
Lieut. O.E. Lennox Wounded 8-8-18.
No. 404211, Pte. Stevens R. Killed 8-8-18.
19236, Pte. McArthur, F. Killed 8-8-18.
787910, Pte. Illingsworth, A.H. Killed 8-8-18.
171334, Pte. Maylott, E. Killed 8-8-18.
403332, Pte. Warner, H.T. Killed 8-8-18.
171582, Pte. Shearer, A.G. Killed 8-8-18.
669703, Pte. Burns, J.A. Killed 8-8-18.
401332, Pte. Haun, F.E. Killed 8-8-18.
9528, L/Sgt. Allen, E.W. Killed 8-8-18.
755069, Pte. Brown, T. Killed 8-8-18.
916767, Pte. Hodge, B. Killed 8-8-18.
426221, Sgt. Ramsay, T. Killed 8-8-18.
745528, Pte. Scott, T.R. Killed 8-8-18.
850212, Pte. Tiffney, J. Killed 8-8-18.
1096355, Pte. West, G. Killed 8-8-18.
461344, Pte. Ormiston, R. Killed 8-8-18.
175293, Pte. Tasker, J.F. Killed 8-8-18.
802547, Pte. Utting, J.R. Killed 8-8-18.
1096022, Douse, (PTe) J.H. Killed 8-8-18.
916328, Pte. Wilson, R.H. Killed 8-8-18.
3032144, Pte. Murray, K.M. Killed 9-8-18.
787089, Pte. Strang, W.J. Killed 8-8-18.
757425, Pte. Reinhard, H.C. Killed 8-8-18.
404480, Pte. Topp, J. Killed 8-8-18.
139618, Pte. Kynaston, H.A. Killed 8-8-18.
916361, Pte. Hall, T. Killed 8-8-18.
138974 L/C. Spratlin, F.J. Killed 8-8-18.
785015, Pte. Webb, W. Killed 8-8-18.
787942, Pte. Hogan, L.P. Wounded 8-8-18.
201213, Pte. Legge, W. Wounded 8-8-18.
18155, RSM. Blanchard, G.P. Wounded 8-8-18.
669762, Pte. Schofield, J. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
264366, Pte. Stout, C.E. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds).
784781, Pte. Tisdale, T. Wounded 8-8-18.
416174, Pte. Lameraux, O. Wounded 8-8-18.
201036, Pte. Dunlop, G.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
785044, Pte. Hopkinson, W. Killed 8-8-18.
787856, Pte. Forbes, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
140242, Cpl. Wing, E. Wounded 8-8-18.
210522, Sgt. Lay, J.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
201590, Sgt. Fyfe, R. Wounded 8-8-18.
416411, Sgt. Goulette, R. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
18259, Pte. Young, R. Wounded 8-8-18.
229261, L/C. Stewart, E.W. Wounded 8-8-18.
A4127, Cpl. Jones, A.W. Wounded 8-8-18.
210551, Pte. Lewin, H.B. Wounded 8-8-18.
219198, Pte. Munsen, H.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
9669, L/C. Foote, H.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
850958, Pte. Currie, W.W. Wounded 8-8-18.
916492, Pte. Higgins, E.M. Wounded 8-8-18.
172382, Pte. McGowan, J.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
850763, Pte. Minaker, J.J. Wounded 8-8-18.
787644, Pte. McIsaac, A. Killed 8-8-18
788209, Pte. Galloway, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
764160, Pte. Lee, R. Wounded 8-8-18.
18325, Pte. Brandt, C.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
788523, Pte. Mann, T.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
140209, Pte. Walls, C.K. Wounded 8-8-18.
787014, Pte. Blair, D.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
2393516, Pte. Denny, P. Wounded 8-8-18.
788555, Pte. Penny, Killed 8-8-18.
757998, Pte. Orr, F. Wounded 8-8-18.
757118, Pte. Moore, G.F. Wounded 8-8-18.
201831, Pte. Johnson, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
766420, Lanning, (PTE) F.V. Wounded 8-8-18.
669061, Pte. Cullen, C.A. Wounded 8-8-18.
171911, Sgt. Jennings, W. Wounded 8-8-18.
138630, Cpl. Louttit, D. Wounded 8-8-18.
404419, Sgt. Packham, S. Wounded 8-8-18.
140208, Sgt. Turton, S. Wounded 8-8-18.
201108, L/C. Ashpole, J.L. Wounded 8-8-18.
201329, Cpl. Brown, J.F. Wounded 8-8-18.
139678, L/C. Scott, A. Wounded 8-8-18.
757329, Cpl. gage, H.W. Wounded 8-8-18.
408675, L/C. Liddle, G. Wounded 8-8-18.
916116, Pte. Austin, N. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds).
201101, Pte. Abbey, W. Wounded 8-8-18.
602975, Pte. Brooks, T. Wounded 8-8-18.
916768, Pte. Battson, J.B. Wounded 8-8-18.
10963096, Pte. Cook, J.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
916694, Pte. Carey, R.R. Wounded 8-8-18.
211182, Pte. Chambers, J.L. Wounded 8-8-18.
228251, Pte. Davis, F.R. v
A4073, Pte. Fenton, P.D. Wounded 8-8-18.
105336, Pte. Ferguson, S. Wounded 8-8-18.
171623, Pte. Grange, L.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
785083, Pte. Hough, T. Wounded 8-8-18.
201056, Pte. Hughes, H. Wounded 8-8-18.
916891, Pte. Hunter, R. Killed 8-8-18.
171631, Pte. Hill, T.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
138596, Pte. Harrowsmith Wounded 8-8-18.
172192, Pte. Harvey, J.S. Wounded 8-8-18.
757745, Pte. Jerrett, G. Wounded 8-8-18.
171914, Pte. Johnson, W. Wounded 8-8-18.
916992, Pte. Le Fraugh, R. Wounded 8-8-18.
788809, Pte. Laronde, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
788301, Pte. Mulvey, G.F. Wounded 8-8-18.
757757, Pte. McMurray, R. Wounded 8-8-18.
171510, Pte. Macdonell, G.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
785154, Pte. McConnell, R. Wounded 8-8-18.
766656, Pte. Nokes, J.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
787045, Pte. Patterson, J.V. Wounded 8-8-18.
237866, Pte. Patterson, W.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
139682, Pte. Stokes, B. Wounded 8-8-18.
210755, Pte. Rennie, J. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
2393519, Pte. Stilton, S. Wounded 8-8-18.
201707, Pte. Thompson, K.R. Wounded 8-8-18.
201279, Pte. Thompson, W.J.M. Wounded 8-8-18.
201933, Pte. Toynem, W.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
204553, Pte. Thorstienson, S. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
787159, Pte. Warrington, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
1096104, Pte. Wainwright, J.W. Wounded 8-8-18.
916337, Pte. Watt, F.R. Wounded 8-8-18.
3030184, Pte. Wade, C.E. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds).
426864, Pte. Baker, G. Wounded 8-8-18.
916332, Pte. Moreton, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
851088, Pte. Parent, F. Wounded 8-8-18.
916365, Pte. Sweet, F.D. Wounded 8-8-18.
916222, Pte. McDowell, T.J. Wounded 8-8-18.
803134, Pte. Hayes, J.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
757085, Pte. Herman, R.D. Wounded 8-8-18.
138660, L/S. Paige, E. Wounded 8-8-18.
18918, L/S. Burns, S. Wounded 8-8-18.
264165, Pte. Fraser, A. Wounded 8-8-18.
1096087, Pte. Musson, J.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
766840, Pte. Hamilton, G.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
784021, Pte. Bavidge, A.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
916951, Pte. Ellis, K.G.O. Wounded 8-8-18.
3032599, Pte. Murdock, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
663133, Pte. Stover, J.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
757676, Pte. Barnes, A.L. Killed 8-8-18.
1096269, Pte. Bell, J. Killed 8-8-18.
405198, Pte. Boytt, H.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
40453, Pte. Croft, P. Wounded 8-8-18.
784822, Pte. Herdman, W. Wounded 8-8-18.
237363, Pte. Horobin, R.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
916314, Pte. Tod, G.A. Wounded 8-8-18.
210207, Pte. Carter, F. Wounded 8-8-18.
63868, L/C. Carter, F. Wounded 8-8-18.
787687, Pte. Gibson, E.R. Wounded 8-8-18.
784962, Pte. Parkin, J. Wounded 8-8-18.
802589, Pte. Carr, G.W. Wounded 8-8-18.
669502, Pte. Bruce, H.R. Wounded 8-8-18.
745201, Pte. Taylor, G.R. Killed 8-8-18.
916527, Pte. Jones, A.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
916151, Pte. Wattie, W.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
916418, Pte. McCreight, M.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
745498, Pte. Veale, C.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
202113, Pte. Salisbury, W.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
775475, Pte. Douglas, A. Wounded 8-8-18.
139150, Pte. Hood, R.C. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds).
63973, Pte. Hennessey, F. Wounded 8-8-18.
201632, Pte. Lake, S. Wounded 8-8-18.
916201, Pte. Brown, H.C. Wounded 8-8-18.
486580, Pte. Redman, H. Wounded 8-8-18.
438187, L/C. Grist, E. Wounded 8-8-18.
438416, Sgt. Green, G. Wounded 8-8-18.
171867, Pte. Wilson, F.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
172164, Pte. Etherington, W.J. Wounded 8-8-18.
228422, Pte. Howison, W.J. Wounded 8-8-18.
1096163, Pte. O’Rourke, P.T. Wounded 8-8-18.
851090, Pte. McClennan, J.M.B. Wounded 8-8-18.
211255, Pte. Smye, C.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
445059, Pte. Bayer, G.L. Wounded 8-8-18.
405394, Pte. Ralston, J.A. Killed 8-8-18.
201502, Pte. Thorley, R.H. Wounded 8-8-18.
850145, Pte. Allan, H.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
237520, Pte. Rainey, R. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
785203, Pte. Wingarden, R.E. Killed 8-8-18.
1024432, Pte. Rasmussen, J.A. Killed 8-8-18.
725143, Pte. Wearing, T. Wounded 8-8-18.
20130, Pte. Butcher, W.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
787041, Pte. McKerracher, E. Wounded 8-8-18.
201250, Pte. Pitkin, C. Wounded 9-8-18.
1027616, Pte. Lockman, J.M. Wounded 8-8-18.
208259, Pte.McShane, T.T. Wounded 8-8-18.
457365, Pte. Clunie, T. Killed 8-8-18.
9313, Pte. Davis, S.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
210106, Bentley, R.D. Wounded 8-8-18.
140013, Pre. Beeston, W. Wounded 8-8-18.
211290, Pte. Doherty, J.J. Wounded 8-8-18.
171320, Pte. Jinks, W.A. Wounded 8-8-18.
916226, Pte. Prittie, A.G. Wounded 8-8-18.
1027751, Pte. Rowell, G.R. Wounded 8-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
171731, Pte. Williams, O.M. Wounded 8-8-18.
204329, Pte. Hodgson, H. Wounded 8-8-18.
850241, Pte. Wait, C.F. Wounded 8-8-18.
201124, Pte. Brinkworth, E.J. Wounded 10-8-18
204613, Pte. Campbell, H.C. Wounded 9-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
850503, Pte. Brown, R.E. Wounded 9-8-18.
766351, Pte. Christie, F.S. Wounded 9-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
201213, Pte. Dunn, I.E.J. Wounded 9-8-18.
237562, Cpl. Matthews, N. Wounded 9-8-18.
171875, Pte. Lappin, J. Wounded 9-8-18.
163597, Pte. Heaslip, W.S. Wounded 9-8-18.
439024, Pte. Hunter, J. Wounded 9-8-18.
788245, Pte. Lavoilette, J.S. Wounded 9-8-18.
690239, Pte. Pogson, H. Wounded 9-8-18.
201668, Pte. Price, J.T. Wounded 9-8-18.
142558, Pte. Bradfield, F. Wounded 9-8-18.
766498, Pte. Sprange, C.J. Wounded 9-8-18.
305006, Pte. Broadhead, T. Wounded 9-8-18.
426722, Sgt. Tellier, L. Wounded 9-8-18.
788204, L/C. Tennant, E. Wounded 9-8-18.
669067, Pte. Chadder, S.J. Wounded 9-8-18.
201666, Pte. Phillips, J.D. Killed 9-8-18.
724704, Pte. Wattie, E.J. Wounded 8-8-18.
A4213, Pte. Stickley, F.C. Wounded 9-8-18.
139435, Pte. Smith, F. Wounded 11-8-18.
788507, Pte. Daze, W.J. Wounded 11-8-18. (Died of Wounds).
1090228, Pte. McClelland, J. Wounded 9-8-18.
669252, Pte. Little, W.E. Killed 8-8-18.
201475, Pte. Reid, J.F. Killed 9-8-18.
138315, Cpl. Bennett, W. Wounded 9-8-18.
602596, Pte. Allsop, I.W. Wounded 7-8-18.
916309, Pte. Brooks, F. Wounded 10-8-18.
455628, Pte. Allen, E.L. Wounded 10-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
916161, Pte. Powers, W.E. Gassed 10-8-18.
127470, Pte. Williams, J.R. Gassed 10-8-18.
787661, Pte. Chamberlain, J.A. Wounded 10-8-18.
210397, Pte. Howarth, R. Killed 9-8-18.
201704, Pte. Sutherland, J.D. Wounded 10-8-18.
171703, CSM. White, T. Wounded 11-8-18.
201816, Pte. Herod, J. Wounded 9-8-18.
Lieut. Gouldsmith, L.F. Killed 11-8-18.
202161, Pte. Finegan, G.R. Killed 11-8-18.
788266, Pte. Twoesse, R. Wounded 10-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
237687, Pte. Park, E.J. Wounded 11-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
916813, Pte. Sandusky, W. Wounded 10-8-18.
30405, Pte. Moore, J. Wounded 10-8-18.
Capt. Coombs, MC H.H. Wounded 11-8-18.
850217, Pte. Sawyer, E.J. Wounded 11-8-18.
850200, Pte. Swinton, J. Wounded 10-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
201652, Pte. Mullin, J. Wounded 9-8-18.
745411, Pte. Leigh, F.S. Wounded 11-8-18.
670053, Pte. Dempsey, R. Wounded 8-8-18.
285336, Pte. Crook, S.H. Wounded 10-8-18.
34294, Pte. Hughesm, W.S. Wounded 8-8-18.
404784, Unsworth, J.S. Wounded 8-8-18.
210461, Pte. Jeffery, L.N. Wounded 10-8-18. (Died of Wounds)
3032103, Pte. Cleevis, S.J. Wounded (Acc) 12-8-18
457573, Pte. Veneris, L. Wounded 8-8-18.
210272, Pte. Downs, J.E. Wounded 8-8-18.
171268, Pte. Coverly, J.E. Wounded 17-8-18.
457533, Sgt. Martin, E. Wounded 17-8-18.
237375, Pre. Renfrey, W. Concussion 17-8-18. (Buried by shell)
164471, Pte. Runswick, W. Concussion 17-8-18. (Buried by shell)
Lieut. Coulthard, A.K. Wounded 8-8-18. (At Duty)
A4227, Pte. Walinck, A. Wounded 8-8-18.
757610, Pte. Porter, F.D. Wounded 27-8-18.
787041, Pte. McKerracher, E. Wounded 8-8-18.
457543, Pte. Johnson, J.P. Wounded 17-8-18. (At Duty)
405528, Cpl. Collis, W.G. Killed 27-8-18.
139542, Pte. Chittenden, C.E. Wounded 27-8-18.
757347, Pte. Jobson, F. Wounded 27-8-18.
444002, Pte. Black, J. Wounded 29-8-18.
1024522, Pte. Fuller, E.B. Wounded 29-8-18.
3230517, Pte. Gilding, F. Killed 29-8-18.
9637, Pte. Chenery, F.L. Wounded 29-8-18.
757144, Pte. Nettleton, G. Wounded 29-8-18.

August 1918

Appendices 1

A. Preparation 
1. Assembly – The assembly of this Unit was carried out in U.9.a., the Battalion moving forward from their Reserve positions to the Assembly position as above at 11.45 P.M., on the night of August 7th, the Battalion being reported as in position in the Assembly Area at 2.20 A.M. August 8th. The Assembly was carried out without difficulty, the enemy being very quiet.

2. Equipment. – (a). Packs were not carried, they being left at the Transport Lines at BOUVES WOOD. Battle equipment was carried by all ranks.
(b). The Following equipment was distributed amongst the Battalion, on [unreadable] as below: –
1. Heavy Wire cutters – 6 per Company.
2. Medium Wire Cutters – 12 per Company.
3. Rifle Wire Cutters, 40 per Company.
4. Very Light Pistols – 11 per Company
5. Rifle Cup Dischargers – 8 per Company
6. Mills Cups – 25 per Company.
7. Wiring gloves – 21 per Company.

3. Stores Carried – The Following stores were carried: –
(a). Tommy cookers – 1 to every 3 men.
(b). Ammunition – 170 rounds per man except Lewis Gunners who carried 150 rounds.
(c). No.23 Rifle Grenades – 15 per platoon.
(d). No.36 ” ” – 15 per platoon.
(e). No.27 Smoke ” – 21 per platoon.
(f). No. 34 Hand Grenades – 12 per platoon.
(g). “S.O.S.” Rockets – 2 per platoon.
(h). Ground flares – 12 per platoon.
(i). Picks – 40 for the Reserve Company (“C” Co’y).
(j). Shovels – 80 for the Reserve Company (“C” Co’y).

4. Rations & Water – (a). Every man carried the following rations: –
i. – Iron Ration.
ii. – Unexpended portion of lay’n ration.
iii. – 24 hours dry ration.
iv. – 24 hours fresh ration.
(b). Water – Each man carried his water bottle filled and one extra water bottle.

5. Medical Arrangements – Each Company went into action with four Stretcher Bearers, 4 auxiliary Stretcher Bearers and 6 Stretchers. Each man was in possession of field dressing, also a shell dressing.

6. Weather – At ZERO Hour a mist descended, which gradually increased into a fog until 6.10 A.M. when it lifted. Thin fog was of great assistance in covering the advance of our troops, but at the same time it was exceedingly hard for the troops to keep their exact direction. After 6.30 A.M. the weather was excellent for operation.

7. Wind – The Wind varied considerably during the whole operation.

8. Other Troops – When the Battalion left the jumping-off Line, it was in touch in the Right with the 4th Canadian Battalion, and on crossing the old British Line, established touch with the 26th Canadian Battalion, who were working on the Left during the preliminary stages of the operation. Touch was kept with the 2nd Division on the Left during the whole operation, but we got out of touch with the 4th Battalion on our Right at the GREEN Objective, and did not establish connection with them again until the Final Objective.
Brigade Operation Order called for us maintaining a distance of 100 yards in rear of the Reserve Battalions of the 3rd Brigade, but as the Battalion did not leave the Assembly Area until ZERO plus 50 minutes, and owing to no observation being possible on account of fog, it was [unreadable] that the 14th Canadian Battalion were a considerable distance in front of the advance of this Battalion. This presumption, however, was dispelled when this Battalion came under direct Machine Gun and Rifle fire, immediately East of MORGENONT WOOD. The reason of this, we believe is that there must have been a considerable gap between the Left of the 14th Canadian Battalion and the Right of the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, in which this Battalion advanced.

“B” The Narrative
August 6th, 1918
[Moved above to simplify chronology.]

August 8th, 1918
[Moved above to simplify chronology.]

C. Observations.
1. Formations The formation adopted by this Battalion in the advance from the Assembly area to the GREEN LINE, was Battalion in two lines of Companies in two lines of platoons in single file, with 100 yards interval and distance between platoons and 200 yards interval, and 300 yards distance between Companies. Battalion headquarters being established between the two rear Companies. This formation was found satisfactory.
On reaching the GREEN LINE, the formation as ordered was adopted; i.e., two companies in the Attack, one in Support, and one in Reserve.

2. Arms and S.A.A. (a). No difficulty was encountered in rifles. It was what could be termed a clean battlefield, there being no mud. Rifles were used with good effect, open targets being engaged at 50 to 200 yards and severe casualties being caused to the enemy. Every man engaged in the operation fired from 40 to 70 rounds.
(b). bayonets were used with good effect by our men in two instances, the first being before reaching the GREEN Objective, at CRREAU Trench, when [unreadable] 20 of the enemy were engaged in hand to hand fighting and bayonetted. The second instance was at the crossroads in V.25.d., where the enemy had 3 machine guns installed in excellent positions. These guns were rushed and the crews bayonetted.

3. Lewis Guns Lewis Guns were most valuable, and used with great effect throughout the whole operation, they being particularly valuable in maintaining covering fire, to enable the rest of their platoons to advance. All Lewis Guns were brought out of action by this Unit.

4. Our Machine Guns Very little was seen of these after the advance from the GREEN Line. They appeared to do good work with the 3rd brigade.

5. Enemy Machine Guns Enemy machine guns were in great quantity. It was especially noted that their positions had evidently been picked with great care, they always having a field of fire of from 200 to 600 yards. The enemy fought their Machine Guns with great bravery. At least 7 guns in this Battalion area kept up fire until they were rushed by our troops and the crew either killed or captured. It was also reported by all concerned in the operation that it was especially noticeable that the accuracy of the German Machine Gunners was not good. 14 enemy Machine Guns in all were captured in our Battalion area; 9 of these were brought by the Battalion, the other 5 being left in the area.

6. Stokes Guns Nothing to report.

7. Our Field Artillary As far as this Unit is concerned, it has nothing to report of our own Field Artillary, as during our advance from the GREEN to the RED LINE, there was no covering fire or barrage furnished by our Artillary.

8. Our Heavy Artillary The fire of our heavy artillary appeared quite good with the exception of the period from 8.20 a.m. to about 9.00 a.m. when their shells were falling in CANCKLETTE WOOD (approximately on the GREEN Line), and as our troops jumped off from the GREEN Line at about 8.30 a.m., this fire was particularly disconcerting to them.

9. Enemy Mortars Not encountered.

10. Enemy Wire Practically Nil in our area.

11. Enemy Trenches & Works In the advance to the GREEN LINE, several trenches in a good defensible condition were encountered between MORGEMONT WOOD and the GREEN LINE. These were overooms with difficulty, but in the advance from the GREEN LINE to the RED LINE, no permanent work in the nature of trenches or strong points, was encountered, it being apparent that the positions taken up by the enemy had be constructed since ZERO Hour, they being composed of individual alit in very commanding positions.

12. Rations & Water No difficulty was encountered in these supplies.

13. Bombs Bombs were not used in any great extent.

14. Rifle Grenades Very few used.

15. Medical Services The Medical Services appeared adequate, but from our observations, it appears that the Field Ambulance S.B. parties commenced collecting out wounded from the rear forward, and it is suggested that certain parties be detailed to follow through, say 15 minutes in rear of the Infantry taking the Final Objective, as any men we had wounded at the RED LINE lay around for anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours until collected by stretched bearer parties of the Field Ambulance. the large number of enemy prisoners captured by this Unit helped considerably in the evacuation of wounded from the Battalion area.

16. Flags and Discs Flags and flappers were used very little during this advance.

17. Communications The only reliable method of communication was found to be Runners.

18. Enemy Morale Full credit must be given to the enemy whom we attacked as they fought their positions with gallantry and tenacity but on being captured, when interrogated as to such questions as “Who is going to win the War?” they would only shrug their shoulders and say they did not know.

19. Our Morale The men of the Battalion behaved with the greatest possible gallantry and determination.

20. Ruses None encountered.

21. Carrying Parties None used.

22. Working Parties None used.

23. Tools The Entrenching Tool was used for any work which the two front line and support Companies required to do. Every man of the Reserve Company (which was ro establish an outpost line) was furnished with a pick or shovel.

24. Tanks Our tanks assisted the battalion greatly in the advance and at one point it was very doubtful if we would have been able to have gotten forward without considerable manoeuvering and reinforcements if it had not been for the timely intervention of a tank, which exterminated a series of Machine Gun nests which held up the whole Battalion. A certain amount of difficulty was experienced from the tanks by their firing their 6-pounder gun upon our men.

25. New Platoon Organization Satisfactory.

26. Liaison NIL- except for maintaining touch with the 26th Canadian Battalion throughout the operation.

27. The Value of Previous Observations and Intelligence – Excellent, considering the length of time given for preparation of the attack.

28. Supply of Maps Excellent.

29. Burials The Battalion had 31 All Ranks killed in the operation and the bodies have been gathered together at U.13.a.20.70 and buried at this location. One big cross is being erected above the graves, with the names of all these men upon it.

D. Miscellaneous
1. Officers who took part in the Attack
Commanding Officer – Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C.
Second in Command – Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O. (wounded)
Adjutant – Major W.H. Kippen, M.C.
Intelligence Off. – Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C.
Signalling Officer – Lieut. A.K. Coulthard (wounded)
Lewis Gun Officer – Lieut. D.W. Morrison (killed)
Medical Officer – Captain A.E. MacDonald
Chaplain – Captain R. Armitage

“A” Company
-Captain R. Bailey, M.C. (killed),
-Lieutenant W.A. McMaster,
-Lieutenant R.G. Wickham, (wounded)
-Lieutenant J.J. Dolan, (wounded)
-Lieutenant N.A. Thompson.

“B” Company
-Captain E.H. Minns, M.C. (wounded).
-Lieutenant G.N. Payne,
-Lieutenant A.C. Lewis, (wounded).
-Lieutenant J.D. Scott, (wounded).
-Lieutenant H.T. Posto, M.C., (died of wounds).

“C” Company
-Captain N.V. Cliff, M.C.
-Lieutenant G.F. Kerr, MM. (wounded)
-Lieutenant R.F. Thairs, (killed)
-Lieutenant L.A. Henderson,
-Lieutenant J.H. Neelon.

“D” Company
-Captain R.A. Chisholm, M.C.
-Captain S.J. Murphy,
-Lieutenant L.B. Lyall, (wounded)
-Lieutenant O.E. Lennox, (wounded)
-Lieutenant W.O. Tudhope

2. Total Casualties for the Engagement
3 Officers Killed.
11 Officers Wounded.
29 Other Ranks Killed.
8 Other Ranks Missing.
154 Other Ranks Wounded.

3. Total Captures for the Engagement
5 6.9 Howitzers.
2. 4.2 Guns.
4 77Mm. Guns.
450 Prisoners.

Appendix 2

A. Preparations
1. Assembly As this Unit was in Brigade Reserve, it assembled in the Wood in E.19.c., the assembly being complete at 12.45 P.M.

2. Equipment (a). Packs were not carried. Battle equipment was carried by all ranks.
(b). The Companies retained what they and left of equipment which was issued to them for yesterday’s attack, with the exception of S.A.A., of which 100 rounds was issued to each man on the morning of the 9th. All Lewis Gun drums were also filled.

3. Stores Carried Companies carried what they had left of the Stores issued for the operation of the 8th.

4. Rations & Water Every man carried the following rations: –
i. Iron ration
ii. unexpended portion of day’s rations.
Water- the same as on the 8th.

5. Medical Arrangement Each Company went into action with 4 Stretcher Bearers and 6 Stretchers. in addition there were 8 Field Ambulance men attached to us as Stretcher Bearers.

