3rd Bn War Diaries 1917

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Monday, January 1, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Holiday, Brigadier-General Farnum from Canadian Corps visited us.
Weather: Fine.

Tuesday, January 2, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Transport was to be inspected by Brigadier-General G. B. Hughes, D.S.O. this morning, but inspection was cancelled. Notification received of following awards been presented to Battalion:
Major. H. S. Cooper Bar to Military Cross
Lieut. A. B. McCormick, Military Cross
Captain H. M. Coombs Military Cross
Lieut. C. K. Kidd Military Cross
#9632 Corpl. Hanna, N. W. D. C. W.
A 4179 Corpl. Purser, D. E. D. C. W.
Brigadier-General G. B. Hughes visited us in afternoon. “A” and “B” Companies to bathe at HOUDAIN, “C” Company carried on with musketry etc., “D” Co’y. To Battalion school for training in Bombing and Lewis Gun Work. Weather: Fine.

Wednesday, January 3, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Transport inspection again cancelled. Major C. A. V. McCormac presented Battalion with typewriter. New Year’s honors awarded to:
Brig-General G. B. Hughes C. M. B.
Captain W. D. Adams Military Cross
Major, E. Jones 4th. Can. Bn. D. S. O.
Major F. Nelles, 1st. Can. Bn. Military Cross
The following decorations from this Battalion:-
Captain W. H. Kippen Military Cross
Lieut. H. C. Good, D. C. W.
Companies paraded to Bathe, except “A” Company who were training at Battalion school. Weather: Fine.

Thursday, January 4, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: All Units to bathe at OURTON. Companies carried on with Bombing musketry, etc. except “B” Company who were training at Battalion school. All Officers attended lecture at Brigade Headquarters, CHATEAU DU NORT, at 4 p.m. By Lt-Col. McPhail, C. R. E. 1st. Canadian Division. Lieut. F. C. Brooke to Hospital. Weather: Fine.

Friday, January 5, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Companies carried on with training, musketry training. Company drill, except “C” Company who were employed at Battalion school. Captain Stauffer relieved as Medical Officer, Captain F. W. Tidmarsh replacing him. Major Haddon, A.W. 5 Officers and 260 other ranks returned from Musketry school. Weather: Fine.

Saturday, January 6, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Grenade accident caused by premature burst in Battalion school in morning, resulted in #669305 Pte. W. E. Norman, being killed, Lieut. C.W. McQueen and 9 O.R. wounded. “A” and “B” Companies carried on with Company drill, musketry, etc., “C” Company went to 2nd F.C.C.E. All day for training in Field Engineering. “D” Company working at Battalion school Captain G. E. Reid and 4 O.R. on leave.

Sunday, January 7, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Two church services, “B” “A” and Units at 9.15 a.m. And “C” and “D” at 10 a.m. In Y.M.C.A. Both services taken by Major G. W. Woods. Following Officers and Men have been mentioned in despatches:-
Captain G. E. Reid
Captain W. E. McIntyre
Lieut. J. Anglin
#63676 X/R.S.M. Nolan, D.
Sergt. Fitzgerald
#63712 C.S.W. Patrick, G. H.

Tuesday, January 9, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Companies carried on with Musketry and Bombing throughout the Morning and afternoon “B” Company being employed at Battalion school. Captain J.S. Livingston to Hospital. Weather: Fine.

Wednesday, January 10, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: 12 Officers and Other Ranks including the Commanding Officer went up and looked over the new line we are taking over on 15th. Inst. Lt. General J. Byng, Corps Commander inspected some units of the Battalion while at work and strongly complimented us. Company carried on with Company drill, Bayonet fighting, etc., “C” Company who were employed at Battalion school. Weather: Fine.

Thursday, January 11, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: “B” and “C” Companies carried on with musketry training etc., “D” Company to 2nd. F.C.C.E. For instruction of Field Engineering. “A” Company to Battalion school. All Officers attained lecture at Brigade Headquarters by Lt.-Col. McLaren on Artillery Co-Operation. Weather: Fine.

Friday, January 12, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Lieut. R. Bailey reported back from Army school. All Companies carried on with training at respective Company billets. Weather: Fine.

Saturday, January 13, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: “C” and “D” Companies worked at Battalion school under Major H. S. Cooper at Musketry, Bayonet Fighting, gas drill. Colonel attended conference at Brigade Headquarter. Move which was scheduled for 14th., was postponed 3 days. 6 O.R. on leave. Weather: Fine.

Sunday, January 14, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Church Parade by ½ Battalions in Y.M.C.A. Tent, BAJUS. Services taken by Major G. W. Wood. All senior Officers attended lecture by Col. Frith at Brigade Headquarters on Courts-Martial. Lieut. H. K. Clifton reported back to Battalion from course at Corps Headquarters. Weather:
Fine.

Monday, January 15,1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: “A” and “B” Companies carried on with work at Battalion school “C” and “D” carrying on with attack practice and attack formation. All Officers and 48 N.C.Os. Attended lecture at OURTON by Major-General A. W. Curtis on “His Experiences at Verdun” This was very good. “C” and “D” Companies and details bathed at Brigade Baths at OURTON and were also paid. Lt. Col. Clarke assumed command of 2nd. Battalion. Weather: Fine.

Tuesday, January 16, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: “A” and “B” Companies carried on with attack formations and “C” and “D” Companies being emplayed at Battalion school. “A” and “B” Companies were also bathed and paid. 2nd. Canadian Division raided German trenches, capturing 100 prisoners and 2 machine guns. Weather: Fine.

Wednesday, January 17, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Companies carried on with attack practice in morning. All parades cancelled in the afternoon on account of bad weather. Snow 2 inches. Lieut. C. W. Jones returned from leave. Lieut. R. Bailey to Brigade Training Battalion as Adjutant and Quartermaster. Major G. W. Wood organized a very successful concert. Weather: Snow.

Thursday, January 18, 1917
Location: BAJUS
Entry: Lt.-Col. J. B. Rogers on leave. Battalion moved to AIX NOULETTE, via RAUCHICOURT – BARLIN – HERSIN. Very difficult march account of icy ground and bad hills. Transport unable to keep up with Battalion arrived AIX NOULETTE about 3.30 p.m. Transport remaining in HERSIN, where new lines are. Major G. E. Reid returned from leave. Weather: Fair.

Friday, January 19, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: 3 platoons under Lieut. E. J. Scott, Lieut. T. A. Loughery, and Lieut., K. G. Mickleborough, left for Brigade Training Battalion for 10 days course. Relieved 28th. Canadian Battalion in left sub-section of SOUCHEZ SECTOR. Companies moving into line as follows:-
“A” Company Left
“B” Company Support
“C” Company Right
“D” Company Centre
Relief not complete until 9 p.m. As units were tied up in there being only one communication trench. Battalion front quite good except “A” Co’y’s front which is very wet. No Casualties. Weather: Fine.

Saturday, January 20, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Very little artillery activity on either side. Companies working very hard working, draining and cleaning up lines. The trenches are, however, in very good shape for this time of the year. Lieut. E. D. Baldwin and 6 O.R. on leave. Draft of 16 O.R. reported. Weather: Fine.

Sunday, January 21, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Very quiet. “B” Company is supplying 100 men working parties on “A” Company’s front line daily, whose trenches are in very bad shape. 9 O.R. from Raiding party on leave. Captain W. B. Crowther to course at 1st. Army school. Battalion on left raided German trenches at 10 a.m. Capturing 2 prisoners. Weather: Fine.

Monday, January 22, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: 9 O.R. more on leave from Raiding party. Enemy’s artillery quite active about noon over “A” Co’y’s front, 1 man wounded, #201164 Pte. Duffy. 2nd. Canadian Battalion Officers up loooking over line. Heavy bombardment on right. Weather: Fine.

Tuesday, January 23, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Enemy “Minnied” “B”Company’s line about noon. One of our aeroplanes shot down about 2 p.m. Behind headquarters trench, impossible to get at it on account of observation, investigated plane at night, but it is absolutely destroyed. 4 O.R. wounded in “A” Co’y. One of whom #785012 Pte. Sharrocks died whilst being taken to Field Ambulance. Lieut. H. Hutchison reported back to the Battalion for duty. 9 O.R. on leave. Weather: Fine.

Wednesday, January 24, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Very quiet day except at 8.30 p,m, when enemy shelled “C” Company heavily, no casualties. Battalion relieved by 2nd. Canadian Battalion and moved into BOUVIGNY HUTS R 25 d. All units did not arrive at huts till 4 a.m. [Unreadable] 04 Pte. Murphy, V. MG.S. Wounded. 9 O.R. on leave. Weather: Fine and crisp.

Thursday, January 25, 1917
Location: BOUVIGNY HUTS
Entry: Huts quite comfortable, no lack of accommodation. Organizing Battalion school, number of supernumary N.C.Os. Of last draft being used as instructors. Rations very late in arriving at Camp, not getting there till nearly 0 a.m. Jan. 26th. 1917.

Friday, January 26, 1917
Location: BOUVIGNY HUTS
Entry: “A” and “B” Companies bathing at baths in NOULETTE WOOD, other companies carrying on with musketry, bombing and physical drill instruction. Court of Inquiry at Battalion Headquarters re case of trench feet. Lieut. J. Hood returned from Canadian Corps School. Weather: Fine.

Saturday, January 27, 1917
Location: BOUVIGNY HUTS
Entry: Companies carrying on with training at Battalion school but training was called off int the afternoon on account of proximity of German ‘planes. Instructors carried on in afternoon lecturing classes in huts. Weather: Fine.

Sunday, January 28, 1917
Location: BOUVIGNY HUTS
Entry: Lieut. N. B. McPherson to Canadian Corps School. Church parade in Y.M.C.A. Huts at 10 a.m. Service taken by Major G. W. Wood. Lieut. J. K. Gillespie reported from England and was posted for duty to “D” Company. Leave cancelled and orders put against any personnel whatever by rail. No mail for 3 days. Weather: Fine.

Monday, January 29, 1917
Location: BOUVIGNY HUTS
Entry: Companies practiced attack formations in waves throughout the morning. All Officers attending lecture at Headquarters Training Battalion on new organiztion by Major Foss, V.C.D.S.O. Battalion moved up in the Brigade Reserves Battalion battle position as a practice at 10 a.m. All Units back in billets by 11.45 p.m. Weather: Fine.