6. Weather Excellent

7. Wind The wind varied considerably.

8. Other Troops The 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalions attacked, with the 4th Canadian Battalion in Support, and the 3rd Canadian Battalion in Reserve.

B. Narrative.
August 9th, 1918
[Moved to above to simplify chronology.]

August 10th, 1918
[Moved to above to simplify chronology.]

C. Observations.
1. Formations The formation adopted by this Battalion for the move from the Assembly area to its Jumping-Off trench East of BEAUFORT was the Battalion in 2 lines of Companies, each in 2 lines of platoons in single file, with 100 yards interval and distance between platoons and 200 yards interval, and 300 yards distance between Companies. This formation was found satisfactory, as the Battalion did not have any casualties in this move, although the enemy Artillery fire was quite severe at places, especially East of BEAUFORT.
When the Battalion jumped over, the formation was the usual attack formation i.e., two Companies in the attack, one in Support, one in Reserve; the two attacking Companies moving in two lines of platoons in single file.

2. Arms and S.A.A. Nothing to Report

3. Lewis Guns Lewis Guns were most valuable and particularily valuable in pursuing the enemy in his retirement, causing him many casualties. They were also of great value in affording covering fire for advancing Infantry. All Lewis Guns were brought out of action by this Unit.

4. Our Machine Guns Nil.

5. Enemy Machine Guns Enemy machine guns were not as numerous as in the fighting on the 8th, but in several instances offered nasty obstacles until surrounded and captured. Four enemy machine guns in all were brought out by this Battalion, the other two being left in the area.

6. Stokes Guns Nothing to report.

7. Our Field Artillary We were not support in the advance by our Field Artillery. At about 7.30 P.M., after we had occupied the village, out 18-pounders put over about 30 rounds in about L.8.d.1.8., in the centre of ROUVROY, approximately 1000 yards behind out advancing troops.
Again, on the morning of the 10th, in response to out “S.O.S.” our own 18-pounders dropped about 300 shells (shrapnel) in L.8.c & d., lowering the morale of our troops and causing us some 10 casualties.

8. Our Heavy Artillary The fire of our heavy artillary was good, except between 7.30 and 8.00 A.M. on the 10th, when they dropped some 50 six-inch shells into L.8.d., L.9.a. & c.

9. Enemy Mortars None encountered.

10. Enemy Wire None encountered.

11. Enemy Trenches & Works As RUVROY is more or less in the vicinity of the old British front line system, many pieces of trenches were encountered, and it was often found that German snipers were in occupation of same, as the trenches were grown over with long grass, thus affording valuable cover for snipers.

12. Rations & Water No difficulty was encountered in these supplies.

13. Bombs None used.

14. Rifle Grenades None used.

15. Medical Services Adequate.

16. Flags and Discs NIL.

17. Communications Within six hours of capturing RUVROY, Battalion Headquarters was in communication by ‘phone with all Companies

18. Enemy Morale Of the prisoners captured but this Unit at RUVROY, the larger majority were Alastians, who were exceedingly pleased at being captured.

19. Our Morale Excellent.

20. Ruses None encountered.

21. Carrying Parties None used.

22. Working Parties None used.

23. Tools Nothing to Report

24. Tanks None used.

25. New Platoon Organization Satisfactory.

26. Liaison NIL. It is however, suggested that the Artillery send forward Officers as Liaison Officers, with Battalions as this Battalion was in occupation of RUVROY for ten hours without seeing an Artillery Officer.

27. The Value of Previous Observations and Intelligence – Good.

28. Supply of Maps – Good.

D. Miscellaneous
1. Officers who took part in the Attack
Commanding Officer – Lieut.-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C.
Second in Command – Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O.
Adjutant – Major W.H. Kippen, M.C.
Intelligence Off. – Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C.
Signalling Officer – Lieut. A.K. Coulthard, MM.
Medical Officer – Captain A.E. MacDonald.
Chaplain – Captain R. Armitage

“A” Company
-Lieutenant W.A. McMaster,
-Lieutenant H.F. Petman,
-Lieutenant N.A. Thompson,
-Lieutenant L.F. Gouldsmith, MM. (killed).

“B” Company
-Captain J.J. Vandersluys
-Lieutenant G.N. Payne,
-Lieutenant J.A. MacDonald.

“C” Company
-Captain N.V. Cliff, M.C.
Lieutenant G.F. Kerr, MM.
-Lieutenant L.A. Henderson,
-Lieutenant J.H. Neelon.

“D” Company
-Captain R.A. Chisholm, M.C.
-Captain S.J. Murphy,
-Lieutenant W.O. Tudhope

2. Total Casualties for the Engagement
1 Officer Killed.
1 Officer Wounded.
4 Other Ranks Killed.
40 Other Ranks Wounded.

3. Total Captures for the Engagement
1 77Mm. Guns.
41 Prisoners.

September 1st 1918
Location: N.30.a.
Entry: The Battalion is resting and preparing for a possible move forward to-night or to-morrow morning. Orders received that Brigade would move forward at 5:00 a.m. in the morning to the vicinity of the CROWS NEST and be in support for a Divisional Attack on the DROCOURT-QUEANT Line. Battalion is being issued with some special Battle Equipment. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. attended conference at Brigade Headquarters at 4.30 p.m. and returned with the details for to-morrows attack.

September 2nd 1918
Entry: Battalion formed up on road at N.30.a.2.4. at 4:30 a.m. to move to assembly areas in U.11.a. See attached Reports. [Originally the following was in an appendix but moved here to provide an easier chronology.]

5:25 A.M. Battalion leaves N.30 area. Column of route. Starting point 0.25.c.00.50.
Order of March: – Hdqrs., “D”, “C”, “B”, “A”.

6.00 A.M. Enemy shelling road with 4.ls. Battalion opens out to sections at 5 yards

7.10 A.M. Battalion arrives at Assembly Area, U.11.a. Enemy shelling area U.11.
with 4.ls.

7.15 A.M. Commanding Officer holds conference of Company & Unit Commanders.

7.30 A.M. Company and Unit Commanders discuss operation with their Officers and

7.45 A.M. Battalion advances in Attack formation.

8.15 A.M. Battalion comes under Machine Gun fire from DROCOURT-QUEANT

8.20 A.M. Wounded 16th Battalion man passes; says 3rd Brigade is held up at the

8.25 A.M. Our scouts report 57th Division have no advanced on right flank.

8.30 A.M. Situation on right flank improves. Small partied of Imperials seen
advancing on our Right flank. M.G. fire lighter.

9.05 A.M. At DROCOURT-QUENT Line “C” and “D” Companies capture 4
machine guns and approximately 40 prisoners.

9:15 A.M. Heavy machine gun fire from right flank. Advance very difficult. We have
about 30 casualties.

9.30 A.M. Battalion reaches CAGNICOURT-RIENCOURT Road. 16th Battalion re-
organizing here.

9.33 A.M. Enemy machine gun fire heavier from high ground, V.28. on right. Lieut.
T. Weir asks assistance from tank. Tank unable to assist as they are short of petrol.

10.10 A.M. “C” and “D” Lewis Guns open effective fire on enemy machine guns on
high ground in V.27. and V.28.

10.30 A.M. Two platoons of “D” Company push towards enemy position in V.28.

10.50 A.M. “D” Company platoons recalled. Battalion commences to pass over high
ground, and south Corner of BOIS de BOUCHE. Casualties from both shell and machine gun fire about 35 here.

11.20 A.M. Major D.H.C. Mason, DSO., is wounded in leg by machine gun bullet.
Major W.H. Kippen, MC., takes command.

11.30 A.M. Battalion advancing by sectional rushed under machine gun fire from both
flanks; also a great deal of shell-fire.

12.15 P.M. Battalion re-organizes in QUEER STREET Trench. Battalion headquarters
at V.22.d.80.70. Regimental flag flying was a good guide to parties who have been separated. Lieut. F. Bolte killed by shell-fire advancing to QUEER STREET Trench. Enemy leaves two .77 Mm. guns in our hands.

12.30 P.M. Enemy hussar on horseback galloping down road towards BUISSY forced to retire and taken prisoner- one other killed. Enemy guns (4.ls.) open fire from the North. Men of 15th Battalion straggling back over high ground on East, were interrogated and reported all their Officers

12.30 P.M.
(con). were casualties and a private in charge, and that enemy were firing on
railway embankment from close range.

1.00 P.M. Battalion re-organized, and moves [unreadable] in sectional rushed to
railway embankment.

2.00 P.M. Battalion at railway embankment. Headquarters at V.29.b.20.80. Major
W.H. Kippen, MC. Proceeds to put embankment in a state of defence.

3.00 P.M. Lieut. G.F.Kerr, MM., in charge of “B” Company, establishes an outpost
line 800 yards the hither side of embankment, on high ground. Scouts sent out to Right and Left to obtain touch with flanks. Message received from 1st Canadian Battalion that they have orders not to advance further until 2nd Brigade complete their job.

5.00 P.M. Major. W.H. Kippen, MC., was severely wounded in the left arm and
[unreadable] carried out.

3. to 5. P.M. Our Lewis Guns and rifles engage various targets on high ground,
BUISSY SWITCH, [unreadable] Road. Lieut. Kerr killed gunners on light field gun. Our Lewis Guns give Gunners on light field guns, [unreadable] time. [unreadable] enemy planes fly [unreadable] over the embankment.

5.00 P.M. Message received from 1st Brigade that 14th Battalion were working up
BUISSY SWTICH, all Third Brigde to our left and Rear.

5.10 P.M. Scouts return and report unable to get touch with our Right flank. No sign
of 14th Battalion working up BUISSY SWITCH. Enemy still in possession. No sign of attack on Left.

5.45 P.M. Message received from 1st Brigade that 63rd Division occupy Railway in
V.29. Lieut. Weir proceeds to get touch in 63rd Division.

6.30 P.M. Our observers report enemy reinforcements arriving at [unreadable]

7.00 P.M. We get in touch with a Second Division artillery Officer to fire on this.

7.15 P.M. Connected to 1st Brigade by phone. Report situation to Brig-General

7.45 P.M. Lieut. Weir returns; reports 63rd Division 800 yards on our Right. They
arrived there at about 6.30 P.M. Enemy [unreadable] has opened on C.28.d. and V.29.[unreadable]. Our [unreadable] are [unreadable].

8.15 P.M. Company Commander’s conference. “C” Company forms a defensive
flank to Left. “B” Company maintains touch with 63rd Division on Right. Our heavy Machine Guns ([unreadable]) arrive and are disposed to protect flanks.

9.00 P.M. Situation quiet.

September 3rd 1918
Entry: See attached Reports [Below moved from appendix for easier chronology]:

1.30 A.M. Orders received from 1st. Brigade re relief by 4th Battalion at 3.30 A.M.

3.30 A.M. Battalion moves to area V.15.a. & d. Headquarters at V.21.b.15.75.

1.00 P.M. Receive orders to move to railway embankment in Brigade [unreadable]

4.00 P.M. Battalion in position at Embankment. Headquarters at V.29.b.30.80.

8.00 P.M. “S.O.S.” on Right. General [unreadable] orders “General Stand-to”, and to be prepared to move forward on short notice.

10.10 P.M. Message received for Battalion to move to bivouacs in V.7.b.

11.25 P.M. Relief complete.

September 4th 1918
Location: WAILLY
Entry: Battalion moved by march route and busses to WAILLY arriving in WAILLY at 2.00 p.m. Some difficulty was incurred in location billets and Battalion had to lie in a field until 6.00 p.m. until billets were procured. Battalion billeted by 7.00 p.m. in ruined houses. Tents and Bivouacs for the officers. The Battalion had a bath and clean change of clothing.

September 5th 1918
Location: WAILLY
Entry: The day was spent in a general clean up. The commanding Officer returned from leave after being recalled by the Brigade only having 9 days of his leave.

September 6th 1918
Location: WAILLY
Entry: The Battalion was paid in the morning. The Shoemaker, Tailor and Barber were kept busy putting the men’s’ clothing, etc. into shape. An indent was taken. Companies were thoroughly inspected by their Company Commanders and checked up regarding their equipment. Captain J.K. Gillespie held an inspection of all Lewis Guns. The Commanding Officer attended a Battalion Commanders conference at Brigade.

September 7th 1918
Location: WAILLY
Entry: The Battalion went through the gas chamber in WAILLY. Only 53 men had defective resperators. No special training was carried on with. The day was spent in re-organizing, re-equiping and lecturing the Companies on the recent operations. Orders received that the Brigade would probably move to-morrow to the MONTENESCOURT- AGNEZ-LES-DUISANS – HAUTE-AVESNES Area to-morrow. This Battalion would go the HAUTE-AVESNES.

September 8th 1918
Location: WAILLY
Entry: About 2.00 a.m. we were told that our move would be postponed but before Noon we were told to move. At 12 Noon the Brigade Major called up and said we would stand-by and wait orders to move as there was some difficulty regarding billets in HAUTE-AVESNES. At 3.00 p.m. he called up and said we could move. The Battalion moved at 3.45 p.m. and arrived in billets at 6.20 p.m. Battalion living in hutments and very comfortable.

September 9th 1918
Entry: Training to-day consisted of P.T. & B.F., S.B.R. Drill and Inspection, Musketry and Lectures. A Lewis Gun class of 6 other Ranks per Company and a special class of No. 1s reported to Captain J.K. Gillespie for training at 9.30 a.m. An N.C.Os’. Class reported to R.S.M. at 9.30 a.m. A game of ball was scheduled for the afternoon but this was called off on account of rain. The Padre held a voluntary service in “B” Company Hut at 6.30 p.m. and afterwards went on leave. He intends to call and see Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. and Major D.H.C Mason, DSO. At No. 5 British Red Cross Hospital at WINERA UX. Men with defective resperators paraded to AGNEZ-LES-DUISANS and received new ones.
WEATHER – Rainy.

September 10th 1918
Entry: Training to-day was broken up on account of rain and lectures were carried on in the huts. A Muster Parade was held in the huts by the Adjutant at 10.30 a.m. An R.C. Church Parade was held at 6.30 P.M. in the R.C. Church HAUTE-AVESNES. An extract form the DAILY MIRROR was copied and sent out to Companies. It gave a very interesting account of the Canadian Brigade commanded by a General well known in Alberta, who did magnificent work in the attack on August 30th/ 31st against UPTON WOOD. This Brigade was none other than the “1st Canadian Infantry Brigade”. We were unofficially notified that either the Divisional or Brigade Commander would inspect us in the course of the next few days so everyone is digging in to make a good showing.
WEATHER – Fine with showers.

September 11th 1918
Entry: Training to-day consisted of P.T. & B.F., S.B.R. Drill, “A” Company on Elementary Musketry Training under Lieut. H.F. Petman, “C” Company Lewis Gunners fired on the Rangers under the direction of Capt. J.K. Gillespie. Companies formed independent Lewis Gun Classes in addition to the Battalion Lewis Gun Class. The shoemaker, tailor and barber were kept busy fixing up the men. The Concert Party have returned to the Battalion and are prepared to give the Battalion a couple of shoes commencing to-night. “C” and “D” Companies took in the Concert Party. A good show was put on and they show a marked improvement from their last appearance.

September 12th 1918
Entry: Training to-day, same as yesterday except that Companies carried out the attack on the Bn. Training Area located in B.21,27,28 and 29. C.S.M. Spreadbury a C.A.G.S. Instructor is giving the men a few new P.T. Games which they enjoyed very much. The Commanding Officer held a Company and Unit Commanders meeting at 11.30 a.m. this morning. The Concert Party played to “A” and “B” Companies and as usual was much enjoyed by all. WEATHER – Fine with showers.

September 13th 1918
Entry: Training to-day as per Syllabus. “A” and “B” Companies fired on the ranges at L.13.a.7.7. during the morning. The remained carried on with Platoons attacking strong points. The Concert Party are putting on a Vaudeville show to-night for “A”, “B” Companies and Hdqrs. Units, which from all reports is very good. The G.O.C. and staff will attend Concert Party to-morrow night. Warning Order has received that the 1st brigade would relieve the 4th Brigade in the line on the night of the 16th/17th. An advance party will be sent up to-morrow morning by busses. WEATHER – Fine.

September 14th 1918
Entry: The advance party of one officer per Company went forward this morning to look over the front line. Our Battalion will relieve the 16th Battalion and will move by train or bus to-morrow. The G.O.C. all Battalion Commanders and Headquarters Staff attended the Concert Party and report a very enjoyable evening. The G.O.C. gave a dinner party at Brigade Headquarters after the show. Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. attended. WEATHER – fine.

September 15th 1918
Location: V.7.d. and V.7.b. DROCOURT-QUEANT Line.
Entry: Battalion formed up with the head of the column resting on the ARRAS-ST.POL Road facing N.E. at 10.30 a.m. to march to entraining point at ACQ by 11.00 a.m. Battalion arrived at the station at 11.00 a.m. but owing to the fact that the 1st and 2nd Battalions had not departed, we rested in a field until 2.15 p.m. Battalion entraining at 2.30 p.m. and detrained at CROISILLES at 5.30 p.m. The Transport moved by road, leaving HAUTE-AVESNES at 6.00 a.m. and the Lewis Gun Limbers and Mounted Officers’ horses were at the train when we arrived. The Battalion marched to the DROCOURT-QUEANT Line and took over Bivouac Area from the 22nd Cdn. Battalion in V.7.d. and V.7.b at 7.30 p.m. At about 11.00 p.m. the Hun bombing planes were quite active. One plane in particular was very active as he dropped 5 bombs about 25 yards from Headquarters. No. A4174 Sergt. C.R. Packenham was killed, No. 9306 Sergt. R.J. Clapton and three others were sent out with concussion and three wounded. The Head-quarters mess was shaken up considerably, thereby spoiling our dinner. To-morrow night we should relieve the 16th Battalion in the line but owing to order to the contrary we are standing by awaiting further orders.  WEATHER – Fine.

September 16th 1918
Location: V.7.d and V.7.b. DROCOURT-QUEANT line
Entry: Captain T. Weir and Lieut. McGillivray proceeded to 16th Cdn. Battalion Headquarters and got all the information concerning the front in case we should move. Later in the day, we received an order that we would remain in our present location and be in support to the 2nd Canadian Division. The Battalion busy trying to make themselves as comfortable as possible.  WEATHER – Fine.

September 17th 1918
Location: do.
Entry: The Lewis Gun Class was re-commenced under Capt. J.K. Gillespie. The Battalion was paid by the 1st Battalion Paymaster at “A” Company Headquarters. The paying was delayed at times owing to the enemy dropping the odd shell in the vicinity of the pay parade. The enemy at this particular point has wonderful observation from VOIS le VERGER and can get a clean sweep of the high ground in which the DROCOURT-QUEANT Line runs. We had the cookers and all bivouacs moved back of the sky line. Battalion Headquarters moved from the trench and tool over a portion of the dugout which we fixed up very fine. The Commanding Officer attended a meeting at Brigade Headquarters at 2.30 p.m. and came back with the news that instead of doing a trench tour we would go “over the top”. WEATHER – Fine with occasional showers.

September 18th 1918
Location: do. / U.16.b.
Entry: Company Commanders took their Companies clear of the sky line and did some P.T. for an hour. Capt. J.K. Gillespie carried on with his Lewis Gun Class. At about noon Capt. R.F. Rogers came into Battalion Headquarters with a verbal message from Brigade that we would move back and take over from the 4th Battalion, the move to take place at once under our own arrangements. As the Commanding Officer was up forward reconnoitring an assembly area, we commenced moving. The first Company moved off at 2.30 p.m. Major H.A. Chisholm, M.C. and two Company Commanders went forward to reconnoitre at 2.30 p.m. The new position is much better situated than the old one and everyone is comfortable. The Brigade are getting some shelters for us which will help things along much better.  WEATHER – Fine.

September 19th 1918
Location: U.16.b
Entry: Training commenced again with the Companies carrying on with the usual training and tactical schemes. The Commanding Officer attended at meeting at Brigade. All the Company Commanders went forward on reconnaissance work in the morning. The Commanding Officer held a Company Commanders meeting at 2.30 p.m. and discussed the future operations. Lieut. H.F. Petman held a class of all men who scored under 30 at the AGNEZ – LES – DUISANS Ranges. Good results were obtained from his instructions as later in the day he had them fire three practices and they scored as high as 70 and 74. Capt. J.K. Gillespie took two Companies Lewis Gunners and fire their crews on the Ranges. WEATHER – Fine.

September 20th 1918
Location: U.16.b.
Entry: Lieut. R.F. Sheppard went forward to Quarry in V.26.c.90.40. to hold for the Battalion until moving into Assembly Area. An officer from each Company and 5 N.C.Os. went forward on reconnaissance duty. A map showing boundaries and objectives for the attack was made up and a copy sent to each Company. The Commanding Officer has decided on dispositions for the attack: “A” Company on the Left, “C” Company on the Right, “B” Company in Support and “D” Company in Reserve. “B” Company will pass through “A” and “C” Companies and establish an outpost line. “D” Company will form the Support line and will send a platoon forward under and officer as a patrol to patrol HAYNECOURT. WEATHER – Fine

September 21st 1918
Location: do.
Entry: Companies carried on with the usual training with tactical exercises and P.T. Parade. “D” and “B” Companies Lewis Gunners fired on the ranges in U.27.c. central in the afternoon. A Company and Unit Commanders meeting was held in Headquarters Mess at 6.00 P.M.  WEATHER- Fine

September 22nd 1918
Location: do.
Entry: The R.Cs. paraded for service in “B” Company Marquee at 11.00 a.m. “A” and “C” Companies and Headquarters Units bathed from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. at 2nd Divisional Baths at HENDECOURT. A change of clothing was procured for all the men. WEATHER- Fine.

September 23rd 1918
Location: do.
Entry: The remained of the Battalion were bathed from 6.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Companies and Units carried on with a half hours S.B.R. Drill using tapes to keep connection. The idea of this being that in the attack there will be much low ground to go over and will probably receive a quantity of gas shelling. Battle Equipment has been drawn and a Battalion dump located at V.25.c.40.50. Lieut. H.F. Petman is in charge of this Equipment and is working very hard to get everything in shape. The Battalion went through gas in the 2nd Divisional Gas Chamber at HANDECOURT in the afternoon. 62 defective respirators were found. Two Companies fired their Lewis Gunners in the afternoon.  WEATHER – Fine.

September 24th 1918
Location: do.
Entry: Training to-day was a little more advanced. After the P.T. Parade, Companies carried out an attack scheme, moving in artillery formation, platoons at 150 yards interval and 150 yards distance to an objective 1000 yards in depth, with a frontage of from 600 to 800 yards. The Commanding Officer attended a conference at Brigade Headquarters at 2.30 p.m. A Company and Unit Commanders meeting was held at 6.00 p.m. in Headquarters Mess. The attack as discussed, with some additional possibilities for an objective laid down.  WEATHER – Fine.

September 25th 1918
Location: U.16.b.
Entry: Training was carried out along same lines as 24th inst. Advance parties paraded at 2 p.m. to proceed to Area occupied by the 4th Battalion to locate same and take over. Companies and Headquarters had one officer per Company and Unit and 1 N.C.O. per Platoon. The Battalion moved forward at 7.00 p.m. in following order: 10 minutes intervals between Companies: Headquarters, “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” Companies. Battalion Headquarters closed at 7 p.m. at U.16.b. and reopened in DROCOURT-QUEANT Line. Rear Battalion Headquarters and Composite Company remained at U.16.b. Major J.K. Crawford, DSO. Acting as O.C. Composite Coy.  WEATHER – Cleared to fine at Mid-day.

September 26th 1918
Location: DROCOURT- QUEANT Line.
Entry: Composite Company carried our syllabus of training as follows: – 9.30 to 9.50 a.m. Inspection, 9.50 to 10.30 a.m. S.B.R. Drill and P.T., 10.30 to 12.30 p.m. Lewis Gun and Musketry. A chair was sent to Canadian Officers Rest Club, AUBIGNY, with Commanding Officer’s compliments. Lieut. W.O. Tudhope ordered to report to 1st Army School 26th inst. Lieut. G.R. MacL. Dingle and Lieut. A.V. Noble standing to report to S.C.Q. to act as liason officers with flanking Brigades in coming operation. Capt. J.K. Gillespie, MC ordered to report to Brigade Transport Officer 8.00 a.m. 27th inst. re orders for moving forward of 2nd Echelon. Order re Lieut. G.R. MacL. Dingle and Lieut. A.V. Noble cancelled. WEATHER – Fine with showers at night.

7.15 P.M. Battalion left its area in V.15.c and V.21.a. and moved to Assembly Area.

9.20 P.M. ZERO Hour received from Brigade headquarters – ZERO to be 5.20 A.M.

10.15 P.M. Battalion reported all in the Assembly Area

12.00 M.N. Two N.C.Os. of “B” Company wounded by enemy shelling in the Assembly Area.

September 27th 1918
Entry: Verbal orders received from Rear Bde. Hdqrs. through Capt. J.K. Gillespie, MC. That 2nd Echelon would move forward at one rendezvousing at CAGNICOURT and proceeding to Brigade Dump at RAILWAY BRIDGE V.29.a  Arrived and parked transport and bivouached troops in field at this point. Order received at 1.30 p.m. to unload ration wagons that it was considered probable that 2nd Echelon would remain for night at this point. Excellent progress reported forward. Many prisoners coming down under escort and but few of our own wounded. Heavy fighting going on off Left Flank of Canadian Corps. Considering possibilities of sending up Company Cookers with hot meal for to-night. Will do so if situation permits.

2.30 p.m. Orders received from Rear Bde. Hdqrs. that 2nd Echelon will move forward at 4.00 p.m. to E.3.d. Transport will double back for one load and also pick up rum and tommy cookers from Lieut. H.F. Petman at Battalion Dump. Arrival at new location at 6 p.m. No hostile shelling encountered. Advised Brigade Hdqrs. of location of Rear Battalion Hdqrs. and forwarded German documents, order, etc. to S.C. “I”. found in hdqrs. dugout. 6.10 p.m. Orders received from Bn. Hdqrs. for Capt. J.K. Gillespie, MC. Lieut. H.F. Petman, Lieut. J. McRae, Lieut. R.H.E. LeMoine and Lieut. G.R. MacL. Dingle to report at once to Bn. Hdqrs. They immediately proceeded. 9.00 p.m. Guides ordered to report by 9 a.m. 28th inst. at RAILWAY BRIDGE [V.29.a.6.2.] to guide ration wagons to unit. WEATHER – Fine and clear. Cold towards Night.