Tuesday, January 30, 1917
Location: BOUVIGNY HUTS
Entry: All Units spent morning in cleaning billets, etc. Units moved off to the SOUCHES SECTOR at 5.30 p,m, Relief complete 9.45 p.m. Companies in the line as follows:-
“A” Company – Centre
“B” Company – Left
“C” Company – Right
“D” Company – Support
Trenches in very fair condition. Weather: Fine.

Wednesday, January 31, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Enemy Minenwerfer active about 3 p.m. Day otherwise quiet. C.S.M. Esten wounded. Weather: Fine.

Thursday, February 1, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Day passed without any special activity except that at about 4 p.m., enemy  “minnied” vicinity of Headquarters and Ration Trenches. Lieut. P. BLACKEY and 9 O.R. on leave. Weather fine.

Friday, February 2, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Again quiet, no enemy Minanwerfer activity whatever. General G.B. HUGHES visited trenches. Private Hughes “B” Company slightly wounded in face  by shrapnel. Lieut. BALDWIN returned from leave. Lieut. N.B. McPHERSON to hospital from Corps School. Weather fine.

Saturday, February 3, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Parties reconnoitered Brigade Support position. Large working parties being supplied. Enemy 5.9 active in vicinity of Battalion Headquarters. Division on right pulled off raid near “Football Crater”. Weather fine.

Sunday, February 4, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Enemy shelled corner of Straight and Ration Trenches, day otherwise quiet. 4th Canadian Division raided enemy trenches on our right flank, near “Football  Crater”, at about 9 p.m. Weather fine.

Monday, February 5, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Lieut-Col J.B. ROGERS returned from leave. Lieut D.F. ROGERS and Lieut. H.C. GOOD to Divisional School with 6 O.R. Three platoons at Training Battalion interchanged with three others. Relieved by 2nd Canadian Battalion and moved into Brigade Support with Headquarters in ABLAIN ST. NASAIRE. Relief complete at 9.50 p.m.

Tuesday, February 6, 1917
Location: ABLAIN ST NAZAIRE
Entry: Dugouts very fair but Companies scattered. “D” and “C” Companies supplied Working Party for burial of cable. Lieut. GLASSFORD returned from Divisional School. Lieut. A.B. McCORMICK and 9 O.R. of raiding party went on leave.

Wednesday, February 7, 1917
Location: ABLAIN ST NAZAIRE
Entry: “B” and “C” Companies supplied working parties for burial of cable. 9 O.R. of raiding party went on leave. Weather fine.

Thursday, February 8, 1917
Location: ABLAIN ST NAZAIRE
Entry: “B” and “D” companies supplied working parties for cable burying work.

Friday, February 9, 1917
Location: ABLAIN ST NAZAIRE
Entry: “C” and “D” Companies supplied working parties for burying cable. Major W.H. KIPPEN and 4 O.R. on leave. Lieut. K.C. BROOKE acting as Adjutant. “D” Company at baths in ABLAIN ST. NAZAIRE. Weather fine.

Saturday, February 10, 1917
Location: ABLAIN ST NAZAIRE
Entry: Major W.H. KIPPEN and 8 O.R. returned, leave cancelled. Lieut. K.C. BROOKE returned to “D” Company. “C” Company at baths all day. “B” and “D” Companies on working parties for Corps Signal Company, burying cable. Battalion canteen under charge of Acting Sergeant SUYDAM has been running for nearly two weeks, and is doing very well, the men patronizing it a great deal. Weather fine.

Sunday, February 11, 1917
Location: ABLAIN ST NAZAIRE
Entry: One officer and one N.C.O. per Company proceeded to trenches early to take over stores, etc. No traffic on railways on account of congestion since night of February 9th. Relieved 2nd Canadian Battalion in left sub-section of SOUCHRE Sector. Relief not completed until nearly 1 a.m. Companies in the line as follows:
“A” Company – RIGHT
“B” Company – CENTRE
“C” Company – SUPPORT
“D” Company – LEFT
Private Gill, “D” Company accidentally shot himself. Lieut. W.G. BUSH and Lieut. J.K. GILLESPIE to Divisional School. Lieut. H.C. GOOD and Lieut. D.F. ROGERS returning from same school. Weather fine.

Monday, February 12, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Very quiet day, no casualties. Trenches in very fair shape on account of hard frost, no mud whatever. “C” Company supplying large working parties for front line, etc. Weather fine.

Tuesday, February 13, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Number 769393 Private H.H. Bowles wounded in both thighs at the ration dump. 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade made a large raid on German trenches opposite their front (East of the SOUCHEZ) at 4 a.m. capturing 50 prisoners. Day passed very quietly although our artillery was very active throughout the day. Weather fine.

Wednesday, February 14, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Number 766440 Private McDonald, D. “B” Company wounded, bullet in thigh. Large raid by 17th Corps on right at 11 a.m. 45 prisoners and a machine gun captured. Our artillery very active throughout the day, but there was practically no retaliation from Germans. We did considerable wiring on Battalion front between 8.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. 120 feet of wire being put out in all. Lieut-Col. GRIESBACH, W.A. late of 49th Canadian Battalion took over command of the Brigade. Weather fine.

Thursday, February 15, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Number 784862 Private A J. Fevez, “A” Company wounded in arm. The Colonel was called to Brigade headquarters in afternoon for consultation with new Brigadier. Did considerable wiring again, some 900 feet of wire being strung. Number 140069 Corporal Emmerson, D. “C” Company wounded whilst on ration party. Lieut. J.J. VANDERSLUEYS returned from hospital and Lieut. P. BLACKEY returned from leave. 4 O.R. to Divisional Training School. Weather fine.

Friday, February 16, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: 3 O.R. in “D” Company wounded. 4th Canadian Division raided enemy trenches in vicinity of ERSATZ CRATER (Berthonvel Section) at 4 a.m., very heavy gunfire. Premature Stokes bomb of one of our Stokes guns of 1st Canadian Trench Mortar Battery killed one man and completely wrecked the gun. Brigadier General GRIESBACH, W.A. went over our front with C.C. Field Company. Wiring again done along the Battalion front, 17 coils being put out. Capt. J.S. LIVINGSTONE returned to Battalion from hospital. Weather fine.

Saturday, February 17, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Day very quiet, no hostile activity. Relieved by 2nd Canadian Battalion and moved into Brigade Reserve at BOUVIGNY HUTS. Relief not completed until 1.20 a.m. Weather fine.

Sunday, February 18, 1917
Location: SOUVIGNY
Entry: Day spent by all Units in cleaning up. “A” and “B” Companies bathed at NOULETTE WOOD. Battalion Canteen in operation and being popularly patronized by the men. Lieut. H.A. GLASSFORD attached to the Canadian Field Artillery for a 4 days course. Platoons at 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Battalion interchanged. One platoon from “B”, “C” and “D” Companies being sent under command of Lieut. H. HUTCHISON, C. E. STEVENSON and J.H. PATTON. Weather fine.

Monday, February 19, 1917
Location: SOUVIGNY
Entry: Kit inspection and men paid. One hours physical drill in the afternoon. The Brigadier inspected the camp. Concert at the Y.M.C.A. Hut in the evening. Weather fine.

Tuesday, February 20, 1917
Location: SOUVIGNY
Entry: Training had to be cancelled on account of the rainy weather. Brigade Major visited us in the afternoon. Meeting of Company Commanders at night, operation orders for attack fully discussed. Weather fine.

Wednesday, February 21, 1917
Location: SOUVIGNY
Entry: Companies carried on with musketry, gas helmet drill, bombing and bayonet fighting in the morning, and practiced attack in the afternoon. F.G.C.M. [Field General Court Martial] sitting at Battalion Headquarters on 4th Battalion case. Major C. A V. McCORMACK president. Very successful raids reported by 6th London Regiment and New Zealand Division. Weather rain.

Thursday, February 22, 1917
Location: SOUVIGNY
Entry: Contact patrol practice had been arranged for the morning, but had to be cancelled on account of bad weather, also on account of the Brigadiers inspection which took place at 10:30 a.m. He seemed pleased with the Battalion, the only fault to be found being that of dirty and torn clothing. Very good concert at night arranged by Major G.W. WOODS. Lieut. P. BLACKEY and 7 N.C.O.’s marched to BULLY-GRENAY to attend a lecture on gas. Weather rain.

Friday, February 23, 1917
Location: SOUVIGNY/ TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Muster parade in the morning. Afternoon spent in cleaning camp and preparation for moving to the trenches. First Company moved off at 5.45 p.m. Relieved 2nd Canadian Battalion in left-sub-section, SOUCHEZ Section. Relief complete at 10.49 p.m. Companies in position as follows:
“A” Company – SUPPORT
“B” Company – RIGHT
“C” Company – LEFT
“D” Company – CENTRE
Number 426524 L/Cpl. Smith, L. Smith “B” Company wounded in the arm by rifle bullet. Weather fine.

Saturday, February 24, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Our heavy Trench Mortar fired 43 rounds about noon. 60 pounders firing nearly 100 rounds on enemy wire, cutting a gap of some 60 yards. Lieut. W.B. WOODS reported back from Divisional School, 14 O.R. reported back from leave. “A” Company supplying 160 men in working parties. Trenches in very fair condition considering time of the year and amount of wet weather we had. Weather misty.

Sunday, February 25, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Our artillery again very active in the morning, cutting wire to the left of the HAMMERHEAD, with apparently good results. Number A4032 Private C.B. BRODDY and number 9342 Sergeant E.H. MINNS having been granted their commissions were posted to “D” and “A” Companies respectively. 17 O.R. who went on leave on the 7th returned, train service being very congested. Heavy and Medium Trench Mortars, with artillery again cut enemy wire in the afternoon.

Monday, February 26, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Our artillery and Trench Mortars active throughout the day, cutting German wire in vicinity of “Hammerhead”. Very little if any retaliation. Number 669200 Private Hoare, C.H. “D” Company killed by enemy “Pineapple” near Solferino Sap, Lieut’s H. Hutchison and J. Beaumont to course at First Army School. Very good news received from Fifth Army front. Germans falling back 1000 yards along whole army front. Weather fine.

Tuesday, February 27, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: 7th Canadian Infantry Battalion on our left, raided German trenches opposite their fron at 3 a.m. Our artillery and Heavy Trench Mortars again active cutting enemy wire and generally demolishing his front line. Capt. W.B. Crowther returned from Army School and assumed command of “C” Company. Capt. A.B. McCormick returned from leave. Enemy shelled vicinity of Battalion Headquarters with 4.1’s about 5 p.m. No damage. Lieut. K.G. Michleborough to hospital. Lieut. W.B. Woods acting as assistant Machine Gun Officer. Enemy laid down barrage on our front and Battalion on left about 9 p.m., but no action developed. Weather fine.

Wednesday, February 28, 1917
Location: TRENCHES (Souchez 2)
Entry: Gas attack was arranged on the left but was cancelled on account of unfavourable wind. Number 764131 private Reynolds, W.R. wounded.

CASUALTIES FOR FEBRUARY 1917
KILLED
669200 Pte. Hoare, C.H. – 26-2-17
WOUNDED
18301 C.S.M. Esten, J.H – 1-2-17
201706 Pte. Taverner, F. – 4-2-17
172262 Pte. Murdock, R – 4-2-17
766440 Pte. McDonald, D. – 14-2-17
784862 Pte. Fevez, A.J. – 15-2-17
784860 Pte. Evans, W. – 15-2-17
175424 Pte. Weston, J.F. – 15-2-17
201589 Pte. Francis, W.J. – 15-2-17
426524 Pte. Smith, L.H. – 23-2-17
785300 Pte. Todd, E. – 25-2-17
767040 Pte. Harris, R. – 25-2-17
784131 Pte. Reynolds, W.R. – 27-2-17
769393 Pte. Bowles, H.H. – 13-2-17
784757 Pte. Gill, A. – 11-2-17 (Accidentally)
140069 Cpl. Emmerson, D. – 15-2-17

March 1, 1917
Entry: The 4th Canadian Division conducted a minor operation on our right, employing gas. Were successful in securing 30 prisoners. Were relieved by 2nd Canadian Battalion. moving back to Brigade Support with Battalion Headquarters in ABLAIN ST. NAZAIRE. Relief complete at 10.00 p.m. Platoons at Training Battalion, returned also Lieutenant R.BAILEY from same unit. Captain Archer, G., Chaplain reported for duty. Lieut. R.D.GARRETT reported for duty being posted to “B” Company for duty. Weather fine.

March 2, 1917
Entry: “B” and “D” Companies bathed, other Companies and Units carrying on with kit inspection etc. Parties from 73rd Infantry Brigade up looking over the position. Weather fine.

March 3, 1917
Entry: 2nd Canadian Battalion conducted a minor operation on enemy trenches opposite the HAMMERHEAD, no prisoners taken. “A” and “B” Companies bathed, “C” and “D” Coys holding kit inspection. Relieved by the 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment and moved back to Brigade Reserve in BOUVIGNY HUTS. Relief complete at 9.00 p.m., very good relief. Lieut. K.C. BROOKE to Canadian Corps School. Weather fine.

March 4, 1917
Entry: Moved by Companies to FOUQIERES, started at 9.00 a.m., Route via BOUVIGNY-BOEFFLES-BOUVIGNY-PETTIT-SAINS-NOEUX LES MINES-VAUDRICOURT. Battalion in billets by 2.00 p.m. Billets very good, afternoon spent in men cleaning up etc.

March 5, 1917
Entry: Inspection by Unit Commanders in the morning. 25 O.R. to BETHUNE on leave. “A” Company paid in afternoon, other companies spent afternoon in cleaning up and reorganizing companies as per new Divisional Organization. 10% of Battalion to BETHUNE on pass. Weather fine.

March 6, 1917
Entry: Brigade Headquarters moved to FOUQIERES. All companies and units paid. Companies carried on with training, drill, company in the attack etc. 10% of men again to BETHUNE on pass. Weather fine.

March 7, 1917
Entry: Companies carried on with drill, company in attack etc. 10% of the men again to BETHUNE on pass, also a party of 100 under two officers to a concert at the CINEMA in BETHUNE

March 8, 1917
Entry: Battalion moved from FOUQIERES at 9.00 a.m., marching to MAISNIL LES RUITZ, via HALLICOURT and RUITZ, arriving in billets about 11.30 a.m. Billets very good. Lieut. R.D.GARRETT and 100 O.R. to CAMBLINGUEL on fatigue party unloading ammunition. Lieut. K.G.MICKLEBOROUGH reported for duty from hospital. Billeting party sent on to CAMBLINGUEL. Weather winter.

March 9, 1917
Entry: Moved from MAISNIL LES RUITZ at 9.20 a.m., marching to CAMBLINGEUL, via RAUCHICOURT, REVERBRE LAUCHIN, LEGALAND ESTREE COUCHIE. Inspected by Major General Currie at present commanding Canadian Corps and Sir Robert BORDEN when passing Corps Headquarters. Arrived in CAMBLINGEUL at noon but could not move into billets until 3 p.m., 14th Canadian Battalion being in possession. Billets poor on account of concentration of troops, guns etc. Weather wintry.

March 10, 1917
Entry: Companies carried on with platoon drill in the morning and a route march in the afternoon. Lt.Col. BARKER, 95th Canadian Battalion reported for 10 days course of instruction. Major H.S.COOPER up looking over the New Area in vicinity of ROCLINCOURT From reports received area is quite quiet at present. Weather fine.

March 11, 1917
Entry: Church Parade at field in CAMBLINGEUL, service taken by Captain ARCHER. Holiday in afternoon, band playing at Brigade Headquarters. 11 O.R. to 1st Canadian Machine Gun Company. Major FERGUSON reported for a 10 days course of instruction. Weather frosty.

March 12, 1917
Entry: Companies carried on with musketry and physical drill in the morning. Afternoon parades cancelled on account of rain. “C” and “D” Companies paid. Court Martial at Battalion Headquarters, Major H.S.Cooper, President, case of 405271 Private S.E.Gaunt dismissed. Lieut. C.W.Jones relieved Lieut. R.D.Garrett on unloading fatigue. Weather fine.

March 13, 1917
Entry: Lieut. J.K.GILLESPIE to 1st Canadian Trench Mortar Battery. Physical drill and platoon exercises carried out by the Companies throughout the morning. Route march in afternoon. route via MINGOVAL and AUBIGNY. Captain W.E.CURRY and Captain C.E.Cooper promoted to the rank of Acting Major. Official news received regarding the fall off BHAGDAD. Lieut. A.A.Harvey and 5 O.R. reported as reinforcements. Lieut. A.A.Harvey posted to “D” Company. Weather fine.

March 14, 1917
Entry: Units carried on with physical and platoon drill in the morning. Commanding Officer, Second in Command and Officers Commanding Companies rode out to view Brigade practice ground, German trenches over which we are attacking taped out. Companies carried on with practicing Artillery Formation, and advancing in extended order. Good news from SOMME, advance on a 3 1/2 mile front. Weather fine.

March 15, 1917
Entry: Companies carried on with platoon and physical drill in morning. Commanding Officer attending a conference at Brigade Headquarters. task allotted for operation. Battalion marched over Battalion area in the attack, on Brigade Practice Ground, no formation of any kind, the idea being to just give the men a rough idea of their task. Conference of Unit Commanders at Battalion Headquarters at 8.00 p.m. Weather fine.

March 16, 1917
Entry: Carried out Battalion attack across Battalion Area at Brigade practice area in the morning. “C” and “D” Companies bathed in afternoon. “A” and “B” Companies working on practice area again in afternoon. Weather fine.

March 17, 1917
Entry: “A and “B” Companies bathed in morning, “C” and “D” Companies receiving instruction at 117th Battery, 26th Brigade R.F.A., in dismantling enemy guns. In afternoon “A” and “B” Companies received instruction at Artillery and “C” and “D” Companies carried out attack across Battalion area. Lieut. K.C.Brooke returned from Canadian Corps School.

March 18, 1917
Entry: Major W.H. Kippen on leave. Battalion church parade at 11.00 a.m. In afternoon Battalion carried out attack across Battalion Area. Lieut. K.C.Brooke acting as Adjutant.

March 19, 1917
Entry: Battalion did physical drill from 8.45 to 9.15 a.m. and from 9.30 a.m. to noon carried on with Battalion in attack. scheme. In afternoon practiced Brigade Attack Scheme over Brigade Training Area ground.

March 20, 1917
Entry: Lieut-Colonel Barker left for England, Brigade attack scheme which was ordered for 9.30 a.m. postponed until afternoon owing to bad weather. Battalion carried out practice attack scheme (Brigade) in the afternoon over Brigade training area.

March 21, 1917
Entry: Companies carried on independently with physical training and inspection of equipment etc. In afternoon the Battalion carried out Brigade attack scheme on Brigade training area the Corps Commander was present.

March 22, 1917
Entry: Brigadier General Griesbach, W.A., inspected Battalion Transport and Cookers and was very pleased with them, stating that it was the best looking transport that he had seen in a long time. In morning Battalion carried on with physical training from 9.30 to 10.30 a.m. Lieut.Colonel J.B.Rogers called a meeting of all officers for 10.45 a.m. and lectured on following days attach scheme. Lieut. C.W.Jones returning to England. New draft of 105 men arrived from Entrenching Battalion, they are from 130th Battalion.

March 23, 1917
Entry: In morning Battalion carried on with tactical schemes on Battalion training area., British trenches. Practiced dealing with Machine Gun nests.

March 24, 1917
Entry: In morning Battalion did physical drill and bayonet fighting. Commanding Officer called a meeting of Company Commanders and discussed tactical schemes and operations. One officer from each Company, Intelligence Officer and Lieut. G.A.Patterson to Army Headquarters to view relief map. In afternoon Battalion in attack over area. at Brigade training field.

March 25, 1917
Entry: Church parade at 9.00 a.m. Roman Catholics paraded at 10.30 a.m. to church. Muster parade at 10.00 a.m. Major H.S.Cooper, Company Commanders and Intelligence Officer, Machine Gun Officer and Grenade Officer went up to look over front line. Training syllabus for afternoon consisted of attack schemes by Companies on Company parade grounds.

March 26, 1917
Entry: Morning was devoted to inspections, bayonet fighting and physical drill. Commanding Officer and Major H.S.Cooper to Army Headquarters to view relief map. In afternoon carried on with lectures on tactical schemes in connection with coming offensive.