171623 Pte. Granger, L.E. Wounded 27-9-18
3031616 Pte. Jones, C.B. Wounded 27-9-18
3231570 Pte. Lang, H.D. Wounded 27-9-18
739417 Pte. Lambert, J.E. Missing 27-9-18
3032072 Pte. Taylor, L. Missing 27-9-18
3232888 Pte. Hesketh, S. Missing 27-9-18
3231740 Pte. Sturm, G. Missing 27-9-18
3132235 Pte. Gray, G.M. Killed 27-9-18
3034290 Pte. Clark, A.J. Wounded 27-9-18
3034132 Pte. Carter, A.L. Wounded 27-9-18
3034667 Pte. Croser, F. Wounded 27-9-18
757459 Pte. Will, C. Missing 27-9-18
Lieut. Moulds, T.J. Killed 27-9-18
Lieut. Baird, F. Wounded 27-9-18
Lieut. Dyson, D. Wounded 27-9-18
Lieut. Bonnell, H.A. Wounded 27-9-18
3130443 Pte. Gaffney, L.T. Killed 27-9-18
3232939 Pte. Geoghegan, H.P. Killed 27-9-18
3233275 Pte. Kearn, D. Killed 27-9-18
1024536 Pte. Wolllins, G.W. Killed 27-9-18
3034780 Pte. Campbell, N.F. Killed 27-9-18
788580 Pte. Betts, W.H. Killed 27-9-18
1096 Pte. Watts, J.W. Killed 27-9-18
201882 Sgt. Philpott, G.W. Wounded 27-9-18
448248 Pte. Wristen, C. Wounded 27-9-18
3034708 Pte. Gale, S.E.L. Wounded 27-9-18
724694 Pte. Huxley, H. Wounded 27-9-18
863094 Pte. Hobson, C. Wounded 27-9-18
851088 Pte. Parent, F. Wounded 27-9-18
851019 Pte. Smith, N. Wounded 27-9-18
2498713 Pte. Smith, F.A. Wounded 27-9-18
787302 Pte. Kemp, J. Wounded 27-9-18
766406 Cpl. Johnson, H. Wounded 27-9-18
1027630 Pte. Cosenzo, F. Wounded 27-9-18
3034783 Pte. Connors, W. Wounded 27-9-18
3230276 Pte. Crossman, S. Wounded 27-9-18
835667 Pte. Atkinson, H. Wounded 27-9-18
3034366 Pte. Butterworth, J. Wounded 27-9-18
[A4249] Sgt. Young, J. Wounded 27-9-18
201006 L/Cpl. Baldwin, W. Wounded 27-9-18
486587 Pte. Stevenson, J. Wounded 27-9-18
3132332 Pte. Grayson, H.V. Wounded 27-9-18
3934789 Pte. Blacker, J.T. Wounded 27-9-18
1096359 Pte. Duguid, J. Wounded 27-9-18
669635 Pte. Meyers, S. Wounded 27-9-18
3233058 Pte. Hearn, E.E Wounded 27-9-18
3233840 Pte. Key, G.H. Wounded 27-9-18
3232062 Pte. Bademan, H. Wounded 27-9-18
1096196 Pte. Dunlop, T.J. Wounded 27-9-18
201603 Pte. Gordon, J.M. Wounded 27-9-18
788516 Pte. McBride, T.E. Wounded 27-9-18
3232334 Pte. Richardson, J. Wounded 27-9-18
3232419 Pte. Bell, J.R. Wounded 27-9-18
3031300 Pte. Stoute, A.W. Missing 27-9-18
863080 Pte. Hubbard, J.D. Wounded 27-9-18
785022 Pte. Roden, F. Wounded 27-9-18
63217 Pte. Crouch, E. Wounded 27-9-18
237424 Pte. Moorecroft, A.A. Wounded 27-9-18
3232726 Pte. Budan, T.J. Wounded 27-9-18
916162 Pte. Phillip, W. Wounded 27-9-18
916288 Pte. Ebdon, H. Wounded 27-9-18
9940 Sgt. May, W.H. Wounded 27-9-18
63091 Cpl. Brambell, J. Wounded 27-9-18
3233362 Pte. Armstrong, G. Wounded 27-9-18
201721 Pte. Youell, J.H. Wounded 27-9-18
863052 Pte. [Pratley], A. Wounded 27-9-18
237301 Pte. Leyland, J.W. Wounded 27-9-18
237771 Pte. Worth, J.T. Wounded 27-9-18

September 28th 1918
Entry: 1.00 a.m. Orders received from Read Bde. For N.C.O. and 12 O.Rs. detailed for Bde. Burial Party to report to Bde. Hdqrs. 7 a.m. 26th inst. 46 hours rations to be carried. Party to be rationed by Battalion. 8.30 a.m. Bde. Orders Lewis Gun Limbers to Battalion Hdqrs. at once. 10.30 a.m. Capt. Adams of Bde orders 4 Ammunition limbers to move forward loaded S.A.A., Grenades and lights, at once to W.30.a. c. take up position behind railroad. Bde. Limbers will be at W.29.a. d. Bn. Limbers will receive orders from Capt. Adams when to go forward.

10.50 a.m. Major J.K. Crawford, DSO, Lieut. G.N. Payne and Lieut. A.V. Noble ordered to report at once to Bn. Hdqrs. 1 p.m. Lieut. R.F. Sheppard reported to these Hdqrs. from Rear Bn. Dump. Recalled guard. 1.15 p.m. Rear Echelons warned to move forward at half hours notice. 3.00 p.m. Sent out limber to salvage Lewis Gun Magazines and Carriers. Got 150 complete with carriers.

6.00 p.m. Bde. state improbable that Rear Echelons will move forward to-night. 6.30 p.m. Lieut. R.F. Sheppard proceeded to England to join R.A.F. Rear Bn. Hdqrs. shelled intermittently all day.  WEATHER – Cloudy.

September 29th 1918
Entry: 10.30 a.m. 9066 R.S.M. Williams, MC. DCM., C.S.M. Thompson, 1 N.C.O. 15 men and 2 Pioneers ordered to report to Bn. Hdqrs. 12 Noon Lieut. H. Neelon returned from course. 2 p.m. Warning order that 1st C.I.Bde. may relieve the 2nd C.I.Bde. Not thought likely that Transport would move to-day. 4 O.Rs. on leave to England. Rear Bn. Hdqrs. shelled intermittently all day with H.E. One hit in lines of Composite Company and wounded No. 201929 Pte. W. Thompson. Bde. instruct to have the 28 guns captured by the 3rd Cdn. Bn. Hauled out to the ARRAS-CAMBRAI Road for M.T. Coy. to pick up. 9 O.Rs. ordered to proceed to England for Commissions. Area of Composite Company and Rear Bn. Hdqrs. bombed at night 29th/30th – no casualties. WEATHER – Fair in morning, Rain afternoon and evening.

September 30th 1918
Entry: 2.30 a.m. Capt. J.K. Gillespie, M.C. ordered to report to Adv.Bde. Hdqrs. to act as liason officer with flanking brigades. 1st Echelon moved forward to X.14.d [dontral]. Advised by Bde. that they will attack in a.m. or 1st October. 1st Echelon to maintain close touch with Bn. Hdqrs. Div. T.M Dump at W.18.c. central where echelons can refill. Are of Rear Bn. Hdqrs. and Composite Company shelled intermittently, in afternoon which H.V. shells. no casualties. 4 O.Rs. proceeded on leave to England. WEATHER- Very Cold and rainy.

September 1st – N.30.a
September 2nd & 3rd – Attack on DROCOURT-QEAUNT LINE
September 4th/6th – WAILLY
September 9th/14th – HAUTE-AVESNES
September 15th/16th – V.7.d. and V.7.b. (DROCOURT-QEAUNT LINE)
September 19th/25th – U.16.b.
September 27th/28th – BOURLON WOOD ATTACK
September 29th/30th – HAYNECOURT.

LIST OF CASUALTIES DURING MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, 1918 (Also including Aug. 30/31st, 1918)
320473 Pte. Hickling, K.V. Wounded 30-8-18
3231457 Pte. Keast, C.E. Wounded 30-8-18
3233274 Pte. Hickey, J. Wounded 30-8-18
Capt. Cliff, N.V. Killed 30-8-18
Lieut. Slattery, E. Killed 30-8-18
Lieut. Collin, G.R. Killed 30-8-18
Lieut. Grosvenor, B.B. Killed 30-8-18
Lieut. Stanway, A.G. Wounded 30-8-18
Lieut. Montgomery, R. Wounded 30-8-18
Capt. Vandersluys, [unreadable] Wounded 30-8-18
Lieut. Duncan, A.G.W. Wounded 30-8-18
Lieut. Henderson, L.A. Wounded 30-8-18
Lieut. Bastin, F.M. Wounded 30-8-18
Lieut. Copp, H.W.W. Killed 31-8-18
Lieut. Noble, A.V. Wounded 31-8-18
3231781 Pte. Hayes, M. Killed 31-8-18
A4131 Pte. Lee, L. Wounded 30-8-18
138728 Pte. Whitehead, D. Killed 30-8-18
916167 Pte. Harman, R.V. Killed 30-8-18
172379 Sgt. Rodger, S. Killed 30-8-18
9231 Pte. Owen, E.L. Wounded 30-8-18
916475 Pte. Mansfield, J. Wounded 30-8-18
802724 Pte. Huddleston, F.G. Wounded 30-8-18
669487 Pte. Kerby, W.D. Wounded 30-8-18
1027387 Pte. Marriott, H. Killed 30-8-18
166439 Pte. McCarthy, L.S. Wounded 30-8-18
171523 Pte. Phillips, J. Missing 30-8-18
766276 Pte. Poirier, P.T. Missing 30-8-18
9091 Pte. Wilkinson, T. Wounded 30-8-18
3032607 Pte. Newell, A.P. Wounded 30-8-18
138147 Pte. [unreadable], R. Wounded 30-8-18
850178 Pte. McGeachie, J.A. Wounded 30-8-18

788633 Pte. Loney, W. Wounded 30-8-18
3032051 Pte. O’Brien, A. Wounded 30-8-18
3033024 Pte. McDougall, J. Wounded 30-8-18
138928 Pte. Mullins, J.W. Wounded 30-8-18
799453 Pte. Dickson, D. Killed 30-8-18
138134 Pte. Bullock, C. Wounded 30-8-18
916148 Pte. Michie, D.B. Wounded 30-8-18
787011 Pte. Bygrove, H. Wounded 30-8-18
404185 Pte. Reece, W. Wounded 30-8-18
787668 Pte. Smith, W.J. Wounded 30-8-18
745404 Pte. Kenny, J.A. Wounded 30-8-18
916574 Pte. Silverthorne, J.C. Killed 30-8-18
785274 Pte. Sheppard, A. Wounded 30-8-18
9381 Pte. Wilson, D.D. Wounded 30-8-18
788582 Pte. Saunders, T.H. Wounded 30-8-18
9305 Pte. Caldow, F.J. Wounded 30-8-18
633251 Sgt. Ault, H.B. Killed 30-8-18
787666 Pte. McIsaac, J. Killed 30-8-18
785147 Pte. Leish, G.H. Killed 30-8-18
3032088 Pte. O’Donohoe, W.A. Killed 30-8-18
669609 Pte. Marks, C.A. Killed 30-8-18
3033065 Pte. McNeil, J.A. Wounded 30-8-18
285694 Pte. Benton, F.B. Killed 30-8-18
10963556 Pte. Morton, K.E. Killed 30-8-18
285352 Pte. Ross, S. Killed 30-8-18
1096281 Pte. Giles, H.J. Wounded 30-8-18
678116 Pte. Jones, G.R. Wounded 30-8-18 (Died of Wounds)
850999 Pte. Read, A. Wounded 30-8-18
850264 Pte. Simmongton, W. Wounded 30-8-18
404428 Pte. Porteous, J.R. Wounded 30-8-18
201543 Pte. Blair, J. Wounded 30-8-18
850042 Pte. Day, W. Wounded 30-8-18
787371 Pte. Ellies S.P. Wounded 30-8-18
228165 Pte. Wakefield, P.E. Wounded 30-8-18
850842 Pte. Scott, M. Wounded 30-8-18
210704 Sgt. Pooley, H. Wounded 30-8-18
285547 Pte. Kay, A.J. Killed 30-8-18
285547 Pte. Roberts, A.J. Wounded 30-8-18
1027180 Pte. Taylor, E. Wounded 30-8-18
201281 Pte. Thompson, C.E. Wounded 30-8-18
9323 Pte. Hewitt, R. Wounded 30-8-18
850163 Pte. Gray, A. Killed 30-8-18
237811 Pte. Sloan, S.W. Wounded 30-8-18
426885 Pte. Peachock, G.H. Killed 30-8-18
201806 Pte. Grave, A. Wounded 30-8-18
172294 Pte. Smith, G.W. Wounded 30-8-18
757186 Pte. Sparham, J.R. Wounded 30-8-18
850913 Pte. Hassett, C.G. Wounded 30-8-18
850799 Pte. Kerr, F.D. Wounded 30-8-18
2393323 Pte. Brehaut, C. Wounded 1-9-18
140023 Pte. Brehaut, A. Wounded 1-9-18
3032252 Pte. McMoodie, W. Wounded 1-9-18
2393397 Pte. Young, J.A. Wounded 1-9-18
766450 Pte. Mitchell, H. Wounded 1-9-18
663057 Pte. Gann, J. Wounded 1-9-18
669563 Pte. Webber, E. Wounded 1-9-18
788558 Pte. Dargue, W.E. Wounded 1-9-18
796551 Pte. Hargreaves, T.C. Wounded 1-9-18
171573 Pte. McCarthy, E.J. Wounded 1-9-18
402175 Pte. Pembleton, A.M. Wounded 1-9-18
669564 Pte. Hocking, S.P. Wounded 1-9-18
140097 Pte. [unreadable], G. Wounded 1-9-18
1024269 Pte. Little, T. Wounded 1-9-18
285274 Pte. Coulson, H.R. Wounded 1-9-18
669869 Pte. Dearden, H. Killed 30-8-18
237647 Pte. Barrett, H.J. Killed 30-8-18

3033016 Pte. Cavanaugh, L.J.O. Killed 30-8-18
784477 Pte. Dewhurst, S. Killed 30-8-18
916474 Pte. Harris, J.R. Killed 30-8-18
3032164 Pte. Lee, W. Killed 30-8-18
3030618 Pte. MacIntyre, L.R. Killed 30-8-18
1027283 Pte. Plant, R.S. Killed 30-8-18
171576 Pte. Robertson, N. Killed 30-8-18
2393479 Pte. Hemmings, H.C. Killed 30-8-18
803287 Pte. McLarty, D.J. Killed 30-8-18
766440 Pte. McDonald, D. Wounded 30-8-18
285596 Pte. Spratt, H.E. Wounded 30-8-18
788268 L/Sgt. Eady, C. Wounded 30-8-18
486557 Cpl. Marshall, J. Wounded 30-8-18
171638 Pte. Jones, L.C. Wounded 30-8-18
916915 Pte. Brid, J. Wounded 30-8-18
171593 Pte. Brent, A.J. Killed 30-8-18
3032924 Pte. Clermont, M.T. Wounded 30-8-18
1096116 Pte. Dennis, C.S. Wounded 30-8-18
1027115 Pte. Gray, T.W.A. Wounded 30-8-18
670178 Pte. Gorman, G.W.E. Wounded 30-8-18
3032053 Pte. Goodwin, S.A. Wounded 30-8-18
3032931 Pte. Kelly, D.L. Wounded 30-8-18
739413 Pte. Lambert, E.J. Wounded 30-8-18
285393 Pte. Lycan, W.R. Wounded 30-8-18
3033003 Pte. Lewis, R. Wounded 30-8-18
3032489 Pte. Lewis, J. Wounded 30-8-18
171717 Pte. Martin, A.E. Wounded 30-8-18
787613 Pte. Moston, R. Wounded 30-8-18
3031965 Pte. MacMillan, J. Wounded 30-8-18
3032150 Pte. McCartney, J.A. Wounded 30-8-18
408163 Pte. McCartney, T. Wounded 30-8-18
787064 Pte. Norbury, R. Wounded 30-8-18
144154 Pte. Ouellette, O. Wounded 30-8-18

211224 Pte. Potter, J.B. Wounded 30-8-18
1027127 Pte. [unreadable], F.M. Wounded 30-8-18
788253 Pte. Rickens, T. Wounded 30-8-18
1096207 Pte. Stancer, F.C. Wounded 30-8-18
1027533 Pte. Sarles, R.M. Wounded 30-8-18
513372 Pte. Tooher, C. Wounded 30-8-18
3030332 Pte. Williams, W.J. Wounded 30-8-18
528175 Pte. Williams, J. Wounded 30-8-18
2393513 Pte. Grant, G. Wounded 30-8-18 (Accidentally)
757346 Pte. Jones, W.H. Wounded 30-8-18
669868 Pte. Forsythe, R. Killed 30-8-18
138633 L/Cpl. Marsh, F. Killed 30-8-18
202135 Cpl. Jackson, R.H. Killed 30-8-18
404398 Cpl. Hansfield, F. Killed 30-8-18
850038 Pte. Didemus, C.W. Killed 30-8-18
238115 Pte. Elliot, S.A. Wounded 30-8-18
1024421 Pte. Lyon, W.C.A. Killed 30-8-18
916358 Pte. Penberthy, J.J. Killed 30-8-18
237720 Pte. Collins, J.W. Killed 30-8-18
799056 Pte. George, L.W. Killed 30-8-18
22989 Arm/Cpl. Duggan, R.H. Killed 30-8-18
916797 Pte. Heming, F.A.E. Killed 30-8-18
644057 Pte. Fox, B. Killed 30-8-18
803017 Pte. Smith, R. Killed 30-8-18
788210 Pte. Dupuis, F.J. Killed 30-8-18
8220 Pte. Hamelin, H. Missing 30-8-18
225888 Pte. Chapman, A. Missing 29-8-18
285639 Pte. Frank, T. Wounded 30-8-18
473066 Pte. Franklin, R.S. Killed 30-8-18
850992 Pte. Birbeck, B. Wounded 30-8-18
[unreadable] Pte. Wristen, T. Killed 30-8-18
A4135 Sgt. Laurence, P. Wounded 30-8-18
1722172 Pte. Fryer, F.W. Wounded 30-8-18

404383 Cpl. Kelly, J. Wounded 30-8-18
1024136 Pte. Gettes, A. Wounded 30-8-18
171005 Pte. Ferrell, G.F. Wounded 30-8-18
1024459 Pte. Bakers, R.G. Wounded 30-8-18
139731 Pte. Houston, F. Wounded 30-8-18
766961 Pte. Weinstein, J. Wounded 30-8-18
426079 Pte. Hallsworth, T. Wounded 30-8-18
404142 Pte. Longman, W. Wounded 30-8-18
757869 Pte. Moore, D.J. Wounded 30-8-18
1024459 Pte. Land, G.J. Wounded 30-8-18
784176 Pte. Young, V.H. Wounded 30-8-18
171697 Pte. Vibert, H.H. Wounded 30-8-18
427794 L/Cpl. McKay, W.R.T.S. Wounded 30-8-18
172152 L/Cpl. Dunbar, W.S. Wounded 30-8-18 (Died of Wounds)
851123 Pte. Wickenden, E. Wounded 30-8-18
916731 Pte. Couch, W.E. Wounded 30-8-18
438447 Pte. Connor, M. Wounded 30-8-18
3032911 Pte. MacDonald, A. Wounded 30-8-18
916528 Pte. [unreadable], F. Wounded 30-8-18
727707 Pte. Todd, F.J. Wounded 30-8-18 (Died of Wounds)
1096214 Pte. Robertson, J. Wounded 30-8-18
916353 Pte. Welsford, J.R. Wounded 30-8-18
1096196 Pte. Dunlop, T.G. Wounded 30-8-18
850788 Pte. Price, E. Wounded 30-8-18
171729 Pte. Gourlie, G. Wounded 30-8-18
850050 Pte. Flint, G. Wounded 30-8-18
1096051 Pte. O’Leary, V.A. Wounded 30-8-18
417028 Pte. David, A. Wounded 30-8-18
166429 Pte. Ling, B.E. Wounded 30-8-18
550364 Pte. Hughes, J. Wounded 30-8-18
201522 Pte. Adam, J.R. Wounded 30-8-18

63279 Pte. Defew. H. Wounded 30-8-18
174275 Pte. Faulkner, J Wounded 30-8-18
856043 Pte. George, D. Wounded 30-8-18
A4190 Pte. Robinson, T.S. Killed 31-8-18
757823 Pte. Eagles, A.R. Killed 31-8-18
9442 Pte. Fitzgerald, T.A. Killed 31-8-18
757786 Pte. Hamilton, W.J. Killed 30-8-18
916348 Pte. Lewis, D.H. Killed 30-8-18
769079 Pte. Raines, H.E. Killed 31-8-18
171686 Pte. Shaw, W. Killed 31-8-18
9940 Sgt. May, W.H. Wounded 30-8-18
426453 Pte. Sharples, J. Wounded 31-8-18
457377 L/Cpl. Evans, J.J. Wounded 30-8-18
766365 Pte. Dunn, J.W. Wounded 31-8-18
3032063 Pte. Higinbottom, H.C. Wounded 30-8-18
757582 Pte. Mooney, H.J. Wounded 31-8-18 (Died of wounds 5-9-18)
669032 Pte. Noad, J.S. Wounded 30-8-18
1096216 Pte. Pearce, J.D. Wounded 31-8-18
448203 Pte. Purdy, C. Wounded 30-8-18
916811 Pte. Rowley, T.J. Wounded 30-8-18
210781 Pte. Robertson, D. Wounded 30-8-18
785061 Pte. Ross, J.J. Wounded 31-8-18
757768 Pte. Seymour, N.S. Wounded 31-8-18
766496 Pte. Smith, J. Wounded 31-8-18
237072 Pte. Tucker, T.L. Wounded 30-8-18
[unreadable] Pte. Wilson, J. Wounded 31-8-18
63518 A/Cpl. [unreadable], W.W. Wounded 31-8-18
669978 Pte. Burfield, A. Gassed 31-8-18
457920 Pte. Campbell, W. Gassed 29-8-18
237480 Pte. Gorman, O. Gassed 31-8-18
2393485 Pte. Hughes, E. Gassed 31-8-18
2012240 Pte. Oakman, C.H. Wounded 31-8-18

916539 Pte. Tyler, A.E. Gassed 31-8-18
201721 Pte. Youell, J.H. Gassed 31-8-18
2393462 Pte. Hunter, J.W. Killed 31-8-18
850293 Pte. Davis, C. Killed 31-8-18
690578 Pte. Fisher, A.C. Killed 31-8-18
138291 Pte. Greenfield G. Wounded 30-8-18
766393 Pte. Heather Wounded 30-8-18
916496 Pte. Johnston, R.S. Wounded 31-8-18
1024440 Pte. Leavens, B.R. Wounded 30-8-18
1096114 Pte. Padget, J.P. Wounded 31-8-18
193374 Pte. Smith, J.S. Killed 30-8-18
427833 Pte. Swann, J.W. Killed 31-8-18
18067 Pte. McAllister, M. Gassed 30-8-18
201043 Pte. Garnham, V.R. Wounded 2-9-18
228009 Pte. Bussey, C.V. Wounded 2-9-18
1096024 Pte. Dixon, F.J.A. Wounded 2-9-18
788939 Pte. Lavelley, M. Wounded 2-9-18
916699 Pte. Mabee, F.R. Wounded 2-9-18
1096132 Pte. Macdonald, W.L. Wounded 2-9-18
788620 Pte. McNaughton, A.D. Wounded 2-9-18
739661 Pte, Eastes, E.J. Missing 2-9-18
9934 Cpl. McKelvie, J. Wounded 2-9-18
916551 Pte. Boulton, E.W. Wounded 2-9-18
[unreadable] Pte. McCreight, J.V. Wounded 2-9-18
648449 Pte. Jankinson, H. Wounded 2-9-18
202032 Pte. Shulman, H.M. Wounded 2-9-18
669611 Pte. Hall, F. Wounded 2-9-18
237307 Pte. Masters, A.G. Wounded 2-9-18
3232765 Pte. Jones, W.M. Wounded 2-9-18
3033274 Pte. McPhail, A. Wounded 2-9-18
788242 Cpl. Kelly, E.L. Wounded 2-9-18
201229 Pte. Mann, G.J. Wounded 2-9-18

3233278 Pte. Knowland, C.O. Killed 2-9-18
724651 Pte. Whittleton, W. Wounded 2-9-18
3232872 Pte. Garnham, A.G. Missing 2-9-18
3232382 Pte. Banks, J.W. Killed 2-9-18
850960 Pte. Burns, W.J. Wounded 2-9-18
3032671 Pte. Madden, J. Killed 2-9-18
138579 Sgt. Gaw, A. Killed 2-9-18
486578 Cpl. Rutter, F. Killed 2-9-18
285283 Pte. Oliver, W. Killed 2-9-18
3032900 Pte. Copeland, J.H. Killed 2-9-18
285630 Pte. Gildard, P. Killed 2-9-18
Lieut. Dale, H.O. Wounded 2-9-18
202058 Pte. Wiggins, A. Wounded 2-9-18
140131 Sgt. Mackie, J. Wounded 2-9-18
850334 Pte. Clark, H. Wounded 2-9-18
404265 Cpl. Bishop, H. Wounded 2-9-18
690072 Pte. Harre, F. Wounded 2-9-18
767043 Pte. Holder, J.B. Wounded 2-9-18
63826 Pte. Syvret, N.A. Wounded 2-9-18
851034 Pte. Murphy, J. Wounded 2-9-18
A4085 Sgt. Gibson, G.A. Wounded 2-9-18
237186 Pte. Sellen, H.E. Wounded 2-9-18
3230075 Pte. Jacobs, J.A. Wounded 2-9-18
2499433 Pte. Doulte, E. Wounded 2-9-18
3231215 Pte. Hughes, F.E. Wounded 2-9-18
3231128 Pte. Eaglestone, C.H. Killed 2-9-18
404437 Pte. Rhem, W. Wounded 2-9-18
784786 Pte. Snider, J.A. Wounded 2-9-18
201238 Pte. Newton, R.E. Wounded 2-9-18
Lieut. Bolte, F. Killed 2-9-18
63103 L/Cpl. Bond, F. Killed 2-9-18
603205 Pte. Davis, R.O. Killed 2-9-18
787110 Pte. Maw, W. Killed 2-9-18

787345 Pte. Paton, M. Killed 2-9-18
916831 Pte. Knight, C.T. Killed 2-9-18
1096301 Pte. Symon, F. Killed 2-9-18
237999 Pte. Irwin, W. Wounded 2-9-18
785017 Pte. Allen, J. Wounded 2-9-18
785124 Pte. Ayers, W. Wounded 2-9-18
799338 Pte. Macdonald, J. Wounded 2-9-18
766338 Pte. Bray, F.W. Wounded 2-9-18
201398 Pte. Hinch, S.P. Wounded 2-9-18
784865 Pte. Green, H.L. Wounded 2-9-18
139235 Pte. James, E. Wounded 2-9-18
140364 Pte. Dunn, W. Wounded 2-9-18
204682 Pte. Formo, O.A. Wounded 2-9-18
787078 Pte. Bradey, J. Wounded 2-9-18
670010 Pte. King, J. Wounded 2-9-18
139566 Pte. Edwards, A.E. Wounded 2-9-18
1096169 Pte. Hussen, E. Wounded 2-9-18
2393571 Pte. Jones, G.H. Wounded 2-9-18
916362 Pte. Mills, F.G. Wounded 2-9-18
457108 Pte. McLaughlin, J. Wounded 2-9-18
802275 Pte. Burd, V.A. Wounded 2-9-18
916432 Pte. Ride, W.H. Wounded 2-9-18
769516 Pte. Maxwell, A.C. Wounded 2-9-18
3033147 Pte. MacDonald, J.A. Wounded 2-9-18
737005 Pte. Gatchill, E.V. Wounded 2-9-18
426574 Sgt. McCreath, H. Wounded 2-9-18
675209 Pte. Harman, B.J. Wounded 2-9-18
1027612 Pte. Robbins, I. Wounded 2-9-18
766489 Pte. Short, F.C. Wounded 2-9-18
785009 Pte. Warren, J. Missing 2-9-18
678952 Pte. Whiffen, W.J. Missing 2-9-18
3033018 Pte. O’Connell, J. Wounded 2-9-18
210984 Pte. Vendittelli, V. Missing 2-9-18