March 27, 1917
Entry: Marched to ECOIVRES from CAMBLINGEUL and relieved the 5th Canadian Battalion there Battalion billeted in huts.

March 28, 1917
Entry: Battalion relieved the 8th Canadian Battalion in the LABYRINTHE Section. First platoon left ECOIVRES at 10.15 a.m.Relief complete at 4.30 p.m. Enemy shelling out front pretty heavily. Casualties 2 killed and 8 wounded.

March 29, 1917
Entry: The Brigadier General had lunch with us, discussed tactical situation with the Commanding Officer in connection with coming offensive. Enemy have been quite active 3 more casualties, slight wounds.

March 30, 1917
Entry: Captain J.I.Matthews slightly wounded in shoulder. Morning was pretty quiet. New draft of 30 men arrived. Commanding Officer attending conference at advanced Brigade Headquarters. Our artillery active in the afternoon. Major W.H.Kippen returned from leave. 2 O.R. wounded.

March 31, 1917
Entry: Our artillery active throughout the day, firing with good effect on enemy trench junctions. Enemy artillery retaliated in vicinity of “D” Companies Headquarters with considerable force without causing any casualties. Weather fine.

POSITION OF BATTALION DURING MONTH
February 23rd to March 1st. – Trenches (Souchez Section)
March 1st to March 3rd. – ABLAIN ST NAZAIRE
March 3rd to March 4th. – BOUVIGNY HUTS
March 4th to March 8th. – FOUQIERES
March 8th to March 9th. – MAISNIL LES RUITZ
March 9th to March 27th – CAMBLIGNEUL.
March 27th to March 28th – ECOIVRES
March 28th………………………..Trenches (Labyrinthe Section)

SUMMARY OF CASUALTIES FOR MONTH
201941 Cpl. Wickenden, C.W. Wounded 28.3.17
&71271 L/Cpl. Allen, A. Wounded 28.3.17
785042 Pte. Burt, F.G. Wounded 28.3.17
766349 Pte. Cashman, W. Wounded 28.3.17
785006 Pte. Foster, H.H. Wounded 28.3.17
138660 Cpl. Paige, E. Wounded 29.3.17
126135 Pte. Ferguson, H. Wounded 29.3.17
210461 Pte.Jeffrey, L.N. Wounded 29.3.17
458062 L/Cpl. Stephens, T. Wounded 29.3.17
Hon.Capt. Matthews, J.I. Wounded 30.3.17
201938 Pte. Wallace, S.C. Wounded 30.3.17
201604 Cpl. Hall, J. Wounded 30.3.17
636661 Pte. Burke, H. Wounded and Died of Wounds 28.3.17
788205 Pte. Smith, W.E. Killed in Action 28.3.17
766099 Pte. Hayes, R. Killed in Action 29.3.17
139630 Pte. Mack. J.A. Killed in Action 29.3.17

April 1, 1917 – Reference ROCLINCOURT 51.B. N.W. 1/10000 and LENS Sheet 11 1/100000
Location: Labyrinthe Section
Entry: Our artillery keeping up an active barrage on enemy trenches and back country. 2 casualties. Commanding Officer attended conference at Brigade Headquarters ARIANE DUMP. The Battalion was relieved by the 1st Canadian Battalion and moved into Brigade Support to the LABYRINTHE SECTION with Headquarters at LILLE POST. Relief complete at 11.00 pm. Weather, fine.

April 2, 1917
Location: Support to Labyrinthe Section
Entry: Working parties of 600 O.R. Scouts under Captain MCCORMICK’s supervision staking out Battalion Assembly Area in A.15.c. The actual bombardment for the offensive appears to have commenced, as our artillery is extremely active. 4 casualties. A heavy snow fall at 5 pm compelled us to cancel work on Battalion Assembly Trenches which were to have been dug tonight. Zeppelin was seen approaching ARRAS from WARLINCOURT. Weather, fine, crisp.

April 3, 1917
Location: (not listed)
Entry: Working parties of 300 Other Ranks. Our artillery again extremely active throughout the day. Thorough reconnaissance being made of the Battalion Assembly Area and ground between it and the British Front Line, by all Officers, N.C.O’s and as many men as possible. Draft of 20 O.R. reported from 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion. Weather, fine.

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Part II Orders No. 34 (1917) Page 1
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April 4, 1917
Location: (not listed)
Entry: Our artillery again extremely active throughout the day, expecially [sic] at 5.00 pm when a practice barrage was laid upon enemy’s front line system. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. returned to the Battalion from the Commanding Officers course at ALDERSHOT, where he has been for the last 3 months. Commanding Officer hald [sic] a comference [sic] of Company Commanders at Battalion Headquarters. 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalions raided enemy’s trenches, capturing one German Officer, who later died. Weather, fine.

April 5, 1917
Location: Cambligneul
Entry: Battalion releived [sic] by elements of 2nd Brigade in the afternoon, obtaining baths and packs at ECOIVRES and moving back to billets in CAMBLIGNEUL, which are very good. A party of 100 men being left in vicinity of ELBE TRENCH, A.15.d to complete Battalion Assembly Area in a state of readiness, these are untrained men and will be used for a carrying party in the operation. All our Assembly Trenches are now completed, area being also marked out with flags, etc. The Battalion Dump which is established at A.15.c.4.O. is deficient of aeroplane flares and No.23 Mills Rifle Grenades, which are extremely hard to obtain, but Lieut CLIFF is remaining in to see that the dump is brought up to establishment and that it is guarded, as material has a strange peculiarity of vanishing in these times. Weather, fine.

April 6, 1917
Location: Cambligneul
Entry: Morning spent in men cleaning up and getting paid. All war equipment such as Mills Cups, Wire-cutters, etc., issued to individuals who are carrying them in the operation. Official norification [sic] received that ZERO day has been postponed from April 8th to April 9th, giving us a day more in CAMBLIGNEUL, which is very acceptable as the weather is so good. Artillery fire seems to be growing very intense. Weather, fine.

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Part II Orders No. 35 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 35 (1917)

April 7, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Commanding Officere and Adjutant attended a conference at Brigade Headquarters, ECOIVRES, in which forthcoming operation was discussed. The issue of areoplane [sic] flares, candles and matches on scale of 1 per man completed. General CURRIE visited us in the afternoon. Official notification received that the U.S.A. has declared war on Germany.

 

Part II Orders No. 36 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 36 (1917)

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April 8, 1917
Location: (not listed)
Entry: Battalion paraded at 8.50 am for Divine Service on Battalion parade ground 200 yards South of CAMBLIGNEUL, Captain ARCHER taking the service. After the service Lieut-Colonel J.B. ROGERS addressed the Battalion, stating that we had one of the most difficult feats to perform [sic] and had been given the honoured position of the right of the Canadian Corps and he had every confidence that the Battalions work would be as gallant and steady in the attack and as firm in holding and consolidating, as ever. At 12.15 pm the first Company of the Battalion, “A” Company, moved off via CAMBLAIN L’ABBE, to the Brigade Assembly Area, and stored packs in the Divisional Pack Shelter. A hot meal was served to the men at 5 pm. The spirits of all ranks is magnificent. The Battalions of the Brigade started to move to their respective Assembly Areas at 8 pm, the Battalions moving in the following order: 1st, 4th, 3rd, 2nd.

Entry: A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE ENGAGEMENT FROM MIDNIGHT APRIL 8th/9th TO MIDNIGHT APRIL 12th/13th, WILL BE FOUND AT BACK.

[For ease of reading chronologically, the above mentioned appendices have been inserted here.]

“B” The Narrative.
April 8th 1917

9.00 pm: The Colonel and Adjutant arrived at Headquarters in Battalion Assembly Area A.15.d.1½.1½.
9.13 pm: Battalion commenced to move from Brigade Assembly Area at 10 minutes interval between Companies. – Unites, “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”.
9.50 pm: Lieut. RUSHER, 117th Battery, 25th Brigade, R.F.A., who is our artillery liaison officer reported at Battalion Headquarters and was instructed to report again at ZERO.
11.15 pm: 10th Canadian Battalion passing up ELBE Trench to take up position in “jumping off trench”.
11.22 pm: 7th Canadian Battalion passing up ELBE Trench past Battalion Headquarters.
11.27 pm: Signallers reported in position at Battalion Assembly Area.
11.27 pm: Brigade put in wire in the morning, but we have been out of touch ever since.
11.34 pm: Lieut. CLIFTON reported at Battalion Headquarters. Enemy shelled his section in vicinity of ARIANE DUMP, he had no casualties.
11.47 pm: Captain A.B. McCORMICK reported at Battalion Headquarters. Scouts in position, no casualties.
11.50 pm: Lieut. W.B. WOODS reported at Battalion Headquarters. Machine Gun Section in position.
11.56 pm: Received message from “D” Company, reporting all correct.

April 9th 1917

12.20 am: Lieut. GLASSFORD’s party of Stretcher Bearers reported all correct.
12.26 am: “B” Company reported all correct at midnight.
1.pp [sic] am: “A” and “C” Companies reported all correct, in position. Code word “ROGERS: sent to Brigade timed 1.05 am. Lieut. R. BAILEY reported at Battalion Headquarters wouded in the leg, does not wish to go out but was ordered to do so.
1.07 am: Referring to entry of 11.27 pm, Brigade wire still out, there is a line however running to the Companies which is O.K.
1.25 am: Captain R.E. PICARD (O.C. Composite Company) reported at Battalion Headquarters, reports laying of bridges not yet completed.

1.40 am: Lieut. H.K. CLIFTON returned from 2nd Brigade Signal Office, they are agreeable to take any of our messages. Our wire with Brigade still out.
2.05 am: Lieut. K.E. MICKLEBOROUGH reported at Battalion Headquarters, rather badly shaken up and slightly gassed. Returned to his company.
2.20 am: Captain PEARCE reports his two Vickers guns which are attached to us, are behind ELBE, on right of SAPPERS DUGOUTS.
3.40 am: Synchronized time received from Brigade.
3.50 am: Lieut. GARRETT reports bridging complete.
4.10 am: Lieut. NEILLONS and 8 sappers of 1st Field Company, C.E., reported at Battalion Headquarters. Their duty is to construct with “A” and “B” Companies as working parties, the Main Line of Resistance.
5.30 am: Attack commences, the volume of our artillery fire is wonderful.
5.40 am: Word received from Companies, everything O.K.
6.12 am: Attack seems to be progressing favourably, no enemy artillery fire in our area.
6.15 am: Can receive very little information from Captain McCORMICK who has established an O.P. in Fort “A”, with telephone communication with us, as the noise from our artillery is so loud that one cannot hear over the phone, however the attack seems to be going favourably.
6.22 am: 4 prisoners from 1st Bavarian Regiment passed our Headquarters and on being interrogated by Lieut. PATTERSON, state that the SWISCHEN STELLUNG is all broken in by our guns.
6.29 am: Captain A.B. McCORMICK returned from Fort “A” and reports all going well.
6.46 am: About 100 prisoners carrying stretchers are seen passing Headquarters.
6.56 am: Captain A.B. McCORMICK left for the RED Objective with 2 scouts, 5 signallers and 4 runners to establish Headquarters, as I do not think it wise to move until some definite Headquarters is ready for me. The scouts are being sent back as guides.
7.03 am: Major H.S. COOPER sent over to Battalion Assembly Area.
7.04 am: Lieut. RUSHER, R.F.A., reported for duty.
7.05 am: Brigade wire still out.
7.10 am: Word received from 2 Brigade that information received they know they have captuted [sic] BLACK onjective [sic] and are advancing on RED.

7.30 am: Battalion commenced to move forward in artillery formation to RED objective. All units were seen to clear the crest (old British Front Line) by 7.56 am. From the time the Battalion left the Brigade Assembly Area until they crossed over all front line, I do not think they had more than 12 casualties.
7.30 am: Captain McCORMICK arrived at Advanced Headquarters A.17.a.9.5.
7.32 am: 4th Canadian Battalion also observed moving forward on our left.
7.57 am: 2nd Canadian Battalion moved across from SUNKEN Road to vicinity of old British front line.
8.25 am: Enemy barrage slacking on old British front line he is evidently shortening his barrage to BLACK objective.
8.45 am: Battalion Headquarters moved from A.15.d.1½ .1½.
8.55 am: Enemy barrage very heavy on our old front line, he using a great many gas shells which are very irritating.
9.33 am: Arrived at Battalion Headquarters A.17.a.9.5., found all Companies O.K. and intact 120 yards in rear of RED Objective. Total casualties to date Major W.E. CURRY O.C. “A” Company, killed and 10 O.R. wounded, we are in touch with both our flanks, 4th Battalion on left and 1st Battalion on right.
10.03 am: Highlanders seen advancing on our right.
10.05 am: Our men commencing to advance on BLUE objective.
10.07 am: Lieut. NELLONS, Engineer officer, reported at Battalion Headquarters.
10.09 am: Captain McCORMICK left Battalion Headquarters with laddered line, to establish O.P. east of RED objective.
10.24 am: Enemy shelling vicinity of Battalion Headquarters and RED Objective very heavily. 2nd Canadian Division reported to be moving through THELUS by Captain McCORMICK.
10.32 am: Message received from Major REID that it is impossible to advance on account of our own barrage. The trouble seems to be that the barrage is left wheeling about A.18.a.1.5. from 166 minutes to 290 minutes (1 barrage line), so I acquainted Major REID with what I thought the trouble was.
10:50 am: Captain McCORMICK reports our troops advancing on BLUE objective. Message sent to Captain PICARD to bring up bombs.
10.54 am: Message received from Capt. McCORMICK timed 10.50 am that 2nd Division have taken THELUS and Hill 135 to East of THELUS.

10.55 am: Message received from Captain McCORMICK that we have taken BLUE objective.
11.03 am: From observations, 4th Battalion appear to have captured BLUE objective.
11.12 am: Major CUNNINGHAM, Brigade Staff, reported to Battalion Headquarters.
11.14 am: Message received from Captain McCORMICK that right flank is joined up with troops on that flank, also that ground flares are being shown at BLUE Objective.
11.17 am: Message received from Captain McCORMICK that 2nd Battalion are moving up SWISCHEN STELLUNG.
11.21 am: Major CUNNINGHAM left Battalion Headquarters.
11.30 am: Message received from O.C. “B” Company that everything is O.K. in BLUE objective, left flank being connected with 4th Battalion on right and “A” Company on left. This Company has only had 2 casualties since the commencement of the operation. Enemy artillery fire on BLUE objective is heavy.
11.47 am: Message received from O.C. “C” Company that everything is O.K. Casualties light and that he is in touch with B Company on the right and 4th Battalion on left.
12.01 pm: Left Headquarters at A.17.a.9.5., Major COOPER remaining behind to guide a carrying party up.
12.10 pm: Meet Brigadier-Generel [sic] GRIESBACH whilst we were moving across country.
12.21 pm: Arrived at Headquarters at LEON WEG A.12.c.2.1.
12.26 pm: Our troops commence to advance on BROWN objective.
12.47 pm: TIRED Trench carried by our troops.
1.06 pm: Our artillery fire very heavy and seems to be very effective.
1.14 pm: Phoned by Brigade Major notifying us that 2nd Canadian Division are being counter-attacked in vicinity of HEROES WOOD and GOULET WOOD, also that a squadron of cavalry is being pushed through to WOLLERVAL as soon as the barrage dies down. Also informed that we are the only Battalion in the Brigade who they are in touch with.
2.05 pm: Enemy artillery forming barrage on RED objective.
2.20 pm: Definite news received of the capture of the BROWN objective from “C” Company, who are in touch with 4th Battalion on their left, have dug in and are pushing patrols forward through FARBUS WOOD.
2.27 pm: Major REID, O.C. “D” Company reports that he has pushed patrols into FARBUS WOOD, but that the 4th Gordons have not come up, so he instructed O.C. “B” Company to form a defensive flank along the SUNKEN Road running S.E. from COMMANDANTS HOUSE. I approved of Major Reids [sic] orders. Major REID also reports work is in progress digging Mian Line of Resistance.

2.40 pm: In conversation over the phone Major Reid informed me he had no definite reports from his platoons in the wood.
3.40 pm: Major FOSS, 1st Division Staff called at Battalion Headquarters. Situation not quite clear.
4.20 pm: Situation now clear, my “C” and “D” Companies have firmly established themselves in the wood, capturing a battery of enemy guns and 35 of the personnel, including 3 officers. “C” and “D” Companies have pushed out patrols to eastern edge of FARBUS WOOD.
5.10 pm: Major COOPER arrived at Battalion Headquarters.
5.45 pm: Battalion Headquarters moved from A.12.d.2.1., to B.7.c.2.1.
6.05 pm: From information received from wounded men it would seem as though it is going to be very difficult to get the guns out of FARBUS WOOD.
6.35 pm: Enemy shelling FARBUS WOOD with great intensity.
6.50 pm: Major REID again reports that Gordons are nowhere to be seen on right flank, the position is quite serious as our flank is left absolutely in the air.
7.10 pm: Major FOSS and Major McLAUGHLIN 2nd Canadian Battalion called, giving us dispositions of 1st Brigade. Major FOSS suggested that we use the company of the 2nd Canadian Battalion, but I do not think it is necessary to call on them, so I did not.
7.43 pm: Another scare of a counter-attack and our barrage opened up.
8.33 pm: Major COOPER reported at Battalion Headquarters with dispositions, they being exactly in accordance with O.O. 65.
12 midnight: Night fairly quiet, estimated casualties 150.

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Map showing the Canadian Corps positions and lines of attack at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9th and 10th, 1917.

APRIL 10th 1917
5.00 am: The 4th Gordons were to recommence their attack at 5.00 am but it is very quiet and there is no sign of them.
4.45 am: Messages received from Brigade “B.M.33” and “G.554” timed 4.45 pm April 9th, ordering us to put 2 companies on eastern edge of FARBUS WOOD
5.30 am: “C” and “D” Companies instructed to shove out 6 sentry groups of 5 men each to eastern edge of FARBUS WOOD, the orders referred to in Paragraph timed 4.45 pm being impracticable as the wood can be better held from the trench running through the centre of the wood on the slope of the hill, and also the enemy would have inflicted a great many casualties on 2 companies moving across this ground in broad daylight.
5.45 pm: Spoke to Major REID, no sign of attacking troops on our right, Enemy shelling FARBUS WOOD very heavily.
5.59 am: Received orders to push out patrols to WILLERVAL,organized parties of scouts, but to me it seems very impracticable as I have reason to believe the enemy are in large numbers in the railway cutting about half way between the wood and the cutting.

6.59 am: Major REID phoned and asked that stretcher party be sent to his company as he had a number of his own men and also some R.C.D., who were waiting to be evacuated.
7.16 am: Captain McCORMICK reports his patrols actine [sic] throughout the night but says that there are still a number of Germans in FARBUS WOOD, hiding in dugouts.
7.33 am: Lieut. PATTERSON reported at Battalion Headquarters he is taking out a patrol and Sergeant GREEN is taking out another to endeavour to gain contact with the enemy.
9.00 am: The Brigade Major called at Battalion Headquarters and says the Brigades position is an excellent one but the whole operation is imperilled [sic] by the Gordons not coming up on our flank.
10.35 am: Lieut. PATTERSON reported back from the patrol and his information definitely fixes the German line at the Railway.
11.40 am: I called Colonel RAE up and we decided it was not possible to push any further ahead as his patrols had also run into considerable resistance from the railway.
12.30 pm: Lieut. D. COTTON, 1st Canadian Trench Mortar Battery reported.
&.05 [sic] pm: Lieut. A. GLASSFORD reported to Battalion Headquarters he has cleared all the wounded out of the Battalion area.
1.40 pm: Word was received in the morning that the 4th Gordons had established a post at B.14.a.9.3., so I sent Lieut. PATTERSON out to investigate, but he reports that the enemy occupy this point.
3.20 pm: Battery Commander, 117th Battery called at Battalion Headquarters and explained barrage.
3.43 pm: Major W.B. CROWTHER reports enemy digging in on his front in vicinity of railway from B.M. 772 south. Heavy barrage put on this line for 10 minutes.
6.07 pm: Brigade Major informed us thatcwe [sic] would be releived [sic] tonight by 2nd Canadian Battalion and move back to Main Resistance Line and to the BLUE Objective. All units immediately informed as the men are very much tuckered out.
6.20 pm: Ration party under Lieut. GARRETT arrived.
7.22 pm: Major REID reports that enemy are concentrating in BAILLEUL and moving up trench B.14.d.
7.26 pm: Phoned Brigade Major giving him above information, he informs me that 4th Gordons will recommence their attack very shortly.