766443 L/Cpl. McIntosh, P. Gassed 2-9-18
63091 Cpl. Brambell, J. Gassed 2-9-18
Major. W.H. Kippen, MC Wounded 2-9-18
Major. D.H.C. Masson, DSO Wounded 2-9-18
Lieut. Nobel, A.V. Wounded 31-8-18
444002 Pte. Black, R. Wounded 3-9-18
201265 Pte. Scott, W. Killed 2-9-18
138689 Pte. Smith, J. Killed 2-9-18
2393367 Pte. Chickegian, S.H. Killed 2-9-18
237290 L/Cpl. Pankhurst, E.T. Wounded 2-9-18
172017 L.Cpl. Gilchrist, G.H. Wounded 2-9-18
109628 Pte. Banks, A. Wounded 2-9-18
201107 Pte. Arnold, H. Wounded 2-9-18
778524 Pte. Boshier, T.E. Wounded 2-9-18
A4037 Pte. Campbell, M. Wounded 2-9-18
3232893 Pte. Gutman, H.P. Wounded 2-9-18
3232339 Pte. Dennison, E.R. Wounded 2-9-18
172226 Pte. Kent, A.H. Wounded 2-9-18
787028 Pte. Mallin, P. Wounded 2-9-18
766436 Pte. McAdam, E. Wounded 2-9-18
201851 Pte. McFarland, T.R. Wounded 2-9-18
757760 Pte. Newman, C. Wounded 2-9-18
758022 Pte. Noon, [unreadable] Wounded 2-9-18
3032657 Pte. Orr, F.S. Wounded 2-9-18
800017 Pte. [unreadable] W.J. Wounded 2-9-18
678338 Pte. Patey, E.C. Wounded 2-9-18
916735 Pte. Senior, A.W. Wounded 2-9-18
211024 Pte. Wright, H.W. Wounded 2-9-18
Lieut. Stephans, T. Wounded 2-9-18
285014 Pte. Ware, W.L. Missing 2-9-18
3232761 Pte. Frame, W. Wounded 4-9-18
916608 Pte. Chalmers, F.A. Wounded 3-9-18
850378 Pte. Rogerson, J. Wounded 4-9-18

916632 Pte. Humphrey, G. Wounded 4-9-18
802643 Pte. Thoday, A. Wounded 4-9-18
916676 Pte. Ferriday, J. Wounded 4-9-18
140159 Pte. Noon, C. Gassed 3-9-18
190020 Pte. Rundle, C.D. Wounded 3-9-18
3232863 Pte. Gleaves, C.R. Wounded 3-9-18
138951 Pte. Roberts, A.D. Gassed 3-9-18
18094 Pte. Stephens, A. Gassed 3-9-18
1024352 Pte. Mather, T.R. Wounded 2-9-18
690113 Pte. Maynard, J. Killed 2-9-18
404783 Pte. Houtby, C. Wounded 2-9-18
201226 Pte. Seeley, W.H.C. Wounded 2-9-18
410086 Pte. Brown, C.R.A. Missing 30-8-18
9454 Sgt. Hall, A.J. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
327521 Pte. Latimer, H.M. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
3033090 Pte. McLeod, J.R. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
416853 Pte. Ladouceur, A. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
1024287 Pte. Drugan, W.S. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
2393396 Pte. Ballard, R. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
139736 Sgt. McIntosh, N. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
916374 Pte. Lewis, J. Wounded 30-8-18 (At Duty)
Lieut. Thompson, H.A. Gassed 2-9-18
A4174 Sgt. Packenham, C.R. Killed 15-9-18
A4118 Pte. Hopkinson, F. Wounded 15-9-18
171637 Pte. Johnston, W.L. Wounded 15-9-18
171637 Pte. Johnston, W.L. Wounded 15-9-18
444242 Pte. Handey, J.E. Wounded 15-9-18
9306 Sgt. Clapton, R.J. Concussion 15-9-18
404324 Pte. Dickson, W. Concussion 15-9-18
405411 Pte. Savage, W. Concussion 15-9-18
201153 Pte. Downey, W.M. Concussion 15-9-18
Lieut. Murray, J.A. Wounded 27-9-18
Lieut. Kerr, R. Wounded 27-9-18
3131661 Pte. Mathews, J.C. Wounded 27-9-18

787041 Pte. McKerracher, E. Wounded 27-9-18
788530 Pte. Vice, A. Wounded 27-9-18
Lieut. Colegrave, A.P. Killed 27-9-18
851060 Pte. Sheriff, P. Killed 27-9-18
2356553 Pte. Gameano, J. Killed 27-9-18
669782 Pte. Woolcott, H. Killed 27-9-18
3233107 Pte. Fraser, J. Killed 27-9-18
669130 Cpl. Farley, H.W. Wounded 27-9-18
788627 Pte. Skuce, E.E. Wounded 27-9-18
757975 Pte. Brandt, E. Wounded 27-9-18
171601 Pte. Clinchy, L.A. Wounded 27-9-18
851082 Pte. Hamilton, C. Wounded 27-9-18
3232021 Pte. Macdonald, A. Wounded 27-9-18
171973 Pte. Wilks, C.R. Wounded 27-9-18
3232407 Pte. McQuillan, T.W. Wounded 27-9-18
3130860 Pte. Cameron, P.W. Wounded 27-9-18
757186 Pte. Sparham, J.R. Wounded 27-9-18
3233359 Pte. Sofiakis, W. Wounded 27-9-18
2355425 Pte. Heaslip, J. Wounded 27-9-18
3033103 Pte. Kenny, M.J. Wounded 27-9-18
784490 Pte. Harvey, J.A. Wounded 27-9-18
3035161 Pte. Heath, T.H. Wounded 27-9-18
3033028 Pte. McKinnon, A. Wounded 27-9-18
850130 Pte. Richardson, J.W. Wounded 27-9-18
757855 Pte. Biddows, J. Wounded 27-9-18
138764 Pte. Smith, J. Wounded 27-9-18
3033297 Pte. Odhan, C.G. Wounded 27-9-18
3033008 Pte. Nissen, W.P. Wounded 27-9-18
3232048 Pte. Harmon, A.G. Wounded 27-9-18
657391 Pte. Leclair, A.E. Wounded 27-9-18
404218 Pte. Clarke, F.C. Wounded 27-9-18
3131234 Pte. Mateer, J.L. Wounded 27-9-18
3132650 Pte. Lavery, M.D. Wounded 27-9-18
3130747 Pte. Major, D.S. Wounded 27-9-18

3032358 Pte. Ellis, J. Wounded 27-9-18
3232765 Pte. Jones, W.M. Gassed 27-9-18
258169 Pte. Richards, H. Missing 27-9-18
3132535 Pte. Lachmann, S. Wounded 27-9-18
210375 Pte. Harris, F.C. Missing 27-9-18
201760 Pte. Chapman, G. Wounded 27-9-18
657076 Pte. Best, S.J. Wounded 27-9-18
784505 Pte. Fletcher, A.R. Wounded 27-9-18
3034746 Pte. Davidson, C.J. Killed 27-9-18
201352 Pte. Craddock, E. Killed 27-9-18
799970 Pte. Innes, G. Wounded 27-9-18
3232752 Pte. Conner, M. Wounded 27-9-18
602376 Pte. Marsland Wounded 27-9-18
237551 Pte. Paxton, J.A. Wounded 27-9-18
23342 Pte. Jerusalem, M. Wounded 27-9-18
238113 Pte. Murphy, M. Wounded 27-9-18
211016 Pte. Younger, B. Wounded 27-9-18
172271 Cpl. Paterson, G.C. Wounded 27-9-18
757410 L/Cpl. Porter, B.G. Wounded 27-9-18
3131232 Pte. Howson, C.B. Wounded 27-9-18
3233011 Pte. Christie, P. Wounded 27-9-18
1027436 Pte. Julien, A. Wounded 27-9-18
2309338 Pte. Lough, P. Wounded 27-9-18
Lieut. Crawford, J.P. Wounded 27-9-18
916138 Pte. Brend, R. Wounded 27-9-18
3132863 Pte. Boyle, R. Wounded 27-9-18
3233012 Pte. Gass, W. Wounded 27-9-18
788809 Pte. Laronde, J. Wounded 27-9-18
171914 L/Cpl. Johnston, W. Wounded 27-9-18
3232877 Pte. Conboy, J.J. Missing 27-9-18
91533 Pte. Couchman, G.B. Missing 27-9-18
3233213 Pte. Barbor, F. Wounded 27-9-18
3032186 Pte. Fenech, J. Wounded 27-9-18

3032064 Pte. Blower, F.J. Wounded 27-9-18
916410 Pte. Green, J.A. Wounded 27-9-18
3034514 Pte. Jenkins, A.E. Killed 27-9-18
285530 Pte. Sutton, A.L. Wounded 27-9-18
785206 Pte. [unreadable], A.E. Wounded 27-9-18
3034380 Pte. Johnson, F. Wounded 27-9-18
3034852 Pte. Irving, A. Wounded 27-9-18
3032297 Pte. Gray, J.H.C. Missing 27-9-18
201929 Pte. Thompson, W. Wounded 29-9-18
767056 L/Cpl. Macmillan, A. Wounded 30-9-18
171720 Pte. Roberts, M. Wounded 30-9-18
201216 Pte. Lowery, G.S. Wounded 27-9-18
202193 Pte. Kirkpatrick, [unreadable] Wounded 30-9-18
2393583 Pte. Graham, W. Wounded 30-9-18
3230092 Pte. Parkhill, W.A. Wounded 27-9-18
3232802 Pte. Auld, A. Wounded 27-9-18
757661 Pte. Wilkinson, S.W. Wounded 27-9-18
3233142 Pte. Taylor, A.R. Wounded 27-9-18
1087072 Pte. Boyling, A. Wounded 27-9-18
172194 Pte. Howse, C.E. Wounded 27-9-18
3232996 Pte. Paul, A.G. Wounded 27-9-18
3232757 Pte. Burns, B. Wounded 27-9-18
109636o Pte. Monk, G.W. Killed 27-9-18
3232806 Pte. Bexfield, W.H. Killed 27-9-18
171685 Pte. Shannon, J.J. Killed 27-9-18
202179 Pte. Ross, G.L.J. Wounded 27-9-18
1003757 Pte. [unreadable],W. Wounded 27-9-18
3034260 Pte. Judge, T.R. Wounded 27-9-18
3231931 Pte. Hanslip, R. Wounded 27-9-18
1003822 Pte. Paquette, E. Missing 27-9-18
3233047 Pte. Macdonald, A. Wounded 27-9-18
3232786 Pte. Jones, F.H. Gassed 27-9-18
3230490 Pte. Farley, W.R. Wounded 27-9-18
237798 Pte. Lacey, F. Wounded 27-9-18
426722 Sgt. Tallier, L. Wounded 27-9-18

Appendices 1 to 3.


1. ASSEMBLY: The assembly of this Unit was carried out in U.11.a., the Battalion moving forward from their Reserve positions at about 5.00 A.M. on the morning of September 2nd, the Battalion being reported as in position in the Assembly Area at 7.10 A.M., September 2nd. The assembly was carried out under heavy enemy shelling.

(a). Packs were not carried but left at rear Battalion Headquarters at N.30.a.2.4. Battle equipment was carried by all ranks.
(b). The following battle equipment was distributed amongst the Battalion on scale as below:
1. Heavy Wire cutters – 6 per Company
2. Medium Wire cutters – 12 per Company
3. Rifle Wire Cutters – 40 per Company
4. Very Light Pistols – 11 per Company
5. Rifle Cup discharges – 8 per Company
6. Mills Cups – 25 per Company
7. Wiring Gloves – 21 per Company

3. STORES CARRIED: The following stores were carried:
(a). Tommy Cookers – 1 to every 3 men.
(b). S.A.A. – 220 rounds per man.
(c). No.23 Rifle Grenades – 15 per platoon.
(d). No.27 Smoke Grenades – 1 per man.
(e). S.O.S. Rockets – 2 per platoon.
(f). Ground flares – 2 per man.
(g). Picks – 40 for Reserve Company (“B” Company)
(h). Shovels – 80 for Reserve Company (“B” Company)

4. RATIONS & WATER: (a). Every man carried the following rations:
i. Iron Ration
ii. Unexpended portion of day’s ration.
iii. 24 hours ration.
(b). Water – Each man carried two water-bottles filled.

5. MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS : Each Company went into action with four Stretcher Bearers  and 6 Stretchers/Each man was in possession of a Field Dressing, also a Shell Dressing.

6. WEATHER: Good.

7. WIND: The wind varied considerably during the whole operation.

8. OTHER TROOPS: When the Battalion left the Assembly Area, it had the 4th Canadian Battalion on the left and the 57th Imperial Division on our Right. Owing to the nature of the ground touch was not kept with either of the flank Battalions. Brigade Operation orders called for us maintaining a distance of 1500 yards in read of the Third Brigade. As we received no information from the front, we carried on according to time, with the result that we closed on the 3rd Brigade in the vicinity of the DROCOURT-QUEANT Line and over-ran them at QUEER STREET Trench.

September 2nd 1918. [The narrative included here has been moved into the chronology above for ease or reading.]

C. Observations

1 . FORMATIONS The Battalion advanced in three lines of Companies at 150 yards distance and interval, “D” Company Right Front, “C” Company Left front; “A” Company Support, and “B” Company Reserve. There was 75 yards distance and interval between platoons. Under fire, platoons opened to sections in lines at 15 yards interval. Owing to casualties in the previous operation  platoons were organized in two sections both Lewis Gun sections.

2 . EQUIPMENT & STORES – Each Lewis Gun had 24 panniers.
Each man carried 220 rounds of S.A.A. and 2 sandbags.

3 . ARMS & S.A.A. – (a). No difficulty was encountered in Rifles. Rifles were used with good effect, open targets being engaged at 50 to 400 yards, and severe casualties being caused to the enemy. Every man engaged in the operation fired from 50 to 90 yards.
(b). Bayonets were not used to any extent.

4. LEWIS GUNS – Lewis Guns were most valuable and were used with great effect throughout the whole operation. All guns were brought out of action by this Unit.

5. OUR MACHINE GUNS – Nothing was seen of these until some time after we had reached our final objective.

6. ENEMY MACHINE GUNS – Enemy machine guns were in great quantity. They used them to a great extent enfilading from both flanks. They fought their machine guns until our Infantry was within 400 yards from them, then they ran. 16 Machine Guns were captured by the Battalion, but none were brought out, all being left on the battle field.

7. RATIONS & WATER – No difficulty was encountered in these supplied.

8. BOMBS – Bombs were not used.

9. RIFLE GRENADES – Very few used.

10. MEDICAL SERVICES- The medical services were adequate. A few of the Field Ambulance Section followed our Battalion and did excellent work in caring for and clearing our wounded. Enemy prisoners were used for carrying out wounded from the Battalion area and were of great assistance.

11. FLAGS & DISCS – None used.

12. COMMUNICATIONS – Runners were used throughout the attack. No signal-ling communication until objective was reached.

13. ENEMY MORALE – Did not appear to be very high.

14. OUR MORALE – The mend of the Battalion behaved with the greatest possible gallantry and determination.

15. STOKES GUNS – Not used.
16. OUR FIELD ARTILLERY – As far as this Battalion is concerned, Very little field artillery was used until sometime after we have reached our objective. Nothing was seen of the field gun attached to this Battalion after we had left our Assembly Area.

17. OUR HEAVY ARTILLERY – The fire of our heavy Artillery was used with good effect firing on SAINS and on the enemy infantry re-organizing and advancing to their line.

18. ENEMY MORTARS – None encountered.

19. ENEMY WIRE – The enemy wire in the vicinity of the DROCOURT-QUEANT line was not what was expected. The wire was old and did not look as if much work had been put on it. No difficulty was encountered in getting through enemy wire.

20. ENEMY TRENCHES & WORKS – This Battalion did not encounter any organized trench system. Strong points were encountered from the flanks, but were taken with some difficulty.

21.RUSES – None encountered.

22. CARRYING PARTIES – None used.

23. WORKING PARTIES – None used.

24. TOOLS – The entrenching tool was used for any work which the Companies required to do. Picks & shovels were not used.

25. TANKS – No Tanks used to assist this Battalion. On one occasion assistance was asked for, but it could not be had on account of petrol shortage.


27. LIAISON – NIL – except in maintaining touch with troops in front.


29. SUPPLE OF MAPS – Excellent.

30. BURIALS – The Battalion had 18, all ranks, killed in the operation. Bodies were buried at V.22.a.20.10.



Commanding Officer – Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. – Wounded
Adjutant – Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. – Wounded
Lewis Gun Officer – Captain J.K. Gillespie, MO.
Intelligence Officer – Lieut. T. Weir.
Signalling Officer – Lieut. R.F. Sheppard.
Medical Officer – Captain A.E. MacDonald.
Chaplain – Captain W.R.R. Armitago.

Captain W.A. McMaster
Lieut. J.A. Murray
Lieut. [unreadable]. A. Thompson. – Wounded
Lieut. J. McRae.

Lieut. G.F. Kerr, MM.
Lieut. J.A. Macdonald.
Lieut. T. Stephens, MM. –Wounded

Captain J.K. Crawford, D.S.C.
Lieut. A.W. Dyas.
Lieut. J.[unreadable]. Lennox.

Captain S.J. Murphy.
Lieut. W.C. [unreadable]
Lieut. G.P. MacAgy, MM.
Lieut. F. Bolte – Killed

1 Officer Killed
4 Officers Wounded
17 Other Ranks Killed
9 Other Ranks Missing
95 Other Ranks Wounded

2 77 Mm. Guns.
16 Machine Guns.


1 . ASSEMBLY. The assembly of this Unit was carried out in V.28.a. and D.4.b., the Battalion moving forward to the assembly position as above at 7.15 P.M. on the night of September 26th, the Battalion being reported as in position at 10.15 P.M. Everything quiet during this move, but about midnight the enemy shelled our area and wounded two men.

2. EQUIPMENT (a). Packs were not carried, they being left at the transport lines in [unreadable].
(b). The following equipment was distributed amongst the Battalion on scale as below,-
i. Heavy Wire Cutters – 6 per Company
ii. Rifle Wire Cutters – 40 per Company
iii. Very Light Pistols – 11 per Company
iv. Rifle Cup Dischargers – 8 per Company
v. Mills Cups – 16 pet Company
vi. Wiring Gloves – 10 prs. Per Company.

3. STORES CARRIED – The following stores were carried:-
(a). S.A.A. – 220 rounds per man.
(b). No.23 Rifle Grenades – 15 pet platoon.
(c). No. 27 Smoke Grenades – 21 per platoon.
(d). No. 36 Mills Grenades – 32 per Company.
(e). S.O.S. Rockets – 12 per Company.
(f). Ground flares – 2 per man
(g) Picks -25 for Reserve Co. (“B”)
– 25 for Support Co. (“D”)
(h). Shovels – 50 for Reserve Co. (“B”)
– 50 for Support Co. (“D”)
(i). Water Bottles – 1 additional per man.

4. RATIONS & WATER – (a). Every man carried the following rations:-
I.- Iron Ration
II. – 24 hours’ Rations.
(b). Water – Each man carried two water bottles filled.

5. MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS – Each Company went into action with four stretcher bearers and [unreadable] stretchers. Each man was in possession of a field dressing and shell dressings one to every two men in each Company.

6. WEATHER – Fine throughout the day.

7. WIND – Slight – West.

8. OTHER TROOPS – When the Battalion went through the 1st Canadian Battalion, it had touch with the 7th Battalion on the left and the 2nd Canadian Battalion on the Right. We maintained touch on our right and left throughout the attack.

September 26th [The narrative which was entered here has been moved up to September 26th for ease of reading the chronology.]

September 27th
5.20 A.M. ZERO Hours, getting light. Very little artillery fire from the enemy.

7.00 A.M. Word received from Lieut. C.J. McGillivray that the attack was progressing favorably and both flanks connected up.

7.30 A.M. Battalion commenced moving forward from Assembly Area.

7.55 A.M. Battalion headquarters moved off,

9.30 A.M. Established Battalion headquarters at W.28.c.80.30.

10.00 A.M. Battalion went through the 1st Battalion at the GREEN LINE. Very heavy machine gun fire.

10.20 A.M. Battalion headquarters moved to W.29.a.20.30.

10.30 A.M. Communication established with advanced Report Centre.

11.00 A.M. Word received that 2nd Battalion are held up on the Right, and would we advance and relieve the situation.

12.00 Noon` Battalion headquarters located W.23.c.80.20.

12.10 P.M. Word received that we were held up at the railroad. “B” Company sent up two platoons from Support.

12.30 P.M. Advance continuing, enemy retiring over ARRAS – CAMRAI Road.

1.00 P.M. Battalion headquarters located at Y.19.c.20.80.

1.05 P.M. BLUE LINE gained, “B” Company putting out the outpost line. Heavy enemy artillery fire from batteries in from of BLUE LINE.

1.10 P.M. Contact established with both flanks. The enemy fighting a stiff read-guard action, and his Rear Guard are in the vicinity of X.14.c.

2.00 P.M. 5th and 10th Battalions attacked through our line. Everything appears to be going fine.

4.00 P.M. Battalion echelon arrived at Battalion headquarters. Water and rations sent out to Companies.

4.30 P.M. G.O.C. called at Battalion headquarters.

6.00 P.M. “S.O.S.” sent up on our right flank. An Officer from the 8th Battalion reports that the enemy are counter-attacking. Very little artillery fire.

10.00 P.M. Orders received from Brigade to swing our outpost line to the Right, touching up with the 8th Battalion on the Left and with the 2nd Battalion on the Right.

11.00 P.M. 6’’ Stokes Newton Officer called at Battalion headquarters and was sent with his gun to “B” COMPANY.

12.00 M.N. Everything quiet.


1.FORMATIONS The formation adopted by the Battalion in the advance was two Companies attacking with two platoons from each Company in the first wave, and two platoons in the second wave; one Company following in Support of the Right Company and one Company in Support of the left Company. When the objective was gained, the left Supporting Company passed through the attacking Companies and establishing an outpost line, the right support company re-assembled and came into Battalion Reserve.

2.ARMS & S.A.A. (a). Rifles were used to good effect during the entire operations. Every man engaged in the operation fired from 50 to 60 rounds of S.A.A.
(b). Bayonets were used with good effect in routing the enemy from machine gun and battery positions.

3.LEWIS GUNS Lewis Guns were used with great effect in forcing the enemy from strong points and in dealing with field artillery battery positions. They were also used to good effect in supplying covering fire in attacking from a flank.

4.OUR MACHINE GUNS Were used to give covering fire to our attacking Companies. Heavy fire was directed on the enemy when we were held up by machine gun fire. Two guns were detailed from one Machine Gun battery and used to [unreadable] the enemy position forcing them to retire.

5. ENEMY MACHINE GUNS Enemy machine guns were in great quantity. Machine Gun nests were encountered and at one stage the Battalion was held up by heavy machine gun fire.

6. STOKES MORTARS Nothing to report.

7. OUR FIELD ARTILLERY The field artillery barrage appeared to be very good but [unreadable] to move very fast. When the Battalion was held up at the railroad embankment, the barrage passed beyond the ARRAS-CAMBRAI road and was of no assistance in exterminating the enemy.

8. OUR HEAVY ARTILLERY The heavies were active during the advance and after the enemy line had been captured.

9. ENEMY MORTARS None encountered.

10. ENEMY WIRE No wire was encountered during our advance.

11. ENEMY TRENCHES & WORKS In the advance, several narrow and deep trenches were encountered. Many strong points were encountered, and were overcome by very hard fighting.

12. RATIONS & WATER No difficulty was encountered in these supplies.

13. BOMBS None were used.

14. RIFLE GRENADES Some smoke and rifle grenades were used.

15. MEDICAL SERVICES Arrangements for handling the wounded were adequate. Enemy prisoners were used for carrying the wounded out.

16. FLAGS ANS DISCS None used.

17. COMMUNICATIONS Telephonic communication was kept with advanced REPORT CENTRES throughout, and when objective was reached communication by ‘phone was established to all Companies.

18. ENEMY MORALE The enemy morale appeared to be good, but when he found that we were going to rush hum, he retired.

19. OUR MORALE Could not have been better.

20. RUSES None encountered.

22. WORKING PARTIES A party of 1 Officer and 25 Other Ranks from the 2nd Canadian Machine Gun Battalion was attached to the Reserve Company, and when the objective was gained, were used to [unreadable] for the line Companies

23. TANKS Nothing to report.


Was of the greatest assistance, especially the reports from our intelligence
Section, who had the whole area between our original
front line and the [unreadable]. Every Company commander had personal the route he reconnoitred would take his Company over to the canal.

26. SUPPLY OF MAPS Could not have been better. Every Officer and Platoon Sergeant has a marked map, showing boundaries and objectives for the attack.

27. BURIALS Were handled entirely by the 1st Brigade Burial Party.



Commanding Officer – Lieut – Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., NC.,
2nd in Command – Major H.A. Chisholm, MC.
Adjutant – Captain J.K. Jennings.
Intelligence Officer – Captain T. Weir.
Scout Officer – Lieut. C.J. McGillivray.
Signaling Officer – Lieut. A.K. [unreadable]
Medical Officer – Captain A.E. Macdonald
Chaplain – Hon. Capt. W.R.R. Armitage.

“A” Company – Captain W.A. McMaster. MC
– A/Capt. J.A. Murray, (Wounded)
– Lieut. D.A.R. Cameron.
– Lieut. R. Kerr. MM., (wounded)
– Lieut. A.P. Colegrave (killed)

“B” Company – Capt. G.F. Kerr, [unreadable]., MM.,
– Capt. J.P. Crawford, (died of wounds)
– Lieut. O.C. Roche
– Lieut. J.M. [unreadable] (wounded)
– Lieut. J.[unreadable] Burlet.
“C” Company – Captain K.C. Brooke
– Lieut. T.J. Koulis, [unreadable] (died of wounds)
– Lieut. F. Baird (wounded)
– Lieut. D. Dyson (wounded)
– Lieut. H.A. Ronnell (wounded)

“D” Company – Captain S.J. Murphy
– Lieut N.B. McPherson.
– Lieut. F.M. Burger
– Lieut. D. Morrison, MM
– Lieut. S.W. Scott., MM., (killed)

1 Officer Killed
7 Officers Wounded
17 Other Ranks Killed
12 Other Ranks Missing
128 Other Ranks Wounded

17 .77 Mm. Guns
3 5.9 Howitzers
1 6’’ Howitzer
4 4.2 Howitzers
1 4.1 Howitzer
2 Medium Trench Mortars.