9.00 pm: The 4th Gordons and the 7th Black Watch commenced to attack enemys line. Results not clear.
11.00 pm: Enemy shelling vicinity of COMMANDANTS HOUSE very heavily.

Part II Orders No. 37 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 37 (1917)

APRIL 11th 1917
2.00 am: O.C. 2nd Battalion arrived with his Headquarters.
4.42 am: Relief complete reported.
6.10 am: All units in position in Brigade Support Area. “A” and “B” Companies remained in the Main Resistance Line, the only difference being that “A” Company took over 250 yards more trench on account of Brigade extending its front to HEROES WOOD. “C” and “D” Companies moved back to BLUE Objective with Battalion Headquarters at Junction LOEN WEG at MUNCHEN GRABEN.
9.00 am: Colonel RAE called at our Headquarters and I went up with him to the Main Line of Resistance to absolutely determine the boundary between out [sic] two battalions, it was fixed at B.7.d.1½.8.
11.00 am: Captain A.B. McCORMICK reported missing, he was last seen reconnoitering over right flank about 7 am April 10th. He was accompanied by no one, and it is possible he may have lost his direction and walked into enemy trenches, this was very easy on account of our right flank being in the air.
11.07 am: Our own artillery shooting short, shells dropping near “C” and “D” Companies, about 2000 yards from our front line.
2.50 pm: Sergeant GREEN of Scouts reports that the Highlanders are at last advancing on our right and that they expect to be established in the BROWN objective shortly.
4.05 pm: Very heavy artillery fire on our right.
4.20 pm: Officers of 2nd Brigade called at Battalion Headquarters they expect to come in tomorrow night.
9.45 pm: Lieut. BLACKEY is reported wounded still at duty.
12 midnight: Night passed quietly

APRIL 12th 1917
6.00 am: Officers of 2nd Brigade forward on reconnaissance work.
12.45 pm: The Brigadier called and had lunch with us, informing us that everyone is pleased at our achievements.
5.05 pm: 1 officer and 6 O.R. per Company reported at Battalion Headquarters to go down and take over RED LINE and to guide units to it on relief.
7.10 pm: First platoon of 10th Battalion who are releiving [sic] us passed Battalion Headquarters.

7.40 pm: 10th Battalion Headquarters arrived.
8.50 pm: Relief complete.
10.55 pm: All companies reported in position in RED Objective.

April 13, 1917
Location: Divisional support. In Swischen Stellung.
Entry: Everyone had a good sleep. The Commanding Officer and Adjutant visited companies in the afternoon. The Brigade Major payed a visit to our Headquarters. Word received that the 2nd Brigade have advanced, captured WILLERVAL and are digging in 800 yards EAST of it. Lieut. WOODS inspected Lewis Guns and reports them all in good shape. Major H.S. COOPER left for England on duty.

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Part II Orders No. 38 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 38 (1917)

April 14, 1917
Location: Divisional reserve in old British front line
Entry: Releived [sic] in SWISCHEN STELLUNG by 14th Canadian Battalion, moving back to the old British Front Line, arriving there at 10.15 am. Working party of 300 men and 6 officers supplied to work on roads, LES TILLEULS. All men of Composite Company, No.5 Company and Stretcher Bearer Party rejoined their respective Companies except a draft of 61 men which arrived on the 10th of April. General CURRIE called at Headquarters and expressed great pleasure at our achievements. Transport moved from ECOIVRES to BRUNEHART FARM.

April 15, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Commanding Officer to conference at Brigade Headqurters BENTATA TUNNEL. Mens packs brought up from the transport. Lieut KEYS and Lieut. AIRTH reported for duty, being posted to “A” and “D” Companies respectively. Captain H. HUTCHISON assumed command of “A” Company. Brigade Major called at Battalion Headquarters. Battalion moved to WINNIPEG HUTS in BOIS DE ALEIUR, ½ mile NORTH of MONT ST. ELOI, all units reporting in at WINNIPEG HUTS at 11.30 pm.

April 16, 1917
Location: Winnipeg Huts
Entry: Day spent by men in cleaning up and bathing, all the Battalion being bathed at the baths at ECOIVRES which are very good. The huts (WINNIPEG) are very comfortable, a little crowded but that is rather expected. Weather poor, very cold wind.

April 17, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Weather still continued to be wretched, men finished cleaning up and completing equipment. Lieut. C.E. STEVENSON appointed assistant Lewis Gun Officer. Commanding Officer and Adjutant attended conference at which forthcoming operation was discussed. Weather, fair.

Part II Orders No. 39 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 39 (1917)

April 18, 1917
Location: Winnipeg Huts
Entry: The men given a complete rest, no parades. A very good concert held in Y.M.C.A tent which was greatly appreciated by all ranks. The Commanding Officer held a conference of Company and Unit Commanders at which forthcoming operation was explained.

April 19, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Practiced the attack on Brigade Training Area in the morning. Lieut. N.V. CLIFF and party of 20 O.R. proceeded to forward area for salvaging purposes. In the afternoon platoon commanders gave their platoons a one hour lecture explaining the forthcoming attack. Commanding Officer had conference of Company and Unit Commanders. Lieut. G.V. DOLMAN reported for duty.

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Part II Orders No. 40 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 40 (1917)

April 20, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Battalion again practicing attack on Brigade Training Area, which is about 1000 yards SOUTHEAST of MONT ST. ELOI, returning to camp about 2 pm. One blanket per man turned into Ordnance. No parade in afternoon which was spent in inspections and turning in of packs. Weather, fine.

April 21, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Lieut. K.C. BROOKE to 1st Canadian Divisional School as Adjutant. The Battalion moved off to the relief of elements of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade at about noon, resting in a field near 500 crater and having a hot meal. Companies moved off – Headquarters, “C” Coy., “B” Coy., “D” Coy., “A” Coy., at 10 minutes interval, guides of the 3rd Brigade being picked up at the NINE ELMS, whilst Battle Equipment was picked up at Battalion Dump at A.12.d.5.0. (Map references is now WILLERVAL 1/20000) Relief complete at 10.45 pm. Disposition of the Battalion as follows:
Headquarters – WILLERVAL – B.3.d.5.4.
“A” Company — RAILWAY TRACK – B.8.d.
“B” Company — WILLERVAL — b.3.D.
“C” Company — FRONT LINE – B.4.c. and B.10.a.
“D” Company — FARBUS VILLAGE — B.8.a.

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Part II Orders No. 41 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 41 (1917)

April 22, 1917
Place: Right Front Line, Willerval
Location: Night passed fairly quietly except for intermittent shelling of Battalion Headquarters. Wire on our front seems to be still intact. Commanding Officer had conference of Company Commanders at Battalion Headquarters at 3 pm. Lieut. A.H. O’SULLIVAN, 41st Seige [sic] Battery called at Headquarters and was killed just as he was leaving the door, which is an extremely hot spot. Orders received at 4.40 pm to push out posts 500 yards in front of our present line, also to do a great deal of patrolling as enemy is reported to be sending out patrols of considerable strength. Word received that XIII Corps are going to attack GAURELLE at 4.45 am April 23rd and that operations are also to be conducted further north. Rations arrived very late. “B” Company moved into the Front Line on the left of “C” Company, releiving [sic] a company of the 4th Canadian Battalion there. “A” Company were releived [sic] by a company of the 16th Canadian Battalion and moved into WILLERVAL. Disposition of the Battalion now as follows:
Left Front Line – “B” Company with the 4th Canadian Battalion of their Left.
Right Front Line – “C” Company and 1 platoon of “D” Company with the 17th Battalion Royal Fusiliers on their right.
WILLERVAL – “A” Company.
FARBUS – “D” Company (3 platoons).

April 23, 1917
Location: “do”
Entry: 2 large patrols of 15 men each and Lewis Gun under Lieuts. E.D. BALDWIN and J. BEAUMONT, clearing enemy off “No Mans” land and examining his wire in front of the ARLEUX LOOP, out from midnight to 3.30 am. They report enemy wire in very fair shape. By dawn “B” and “C” Companies had pushed out sentry groups, composed of 8 men and a Lewis Gun, to a line approximately through B.4.b. central and B.11.b.0.6. Attack by XIII Corps commenced at 4.45 am, enemy laid down a light barrage on our front line, but bombarded WILLERVAL fairly heavily with large shells. Casualties for 24 hours ending noon are 6 wounded. Brigadier-General GRIESBACH called at our Headquarters early in the afternoon. Major TOWERS, 4th Canadian Battalion and two 6” Battery Commanders called at our Headquarters to make arrangements with reference to cutting enemy wire. “D” Company (3 platoons) with 2 platoons of “A” Company attached to it, releived [sic] “C” Company who moved back to FARBUS VILLAGE, except the platoon of “D” Company which was attached to “C” Company which moved to WILLERVAL under “A” Companies [sic] orders.

Part II Orders No. 42 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 42 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 42 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 42 (1917)

April 24, 1917
Location: Right Front Line, Willerval
Entry: 4 posts of 8 men each and 1 Lewis Gun placed along the Battalion front, within 300 yards of enemy wire. Night passed fairly quietly, intermittent shelling of WILLERVAL. Casualty report for 24 hours ending noon today, 1 killed (460609 Private Sinclair, L., “A” Coy.) and 3 o.r. wounded. Officers of 1st and 4th Canadian Battalions up looking over area. Major D.H.C. MASON and the 4 Company Commanders, personally placed cord all along the Battalion frontage, to mark “jumping off” position in coming operation, this was completed at 10 pm and was a very good piece of work.

Part II Orders No. 43 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 43 (1917)

April 25, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: 2 strong patrols out, consisting of 15 men, each clearing enemy from “No Mans” land and examining enemy wire from 12 midnight till 3.40 am. They report wire in fair shape. Lieut. J. BEAUMONT’s party was fired on, suffering casualties to the extent of 3 O.R. Missing and 1 wounded. We were to have been releived [sic] by the 2nd Canadian Battalion tonight but relief was cancelled at noon. Enemy shelled main resistance line very heavily about 5 pm. Large working parties of the 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalions up digging a continuous trench, 100 yards in rear of the “C” LINE, we supply guides to guide them to location of their work.