1.ASSEMBLY – The assembly of this Battalion was carried out in O.28. the Battalion
moving forward to the Assembly position as above, at 7.30 P.M. on the night of August 29th, the Battalion being reported as in position at 11.00 P.M. The assembly was delayed on account of heavy enemy concentration of gas along the valley of the SENSEE RIVER.

2. EQUIPMENT (a). Packs were not carried, they being left at the old transport lines on TELEGRAPH HILL.
(b). The following equipment was distributed amongst the Battalion, on scale
as below: –
1. Heavy Wire Cutters – 6 per Company
2. Medium Wire Cutters – 15 per Company
3. Rifle Wire Cutters – 40 per Company
4. Very Light Pistols – 11 per Company
5. Rifle cup discharger – 8 per Company
6. Mills cups – 25 per Company
7. Wiring gloves – 21 per Company

3. STORES CARRIED – The following stores were carried:-
(a). [unreadable] cookers – 1 to every 3 men.
(b). S.A.A. – 220 rounds per man.
(c). No. 23 Rifle Grenades – 15 per platoon.
(d). No. 27 Smoke Grenades – 1 per man.
(e). S.O.S. Rockets – 2 per platoon.
(f). Ground flares – 2 per man.
(g). No.5 Mills Bombs – 2 per man.
(h) Picks – 40 for Reserve Company (“B” Company)
(i). Shovels – 80 for Reserve Company (“B” Company)

4. RATIONS & WATER (a). Every man carried the following rations:-
i. Iron ration
ii. Unexpended portion of day’s ration
iii. 24 hours ration.
(b). Water – Each man carried two water-bottles filled.

5. MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS – Each Company went into action with four stretcher bearers
and 6 stretchers.
Each man was in possession of a Field Dressing
also a shell dressing.

6. WEATHER Fine up to the night of the 31st/1st, when a light shower came down.

7.WIND Varied during whole operation

8 OTHER TROOPS – When this Battalion went through the 2nd Canadian Brigade, it had touch with the 8th Battalion on the left and the 14th Battalion on the Right. We maintained touch on the left at all times during the attack, but lost touch with troops on the right until after the objective was taken when touch was established with Units of the 1st and 2nd Battalions.

August 29th 1918


1.FORMATIONS The formation adopted by this Battalion in the advance was two Companies attacking with two platoons from each Company in the first wave, and two platoons in the second wave. One Company following in Support up communication trenches until objective of attacking Companies was reached. It then deployed and went through the attack companies and established an outpost line in O.35.b. and O.36.a. One Company was held in Battalion Reserve, This Company was pushed through to exploit the success of the Battalion.

2.ARMS & S.A.A. (a). Rifles were used to good effect during the entire operation. Every man engaged in the operation fired from 100 to 130 rounds S.A.A.
(b). Bayonets were used with good effect on enemy strong points, when hand to hand fighting ensued.

3.LEWIS GUNS Lewis Guns as usual were used with great effect and were used a great deal for covering fire in attacking enemy trench lines and strong points.

4.OUR MACHINE GUNS Nothing to report

5. ENEMY MACHINE GUNS Enemy machine guns were in great quantity. Machine Gun nests were encountered many times during the advance. These positions appeared to be carefully selected, they always having a good field of fire. 9 Enemy machine guns were captured in our Battalion area. These were brought out by the Battalion and turned over to railhead.

6. STOKES GUNS Nothing to report.

7. OUR FIELD ARTILLERY Good artillery support from field artillery during the advance and after the enemy line had been captured.

8. OUR HEAVY ARTILLERY The heavies were active throughout the operation firing on enemy support areas.

9. ENEMY MORTARS None encountered.

10. ENEMY WIRE On left enemy wire was strong and held up our left company for a time. On the remainder of the front line enemy wire was very weak.

11. ENEMY TRENCHES & WORKS In the advance, several defensive trenches were encountered. There were overcome by hard fighting. Many enemy strong points were encountered, which appeared to be strongly constructed.

12. RATIONS & WATER No difficulty was encountered in these supplies.

13. BOMBS Every man used bombs to good effect in clearing trenches. Every man carried two No.5 Mills bombs.

14. RIFLE GRENADES Some smoke and rifle grenades were used against strong points.

15. MEDICAL SERVICES Arrangements for handling the wounded were adequate. The large number of enemy prisoners captured by us were used for carrying the wounded out.

16. FLAGS ANS DISCS None used.

17. COMMUNICATIONS Runners were used entirely in the first stage of the attack. Telephonic communications were put through after the objective was reached.

18. ENEMY MORALE The enemy morale fought hard throughout the operation and their morale appeared to be good.

19. OUR MORALE Could not have been better.

20. RUSES None encountered.


22. WORKING PARTIES None used.

23. TOOLS The entrenching tool was used [unreadable] times for any work required to be done.
Picks and shovels were sent to the front line and were used to strength the positions.

24. TANKS Nothing to report.




27. BURIALS The Battalion had 61 all ranks killed in the operation, and 31 of the bodies were gathered together by this Battalion and buried at O.28.c. One large Battalion Cross has been erected above the graves, with the names of all men above it.



Commanding Officer – Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O.
Adjutant – Major W.H. Kippen, M.C.
Lewis Gun Officer – Captain J.K. Gillespie, M.C.
Intelligence Officer – Captain T. Weir.
Signaling Officer – Lieut. R.F. Sheppard.
Medical Officer – Captain A.E. Macdonald
Chaplain – Hon. Capt. W.R.R. Armitage.

“A” Company – Captain N.V. Cliff, M.C. – Killed
– Lieut. R. Montgomery. M.C. – Wounded
– Lieut. E.E. Slattery, DCM., MM – Killed
– Lieut. L. McRae
– Lieut. G.R. Collin – Killed

“B” Company – Captain. J.J. Vandersluys – Wounded
– Lieut. J.A. Macdonald.
– Lieut. A.G.W. Duncan – Wounded
– Lieut. A.G. Stanway. – Wounded
– Lieut. B.B. Grosvenor – Killed

“C” Company – Captain J.K. Crawford, D.S.O.
– Lieut. L.A. Henderson. – Wounded
– Lieut. F.M. Bastin – Wounded
– Lieut. H.O. Dale. – Wounded
– Lieut. J.McG. Lennox.

“D” Company – Captain S.J. Murphy
– Lieut. A.V. Noble. – Wounded
– Lieut. G.P. MacAgy
– Lieut. F. Bolte
– Lieut. H.W.W. Copp. – Wounded

5 Officers Killed
[unreadable] Officers Wounded
56 Other Ranks Killed
7 Other Ranks Missing
162 Other Ranks Wounded

9 Machine Guns.


  • Appendix 1 – Report on pursuit of the enemy from Canal La SENSEE to the Forest of RAISMES.
  • Appendix 2 – Report of 3rd Cdn. Battalion attack cross the Canal La SENSEE on the 13th of October.
  • Appendix 3 – Preparations for attack.

October 1st
Warned to have guides report to QUEANT for reinforcements, at 1200 o’clock, Rear Echelons will move forward at 1400 o’clock. Lieut. Neelon to report to Rear Brigade Headquarters re location. Move of rear echelons cancelled verbally by S.C.Q. 2000 o’clock. Battalion to be relieved to-night by 10th Cdn. Bn. 3rd Cdn. Bn. To move back to Railway Line. All tarps to be sent up at once. Lieut. Neelon reporting to Bn. Hdqrs re move. 2030 o’clock. Captain J.K. Gillespie, M.C. reported back from Bde. Hdqrs from Acting as Bde. Liaison Officer with RIGHT Brigade.

October 2nd, 1918
Handed over Marquee to the 4th Battalion on orders from S.C.”Q”.  Lieut. T. Moulds unofficially reported a Died of Wounds at QUEANT with C.S.M. Roberts of “D” Company. Pioneers proceeded to erect Cross.

October 3rd, 1918
Location: V.13 & V.7
Entry: Orders received from Rear Brigade to have Capt. Gillespie and one N.C.O. per Company report to S.C.”Q” at 11 a.m. at V.9.c.40.15. to locate Billets as Battalion are relieved. Wagon despatched to pick up tarps and proceeded with Composite Company to join Battalion.  Met Battalion at INCHY 3.p.m. and proceeded through CAGNICOURT to old DROCOURT-QUEANT LINE and occupied Area V.13 and V.7 Transport .7.a. Weather fine.

October 4th, 1918
Location: V.13 & V.7
Entry: Battalion bathed at HENDECOURT in a.m. Tailor, Barber and Shoemaker apportioned to Company’s and Units. Sports in afternoon. Weather dull.

October 5th, 1918
Location: V.13 & V.7
Entry: Pay Parade in a.m. Inspection of Companies P.T. and S.B.R. until 12.30. All Battle equipment turned in to Quartermaster’s Stores. Kit Inspection held by O.C8s Companies and units. Medals received from Y.M.C.A. for “A” Company Relay Team won on JULY 1st at Canadian Corps Sports. Sgt Hobbs despatched to G.H.Q. Lewis Gun Course at LeTOUQUET. Maps received from Brigade for area NORTH of late Corps Area. Maps 51 B. 1/40,000 – 5L B N.E. and S.E. 1/40,000. Orders received for 2 Officers per Company and Units to Report X Roads CAGNICOURT at 9.15 a.m. 6th inst to reconnoitre new Division front. Weather cold and wet.

October 6th, 1918
Location: V.13 & V.7
Entry:  Billeting Party I/C/ Lieut Petman consisting of 1 Officer per company and 1 N.C.O. per unit and platoon standing by to locate next area near ARRAS-CAMBRAI Road at 0.29.B. Battalion advised they will not move to-day. Bn warned to move 7th instin afternoon. Billeting party proceeded.

October 7th, 1918
Location: 0.29.B.
Entry: Party of Officers and N.C.O.’s proceeded by Bus to reconnoitre new area. R.C. Church Parade at 10.a.m. under Captain Murphy. Balance of Battalion held Church Parade at 11.a.m.  Battalion moved to new area at 2 p.m. and occupied area vacated by 14th Battalion at 0.29.6.  Weather dark and cloudy.

October 8th, 1918
Location: 0.29.B.
Entry:  Drew Winter Vests today. Strength of Battalion 819 Other Ranks. Sylabbus of Training started this a.m. from 9.a.m. till 12.30 p.p. inclusive.  Inspection by Company Officers – P.T, S.B.R Drill, Lewis Gun Class, Companies attacking strong points with and without officers, Musketery (Firing on Ranges).  One Officer and N.C.O per day per Company to reconnoitre Divisional front

October 9th
Location: 0.29.B.
Entry: Training carried out as per usual.  Officers and N.C.O’s reconnoitre Divisional front. Captain Kerr, O.C. “B” Company proceeded on Leave to England. Weather fine.

October 10th
Location: 0.29.B.
Entry: Training carried on as per Syllabus. Officers and N.C.O’s reconnoitre front with Scout Officer Brigadier-General Griesbach and A.D.C visited Battalion this afternoon.  Warning Order received that Battalion will carry on Relief of 14th Canadian Battalion in line on night of 12th/13th. The following Other Ranks proceeded before Brigade Commander and were accepted by him. :-

  •                 No. 404399  Sgt  Martin.W.B
  •                        171485  Pte  Jamieson.J.
  •                        542449  Pte  Blair.G.R
  •                        766345  Pte  Bullock.W.D.
  •                        171251  Cpl  Robertson.A.G
  •                        850010  Sgt  Bradley.A.J
  •                        784254  L/C  Deaton.R.S
  •                        766463  Sgt  Scott.A.McL.

The papers of Corporal R.M.Field are to be sent forward as soon as he returns from Leave. Weather fine.

October 11th, 1918
Location: 0.29.b.
Entry: “B” and “C” Company’s went over ground attacked in operations of August 30th-31st. Training carried on as per Syllabus.

15.20 Hour: Verbal Warning from Brigade Headquarters that Huns in retreat and Battalion to move forward to P.9 Sheet 51 B. At once. Where 1st C.I.B would be assembled night of 11th/12th. Warning Order sent to O.C. Companies and units to prepare to move at once. Packs to be turned into Quartermaster’s Stores at once. Officers’ Wolseleys to be turned into stores as well. Nominal Rolls of S.S. 135 details to be sent to Battalion Headquarters at once and the other ranks to report to Transport Officer. 16.30 hour: O.O. Received from Brigade. Orders sent to Officers Commanding Companies and Units to fall in to move off at 17.30. 17.45 hour: Battalion proceeded to new area at P.9.  Major Chisholm preceded Battalion with one Officer and one N.C.O per Company to locate Company areas. 19.00 hour: Battalion arrived in new area. Weather cloudy and rainy.

October 12th, 1918
Location: P.9
Entry: Composite Company paraded 9.30 were inspected and carried on with P.T. and S.B.R. training. 14.40 hour: Orders received Rear Brigade Headquarters for Rear Echelon and Composite Company to move forward to P.9 and occupy area vacated by the Battalion.  Transport to be in close vicinity. Rear Echelon moved off to new area.  Arrived and occupied at 16.10. Advised Brigade Headquarters of location of Rear Echelon at P.9.2.2. 17.30 hour: Advance party of 15th Canadian Battalion arrived at these Headquarters to take over area. Assisted them in locating Battalion Headquarters and 4 Company Headquarters. 18.00 hour: Lieut. L. Butler proceeded on C.C.Leave. 18.30 hour: Received Verbal warning from Capt. Yule that Rear Echelon would move forward at 9.a.a. 13th inst to J.15.  Pte. J.Wallin despatched to 1st Army Cook’s Course at ANDRESSELLES. (Also see attached reports)

October 13th, 1918
Location: P.9
Entry: 3.a.m. Received Orders from Brigade that Rear Echelon would be ready to move forward at any time after 09.00 o’clock to an area to be reconnoitred by one Officer from each Battalion and a Brigade Staff Officer. 11.30 hour: Orders received to move Rear Echelon forward to J.15.d.6.3, at once, Bridge at ETAING destroyed and road J.21.b.30.60 ruined. Captain Rogers will meet Echelon at Junction of Roads J.21.c.7.4.  11.45 hour: Rear Echelon moved off. 14.00 hour: Rear Echelon, Rear Battalion Headquarters, Composite Company located at J.15. 15.30 hour: Capt. Jennings advises us location of vegetable patch at E.25.b.5.0.60.  Party despatched to reconnoitre and secure same. Before enemy could destroy. 16.30 hour: Capt.A.E.MacDonald M.O relieved by Capt.2.J. O’Dwyer. (Also see attached reports)

October 14th, 1918
Location: J.15
Entry: Sock exchange located at J.36.d. Location of advanced T.M.Dump ( P.S.6. ) at ETERPIGNY-ETAING Rd Divisional T.M.Dump at P.6.6. 12.00 hour: Capt. H.K. Clifton MC. Capt.W.H. Minns MC and Lieut.J.L. Austin reported back from England to these Headquarters. Lieut.F.Burger’s body arrived from front to be buried. 15.00 hour: One N.C.O. detailed to take two hun prisoners captured by 3rd Battalion to 1st Canadian Divisional A.P.M at P.21.c.5.9. (See also attached reports)

October 15th, 1918
Location: J.15
Entry: Party for rest Campy proceeded this a.m.  Capt. Clifton MC.- Capt. Minns MC.- Lieut Austin & Lieut Dyas proceeded to Battalion Headquarters. (see also attached reports)

October 16th, 1918
Location: J.15
Entry:  Capt. Murphy’s body was recovered at 04.35 o’clock and sent back to transport. Considerable difficult was met in getting his body out. An N.C.O of “C” Company was wounded while assisting. (see also attached reports)

October 17th, 1918
Location: J.15
Entry: Capt. Jennings proceeded on Cross Channel Leave Lieut.A.Dyas acting as Adjutant. (See also attached reports)

October 18th, 1918
Location: J.15

(See attached reports)

October 19th, 1918
Location: J.15
Entry: (See attached reports) 10.30 hour: Battalion Band playing in front of Headquarters. When they played “The Marsellaise” the French Civilians cheered, wept and smiled with pure joy at being liberated from the Hun. The troops showed them every Courtesy and in return they lavished kindness on the men.  Nothing was too much trouble and they took a heartfelt pleasure in doing what they could.  Old men bent with years and toil attempted to straighten up and salute the Commanding Officer and the Battalion Flag as we marched through the town.  The women and children smiled and courtsied and ran out with hot coffee and bread and butter to us. 18.30 hour: The Mayor of the Village called on the C.O and formally kissed Him on each cheek & welcomed him and his men to the hospitality of the Town and thanked the Battalion for driving out the Hun. All the men are living with the Civilians who are feeding them royally. Officers visiting billets report that Civilians have taken the men out of the Barns into their houses and have given them beds with sheets and blankets. The men are enjoying themselves trying to ding-dong the language with the French and paying each other compliments to the tune of the “Marsellaise” and the “Maple Leaf”.  All ranks are tired but very proud and happy on account of the record advance of 11,000 yards made by the Battalion from 09.00 o’clock to 15.30 o’clock and liberating over 5,000 French Civilians. (Also see attached reports)

October 20th, 1918
Location: V.1.d.8.8
Entry: Commanding Officer recommends that parties of Engineers be attached to Infantry Battalions to facilitate the moving forward.  At present the Infantry are seriously held up at times on account of the road mines at Cross Roads and bridges being blown. (Also see attached reports)

Roads and bridges being blown. (Also see attached reports)

October 21st
Location: Les Corbets, 0.35.c.95.95
Entry: 06.00 hour: Relief by 42nd Battalion will take place 07.00 hours this date. The 42nd Battalion will pass through us and when clear of our forward positions Companies will move back to Billets.

October 22nd, 1918
3.40 hour: A limber was sent up to “H” Companies Headquarters to bring back for burial body of many killed that evening. 09.20 hour: Capt.K.C.Brooke proceeded on Cross Channel Leave. (See attached reports)

October 23rd, 1918
Location: Les Corbets, Montigny 2.c.22.41
Entry: 08.30 hour: Battalion moved off-En Route to MONTIGNY. 12.00 hour: Battalion rested in field at T.13.b and lunched. 13.00 hour: Battalion moved off. 15.10 hour: Battalion arrived at MONTIGNY. Battalion Headquarters 2.c.22.41. Sheet 51 b. Companies and Transport all in the village. The men are all very comfortable living in the houses vacated by the Hun and the French Civilians. Everything has been left just as the inhabitants walked out of it. The Chateau de Duc de Montmorency where Battalion Headquarters is located is beautifully furnished with handsomely carved old antique furniture- The wall decorations and hangings are exceptionally good.

October 24th, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: 09.00 hour: Lieut McGillivray proceeds to locate suitable location for Rifle Range. 09.30 hour: Companies and Units Parade for Commanders Inspection. Balance of morning spent in cleaning up Billets and streets which are left in filthy condition by the Hun. Garbage and manure of weeks left on streets, in houses and yards.

Entry: 09.40 hour: Battalion being paid by Companies and units. 09.45 hour: Canteen wagon despatched to MASNY to get Canteen supplies. 10.00 hour: All companies and units ordered to turn in Battle Equipment to Quartermaster’s Stores by 18.00. 11.00 hour: Tailor, Barber, and Bootmaker detailed to “B” Company for the afternoon. 11.30 hour: Syllabus of Training issued for one week. 12.00 hour: Advised that 1st C.I.B. Headquarters will move to MONTIGNY 25th instant. 12.30 hour: The Padre has started a 3rd Battalion Club. 14.00 hour: Conference of all Company and Unit Commanders at Battalion Headquarters. 14.20 hour: Received Orders to turn in all trench Shelters except 10 to D.A.D.O.S. 14.30 hour: Lieut-Genl Sir Arthur Currie and Major O’Connor-A.D.C called on the C.O. Discussed the past operations and forecasted the future. 16.10 hour: One Scout sent S.O.S. School at First Army. 17.20 hour: Rifle Range located at P.5.c.70.35.  Material needed 250 sand bags- 35,000 rounds S.A.A.- Asked for M.O. to attend Capt. P.J. O’Dwyer Battalion M.O. who is ill with Trench Fever.

October 25, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: 04.30 hour: Personnel of 9 Other Ranks for Junior N.C.O. Course at C.C.R.C despatched. 09.30 hour: Training carried out as per Syllabus issued by these Headquarters to 09.45. Company Commanders Inspection. 09.45 to 10.15 P.T. and B.F. 1-.15. to 10.30 S.B.R. Drill. 10.30 to 12.00 Company tactical Schemes. Attacking strong points. Lewis Gun and Stretcher Bearer classes started. Class of L/Corps started under R.S.M. 09.30 hour: Battalion going through Gas at PECQUENCOURT by Companies &c. 10.00 hour: Conference at Battalion Headquarters of all Commanding Officers of First Brigade. 12.00 hour: Lorries sent to VIS EN ARTOIS for men’s Packs. 13.30 hour: Carts and fatigue parties cleaning Roads of dirt. 13.40 hour: French Civilians reported returning to Village. Saw them and they are perfectly satisfied to have soldiers sleeping in their houses. Our men and the civilians most friendly “Soldats Canadienne Tres Bon” is all they say. Our men share their rations with them.  The French are very grateful as they have not had meat for 3 years. They are in very bad shape physically through starvation by the huns.

Entry: 14.30 hour: The G.O.C. 1st C.I.B. Barber to have his Hair Cut. 17.50 hour: New S.O.S issued. “Red over Green over Red”. All Old S.O.S called in. 18.30 hour: Major Chisholm MC. and Capt Rogers just returned from an exciting ride. They endeavoured to get to VRED when it was rumoured that no troops had been since its relief and the population felt slighted at No Canadian Troops being put in their Town. With expectations of glad Welcomes and much Coffee and the odd bottle of “Deliverance Day Wine” they had started forth in the afternoon. On reaching the River Scarpe they found a rather rickety Bridge but the Major thought more of the Welcome on the other side than of the frailness of the Bridge. When about half way over the Horse topped where the bridge was not and all was nearly o’er- at least the horse was and the Major quickly slid off and held as a souvenir of his stud- the reins- while ye Worthy Mount started for the Coast via the River Scarpe. Luckily a French Civilian who was standing by the Bank- One of the Welcoming Party, dashed into the River and finally persuaded the horse to make a landing and the Civic reception carried on.  A pound of Dripping was the reward which was promptly called for next day.  Weather fine.  G.O.C. 1st C.I.B. his A.D.C. and Mr. Livesay The Canadian Correspondent had Tea at Battalion Headquarters to-day.

October 26th, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: 09.30 hour: Training carried on as per schedule. 10.30 hour: C.O. inspected Billets. A great deal of the Huns filth has gone. In every billet the men have cauldrons of fresh vegetables boiling. 10.35 hour: Limbers are busy on every Street taking away refuse. 10.40 hour: Regimental Canteen moved to Square. 15.50 hour: Advised that 700 suits of clean clothes will be available at once for our men. 16.00 hour: The Commanding Officer advised that Brigadier-General Griesbach is proceeding to Paris on a [tank?] course for a week and that he will take over Command of the Brigade in his absence.  Major Chisholm to Command the Battalion in his absence.  Weather fine.

October 27th, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: 10.30 hour: Sunday Church Parade. R.C’s Parade at 09.00 to Parish Mass at PREQUINCOURT. Afternoon spent in clearing up Billets and sports on Athletic Field. Result of day’s Games: –

Baseball               “C” Coy   19         “D” Coy 1

Indoor Baseball “B” Coy   16         “A” Coy 9

Football                Transport 5         Hdqrs    0

No Field Punishment No 1 has been awarded in the Battalion since 15th June 1918.

October 28th, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: Bathing Parade being carried out by Company’s- in Bath-house erected by the Battalion. Each man having full tub of hot water and a clean change of clothing. Companies shooting on ranges. Lewis Gun class carrying on. N.C.O’s class carrying on. Training as laid down in Syllabus. Capt. G.F.Kerr takes over Command of “D” Company.  Capt.H.K.Clifton MC is proceeding to C.C.R.D to Command Company in 1st Divisional Wing.  Capt.His Royal Highness The PRINCE OF WALES .MC. visited Battalion and spent the morning going round billets and training area. Visited the Bath-House but declined a Bath. All ranks very much impressed by His Highness as being a good Soldier and a good Sport. Has promised to dine with the Battalion. Afternoon spent in sport. Result of Games:

Baseball               “B” Coy 5             “A” Coy     1

Indoor do            Hdqrs    6              Transport 3

Football                “D” Coy 2             “C” Coy     1

Relief started for Civilian who have returned to MONTIGNY. There are 9 man and 20 women and one child. All without food. The men divide their rations with them and assist them every way possible. Lieut.Dyas appointed Town Major. 19.00 hour: Battalion Officers Dinner held. Capt. Matheson S.C.”Q” 1st C.I.B and Lieut Gerald O’Connor A.D.C to G.O.C 1st C.I.B dined with us. A very successful dinner. Everybody enjoyed themselves.

October 29th, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: All steel helmets to be turned in for painting. Training being carried on as per syllabus. Major-Genl MacDonnell .G.O.C 1st Canadian Division visited Commanding Officer and complimented the Battalion on its work in the recent operations.  General Horne G.O.C I/Chief First Army visited The Commanding Officer. Sports carried out in the afternoon. Results as follows:-

  • Baseball               Transport 6         “D” Moy 3
  • Indoor    do           “C” Coy    10        Hdqr        6
  • Football                “A” Coy    1          “B” Coy   0

October 30th, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: Training being carried on as per Syllabus.  Four Other Banks C.E’s arrived to build incinerator.  Afternoon spent cleaning billets and sport.  Result of games: –

  •                 Baseball               Transport 8         “D” Coy   3
  •   Indoor    do                       “C” Coy    10        Hdqr       6
  •                 Football                “A” Coy                     1         “B” Coy   0

October 31th, 1918
Location: Montigny
Entry: Syllabus of training carried out.  Warned to be ready to go in to Line-November 6th. Afternoon spent in cleaning billets and sport.