Part II Orders No. 44 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 44 (1917)

April 26, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Night passed fairly quickly. Major D.H.C. MASON left early in the morning with an advance party we being releived [sic] tonight by the 7th Canadian Battalion, moving back to the RED Line, now occupied by the 15th Battalion. Casualties 24 hours ending noon today, 2 killed (787303 Pte. Jones, H.J., and 766495 Pte. Smith, A.E.) Orders received at 9.40 pm to furnish 2 companies as working parties, immediately, to complete new line which was dug last night. “A” and “C” Companies detailed for this work. Captain H. HUTCHISON being in charge of the party.

April 27, 1917
Location: Divisional Support in Swischen Stellung
Entry: Relief complete at 1.02 am. Battalion moved back to RED Line, arriving there at 4.40 am. Orders received at 3 pm that Battalion would be moving up to positions in FARBUS WOOD and RAILWAY, insupport of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade attack on ARLEUX tomorrow morning. Parties sent forward to recconoitre new position at 5.30 pm. Lieut. D.F. ROGERS arrived with 24 hours extra ration at 7.30 pm, which was duly issued. Battalion commenced to move at 9 pm, picking up bombs, etc., as they passed Battalion Dump, moving to positions as follows:
“A” Company – FARBUS WOOD, Left.
“B” Company – RAILWAY Embankment, Left.
“C” Company – FARBUS WOOD, Right.
“D” Company – RAILWAY Embankment, Right.
Battalion Headquarters – FARBUS WOOD, Right.

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Part II Orders No. 45 (1917)
Part II Orders No. 45 (1917)

April 28 1917
Location: Farbus Wood
Entry: Battalion reported in at 1.10 am, no accommodation [sic] for the men. Attack commenced at 4.25 am, wonderful view from the top of the ridge. Word received at 7.40 am, all objectives captured. The Battalion sent forward as stretcher parties to the assistance of the 2nd Brigade, 3 officers (Lieuts. J.H. Patton, E.H. Minna and A.G.W. Duncan) and 135 men, which greatly assisted them in clearing their wounded, these parties did not all report back till 3.30 pm. Many enemy prisoners passed through 2 Brigade Headquarters and Field Ambulance, which are only a few yards from our Headquarters. Enemy did not bother our companies at all till about 4 pm, when between that time and 7.30 pm, he threw approximately 600 5.9” shells into “B” and “D” Companies at RAILWAY Embankment, causing casualties to the extent of:
Major C.E. COOPER – Killed
404210 Pte. Steer, T.A. – Killed
Lieut. W.C. BUSH and 2 O.R. wounded.
Relieved by the 15th Canadian Battalion and moved back to Divisional Reserve at MAISON BLANCHE.

April 29, 1917
Location: Maison Blanche
Entry: The Battalion reported all in at 1 am. Battalion is billited [sic] in tents, very comfortable. Major C.E. COOPER buried at ECOVRES Cemetery, all Officers (except 1 per company and Adjutant) and “B” Company attending the ceremony. Word received that Lieut. W.C. BUSH died at No.30 Casualty Clearing Station, AUBIGNY, this morning.

April 30, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Indents taken in the morning and Battalion had baths in ECOIVRES. In the afternoon moving to the relief of the 5th Canadian Battalion in SWISCHEN STELLUNG at 4 pm.

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Part II Orders No 46 (1917)
Part II Orders No 46 (1917)

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Entry: CASUALTIES FOR MONTH OF APRIL 1917
201652 Pte. Mullen, J. Wounded April 2nd.
788598 Pte. Scully, F.W. Wounded April 2nd.
201495 Pte. Stroud, S. Wounded April 2nd.
183300 Pte. Sivyer, F. Wounded April 2nd.
210397 Pte. Howarth, R. Wounded April 3rd.
404404 Pte. Meade, C. Wounded, April 6th.
138465 Pte. Kennedy, S.L. Wounded April 8th.
140016 Pte. Binsley, A. Wounded April 8th.
201398 Pte. Hinch, S.R. Wounded April 8th.
Major Curry, W.E. Killed April 9th.
23219 Sgt. Hall, T.C. Killed April 9th.
139082 B/Cpl. France, L. Killed April 9th.
766994 Pte. Bullock, A.D. Killed April 9th.
427656 Pte. Quinn, W. Killed April 9th.
183261 Pte. Henderson, T. Killed April 9th.
201648 Pte. Morrison, J. Killed April 9th.
201182 Pte. Hamilton, W. Killed April 9th.
201192 Pte. Hollingshead, R.H. Killed April 9th.
787669 Pte. Horn, H.L. Killed April 9th.
766862 Pte. Kidd, W.M. Killed April 9th.
784561 Pte. James, R.A. Killed April 9th.
201126 L/Cpl. Bullock, W.E. Killed April 9th.
63268 Pte. Davidson, G. Killed April 9th.
766406 Pte. Jennings, F.L. Killed April 9th.
39755 Pte. Macauley, W.H. Killed April 9th.
201685 Pte. Robertson, E. Killed April 9th.
405441 Pte. Taylor, M. Killed April 9th.

210490 Pte. King, E. Killed April 9th.
201907 Cpl. Smith, N.Mc. Killed April 9th.
438072 Cpl. Stingle, C.C. Killed April 9th.

458050 Pte. Morrison, J. Missing April 9th.
787613 Pte. Moston, R. Missing April 9th.
784935 Pte. Petch, L.C. Missing April 9th.
766463 Pte. O’Brien, F.J. Missing April 9th.
201148 Pte. Cowie, W. Missing April 9th.
63596 Pte. Mason, A. Missing April 9th.
201244 Pte. Patsons, P.F. Missing April 9th.
785017 Pte. Allen, J.A. Missing April 9th.
788282 Pte. Charbonneau, M.T.G. Missing April 9th.
201533 Pte. Baker, W.A. Missing April 9th.
201612 Pte. Hendry, R. Missing April 9th.
171661 Pte. Ware, W.L. Missing April 9th.
788511 Pte. Barlow, T.P. Missing April 9th.

785056 Pte. Axford, J.W. Wounded April 9th.
Lieut. Bailey, R. Wounded April 9th.
853052 Cpl. Pretley, A. Wounded April 9th.
A4148 L/Cpl. Mangham, M Wounded April 9th.
138551 Pte. Coburn, W.G. Wounded April 9th.
427293 L/Cpl. Hewer, F.N. Wounded April 9th.
A4213 Pte. Sticley, F.C. Wounded April 9th.
201261 Pte. Ryan, R. Wounded April 9th.
211211 Pte. Garr, H.H. Wounded April 9th.
785313 Pte. French, S.T. Wounded April 9th.
138767 Pte. Switzer, P.E.D. Wounded April 9th.
784888 Pte. VanDuzer, H.N. Wounded April 9th.
183913 Pte. McIsaac, A. Wounded April 9th.

210090 Pte. Brown, G.H. Wounded April 9th.
175154 Pte. Flaherty, P. Wounded April 9th.
139150 Pte. Hood, R.E. Wounded April 9th.
766108 Pte. Maxwell, J. Wounded April 9th.
201201 Pte. Jones, C.F. Wounded April 9th.
784925 Pte. Sheeler, W.W. Wounded April 9th.
785056 Pte. Grime, J. Wounded April 9th.
201662 Pte. Pearce, C. Wounded April 9th.
139522 Pte. Bateman, R.A. Wounded April 9th.
787928 Pte. Cummings, E.B. Wounded April 9th.
A4172 Pte. O’Neill, G. Wounded April 9th.
785132 Pte. Armstrong, A.H. Wounded April 9th.
125819 L/Sgt Josselin, F. Wounded April 9th.
463280 L/Cpl. George, A.W. Wounded April 9th.
172363 L/Cpl. Strong, A. Wounded April 9th.
416387 Pte. Leblanc, R. Wounded April 9th.
201754 Pte. Caldwell, W.M. Wounded April 9th.
9787 Cpl. Gamey, O.A. Wounded April 9th.
139569 Pte. Reynolds, T.E. Wounded April 9th.
201323 Pte. Byron, F.G. Wounded April 9th.
460864 Pte. Taylor, F.E. Wounded April 9th.
A4179 Cpl. Purser, D.E. Wounded April 9th.
460864 Cpl. Stevenson, A. Wounded April 9th.
201806 Pte. Grave, A. Wounded April 9th.
172204 Pte. Hamilton, W.C. Wounded April 9th.
210357 Pte. Shoebridge, F.T. Wounded April 9th.
210267 Pte. Dobbie, T. Wounded April 9th.
766836 Pte. Gurney, W. Wounded April 9th.
457418 Pte. Hughes, T. Wounded April 9th.
210553 Pte. Lucy, G.B. Wounded April 9th.
766519 Pte. Wilde, W.L. Wounded April 9th.
139542 Pte. Murray, T.D. Wounded April 9th.

485556 Pte. Marshall, H. Wounded April 9th.
785154 Pte. McConnell, R. Wounded April 9th.
201092 Sge. Roche, O.C. Wounded April 9th.
172085 Pte. Adams, H.G. Wounded April 9th.
171418 Pte. Tarbot, G.E. Wounded April 9th.
457609 Pte. Livesey, J. Wounded April 9th.
426076 Pte. Aucoin, W.L. Wounded April 9th.
785104 Pte. Coope, R.E. Wounded April 9th.
201021 Pte. Cecil, C. Wounded April 9th.
427845 Pte. McKay, A. Wounded April 9th.
63627 Pte. McKoy, D. Wounded April 9th.
201448 Pte. Minty, C.F. Wounded April 9th.
787075 Pte. Horn, A. Wounded April 9th.
669024 Pte. Begg, J. Wounded April 9th.
201142 Pte. Comins, F. Wounded April 9th.
767202 Pte. Meddings, J. Wounded April 9th.
210932 Pte. Vizor, V. Wounded April 9th.
201107 Pte. Arnold, S.C. Wounded April 9th.
138684 Pte. Ricketts, H.J. Wounded April 9th.
787020 Pte. Dickson, R.J. Wounded April 9th.