List of Casualties During Month of October, 1918

  • 64029                    Pte.                        McLeiah, W.                       Killed                     1.10.18.
  • 18301                    C.Q.M.S.              Eaton, J.W.                         Wounded            1.10.18
  • 3034613                Pte.                        Dennison, H.                      Wounded            1.10.18
  • 237481                  Pte.                        Gorman, D.                         Wounded            1.10.18
  • 766065                  L/C.                        Parker, J.H.                         Wounded            1.10.18
  • 765066                  Pte.                        Grime, J.                              Wounded            1.10.18
  • 3231022                Pte.                        Bissonette, V.                    Wounded            1.10.18
  • 868157                  Cpl.                        Veale, J.C.                           Wounded            1.10.18
  • 201883                  Pte.                        Simpson, J.                         Wounded            1.10.18
  • 3232805                Pte.                        Chayne, J.G.                       Wounded            1.10.18
  • 799354                  Pte.                        Drage, A.L.                          Wounded            1.10.18
  • 3031714                Pte.                        Lee, E.W.                             Killed                     1.10.18
  • 3033096                Pte.                        Lloyd, C.B.                           Killed                     1.10.18
  • 285014                  Pte.                        Ward, W.T.                         Wounded            1.10.18
  • 3232903                Pte.                        Counsell, W.                       Wounded            1.10.18
  • 157045                  Pte.                        Yokon, N.R.                        Gassed                 1.10.18
  • 1027631                Pte.                        Lucas, W.H.                         Gassed                 1.10.18
  • 2393555                Pte.                        Chapman, H.H.                  Gassed                 1.10.18
  • 210549                  Pte.                        Lawson, N.W.                    Wounded            1.10.18
  • 9466                       Pte.                        Little, C.                                Wounded            1.10.18
  • 435612                  Pte.                        Ramsay, A.                          Wounded            1.10.18
  • 63817                    Pte.                        Somers, B.                          Wounded            1.10.18
  • 426512                  Pte.                        Raithby, F.                           Wounded            1.10.18  (Died of Wounds)
  •                                 Lieut.                     Payne, G.H.                        Wounded            1.10.18
  •                                 Lieut.                     McCulloch, L.M.               Wounded            1.10.18
  • 602216                  Pte.                        Lacey, H.                              Missing                 1.10.18
  •                                 Lieut.                     Scott, S.W.                          Killed                     1.10.18
  • 3035987                Pte.                        Lowery, D.C.                      Killed                     13.10.18
  • 3032349                Pte.                        Hanlon, E.F.                        Wounded            13.10.18
  •                                 Capt.                     Murphy, S.J.                       Killed                     14.10.18
  •                                 Lieut.                     Burger, F.M.                       Killed                     14.10.18
  •                                 Lieut.                     Neelon, J.H.                       Wounded            14.10.18
  •                                 Lieut.                     Dingle, G.R.McL.             Wounded            14.10.18
  •                                 Lieut.                     Macdonald, J.A.                Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3036173                Pte.                        Potter, G.A.                        Killed                     14.10.18
  • 3035500                Pte.                        Hurley, P.M.                      Killed                     14.10.18
  • 141548                  Pte.                        Swain, A.                             Killed                     14.10.18
  • 436062                  Sgt.                        Jones, T.                              Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3238314                Pte.                        Anderson, W.C.                 Wounded            14.10.18
  • 172196                  Pte.                        Hale, W.H.                           Wounded            14.10.18
  • 1090225                Pte.                        Jones, P.Y.                          Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3232898                Pte.                        Blake, W.                             Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3233117                Pte.                        Buchanan, J.                       Wounded            14.10.18
  • 1096026                Pte.                        Dobson, J.                           Wounded            14.10.18
  • 787012                  Pte.                        Bennett, J.M.                    Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3038995                Pte.                        Millway, A.N.                     Wounded            14.10.18
  • 202120                  Cpl.                        Whitmore, R.E.                 Wounded            14.10.18
  • 201274                  Pte.                        Spivey, J.C.                         Wounded            14.10.18
  • 210005                  Pte.                        McLennan, W.R.               Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3032525                Pte.                        Brawley, A.                         Wounded            14.10.18
  • 1096058                Pte.                        McCreary, F.                      Wounded            14.10.18
  • 739631                  Pte.                        Alward, C.L.                        Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3034492                Pte.                        Bellamy, W.H.                    Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3034437                Pte.                        Clark, J.C.                             Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3231905                Pte.                        Cloherty, M.                       Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3038134                Pte.                        Porter, C.                             Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3035541                Pte.                        Quilter, W.J.                       Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3233339                Pte.                        Symons, P.J.                       Wounded            14.10.18
  • 458087                  Pte.                        Fosh, H.                              Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3232386                L/C.                        Foster, R.V.                        Wounded            14.10.18
  • 851034                  Pte.                        Murphy, J.                          Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3032171                Pte.                        Lynch, E.A.                          Wounded            14.10.18
  • 916161                  Pte.                        Powers, W.E.                     Gassed                 14.10.18
  • 2356362                Pte.                        Haley, F.C.                           Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3230530                Pte.                        Ross, W.                               Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3035563                Pte.                        McGrew, C.                        Killed                     14.10.18
  • 850354                  Pte.                        Scanlon, J.R.                       Wounded            14.10.18
  • 201143                  Pte.                        Connell, A.S.                      Gassed                 14.10.18
  • 3232388                Pte.                        Pratt, J.W.                           Wounded            14.10.18
  • 800197                  Pte.                        Paris, G.B.                           Wounded            14.10.18
  • 3233187                Pte.                        Baker, C.H.                          Wounded            15.10.18
  • 751752                  Pte.                        Chivers, H.W.                     Gassed                 15.10.18
  • 405480                  Pte.                        Ryan, J.J.                              Wounded            15.10.18
  • 3031591                Pte.                        Kirby, F.                                 Wounded            15.10.18
  • 404265                  Sgt.                        Bishop, H.                            Wounded            16.10.18
  • 1087267                Pte.                        Lynch, E.                              Wounded            15.10.18
  • 916353                  Pte.                        Welsfprd, J.R.                    Killed                     21.10.18
  • 657912                  Pte.                        Fountain, R.                        Killed                     21.10.18
  • 3232426                Pte.                        Keech, T.B.                         Killed                     21.10.18
  • 1100                       Pte.                        Whittingstall, A.W.          Killed                    21.10.18
  • 3034102                Pte.                        Naphan, T.                          Killed                     21.10.18
  • 802886                  Pte.                        Haycock, J.E.                      Wounded            21.10.18
  • 63044                    Pte.                        Angell, W.                           Wounded            21.10.18
  • 285366                  Pte.                        Crock, S.H.                          Wounded            21.10.18
  • 767043                  Pte.                        Holder, J.B.                         Wounded            21.10.18
  • 3031494                Pte.                        Luckey, A.W.                      Wounded            21.10.18
  • 3[8]36545            Pte.                        McCleod, C.                        Wounded            21.10.18
  • 171699                  Pte.                        Vousden, F.J.                     Wounded            21.10.18
  • 1096144                Pte.                        Pierce, T.H.                         Wounded            21.10.18
  • 3132652                Pte.                        Lesperance, A.L.               Wounded            21.10.18
  • 3035894                Pte.                        Low, G.S.                             Wounded            21.10.18
  • 9704                       Pte.                        Olmstead, C.H.                  Wounded            21.10.18
  • 1096086                Pte.                        Hay, W.                                Wounded            21.10.18
  • 3034138                Pte.                        Hetherington, J.A.           Wounded            21.10.18
  • 3033567                Pte.                        Pinkerton, W.A.                Wounded            22.10.18
  • 3034258                Pte.                        Bailey, R.J.                           Wounded            21.10.18
  • 739415                  Pte.                        Lambert, S.                         Wounded            21.10.18
  • 1096289                Pte.                        Sharpe, W.E.                      Wounded            21.10.18
  • 3035503                Pte.                        McLeod, T.S.                      Wounded            21.10.18
  • 527826                  Pte.                        Coverley, J.R.                     Wounded            21.10.18

Battalion’s Movements in Month of October, 1918

  • October 1st and 2nd                          – HAYNECOURT
  • October 3rd/7th                                  – DROCOURT-QUEANT LINE
  • October 7th/12th                                – c.29.b. (Near VIS EN ARTOIS)
  • October 12th/17th                              – Vicinity of SENSEE CANAL
  • October 17th/22nd                             – Pursuit of the Enemy from SENSEE CANAL to FOREST OF RAISMES
  • October 22nd/23rd                             – LES CORBETS
  • October 23rd/31st                              – MONTIGNY

3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion War Diary October 1918, Appendices 1-3

Appendix 1 – Report of the Pursuit of the Enemy from The CANAL ie SENSEE (Sheet 51b) to The FOREST of RAISMES (Sheet 44)

A. Preparations

  1. Assembly On the night of October 16th The 3rd Canadian Battalion was holding a line on the West Bank of the Canal ie la Sensee from (Sheet 51b) E.19.a to E.26.2., this being South of DOUAI. At 11.45 o’clock on the morning of the 17th, our scouts crossed to the East bank of the Canal and reported the enemy were not there- the Battalion immediately started in pursuit.
  2. Equipment (a). Packs were not carried, but left at VIS-EN-ARTOIS, which was our Rear Battalion headquarters. Battle equipment was carried by all ranks. (b). The following battle equipment was being carried by the Battalion in preparation for the retirement of the enemy, which was expected:- Rifle Wire Cutters – 16 per Company.
  3. Stores Carried
    1. A.A. – 220 rounds per man
    2. 23 Rifle Grenades    – 15 per platoon
    3. 27 Smoke Grenades    – 10 “      “
    4. O.S. Rockets     – 2  “      “
  1. Rations & Water
    1. Iron Ration
    2. Unexpended portion of day’s ration
    3. 1 Water bottle
  2. Medical Arrangements: Each company carried forward 6 stretchers, each man in possession of a field dressing, and every second man a Shell-dressing
  3. Weather:
  4. Wind: Variable
  5. Other Troops: When the Battalion crossed the canal, the 2nd Battalion were on our Right and the 2nd East Lancs, 8th Imperial Division, of the 8th Corps, on the Left. We went forward with the 2nd Battalion, but for some unknown reason the Imperials did not advance with us, so the Canadian Corps carried on with its left flank in the air. The flank was this way when our outposts took up their positions on the line of the railroad running through E.10, -11 -12, (Sheet 51 b), which was held for the night.

“B” The Narrative

October 17th

11.45                     “D” Company crossed to East Bank of Canal followed by “B” Company. “C” Company                                       crossed in support of “D” Company and “A” Company in support of “B” Company.

12.00                     Battalion Headquarters at J. and proceeded across Canal de La SENSEE at                                               E.19.d.95.95. Bridge at this point passable to Infantry.

13.00                     Battalion 800 to 1,000 yards East of Canal.

13.30                     Report Centre established at E.21.a.6.8. Saddle horses ordered to report to formal                                          Echelon at once.

13.35                     Battalion Headquarters established at E.21.a.6.8

13.50                     Patrols advancing on DOUAI-CAMBRAI ROAD

14.15                     Front Companies D and B ordered to hold DOUAI-COMBRAI ROAD as main line of    resistance and push patrols out of R.6.d. Central also F.1.c.7.5. with intention of moving  forward & occupying SIN Le NOBLE upon receiving further orders from Battalion Headquarters.

14.25                     Advised Brigade Headquarters of having gained DOUAI-CAMBRAI ROAD 2nd Canadian Battalion coming up on our right. B Company moving up to RAUBOURG ST ELOI. D Company ordered to push Patrols out of and secure SIN Le Noble

15.20                     Battalion Headquarters established at E.16.b.Z.5 our patrols occupying BECHY-SIN Le NOBLE-FAUBOURG St [GERMAIN]

16.15                     Advised Brigade Headquarters – Battalion Headquarters and Company dispositions.  Holding position awaiting further orders from Battalion Headquarters.

16.40                     One fighting Patrol from “A” Company sent into DOUAI to patrol and occupy the city and  to escort civilians if any found.

16.45                     B. Company reported capture of 2 Enemy Machine Guns at E.14.d- 30-40. –Seven prisoners and having killed 20 Huns. There two guns captured by L/C Gillespie L/C No 7  Platoon.

17.00                     DOUAI entered and occupied by Patrol from A Company

17.10                     Company Cookers ordered to report to their companies.

17.15                     G.O.C. Brigade ordered us to stop advancing on account of Bridges not being built over Canal and no artillery up to support us. Ordered to take up position behind railway from E.10.a to E.12.d with 2nd Battalion on our right.

17.20                     Officer Patrol has been East of SIN Le NOBLE to F.1.a. and reports no enemy in vicinity.

17.50                     Battalion Headquarters at E.10.c.8.3

18.20                     Have to have new maps to carry on advance to-morrow as we have advanced almost off the map.

19.40                     DOUAI Patrol reported that they had covered the city and no civilians found. Two small fired in centre of city. Union Jack found hanging over entrance of Hotel de Ville. City Buildings in good shape.

19.50                     Disposition of Battalion as follows: –

Battalion Headquarters                                 E.10.a.83

Front Line “B” Coy- E. to [W].

Front Line “D” Coy- E. to [ ].12.c.90.70

Support “A” Coy- E.10.a                                Right support

Support “C” Coy- E.16.[ ]               Left support

22.00                     Outpost of 8th Corps Ban located at E.15.a.7.2. 1,500 yards in rear of our left flank, They thought their positions advanced. We explained they were very much behind in coming forward.

22.10     Ration wagons arrived.

23.20     Maps arrived.

23.25     Cookers ordered to report to Company’s at 08.30 o’clock to accompany Companies in to-morrow advance.

23.[ ]      Warning Orders issued for advance 18th inst.

October 18th

01.50     Orders received that Brigade will advance at 9.A.M. 18th inst. 4th and 1st [ ] in front- 2nd in support and 3rd in reserve.

02.10     Orders issued re advance in morning as per our C.[ ]. 234

02.20     Reported that British have taken [  ]. French Cavalry captured Bruges.

08.20     Brigade Headquarters moving K.C.3.

10.20     G.O.C. reports his location at E.17.c.1.2. Troops of Cavalry will work with front line Infantry.

10.25     Reported to Brigade that 4th En through our outposts in direction of DECHY

10.27     Reported to Brigade that Battalion would move as soon as our Scouts reported that LOFFRE was captured.

10.40     Commanding Officer ordered Battalion to form up at starting point at 11.15 o’clock.

11.15     Battalion moved forward from E.18.a.45.50.

11.20     Brigade Headquarters moving to F.7.i.2.3. 2nd Battalion ordered to keep up advised of their movements.

11.25     Battalion Scout Officer reports Road as far as F. clear and passable for Infantry and Transport. Railroad Crossing at this point blown up. Our Scouts proceeded as far as MONTIGNY without coming into contest with enemy.

12.10     Stopped at DECHY. 2nd Battalion 500 yards in advance. Had lunch and rested.

12.45     Brigade Headquarters at F.2.d.6.

14.35     Hun prisoners state that line is held by outposts of 5 men and Machine Gun. They state French civilians in PROQUECOURT and village to [  ].

14.40     Brigade Headquarters moving F.7.d.2.4. to F.2.d.6.4.

15.30     Battalion will move forward. 200 yards between Compe, 100 yards between platoons. Band reported and moving with Battalion

16.00     Battalion halted. Billeting party sent ahead to LOFFRE.

16.55     Battalion proceeding. Headquarters and details to JOFFRE with B and D Companies- A and C Companies to MONTIGNY.

17.50     Battalion headquarters located at JOFFRE F.11.c.2.7.

17.55     Issued orders to Companies re probable advance for 19th inst. Alarm posts ordered for all Companies.

20.40     Receive warning order that 2nd Battalion will pass through 1st Bn. 3rd Battalion will pass through 4th Battalion when attack is resumed on the 19th.

20.45     Companies ordered to send forward Officers to reconnoitre area of 4th Battalion. Major  Chisholm and Lieut. [ ] Gillivray went forward to reconnoitre. Heavy shelling and Machine Gun Fire on Brigade front.

23.50     0.0. 204 issued. Battalion will move through 4th Battalion at line S.28.e.a- S.22.c.n. at 0900  o’clock

“A” Company     Left Front Company

“C” Company     Right Front Company

“B” Company     Support

“D” Company     Reserve.

Battalion Headquarters to S.21.c.6.1.

October 19th

07.00     Companies moved forward in-to position.

08.00     Battalion Hdqrs closed at F.11.c.2.7.

08.30     Battalion Hdqrs opened at S.21.c.6.1. at PROQUERCOURT.

09.00     A Company and C Company moved through 4th Battalion outposts B Company following 500 yards in rear.

09.20     One Battery and One Armoured Car of Motor Machine Gun Brigade reported. One Battery of 18 Pounders reported.

09.30     D Company S.22.c.30.40

10.05     B Company and One Battery of Artillery moved forward.

10.10     D Company at S.22.c.4.4. with 8 Machine Guns.

“B” The Narrative

October 19th

10.25     Battalion Scouts in contact with English troops on left flank at S.17.c.3.8. VRED. Bridge blown here across Canal. French civilians assisting in rebuilding.


10.45     Our left front line advancing through S.18.

10.50     Bn Headquarters advancing to S.

11.07     C Company in touch with 2nd Battalion on our right at S.24.b.80.20

11.10     A Company on Right in contact with enemy at S.18.d central and are still pushing forward. C Company Headquarters S.18.c.80.30

11.30     Am moving Motor Machine Gun Brigade to S.18.c.8.3.

11.40     Battalion Headquarters moving to S.18.c.7.2.

12.50     A and C Companies East of MARCHIENDES-SOMAIN ROAD. BN Hdqrs located at T. Bn taking up line U.1.a.2.3. to U.8-1.00.80. Will not push beyond this line without further orders

13.00     Company Commanders ordered to secure line U.1.a.2.3. to U.8.a.00.80

15.10     D Company to proceed to T.11.a.45.50

15.20     Battalion Hdqrs to T.11.a.45.50. Hdqrs for night. At WANDIGNIES HAMAGE. Battalion front line established U.1.a.3.3.5. to U.8.a.00.80. C and A Companies in front. B in support. D Reserve

15.28     Scouts report Road blown at U.1.d.60.60

16.15     Tool Wagon and all Pioneers ordered to report to Battalion to proceed with Headquarters and repair Roads as we advance. Engineer Services urgently required to facilitate the advance.

16.30     We have touched up on the left with 2nd Kast Lancashire Bn who have posts at U.1.a.1.6. and have 2nd Battalion on Right flank on U.7.b.

18.00     The Civilians in Billet 65 have given us as much Hay as we can use for forage. It was left by Huns this A.M.

22.30     S.O.S. Barrage line established for Brigade frontage as follows: U.9.d.0.4 to U.9.a.1.1. along Road to U.2.d.4.5. along West edge of Wood to U.2.a.6.1. to River at 0.32.c.0.3

23.40     Commanding Officer orders C Company to send out strong patrol to reconnoitre Road running S.E from U.2.c.25.80 to U.2.d.45.45 thence N.E through U.2.d and c and 0.32.d.90.00. Report on condition of Road for passage of Infantry and transport by 07.30 o’clock.

October 20th

04.00     Situation quiet.

07.20     Mine blown on Road at U.2.d.50.50. Balance of Road clear.

09.00     The Battalion is supporting the 1st Battalion and 4th Battalion today. 4th Battalion moved through our outposts at 09.10. Head of our column at U.d.d.8.6. Scouts reconnoitring all roads forward.

11.00     4th Battalion reports line runs 0.28.b and d to 0.34.b.d. Enemy Machine Guns in Hannon. Hun shelling town with 5.9’s 4th Battalion Headquarters at 0.33 Central.

11.30     Major Chisholm proceeds to 4th Bn Hdqrs to keep us in touch with front

11.35     Battalion Headquarters at 0.32.d. Noon Day meal served here. Enemy shelling on left front

12.30     4th Battalion on line of Railway 0.29-0.35.  1st Battalion not up yet. 4th Bn have patrols out in front.

16.10     Battalion moving forward by Companies to Battalion Area at CATAINE to be billeted for the night. Brigade Headquarters at HIUERCHIES FARM U.7.a.

16.20     Advanced T.M. Dumps now at [  ] F.11.b.8.2.

18.20     Battalion Headquarters moved to 0.33.b.26.35. CATAINE.

20.00     Warned that 3rd Battalion will pass through 4th Battalion to-morrow morning.

21.10     Scouts went out to reconnoitre Roads forward to advance positions of 4th Battalion.

22.55     Sergeant Bradbury and Pioneers with Tool Wagon sent forward to U.29.

23.20     Operation Orders issued that 3rd Battalion will pass through 4th Battalion any time after 06.00 hours 21st inst, with railway running from St AMAND to RAISMES as objective.

21st October

04.00     Situation reported quiet.

06.35     Orders received that the 3rd Battalion will pass through the 4th Battalion at 10.00 hours.

06.40     Casualties reported in C Company during the night. Four killed 14 wounded. A shell struck billet exploded inside. Four 0.Ranks killed buried in French Cemetery by church at HASNON.0.29.c.1.10

08.50     Orders received that we are just to keep in touch with enemy-to avoid casualties and not to attack any set position.

10.05     Change of socks ordered by Commanding Officer for all other ranks to be issued tonight.

10.20     The Battalion moved through the 4th Battalion outpost line at 10 R&L Companies advanced guards in touch 0.30.a and c.  Enemy throwing a number of 3.9’s into HASNON.

10.50     Our patrols on a line of the stream running N and S through 0.30 b and d.  Both Companies in touch.  Am not in touch with 2nd Battalion on the Right.

10.55     R. Company in touch with 2nd Battalion at 0.30.d.05.30 Companies again advancing cautiously.

11.35     3rd Division troops are passing through CATAINE.

11.40     L Company at Cross Roads 0.30.b.5.9.  They have taken one prisoner who was hiding in a cellar.

12.45     Major Chisholm interrogated a civilian (French) who escaped from St AMAND. He was East of Canal de ESCAUT yesterday and he reported that there is a line of trenched in P.16.  Behind this line he observed Artillery positions but only scattered parties of Huns.  He says there is a big retirement in a N.E. Direction.  Some of the Bridges on the Canal de ESCAUT have been blown up and the remainder have charges under them.

13.00     The L Company Commander reports from 0.24.d.80.15 that he has patrols working N.E. on SCARPE RIVER at P.19.a. also 7 huns observed in P.19.b.  A split red star shell was fired from P.19.d and the R company Commander is at P.26.d.8.4. with patrols in front of him but not in touch with the 2nd Battalion. He has been ordered to bring fire on the L to assist L Company to come forward.

17.00     Battalion Headquarters established in 0.35.c.95.95 village of Les CORBETS in touch with forward companies by wire. Have not lost touch with forward companies all through attack by establishing a main artery through centre of Battalion o’frontage & having signal wire run out by a party in charge of Scout Officer proceeding with front companies.

17.30     Operation Orders received stating that 7th Cdn.Inf.Bde would relieve 1st Cdn.Inf.Bde at a time to be given later.  The 42nd Bn relieving the 3rd Bn.  If the situation permits this Battalion will pass through the 3rd Battalion and continue the attack-if not the Battalion will be relieved in the ordinary way.   On completion of relief the Battalion will go into Billets at Les CORBETS and he in Corps Reserve.

19.35     Our patrol has just returned from being at junction of Railway and RIVER SCARPE in P.13.b50.20.  They touched up with 2nd Bn laying on our [  ]. Left. They report St AMAND is clear of enemy

22nd October

01.30     B and D Companies ordered to push out a patrol before day light and endeavour to get to Rd Junction in P.14.d and to P.21.a. to locate the enemy.

06.30     Patrols report P.14.c and d and P.21 clear of the enemy.  We now occupy the railway.

07.25     Advance party of Scouts of 42nd Battalion reported to our Bn Headquarters and proceeded to cross our front line.  Balance of Battalion following.  Battalion warned to stand by to move out.

07.50     C,B and D Company limbers sent up to cross Roads at 0.30.a to meet Companies and carry Lewis


09.00     Reported relief complete to Brigade.

09.15     Orders received to have Companies proceed to Billets as arranged

“C” Observations

  1. Information. When it was discovered that the enemy had retired the 3rd Canadian Battalion was holding on a two Company front with two platoons in the outpost line and two in support. The line was held with “D” Company on the right front and “B” Company on the left front.  “C” Company in support and “A” Company in reserve.  The front line companies each went forward with one platoon acting for each as the advance guard.
  2. Arms & S.A.A. Rifles were not used very often as few of the enemy were encountered.  220 rounds per man were carried.  I thought this advisable as a great number of the roads were blown up in many places making it hard to get transport through, and it meant that each man was always well prepared for action and it gave the Battalion a necessary reserve as it w as impossible to move Divisional Dumps forward.
  3. Lewis Guns. Eight Lewis Guns per company were carried with twenty four magazines for each gun.  On the days following when the Battalion was acting as the advance guard- the support and Reserve companies moved forward with their Lewis Guns and Magazines in the Company Limbers which moved in the rear of the leading platoon of these companies.  This saved the men greatly.
  4. Our Machine Guns. Throughout the operations we had one Battery of eight Machine Guns attached to the Battalion.  These remained with Headquarters.  The guns proved very useful as they were used in holding our outpost line at night and thus allowing the majority of the troops to rest.
  5. Enemy Machine Guns. It would appear that the enemy’s Rear Guard consisted of Machine Gun Posts consisting of One N.C.O and 5 to 8 men with a heavy Machine Gun.  This was particularly noticeable at night when we always came in touch with him.
  6. Rations & Water. The only obstacle encountered were the roads which had been made impassable owing to enemy demolition, but the rations were gotten forward to us every night in good time.
  7. Bombs. Bombs were not used.
  8. Rifle Grenades. Rifle Grenades were not used.
  9. Medical Service. Had little for them to do as there were few casualties.  No 1 Field Ambulance was always well up and in touch.
  10. Flags & Discs. Not used.
  11. Were excellent within the Battalion.  A wire was taken forward by my Scout Officer with the advance guard.  This was laid on a main Road which had been selected before the advance started and all units knew where this wire was laid and could tap in and inform me of their location at any time.  This worked most satisfactorily and I was never out of touch with my advance troops and knew where the point of advance lay ay all times.  A party of signallers moved in rear of the Battalion and salvaged the wire we had laid.
  12. Enemy Morale. We captured several prisoners at different times during the advance and found their morale very bad.  They were passed to Brigade Headquarters.
  13. Our Morale. Our morale was excellent at all times.  The advance was a new phase in the Warfare of the unit, and appealed to all ranks.
  14. Stokes Gun. Not used.
  1. Our Field Artillery. One Battery of 6-18 Pounders were attached to this Battalion throughout the operations.  Two of these were attached to my support Company and moved with them.  The Liason Officer moving with them and acting as F[ ]0.0.  Although they were never actually brought into action when advancing if my advance troops had been held up they could immediately have come in to action and cleared the way for my main body.  The four remaining guns of the Battery moved in rear of my columns.  I had perfect liason with the 7th Canadian Battery- Major Stacey moving with me immediately in front of my Reserve Company.  The Battery started with 176 rounds per gun.  Up to the 3rd lay of our advance it would have been impossible to have gotten more ammunition for these guns as the condition of the Roads prevented further supplies getting forward.
  2. Our Heavy Artillery. Was Under Brigade Orders.
  3. Enemy Wire. Was no obstacle.
  4. Enemy Mortars. None encountered.
  5. Enemy Trenches & Works. Few trench systems encountered.  Roads were practically althogether used in the advance.
  6. Many Booby traps.
  7. Carrying Parties. None used.
  8. Working Parties. As at no time were our Divisional Engineers up in the forward Area assisting us to get forward on the roads I found it necessary to keep a party with my tool wagon in advance of my support Company who made temporary crossings where Roads or Brigades were blown up.  This party assisted the Battalion in getting forward.
  9. Tool wagon was a great assistance.
  10. Tanks. None used.
  11. New Platoon Organization.
  12. Not used.  I would suggest that a F.0.0 move with Battalion Scout Officer who is with advance Guard and he could keep in touch with his battery commander on telephone laid by my Scout Officer.
  13. Value Of Previous Observations & Intelligence. It was of great value to me in advancing.
  14. Supply Of Maps. At first the supply was good but towards the end they were difficult to procure.  Would suggest that in advance of this nature that the 1/40,000 only should be used.
  15. Burials. The four men killed were buried in the nearest Civilian Cemetery.


Commanding Officer                      – Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, DSO., MC.,

2nd in Command                              – A/Major. H.A.Chisholm. MC.,

Adjutant                                              – Lieut. A.W.Dyas.

Intelligence Officer                         – Lieut. C.J. McGillivray

Signaling Officer                               – Capt. A.K. Coulthard. [  ].

Medical Officer                                 – Capt. P.J. O’Dwyer.

Chaplain                                               – Capt. W.R.R.Armitage.

“A” Company                                     – Capt. K.C. Brooke.

Lieut. J.Morae.

Lieut. D.H.Cameron.

“B” Company                                     – Capt. D.H. Minns. MC.,

Lieut. J.A. MacDonald.

Lieut. O.C. Roche.

“C” Company                                     – Major J.K. Crawford, DSO.,

Lieut. H.T. Lord. MC.,

Lieut. J.L. Austin.

“D” Company                                     – Capt. M.K. Clifton.MC.,

Lieut. A.V. Noble.

Lieut. D. Morrison

Lieut. W.B. McPherson.


8 – Other ranks killed
19 – Other ranks wounded.


Machine Guns – 2.
Prisoners – 8.

1st Canadian Infantry Brigade

In accordance with 3rd Canadian Battalion Operation Order No. 202, at 2359 o’clock October 13th, the 3rd Canadian Battalion attacked with two Companies across the CANAL-de-le-SENSEE, crossing being made on a cork bridge which was successfully constructed by Lieut. Hanley, 2nd Cdn.  Engineer Battalion at E.25.d.50.60 taking 35 minutes to put in place.  These two Companies crossed the Canal without casualties.  The lending Company moving Northwest along the East side of the Canal and the 2nd Coy. moving to approx. E.26.d.90.80. (Sensee River) where it was held up [  ] to the river being from 15 to 20 feet wide and over 6 feet deep.   [ ] Company did not get beyond this point.  The leading Company dealt [ ] a brick house at E.26.b.30.20. where there were six Germans, four of these were killed and two taken prisoner.  The leading Platoon then carried on along the East bank of the Canal and took the final objective which was the houses around E.20.a.00.10.  The toe-path which it proceeded along was held by machine gun posts.  These crews were killed and a position taken up to support the other three platoons of this Company.  The 2nd Platoon of this Company left the toe-path at E.26.a.90.60. and proceeded in a North Easterly direction along the marshes.  Its objective was the junction of the road and canal at E.20.b.60.50.  This platoon was held up by wire at approx. E.26.b.10.90.  Machine gun fire coming from E.20.d.  These marshes are wired.  This situation was reported by wire and these platoons were ordered to make a swinging movement due West to the Canal and to move in a North Westerly direction up the Canal to approx. E.20.c.10.90. and then proceed to their objectives in E.20.b. and E.14.d.  In doing this, these platoons were held up by M.Gs. at E.20.c.25.65.  Here were sustained a number of Casualties.  The enemy had in some way got between the leading platoon of this Company which were then at E.20.a.00.00. and it made a critical situation.  I received word of this situation at 0315 o’clock the 14th.  I had reports from my Right Attacking Company that they had reconnoitred North and South of their point of crossing of the SENSEE and there was no bridges.  I then ordered this Company to remain in its position and protect the bridgehead for the withdrawal of the Left Attacking Company, as I knew it was utter folly for us to try and hold the f=ground that we went after unless the high ground in E.21 and E.27 was held.  The difficulty that now confronted my Left Attacking Company was to get word to its lending Platoon in E.20.a.00.00 that a withdrawal had been ordered.  The M.G. Post at E.20.c.25.65. causing us more casualties.  Lieut. A.V.Noble, who was in command of the platoon at E.20.a.00.00. seeing the situation tried to fight his way towards his Company.  Finding this impossible he managed to get his platoon of 16 men across the Canal to the West bank using the girder of an old broken bridge at E.19.d.95.95. to get across.  He being the last to leave the East side of the Canal.  He then brought his men along the West bank of the Canal and called across to Captain Murphy on the East side of the Canal that he was all clear.  Captain Murphy then withdrew the remainder of his Company back across the bridge, the Right Company covering their withdrawal, this being done in daylight at 0610 o’clock.  Captain Murphy being the last man of his Company to cross the bridge, was shot through the head just as he had [  ] the West bank of the Canal.  The Right Company then withdrew.  I [  ] the bridge to be left in its position as I thought there might be a [  ] of a stray man or so being left on the East side.  Companies were then ordered to take up positions that they held at 1900 o’clock the 13th, and to establish a post at the western bridgehead.

Machine Guns.

The 4 Vickers Machine Guns under LIeut. Davies of No. 1 Coy.  1st M.G.Bn. greatly assisted us in keeping down the fire of the enemy machine guns during the construction of the bridge and the crossing of the Canal.

Enemy Defences.

From number of M.Gs. firing from the East of the Canal, the enemy undoubtedly hold the trench running N. And S. Through E.15, E.21, and E.27.  Through most of the operation the enemy had two 77 cm. Guns firing with open sights from E.22.s. and 22.a.


2 Officers Killed.
3 Other Ranks Killed.
28 Other Ranks Wounded.
All the killed and wounded were brought to the west side of the Canal.


2 Pte’s 359 Regt. – 214th Division, captured.  4 Machine Guns.

Our Artillery.

From the time that I decided to withdraw, a barrage was laid on the SENSEE and the marsh and town of FERIN.  The enemy threw over some 4.1 and 8″ shells during the operation.  These fell mostly in E.26.a., c. and d., West of the Canal.  He had no idea until daylight where we had made the crossing, so did not shell in this vicinity until then.


Commanding 3rd Canadian Bn.
Toronto Regiment.

“A” Preparations

  1. Assembly. As this Battalion was in Brigade Support, it assembled in the vicinity of HAYNECOURT, with Battalion Headquarters in HAYNECOURT, at E.16.a.50.70., and later moved to X.16.a.70.20.  Two Companies were sent to assist the 1st and 4th Battalions, one to each.
  2. Equipment. (a). Packs were not carried, but left with Transport in E.3.d. Battle equipment was carried by all ranks. (b). Companies were issued with Battle Equipment as for September 27th.
  3. Stores Carried. The same as for September 27th.
  4. [Rations] & Water. (a). Every man carried the following rations: I. Iron rations, II. 24 hours rations. (b). Water- same as on September 27th.
  5. Medical Arrangements. The same as on September 27th.
  6. Fine and cold.
  7. Wind. The wind varied considerably.
  8. Other Troops. The 1st and 4th Battalions attacked with the 3rd Battalion in Support and the 2nd Battalion in Reserve.  One Company from this Battalion was sent to assist the 1st Battalion, and one company to the 4th Battalion.  The 11th British Division attacked on the Left, and the 3rd Canadian Brigade on the Right.

“B” The Narrative

September 30th

6.00 P.M.             Battalion headquarters moved from X.16.a.50.70 to X.16.a.70.20. to an old Chateau

6.10 P.M.             Major H.A. Chisholm, MC., and Lieut. C.J. McGillivray returned from reconnaissance tour.

10.00 P.M.           The Adjunct phoned Brigade regarding operations and was informed by the Brigade Major that the attack would take place tomorrow, Operation Orders not yet received.

10.30 P.M.           Company Commanders now at Battalion headquarters, awaiting orders for a possible move for their Companies, “B” & “D” Companies ordered to “Stand fast” and be ready to move up with the 1st and 4th Battalions.

October 1st

1.45 A.M.             Operation Orders not yet received.  Despatched Lieut. C.J. McGillivray to 1st Battalion headquarters to get information.

5.20 A.M.             ZERO Hour, enemy inactive in our area.

7.00 A.M.             Battalion ready to move off and follow the attack.

7.10 A.M.             Captain T. Weir returned from 1st Battalion, with word that the 1st and 4th Battalions each required a Company.  “B” and “D” Companies ordered to report.  The other two Companies to move forward and take up positions.

8.00 A.M.             Brigade Major phoned regarding our move.  Battalion headquarters and two remaining Companies will stay in present location.

8.10 A.M.             Major H.A. Chisholm, MC., went forward with “D” Company in support of the 1st Battalion

1.00 P.M.             Major H.A. Chisholm, MC., returned from 1st Battalion and reported the heavy fighting had occurred, and that we were held up at the railroad.

3.00 P.M.             We were ordered verbally that the 2nd and 3rd Battalions would take over the line and attack tomorrow morning.

3.30 P.M.             Major Vanderwater, DSO., called at Battalion Headquarters and proceeded to the 1st and 4th Battalion Headquarters, with the Commanding Officer.

4.30 P.M.             The Commanding Officer returned with word that Brigade were being relieved by the 2ns Canadian Brigade.

6.00 P.M.             Guides ordered from Companies to report to Battalion headquarters by 7.00 P.M., to guide in the 10th Battalion Companies who are relieving us.  We will move back to position occupied on September 29th.

7.00 P.M.             An Officer from the 10th Battalion arrived at Battalion headquarters to take over.  He was sent to old Battalion headquarters at X.16.a.50.70. as we intend staying in present headquarters.

7.30 P.M.             “A” and “C” Companies ordered to come back to old area.  “B” and “D” Companies will come under orders of the 1st and 4th Battalions for relief.

10.00 P.M.           “A” and “C” Companies reported in position.

October 2nd

4.00 A.M.             We were ordered out of our Headquarters and told we should go back to X.19.c.20.80. as 10th Bn required these Hdqrs.

4.30 A.M.             “B” and “D” Companies reported relieved and in old areas.

6.10 A.M.             Returned to old Battalion headquarters in X.19.c.20.80. and found it occupied by 13th Canadian Battalion, who gave us a small dugout for headquarters.

  1. Observations.
  2. Formations. Battalion remained in funk-holes in the vicinity of HAYNECOURT, excepting “B” & “D” Companies, who came under the orders of the 1st and 4th Battalions.
  3. Arms & S.A.A. Nothing to report.
  4. Lewis Guns. Lewis Guns were found particularly valuable by “B” & “D” Companies, as the Hun counter-attacked on the right flank, and heavy fire was brought to hear on the attackers.  All our guns were brought out with the Battalion.
  5. Our Machine Guns. Nothing to report.
  6. Enemy Machine Guns. “B” & “D” Companies only came in contact with enemy guns. They came under the orders of the 1st and 4th Battalions.
  7. Stokes Guns. Nothing to report.
  8. Our Field Artillery. Appeared to be a very good barrage, but it is reported that there was not a heavy enough concentration on the railway, and Champagne emplacements.
  9. Our Heavy Artillery. Very active.
  10. Enemy Mortars. Nothing to report.
  11. Enemy Wire. Nothing to report.
  12. Enemy Trenches & Works. Nothing to report.
  13. Rations & Water. No difficulty was encountered in these supplies.
  14. Bombs. None used.
  15. Rifle Grnades. None used.
  16. Medical Services.
  17. Flags & Discs.
  18. Communications. Communication was kept up by phone with “A” and “C” Companies at all times.  With “B” & “D” Companies while with the Battalion, Runners were used to a great extent.
  19. Enemy Morale. From prisoners going to rear, I am of the opinion that their morale was good.
  20. Our Morale.
  21. Ruses. None used.
  22. Carrying Parties. None used.
  23. Working Parties. None used.
  24. Tools. Nothing to report.
  25. Tanks.
  26. New Platoon Organization. Satisfactory
  27. Nothing to report.
  28. Value Of Previous Observations & Intelligence.
  29. Supply Of Maps.
  1. Miscellaneous


Commanding Officer      – Lieut. J.B. Rogers, DSO., MC.,

2nd in Command              – A/Major H.A. Chisholm, MC.,

Adjutant                              – Captain J.H. Jennings.

Intelligence Officer         – Captain T. Weir

Scout Officer                      – Lieut. C.J. McGillivray

Signaling Officer               – Captain A.K. Coulthard, MM.

Medical Officer                 – Captain A.E. MacDonald.

Grenade Officer                               – Lieut. H.F. Petman

Chaplain                               – Captain W.R.R. Armitage.

“A” COMPANY                  – [  ] Capt. W.A. McMaster, MC.,

Lieutenant J. McRae

Lieutenant D.A. Cameron

Lieutenant G.R. MacL. Dingle.

“B” COMPANY                   – Captain G.F. Kerr, MC., MM.,

Lieut. G.N. Payne (Wounded)

Lieut. L.E. Butler,

Lieut. J.M. McCulloch, (Wounded)

Lieut. O.C. Roche.

“C” COMPANY                   – Major J.K. Crawfod, DSC.

Captain K.C. Brooke,

Lieut. F.M. Burger,

Lieut. R.H.E. LeMoine,

Lieut. S.W. Scott, (Killed).

“D” COMPANY                  – Captain S.J. Murphy

Lieut. A.V. Noble.

Lieut. N.E. McPherson

Lieut. D. Morrison,


1 Officer Killed.
2 Officers Wounded.
3 Other Ranks Killed.
22 Other Ranks Wounded.
1 Other Rank Missing.



Location: MONTIGNY
Entry: Training being carried on as per syllabus.
Drew 25,000 rounds S.A.A. for training purposes. Major H.A .Chisholm, MC. , arranged with the Matron of the 4th C.C.S. for ten nurses to come over to Battalion Headquarters for a dance on Saturday evening.
Afternoon spent in Sports and cleaning up billets. The 3rd Battalion “Finnegan” Concert Party gave show in PECQUENCOURT for 1st and 4th Bns.

2nd NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Training in the morning – Sports in the afternoon. Battalion Officers have dance in the evening for the nurses of the 4th C.C.S. Major H.W.A. Foster, DSO.,MC., Brigade Major, 1st Can. Inf. Brigade, and Capt. Matheson, Staff Captain “Q”, 1st C.I.Bde. were present. Everybody enjoyed the privilege very much of talking to and dancing with Canadian girls, who seemed like a breath from Home.
Turkey reported to have signed and Armistice with the Allies – which, on the terms, is a complete surrender.
4th Canadian Division attacked S.E. of VALENCIENNES, and captured the city after strong resistance – the Hun counter-attacked, but was repulsed with heavy loss.
3rd Battalion Concert Party returned from (WARLUS).

3rd NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Church parade in the morning at the “Coliseum”.
Commanding Officer proceeded to England on one month’s Sick Leave. G.O.C., 1st C.I.Bde. Went with him on account of the serious illness of his wife. Lt-Col. McLaughlin, DSO., MC., commanding the Brigade in the absence of the G.O.C.  Armistice granted to Austria on terms of their complete surrender, taking effect 1500 hours, 4th instant. Captain P.J. O’Dwyer very sick with “Flu”. Captain A.E. MacDonald, MC., recalled from 1st Can. Field Ambulance to relieve him. Major H.A. Chisholm, MC., commanding the Battalion.

4th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Training carried on as per syllabus  Captain Matheson, Staff Capt. “Q”, 1st C.I.Bde., inspected our billets. Lieut.W.O. Tudhope reported back from 1st. Army School, went to “D” company. Corpl. Field of “C” Co. Ordered to report to 2nd C.I.B. For interview re commission. 100 Signallers from Divisional Headquarters are shooting on Battalion range this afternoon – Lieut. H.F. Petman taking charge and being assisted by 4 N.C.O Musketry Instructor.  Drew 750 suits of clean clothes for bathing parade tomorrow. A new class of Lewis Gunners started this afternoon under the R.S.M. 1st. Can. Inf. Bde. Headquarters gave tes. [unreadable] for nurses of the 4th C.C.S. this afternoon. Lieut. H.T. Lord, MC., MM., promoted to Acting Captain.

5th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: do
Entry: Training carried on inside today on account of rain – Lewis Gun lectures – Lecture on Battalion history – Description of formation of platoons and companies in attack, as per leaflet no. 4 – Captain J.H.Jennings returned from Cross-channel Leave.  Concert given in “Coliseum by 3rd Battalion Concert Party for staff of 4th C.C.S., 6th C.C.S. Brigade Headquarters and Officers of 3rd Battalion. Tea served afterwards at Battalion H.Q.

6th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: do
Entry: Training carried on as per syllabus during the morning. Afternoon spent on sports. Lieutenants L.B.Lyall, and R.G. Wickham returned to Battalion from England.

7th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: do
Entry: Training as per syllabus when not raining – while raining, lectures were given on Lewis Gun and history of the Battalion, also points taken up re recent advances.

8th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: do
Entry: Training as per syllabus – Major H.W.A. Foster, DSO., MC., Brigade Major, 1st. Can. Inf. Bde. inspected Battalion’s training and area. Sports on athletic field in the afternoon.

9th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: do
Entry: Syllabus of training carried out. Capt.M.C. Brooke returned from Cross-channel leave. Battalion dinner held at Battalion headquarters. During Dinner, report received that Kaiser had abdicated and Crown Prince had refused the Crown, also that Prince Max had resigned. It was also rumored that the Armistice had been signed between the Allies and Germany. A bonfire was started in Rogers square – the band, led by the Officers paraded around the town, and at the request of the C.O. of the 6th C.C.S. , marched through the grounds of the Hospital. The excitement was intense – every man, wounded or not, cheered and sang, and the C.O. made a speech. A barrel of beer was opened for the men and the Officers were invited to the Mess. The Nursing Sisters came in, and a toast to the King was drank. The band played and then returned to Billets. “A pleasant time was spent”.

10th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: do
Entry: Church parade in the morning – Sports in the afternoon. Reports received, Of mutiny in the German navy – Revolution all through Germany – Armistice expected any hour – our troops advancing all the time, taking prisoners and large quantities of materials.

Monday, November 11, 1918
Location: MONTIGNY
Entry: 07.30 hours, message received Armistice signed and all hostilities to cease at 11.00 hours. 3rd Canadian Battalion proceeded at 08.30 hours to PECQUENCOURT, where 1st Can. Inf. Bde. was inspected by Lieut-General Sir Arthur Currie, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., at 10.00 hours. After the inspection the Brigade gathered around the G.O.C. who stood on the seat of a G.S. wagon. He complimented the Brigade on their appearance and for their work during their 3 years and 9 months service in France. He stated that they had never failed once in an attack and had never lost a trench when on the defensive. He asked that everyone should take off their hats and have one minute’s silent prayer, thanking God for the power and strength given us to defeat absolutely the Hun Armies, which had threatened the safety of the world. 4000 men stood with bowed heads, and there was not a sound or a stir for a minute. The G.O.C. could not speak as he stated his heart was too full for words. Three mighty cheers and a “Tiger” were then given for our G.O.C., who has always had the entire confidence and love of all ranks of the old 1st Brigade. The Brigade then marched past the Saluting Point – the Battalion Bands playing the Regimental air of each battalion as they passed. The G.O.C’s remarks to the C.O. were that he should be a proud man to be commanding one of the finest battalions in the British Army on such a day as this. The afternoon and evening were spent in celebrating the event.

12th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion paraded on the Sports Field and were inspected by the C.O. Companies trained till 12.00 hours, smartening up on drill. Major D.H.C. Mason, DSO., rejoined the Battalion and took over command from Major H.A. Chisholm, MC. The owner of the chateau, a French sergeant, called at Battalion headquarters, and was very surprised to see his home in such good condition. Orders received that we would move forward tomorrow to join the Canadian Corps and move to the RHINE. Weather – Fine& cool.

13th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: WALLERS
Entry: The Battalion moved from MONTIGNY to WALLERS by march route. Battalion left MONTIGNY at [unreadable] hours and arrived in WALLERS at 15.45 hours. The men carried their packs, but the blankets were carried by Lorry. The march was a very hard one on account of the cobble-stone roads. Lieutenants J.D.Cotton, and H.A.Thomson, joined the Battalion at WALLERS, with a draft of 44O.R’ s. WEATHER – Fine & Cool.

14th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: CRESPIN
Entry: The Battalion moved to CRESPIN this morning. The Battalion passed the Brigade starting point at 10.00 hours. Considerable difficulty was encountered on the march, owing to the extremely congested lorry traffic on the roads. The Battalion arrived in CRESPIN at 15.45 hours. Billets very good. Blankets did not arrive, and man were forced to sleep without them, but luckily fires were kept going. WEATHER – Fine & Cool.

15th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ST. GHISLAIN
Entry: Battalion moved to ST. GHISLAIN in Belgium, leaving billets at 0630 hours and arriving at ST. GHISLAIN at 13.00 hours. This is the first inhabited town we have been billeted in. Billets excellent, many men securing beds. Lieut. J.A. Macdonald returned from Leave.  WEATHER – Fine & Cool.

16th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Today being spent resting and cleaning up. The Barber, Shoemaker and Tailor were allotted to Companies. The civilians cannot do too much for us. Billets are quite easy to procure, but not for money. Officers must stay as their friends. “B” Company were paid at 16.00 hours, in the School-house. A meeting of Adjutants was held at Brigade H.Q. at 15.30 hours. The move, and “Q” arrangements were discussed. The Brigade Major took up a few points regarding March Discipline. A riding horse and Light Draught horse were turned over to the Battalion. Two G.S. wagons will be attached to the Battalion during the move. A Lorry per Battalion will also be attached, but will return to its park after one trip.

17th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Church Parade was held in the Cinema. Before service, Major D.H.C. Mason, DSO., took up the Armistice terms, and two letters of the Divisional Commander, with the men. Everyone appreciated the contents of the Divisional Commander’s letters, as both were put very strongly, and if carried out will mean a great deal towards the reputation of the Battalion, and the 1st. Canadian Division. Major Mason attended a Battalion H.Q. at 20.00 hours. The owner of the house occupied by Battalion headquarters presented us with six bottles of very old Burgundy that he had concealed from the Hun. It was much appreciated by all.  The Battalion will continue the march to the RHINE tomorrow.

18th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Entry: The Battalion formed up at 0900 hours with head of Battalion opposite Battalion headquarters. Battalion passed the Brigade Starting Point on the MONS road at 0920 hours, and proceeded to THIEUSIES, arriving in billets at 16.00 hours. The Battalion comfortably situated in billets. Bn. H.Q. located in a Castle owned by M. de la Roche. All Officers living in the Castle. M. de la Roche had dinner with us and put some very fine wines on the table. After dinner the officers adjourned to the Smoking Room. M.de la Roche presented each Officer with a photo of his castle, with his autograph. WEATHER – Foggy.

19th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Companies paraded independently for inspection and fitting of equipment. The Barber, Shoemaker and Tailor were allotted to Companies. M. de la Roche again dined with H.Q. Mess at Dinner. A Warning Order was received for a move on the 21st instant.

20th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Battalion pa’rade and inspection was held. M. de la Roche accompanied Major Mason around the Battalion, and appeared very much pleased to have the honour of inspecting such a fine B’n. A march past in his honour was held after the inspection. Captain Matheson called at Bat-talion headquarters. Everyone is very jealous of our fine home.
WEATHER – wet & cool.

21st NOVEMBER, 1918.
Entry: The Battalion formed up on the NAAST Road at 0915 hours, to march to MARQUENNE. M. de la Roche came to the starting point with Major Mason to bid him farewell. It was a touching incident to see the old chap with his hat off and with tears in his eyes as the Battalion moved off. We halted for lunch at 12.00 hours, and continued the move at 13.00 hours. On reaching FELUY we were held up and on checking over the situation, found that the towns-people were giving a reception to the 4th Battalion, The G.O.C. was present. While held, General Currie drove up in his car, and got out and spoke to some of the men. His line of conversation was regarding the return to Canada of the Corps. He is in favour of the Battal-ions going home as units, but it is understood that some of the authorities want us sent home under 34 different categories of trades, etc. The men were all in favour of going home as a Unit. On reaching ARQUENNES, we were met by the town band and Councillors, who led us to the Square. The Battalion was dismissed and the Officers met the councillors in the Town Hall. Two addresses were read and then, loud cheers. Of course, both were in French, so we did not understand it, but nevertheless it was very touching. Wine was served, and the health of many people was drunk. The village band held a concert in the square and nearly all the town turned out to it. “God Save the King” was played many times and this necessitated the slowing up in the health drinking. When the wine was finished, we adjourned to our respective billets. WEATHER –Wet & cool.

22nd NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: Companies paraded for inspection and (unreadable) drill. A few Officers visited NIVELLE in the morning. Major D.H.C. Mason, DSO., is laid up with a cold, but as he had an engagement with the Priest, to sip some Burgundy, he got well and according to reports is now getting on fine. The Officers are giving the ladies of the village a dance in the Town Hall tonight. Orders were received that the Battalion would move tomorrow to FRASNES-Lez-GOSSELIES, in the vicinity of the OUTPOST LINE, as we will supply the advance guard on the 24th. WEATHER –Fine & Cool.

23rd NOVEMBER, 1918.
Entry: The Battalion formed up in the town square at 09.00 hours, and moved off to new area. B’n arrived in FRASNES-Lez-GOSSELIES at 14.00 hours. Battalion comfortably billeted but scattered. Major D.H.C.Mason, DSO. Will be in command of the Advanced Guard tomorrow. His command includes two companies 3rd Can. Bn. – 1st Battery, 1st Bde. C.F.A. – 1 Section 1st. Cdn. C.E. Bn. – 1 Battery 1st. Can. M.G. Bn. -2 sections, “B” Coy., Can.Corps Cyclist B’n. Battalion ordered to move at 0930 hours tomorrow to STOURMONT. All representatives of advanced guard detach-ments met Major Mason at Battalion H.Q., and were given their O.O. for the march of the 24th Major Mason’s staff will be :- Captain J.H.Jennings, Adjutant.
Capt. T. Weir, I.O. , and Officer i/c Billeting.
Capt. A.E.MacDonald,MC., Medical Officer.
Major J.K.Crawford, DSO. Will have command of the Infantry of the Advanced Guard, and Captain K.C. Brooke, O.C. Advanced Guard.

24th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Entry: Battalion, less two companies, moved from Frasnes-lez-Gosselies at 0930 hours and arrived in STOURMONT AT 16.00 HOURS. The two companies of the advanced Guard moved offat 06.20 hours. Advanced Guard billeted in CORROY-le-CHATEAU for the night of the 24/25th. H.Q. located in a castle. Billets very good, both for the Battalion and the two Companies of the Advanced Guard Weather – Fine & Cold.

25th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: VILLERS-les-HEEST
Entry: Battalion moved from STOURMONT toVILLERS-les-HEEST at 0930 hours, and arrived in VILLERS-les-HEEST at 17.00 hours. It was a very hard march through a drizzling rain, and over hilly country. The distance in all was 27 Kilometres. The Advanced Guard left CORROY-le-CHATEAU at 10.00 hours and arrived in MARCHOVELETTE at 17.30 hours. This was a very hard march of 34 kilometres. “D” Company, who supplied the Van Guard, marched 40 Kilometres to the outpost line. Many dumps of munitions, and one large wagon park were passed en route to the outpost line. One large aerodrome containing 200 enemy planes was also passed. The sheds that these planes were in, were used at one time as zeppelin sheds. H.Q. Advanced Guard located in a chateau in MARCHOVELETTE. The Madame who owns it has been in England during the war, and returned to find her home still there, but with very little bedding left on the beds.
Weather –Rainy

26th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: VILLERS-les-HEEST
Entry: The Battalion rested the day in VILLERS-les-HEEST. A motor lorry was obtained from Division and a party consisting of Major H.A.Chisholm, MC., Capt. E.H. Minns, MC., Capt. W.A.McMaster, MC., Captain M.D.Murdock, and about 20 N.C.O’s visited NAMUR. They returned about 20.00 hours, everybody reporting that they a very enjoyable trip, and that NAMUR was quite a town, running full blast, street cars, etc. Operation orders received that we resume the march tomorrow. The two Companies with the Advanced Guard to join the Battalion at the most convenient spot on the line of march. The Advanced Guard remained in MARCHOVELETTE for the day. Up to 21.30 hours, no orders were received as to whether we would continue as Advanced Guard on the 27th, or re-join the Battalion. At 21.30 hours, operation orders were received from Brigade that we would rejoin the Battalion on the line of march tomorrow, and that the O.C.4th Battalion would assume command. WEATHER- Wet.

27th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: SEILLES
Entry: The Battalion formed up at the starting point at 0800 hours, being second Battalion in the Brigade march, the 4th Battalion taking over the advanced Guard. The Battalion marched to SEILLES, arriding there at 15.30 hours. The two Companies of the Advanced Guard joined the Battalion at SEILLES, having arrived at 13.30 hours. Billets very good. A large number of French prisoners of war were encountered in SEILLE, and judging from appearances, they had had a rather rough passage.

28th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: LES AVINS and BOIS de BORSU
Entry: The Battalion formed up at the Battalion starting point at 07.00 hours and marched to LES AVINS and BOIS de BORSU, a distance of 33 kilometres. This was probably the most trying march ever experienced by the Regiment. It was practically a steady downpour of rain from time of starting until after our destination was reached. Our Battalion was scattered over four small towns, “C” Co. In one place, B‘n H.Q. ina small town just adjoining “C” co. “A”, “B” and “D” Companies in BOIS de BORSU area. The Battalion was inspected on the line of march by the Divisional Commander. The Country through which the Battalion passed was very picture-esque, and had the day been fine, the march probably would have been a great treat. It was up hill and down, through beautiful valleys, and along the River MEUSE.
WEATHER – Cold & rainy.

29th NOVEMBER, 1918.
Location: ditto
Entry: The Battalion was to have resumed the march today, but owing to the non-arrival of rations, the move was postponed three hours by Brigade. This order was received at 0805 hours and by the time the runners had arrived at “A”, “B”, and “D” Companies, they had moved off and were well on their way to the starting point, a distance of 6 kilometres. It was useless to have them turn back at that time, so they were billeted in OCQUIER. Rations finally arrived at 16.00 hours. The Commanding Officer issued an order allowing the men to use their iron ration. This probably was the hardest day on everybody that has been experienced in some time. No food for the men and none for the horses. It was also very difficult to procure anything from the civilians. “C” Company probably got along the best of all, as the people gave the men a lot of food, and everything was fine for them. Major D.H.C.Mason, DSO., went to the Brigade in the afternoon and received our destination for tomorrow’s march. We were to move at 0900 hours to ROUGE MINIERE. The Companies were all advised of this and at 20.00 hours an order was received that we would move to BOMAL at 10.00 hours. The runners had to get this message out to Companies.

30th NOVEMBER, 1918
Entry: The last message referred to on the 29th, reached the companies between 0400 hours and 0630 hours. The Battalion formed up at the starting point in OCQUIER at 10.00 hours and started for BOMAL. When about half-way there, we received a message from the billeting Officer, that we would not be billeted in that town, as the 2nd Division were there, and that two Companies would go to VIEUXVILLE and Battalion H.Q. and the remainder of the Battalion to IZIER. Brigade B’n H.Q. Operation Orders for the move tomorrow were issued as soon as the B’n arrived in this area. Men’s packs were carried by lorry, which was greatly appreciated by all, as there are a great many hills en route to Germany from now on. At 23.59 hours rations for to-morrow had not arrived and there is a possibility of the Battalion not moving tomorrow.
WEATHER- Fine & cool.

There have been no casualties during the Month.


Nov. 1st to 12th – MONTIGNY.
November 13th – WALLERS.
November 14th – CRESPIN.
November 15th,16TH and 17th – ST. GHISLAIN.
November 18th, 19th and 20th – THIEUSIES.
November 21st and 22nd – MARQUENNE.
November 23rd – FRASNES-les-GOSSELIES.
November 24th – STOURMONT (less two Companies at CORROY-le- CHATEAU)
November 25th and 26th – VILLERS les HEEST (less 2 Co`ys at MARCHOVELETTE)
November 27th – SEILLES.
November 28th and 29th – LES AVINS and BOIS de BORSU Areas.
November 30th – IZIER and VIEUXVILLE.

Sunday, December 1, 1918
Location: IZIER
Entry: Rations did not arrive so the Battalion remained in billets in IZIER on that account.
Rations arrived at 2200 hours for today’s consumption. The Battalion was spilt up. “A” and “C” Companies being in VIEUXVILLE until 1200 hours, when “A” Company moved up to IZIER.
Weather – Cold and wet.

Monday, December 2, 1918
Entry: The Commanding Officer ordered the Battalion to stand fast until 1030 hours as the lorry was out of gas and oil. The Battalion moved off at 1030 hours for BASSE-BODEAU, carrying packs. Packs were dumped at the Brigade Starting Point. On this march the Battalion marched up the longest hill that it had ever marched up, the hill being 7 kilometres long. The Battalion arrived at BASSE-BODEAU at 17.00 hours. “C” Company are billeted about a mile from the remainder of the Battalion in HAUTE-BODEAU. Rations arrived at 1800 hours.
Operation Orders received for march to ABREFONTAIN tomorrow.
Weather – Cold & Wet.

Tuesday, December 3, 1918
Entry: Battalion moved off at 0830 hours and arrived in ABREFONTAINE at 1230 hours. “C” Company again billeted away from the Battalion, being in GORONNE. Billets very good. The people appear much more friendly than the last two places in which the Battalion was billeted.
Orders received that the Brigade would cross the German frontier tomorrow.
Weather – Fine and cool.

3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion passing the Border into German territory, 4th December, 1918, on way to Rhine. [Petit Thier]. Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada. PA-003641
3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion passing the Border into German territory, 4th December, 1918, on way to Rhine. [Petit Thier].
Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada. PA-003641
Wednesday, December 4, 1918
Location: AMEL Germany.
Entry: The Battalion moved off at 0730 hours for AMEL (in Germany). On the line of march just after we had passed through VIELSALM, an Officer from Division came up in a car and asked for Major Mason not to pass the border before 1200 hours, as the Corps Commander and Divisional Commander would inspect us as we crossed over. We halted for lunch at 1100 hours within 200 yards of the German frontier – (POTEAU). At about 1130 hours the Divisional Commander drove past the Battalion in his car. At 1145 hours the Corps Commander rode by on a horse and as he passed all the men, who were sitting down eating their lunch, rose to a man and gave “three cheers for General Currie”. It was a very inspiring incident. The General returned the salute and gave them all a pleasant smile. At 1150 hours we learned from General Macdonell that we would make the official entry of the Canadian Corps into Germany at 1200 hours, led by General Currie and himself. This came as a great surprise to all as it was considered the greatest honour. At 1155 hours the Battalion fixed bayonets. At 1200 hours the Battalion moved off from the field we had lunched in. General Currie and Staff, General Macdonell and staff accompanied by an escort from the Canadian Light Horse, were formed up just on the frontier. When the Battalion go in rear of the cavalry, the Band played “The Maple Leaf”. At 1200 hours the column moved off, and after passing the frontier about 100 yards, General Currie wheeled to the right with General Macdonell, and staffs, and took the salute. The men never marched better in their lives and after they had passed, the General remarked to Major Mason, “Well, just let the Huns try and start something, I think these boys could give them the answer”. The Band broke into “O, Canada”, then “There’s a Long, Long, Trail” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”. At the first halt, then men unfixed bayonets. Some of the Germans along the road seemed pleased to see us, while others slunk behind curtains and doors and just peeked out enough to see the Khaki-clad boys march by. The Battalion arrived in billets at 15.00 hours. Billets very good. “D” Company away from the Battalion about three kilometres.
Orders received that the Brigade would halt in its present area until the 6th instant.
Weather – Cool & wet.

Thursday, December 5, 1918
Location: AMEL
Entry: The Battalion rested in Billets. The Barber, Shoemakers and Tailors were allotted to Companies. At 1200 hours the Brigade Major ‘phoned that the Brigade would move tomorrow and that it would be necessary for us to move to KRINKELT. All our blankets had not arrived, so MODERSCHED was allotted to us at 13.30 hours. “A” and “B” Companies proceeded forward at 1300 hours, on the Advanced Guard, Major D.H.C.Mason, DSO., taking over from Major Vanderwater, DSO., 2nd Canadian B’n. The Battalion moved off at 1530 hours for MODERSCHED, and on arrival at 1630 hours found the poorest billets we have been in for some time. Battalion headquarters Officers slept on the floor in the School-house. The men were very crowded.
R.S.M. Williams, MC.,DCM., reported back to the Battalion from leave. While on leave he became the proud father of a bouncing baby girl, and appears more than pleased.
Weather – Cool and Wet.

Friday, December 6, 1918
Entry: The Battalion moved off for HELLANTHAL at 0730 hours. The first four kilometres of the march was over the worst road the Battalion had ever tackled. The transport got stuck when only half way along this road; the Transport Officer having proceeded forward with rations for the advance guard the previous night, left Sergeant Thorn in charge. The Adjutant remained behind to guide them over the road. The Transport got clear of the mud at 10.20 hours and the cookers were sent forward to serve lunch, but before they arrived the Battalion had moved off. One of our horses became a casualty, so we picked up the first German horse possible, which happened to be a powerful stallion, which walked away with a G.S. wagon. Battalion arrived in billets at 1600 hours. Billets never were better, nearly every man having a bed.
Weather – Fine & Cool.

Saturday, December 7, 1918
Entry: Battalion moved off at 0900 hours for ROGGENDORF, arriving there at 1600 hours. This was a very pleasant march, the roads being good and the weather fine. The town is small but everyone billeted comfortably. We will remain in this area till the 9th.
Weather – Fine.

Sunday, December 8, 1918
Entry: Word received at 0730 hours that we would move to EUSKIRCHEN, and would clear present billets at 1000 hours. Battalion arrived in EUSKIRCHEN at 1630 hours. The whole town had turned out to see us march in. Major D.H.C.Mason, DSO., and his Advanced Guard passed through the town at 16.45 hours to establish an outpost line about 8 kilometres in front of EUSKIRCHEN. It will be put down in record that a Battalion of Infantry moved ahead of the Advanced Guard. This town has a population of 20,000 people and looks a very prosperous town. Battalion Headquarters located in a Woollen Manufacturer’s house. Nearly all the men have beds. The host at Battalion H.Q. had a very unpleasant experience. He did not put on his best chinaware for our dinner, so he personally had to look up his good china for us and have it put on the table. Word received from Brigade that we complete our March to the Rhine tomorrow. Our two Companies in the Advanced Guard will have the honour of being the first troops in the Division to reach the Rhine, and the Battalion will be the first Battalion. The Division hopes to beat the 2nd Canadian Division to the RHINE, therefore Major D.H.C.Mason,DSO., proposes to move his Advanced Guard at 0615 hours.
Weather – Fine.

Monday, December 9, 1918
Entry: The Battalion continued the March to the RHINE moving off at 0830 hours, the starting point for the Battalion being in the centre of the town. A very large crowd of civilians turned out to watch us move off. Major H.A. Chisholm, MC., took the salute as we swung onto the Main road, and the Battalion never looked finer or marched with a better swing. They certainly impressed the German population with their smart and soldierly appearance. The Battalion arrived in PINGSDORF at 1500 hours. The village is very small but the civilians appeared as pleased to see us as in the other towns we were billeted in. The Advanced Guard reached the Rhine at 0950 hours and established posts on the ferry docks in the vicinity of WESSELING. The extreme right post was about four miles to the South of the Brigade Right Boundary, with the troops of the post billeted in RHEINDORF. It was learned late in the afternoon that we were the first Infantry in the Corps to reach the RHINE, which is considered another record for the Battalion,
Weather – Cool and Wet.

Tuesday, December 10, 1918
Entry: The Battalion continued its march to the RHINE, moving off at 0930 hours. The Battalion starting point was on the western outskirts of BRUHL. We passed the Advanced Guard H.Q. who were located in BRUHL and arrived in WESSELING at noon. Our other two Companies were billeted there. We also beat the 2nd Canadian Division, on our Right, to the Rhine, their Battalion arriving at 13.30 hours. After Dinner Major D.H.C.Mason,DSO. and the Padre journeyed up to COLOGNE. During their absence General MACDONALD, called at the Battalion Headquarters called at Battalion headquarters to see Major Mason, but as he was out, asked Capt. J.H.Jennings to convey his message to him. His visit to us was solely to congratulate the Battalion on its splendid march to the RHINE, and on being the first Battalion in the Canadian Corps to reach it. He said that it was an honour coming to a Battalion with a record such as our Battalion possessed. He was reminded of the official entry into Germany of the Canadian Corps, when the 3rd Battalion was the Battalion to cross the Border under General Currie. He said “Yes, there are two scores for you”. He was then reminded of the inspection by General Currie of the Brigade and that at 11.00 hours on the 11th of November, 1918 he inspected our Battalion. His reply was “Well, you might be proud my boy, of such a Battalion, with a record such as you hold”. There is no doubt about that as everyone in the Battalion are prouder this day than ever before.
“D” Company Headquarters is located in a hotel, so we put it Out of Bounds to everyone, and turned it into our Officers’ Club. We expect to have a fairly good time in this town as it is within tram car distance of COLOGNE, and also our Officers’ club will be well patronised.
Weather – Fine.

Wednesday, December 11, 1918
Entry: Lieut.-Col.J.B.Rogers,DSO.,MC., returned from Leave. An Officers’ meeting was held in H.Q. Mess at 11.00 hours. Two Officers per Company and 10% of the men went up to COLOGNE to see the sights. About an hour after they had gone up, an order was issued by Brigade placing COLOGNE & BONN out of bounds to all troops. The civilians are all clamouring for passes to travel to and from COLOGNE to business. We set an hour for them to report tomorrow, so expect the whole town to call.
Weather – Fine & Cool.

Thursday, December 12, 1918
Entry: Everyone reports a good time in COLOGNE yesterday. The day was spent cleaning up, having boots and clothing repaired and a general good time. We will cross the RHINE tomorrow as a Division, and will be inspected by the Army Commander on the bridge. Our destination will be WESTHOVEN.
Weather – FINE & COOL.

Friday, December 13, 1918
Entry: The Battalion moved off at 0915 hours, the men carrying their packs. It was raining quite heavily at the starting point and rained continuously until we reached COLOGNE. Up to COLOGNE the marching was very hard. We marched with Battalions at 20 yards interval and the Second Brigade were in front with their units falling in here and there, causing a check. By the time we reached the bridge for the salute, the men were very nearly all in, but when the band struck up the Regimental March, the Battalion swung by General Plumer as fresh as daisies. Just as we had passed the saluting point, the 2nd Battalion were held up by Units in front, so we double-banked on the 2nd Battalion transport, halting when we reached the rear of their Infantry. The rear of the Battalion had passed General Plumer when we halted.
The Battalion arrived in WESTHOVEN at 13.15 hours. Billets poor and crowded.
Weather – Cool and Wet.

Saturday, December 14, 1918
Location: ZUNDORF
Entry: Battalion moved off to its probably final billets at ZUNDORF at 10.00 hours arriving in billets at 11.15 hours. Battalion very crowded, but billets are good. H.Q. Mess is located in a house owned by a large brewer. Weather – Fine.

Sunday, December 15, 1918
Location: ZUNDORF
Entry: Church parade was held in the Music Hall, in two parades. The Commanding Officer and a few other officers went for a ride in “Our car”. This car was given to us by the owner of a large automobile works in WESTHOVEN, and works like a real car. The Commanding Officer held a meeting of all Officers in H.Q. Mess at 12.00 hours. We had an idea that we would remain in present billets permanently, but the Brigade Major ‘phoned and stated that we would move to LIND tomorrow and be located in the Dynamite Factory. It does not sound very good, but reports are that the billets are O.K. We had arranged for a Ferryboat to make excursions up and down the River and now all our plans are knocked on the head. Two lorries from the German automobile factory reported to us today and one was despatched to AMEL to bring up some Q.M.Stores we left behind. Weather – Fine & Cool.

Monday, December 16, 1918
Location: LIND.
Entry: The Battalion moved off at 1030 hours, arriving at LIND at 1130 hours. Battalion all billeted in barracks. Billets are roomy; there is running water in every hut and beds for everyone. All the Company Headquarters have a dwelling house for their H.Q., and Battalion headquarters have the CASINO. (The directors of the Dynamite Factory used this for a club), and are all very comfortable. The Transport is located in the Camp and are all under cover. There are watering troughs with running water for them. There is a stove in every hut and the Sergt’s Messes all have fine kitchen ranges. On the whole, the camp could not have been better laid out. We hope to make a model camp of it before we are through with it.
Weather – Fine & Cool.

Tuesday, December 17, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Companies and Units carried on with an inspection in the morning for 20 minutes. The balance of the day we spent in the taking of indents. The Gas N.C.O. made an inspection of all S.B.Rs. in the Battalion and found 15 defective respirators. 4 N.C.O’s per Company were permitted to visit COLOGNE in the afternoon, and the car took in four Officers.
Weather – Fine & Cool

Wednesday, December 18, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Company and Unit Commanders held an inspection of their commands at 0930 hours. P.T. and Games Drill and Rifle Exercises were carried out. The Commanding Officer inspected all the Company and Headquarters Lewis Guns in the afternoon, the main idea being to cut down the number of guns to the establishment, i.e., 36 guns. On the inspection we had 49 guns, and one was an original gun in the Battalion. It will be put down as a record for any Battalion that this Battalion has lost only one gun since the SOMME. No indents have been made for guns since October 10th, 1916 and tomorrow we will turn into Ordnance 13 guns. This record is certainly a very creditable one, of which everyone is very proud. Some Officers and N.C.O’s visited COLOGNE in the afternoon. Weather – Cool & Wet.

Thursday, December 19, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: The Battalion paraded at 09.15 hours and marched to the 1st Battalion parade ground at WAHN Barracks for an address from the G.O.C., 1st Canadian Division. Battalion arrived on parade ground at 0945 hours. At 1000 hours it commenced to rain very hard so the two Battalions, (1st and 3rd) doubled to the shelter of the trees. The G.O.C. arrived at 1015 hours, and the rain had ceased, so the Battalion doubled back to the parade ground, where the General, from a G.S. wagon, addressed the two Battalions. His subject was the Educational Scheme of the 1st Division, and he laid down a few points as to how the scheme would be carried out. He advised us that our stay will not probably be a long one, but we would make the best of our time to get in shape for the return to Canada. The Battalion returned to billets at 12.00 hours.
In the afternoon the Battalion bathed in the bath-house at the Dynamite factory, everyone receiving a clean change of underclothing. Nominal rolls were sent out to Companies and Units showing the number of service chevrons each man was entitled to, and these will be issued to the men in the next three days.

Friday, December 20, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: The following training was carried on with today :- Company Commanders’ inspection, P.T. and Games, Close Order Drill and Rifle Exercises, and lectures by Company and Unit Commanders on the operations of the Battalion during the past year. A class of 12 men per Company reported to the R.S.M. at 10.30 hours for training under the R.S.M. The Barber, Shoemakers and Tailors were allotted to Companies.
Weather – Fine & Cool.

Saturday, December 21, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Training was carried out as yesterday, except that “A”, “B”, & “C” Companies went on a Route march, and “D” Company was inspected by the Commanding Officer. This Company looked fine. A prize was offered by the O.C. “D” Company for the best equipped and cleanest five men in the Company. Major J.K.Crawford, DSO. was asked to pick out the five men but had to give it up, as he said “they all deserve the prize”. The Medical Officer lectured to Headquarters and “D” Company.
The motor-car was allotted to the Companies in order that they could visit COLOGNE and purchase articles for Christmas.
Weather – Cool & Showery.

Sunday, December 22, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Church parade was held at 0915 hours in the recreational hut. COLOGNE now being in bounds, a number of men were allowed to visit it. Everything quiet around camp today.
The Battalion was paid. Weather – Fine & Cool.

Monday, December 23, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: The usual training was carried out by Companies and Units today. The Commanding Officer inspected “A” and “B” Companies in the morning. The Barber, Shoemakers and Tailors were allotted to “C” and “D” Companies in the afternoon. Nearly all the bayonet scabbards in the Battalion have now had a coat of shellac, and they certainly look well. The Companies are busy working on their dining rooms for Xmas and getting fowl, as we have been warned that our turkeys probably will not arrive until New Year’s. Weather – Fine & Cool.

Tuesday, December 24, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: The Battalion Regimental School commenced this morning with a class of 213. Major D.H.C. Mason DSO., is school-master and he has about 21 shool teachers under him. It is the intention to try and give the men as good a brush-up as possible, on the subjects that they require for their particular work in life when they return hom. The men appear to take to the idea very much and are very anxious to get as much work in as possible.
The Commanding Officer inspected “C” Company at 10.00 hours.
In the afternoon, Companies and Units completed their preparations for tomorrow’s Dinner.
The Battalion will sit down to Dinner at 12.30 hours. Weather – Fine & Cool.

Wednesday, December 25, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Christmas morning and everything looking bright. A little snow fell during the night, making everything look like a real Christmas morning in Canada. Everyone is hustling around and all that can be heard is “A Merry Xmas”. The Commanding Officer and Major D.H.C.Mason, DSO. called at Brigade Headquarters to pay their respects to the Brigadier in the morning. The Adjutant and R.S.M. visited all the Company dinning-rooms to see that everything was O.K. and report that nothing could be better. The Commanding Officer, the Adjutant, Major Mason, and the R.S.M. commenced the rounds of the Companies at 12.30 hours. Commencing at “B” Company, all units were visited. At “B” Company every one was enjoying himself. After wishing them all a “Merry Xmas” the men all rose and gave “Three Cheers for the C.O.” He responded with a toast to “B” Company. From there he visited the Signallers – the usual reception. Next, our Stores, and H.Q. Lewis Gun Section, here he found the O.C. Lewis Gun Section missing (Sergeant T. Sharland) and upon a thorough search of the room, found that “Tom” had passed away. Next he visited the Stretcher Bearers. L/Corpl. Ellis read his Christmas poem to the O.C., more drinks. Next the Transport, where as usual the Commanding Officer received a wonderful reception. Next came the H.Q. Sub-staff, where Lieut. McGillivray and “Brad” were the hosts, the usual happened. The runners came next and L/Corpl. Popham very ably toasted the Commanding Officer,- more consumed. The G.O.C. joined the Commanding Officer after this and accompanied him to “A” Company, where the G.O.C. and C.O. addressed the Company. The G.O.C. received a great welcome. Next came “C” Company and everyone and everything there was merry and bright. The G.O.C.addressed them, and the roof was just about raised – more consumed. “D” Company came last and by this time everyone was for singing, but the G.O.C. and the O.C. spoke to them for a few minutes. They were both presented with paper hats by the men. The visiting party adjourned to H.Q. Mess for a bite to eat, accompanied by the Band and the R.S.M. General McCuaig and Colonel McRae called to pay their respects to the Commanding Officer. The band did magnificent work and played all the regimental marches that they were asked to play. The afternoon was enjoyed very much by all. The G.O.C. and General McCuaig left with loud cheers from all present. The officers of the battalion held their dinner at 1930 hours. Everything went off wonderfully well, with very little furniture being broken up. In the afternoon, when the Commanding Officer visited the Scouts, he met with an accident, by stepping off a table and spraining his hip. Notwithstanding this, he sat down and enjoyed the Dinner with his Officers.
Weather – Fine & Cool.

Thursday, December 26, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: No training today, as everyone feels as though a quiet day would be a great thing to settle the nerves after such a strenuous Christmas festival. All the huts were cleaned up and by the afternoon looked as though Christmas had not been there. The Commanding Officer’s hip is very bad as he was forced to remain in bed, where he probably will be for some days. The G.O.C. called at Battalion Headquarters to see the C.O. He informed us that he would take the Battalion tomorrow in Battalion Drill, on the 1st Battalion parade ground.
Lieut. D.A.R.Cameron proceeded on Cross-Channel Leave.
Weather – Fine & Cool.

Friday, December 27, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: The Battalion paraded at 0915 hours to march to 1st Battalion parade ground at WAHN Barracks, for Battalion Drill. Battalion arrived at parade ground at 0945 hours, and Major D.H.C.Mason, DSO., gave them a few movements. On the executive word of command the band commenced playing and played throughout the movement. This scheme worked very well. The G.O.C. arrived at 10.15 hours and gave a few movements to Major Mason to carry out. We carried on for half an hour, and then marched home via WAHN. It was very cool and the march was required. The Battalion supplied a working party for the P.O.W. Cage at WAHN BARACKS, of 2 Officers and 100 men. This party is preparing a Camp for repatriated prisoners of war. We had also to detail a picquet of 1 Officer, 2 N.C.O’s and 12 men to patrol this area from 1800 hours to 23.59 hours nightly, commencing tonight. There has been little trouble between the soldiers and the civilians, therefore Brigade considered that it would be necessary to keep law and order by sending out a patrol. Orders received that COLOGNE is Out of Bounds, owing to some trouble arising on Christmas night. 29 men returned from Leave, also 7 O.R. reinforcements arrived. Weather – Fine & Cool.

Saturday, December 28, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Training today was carried on as usual:- Company Commanders’ inspection, P.T. and Games, Close Order Drill and lectures by Medical Officer and Company Commanders. Companies and Units turned in new rolls for demobilization. Canada has now been divided into 21 dispersal areas instead of 11 as previously ordered. There are a few cases of influenza in the Battalion so the Medical Officer has opened a Battalion hospital to care for them. Special orders were issued to Companies and Units regarding the opening of windows, to allow proper ventilation of the huts both by day and by night.
8 Other Ranks proceed on Cross-Channel Leave.
Weather – Cool, with rain

Sunday, December 29, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Church parade was held in the Recreation Hut at 11.00 hours. The Padre preached one of the finest sermons he has ever preached to the Battalion. Major D.H.C.Mason, DSO., is laid up with Influenza, so was unable to attend. Weather – Showery.

Monday, December 30, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Training today was carried out as usual. The Medical Officer ordered all school classes to be disbanded until further orders owing to the outbreak of influenza. Captain “Joe” Thompson called at Battalion to see the Commanding Officer. He is Paymaster of the 1st Brigade C.F.A. They are having a Dinner tomorrow night and our band is being sent down to play for them. Weather – Showery.

Tuesday, December 31, 1918
Location: LIND
Entry: Training was carried on with today as usual. 2 Officers and 150 men were detailed as a working party at P.O.W. cage, WAHN BARRACKS.
The Band played for the Officers, 1st Brigade C.F.A. at dinner. They returned at 23.00 hours to play the Old Year Out.
Weather – Cool and Showery.

There have been no casualties during the month.


December 1st – Izier, Belgium.
December 2nd – Basse-Bodeau, Belgium.
December 3rd – Abrefontaine, Belgium.
December 4th-5th – Amel, Germany.
December 6th – Hallanthal, “
December 7th – Roggendorf “
December 8th – Euskirchen “
December 9th – Pingsdorf “
December 10th-12th – Wesseling “
December 13th – Westhoven “ (Crossing the Rhine)
December 14th-15th – Zundorf “
December 16th-31st – LIND (Dynamite factory)

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