141750 Pte. Perrin, A.J. Killed April 10th.
138552 Pte. Couperthwaite, G. Killed April 10th.
788954 Pte. Lavelly, P. Killed April 10th.
784941 Pte. Swayze, C.W. Killed April 10th.
784922 Pte. Frost, W.W. Killed April 10th.
202183 Pte. Stevenson, J. Killed April 10th.
766525 Pte. Wright, J.E. Killed April 10th.

171713 Pte. Wolfe, J. Missing April 10th.
457411 Pte. Coady, W. Missing April 10th.
486587 Pte. Stephenson, J. Missing April 10th.
A/Captain McCormick, A.B. Missing April 10th.
144154 Pte. Ouelette, O. Missing April 10th.

201270 Pte. Smith, J.P. Wounded April 10th.
769516 Pte. Maxwell, A.C. Wounded April 10th.
201259 Pte. Rose, A.H. Wounded April 10th.
403298 Pte. Williams, H. Wounded April 10th.
201328 Pte. Brown, J. Wounded April 10th.
201304 Pte. Yates, W. Wounded April 10th.
201133 Pte. Calhoun, H.G. Wounded April 10th.
403311 Cpl. Tucker, A. Wounded April 10th.
447895 Pte. Gatich, D. Wounded April 10th.
766852 Pte. Hutt, F. Wounded April 10th.
Major Crowther, W.B. Wounded April 10th.
171796 Pte. Kings, J.G. Wounded April 10th.
416853 Pte. Ladouceur, A. Wounded April 10th.

417049 Pte. Rheaume, A. Missing April 11th.

785151 Pte. Shephard, W. Wounded April 11th.
225313 Cpl. Robertson, J. Wounded April 11th.
23265 Pte. Fournier, E. Wounded April 11th.
9632 L/Sgt. Hanna, H.W. Wounded April 11th.
405398 Pte. Richardson, G. Wounded April 11th.
Lieut Blackey, P. Wounded April 11th.
201210 Pte. Lennen, J. Wounded April 11th.
172072 Pte. Robbins, J.G. Wounded April 11th.

785102 Pte. Cliffe, F.E. Killed April 12th.
A4141 L/Cpl. Lomax, H. Killed April 12th.

172138 Pte. Chadwick, W.F. Wounded April 12th.
174444 Pte. Barrett, W.S. Wounded April 12th.
766498 Pte. Sprange, C.J. Wounded April 12th.
765492 Pte. Skeldock, J.A. Wounded April 12th.
423425 Pte. Keating, J. Wounded April 12th.

458446 Cpl. Fuller, A.J. Wounded April 13th.

427378 Pte. Jones, E. Wounded April 22th.
766369 Pte. Ellis, R.H. Wounded April 22th.
789213 Pte. Letts, W.C. Wounded April 22th.
175303 Pte. Wiltshire, J. Wounded April 22th.

460609 Pte. Sinclair, L. Killed April 23rd.

785034 Pte. Eagle, L.F. Wounded April 23rd.
210314 Pte. Florence, C. Wounded April 23rd.
784525 Pte. Ottaway, W.R. Wounded April 23rd.

201352 Pte. Craddock, E. Missing April 24th.
785126 Pte. O’Donnell, J.J. Missing April 24th.
763167 Pte. McDonald, R.B. Missing April 24th.

787158 Pte. Hanley, J. Wounded April 24th.
201884 Pte. Pike, F.E. Wounded April 24th.
A4105 Sgt. Hancox, G. Wounded April 24th.

766495 Pte. Smith, A.E. Killed April 25th.
787303 Pte. Jones, H.J. Killed April 25th.

171898 Pte. Forsey, P.H. Wounded April 25th.

202190 Pte. Smith, W. Wounded April 26th.
438075 Pte. Willoughby, F. Wounded April 26th.
201149 Pte. Dawson, A.W. Wounded April 26th.
201124 Pte. Brinkworth, E.J. Wounded April 26th.
789133 Pte. Landreau, B. Wounded April 26th.
201290 Pte. Waite, F. Wounded April 26th.

A4196 Pte. Seymour, B. Wounded April 27th.
140593 Pte. Lampman, G.H. Wounded April 27th.

404210 Pte. Steer, T.A. Killed April 28th.
A/Major Cooper, C.E. Killed April 28th.

785206 Pte. Vesper, A.E. Wounded April 28th.
183401 Pte. Cawthorne, B. Wounded April 28th.
785301 Pte. Mulvey, G.F. Wounded April 28th.
Lieut. Bush, W.C. Wounded April 28th.
603028 Pte. Larose, R. Wounded April 28th.
784531 Pte. Laidman, A.E. Wounded April 28th.
766409 Pte. Jones, A.A. Wounded April 28th.
201980 Pte. Rutter, C.D. Wounded April 28th.

Entry: MOVEMENTS OF BATTALION IN APRIL 1917

March 28th to April 1st . – LABYRINTHE SECTION
April 1st to April 5th – SUPPORT TO LABYRINTHE SECTION
April 5th to April 8th CAMBLIGNEUL
April 8th to April 9th – ASSEMBLY AREA
April 9th to April 11th – FARBUS WOOD
April 11th to April 13th – BLUE OBJECTIVE. BOIS CARRE
April 13th to April 14th – DIVISIONAL SUPPORT, SWISCHEN STELLUNG
April 14th to April 15th – DIVISIONAL RESERVE, OLD BRITISH FRONT LINE
April 15th to April 21st – WINNIPEG HUTS
April 21st to April 27th – FRONT LINE (RIGHT) WILLERVAL
April 27th. – DIVISONAL SUPPORT IN SWISCHEN STELLUNG
April 27th to April 28th – DIVISIONAL SUPPORT IN FARBUS WOOD
April 28th to April 39th [sic] – MAISON BLANCHE
April 30th. – DIVISIONAL SUPPORT IN SWISCHEN STELLUNG.

[May 1-4 are actually Appendix but our inserted here to preserve chronological order]

MAY 1
Battalion fairly comfortable in SWISCHEN STELLUNG. The Commanding Officer called a metting [sic] of Company Commanders in which Operation Orders for forthcoming operations were discussed, the plan now being three Battalions attack the enemy front line and one Battalion in support. As we are moving to the relief of the 14th Canadian Battalion in Brigade Support, East of WILLERVAL, advance party under Lieut. G.C. PATTERSON was sent forward. Lt. Col. J.B. ROGERS returned to the Battalion Transport lines in accordance with Brigade instructions. Major D.H.C. MASON taking command of the Battalion with Major G.E. REID acting as Second in Command.
Battalion commenced to move from the Red Line at 8.30 pm picking up War Equipment under Lieut. CLIFF’s supervision at the Battalion Dump, near junction of Blue Objective and LEON WEG.

May 2nd
Very heavy strafe [sic] along whole front at 9.00 pm
1.05am: Relief complete, 14th Canadian Battalion moving back to Red Line.
1.20 am: Major G.E. REID left Battalion Headquarters, he is going out to stake out Battalion Assembly Area, taking an officer and 4 men from “A” and “B” Companies and one officer from “C” and “D” Companies.
4.20 am: Major G.E. REID reports posts as put out by 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade are not in location as given us by our Brigade, but positions seem to have been re-adjusted by Major REID without a great deal of trouble.
10.00 am: Morning quiet.
3.00 pm: Conference of O.C. Companies at Battalion Headquarters in which all small difficulties were discussed and settled.
4.30 pm: Lieut. RENNOCK, Engineer Officer who is being attached to us, reported at Battalion Headquarters.
4.50 pm: Brigade Major called at Battalion Headquarters.
5.20 pm: Word received that ZERO hour has been changed from 4.05 am to 3.45 am, much to our dissappointment [sic], as 3.45 am seems to early, 4.20 am would have been just about right.
6.15 pm: Lieut. CAMERON, 1st Brigade, C.F.A., our Artillery Liaison Officer, reported at Headquarters for duty.
9.00 pm: Very heavy artillery along our front.
9.30 pm: Major G.E. REID left for Assembly Area, he is going to check over and see that Companies occupy correct positions.

MAY 3rd
12:20 am: Battalion Headquarters arrived at Headquarters at B.5.d.2.6., (in ARLEUX LOOP) All units reported in position in the Assembly Area except “D” Company.
12.30 am: Lieut. RENNOCK, C.E., reported at Headquarters, sappers detailed to their respective Companies, 4 to “B” Company 6 to “A” Company and 2 to “C” Company.
12.50 am: No reports from “D” Company as yet.
1.04am: Time synchronised with Brigade.
1.17 am: Private DYSON, Battalion runner, who has been around Companies reports “D” Company not in position.
1.30 am: Lieut. M. CLIFF reported at Battalion Headquarters and states “D” Company were considerably disorganized by a shell causing them some casualties, including their guide and a platoon Commander. When last seen this Company seems to have been heading away over to the right.
1.20 am: 6 Scouts sent out to locate “D” Company.
1.40 am: Very heavy enemy straefe opened on our front and to our right.
1.55 am: Straefe still continues.
2.00 am: Straefe dying down.
2.13 am: Lieut-Col. R.P. CLARKE, O.C. 2nd Canadian Battalion, called at our Headquarters.
2.20 am: Everything quiet.
2.31 am: Received synchronized time from Signal Master, C.Z.A., watch sent to Companies 5 seconds fast.
2.34 am: Lieut. NICHOLSON, “YUKON” Battery of Machine Guns reported at Battalion Headquarters. He has 8 guns about 300 yards West of Battalion Headquarters.
2.41 am: Message received from Lieut. BROOKE that he has lost all his Officers and guides, is in ARLEUX LOOP but does not know where he is in relation to Assembly Area. Lieut. PATTERSON sent to guide him into his position in Assembly Area, it seems from runners story that “D” Company has had very hard time, suffering many casualties.
2.44 am: Lieut. STEVENSON sent for to come up to “D” Company.
3.00 am: Word received from Assembly Area that casualties are, “A” Company 1, “B” Company 6, “C” Company Nil.
3.02 am: Word sent to Brigade that we are in position less “D” Company.
3.05 am: Enemy artillery fairly active, his barrage line seems to fall on about “C” Companies line in Assembly Area.
3.07 am: Phoned Brigade Major and asked for counter-battery work.
3.15 am: Lieut. DUNCAN, with Stretcher Bearer party, reported at Battalion Headquarters.
3.18 am: Enemy still shelling vicinity of “A” Company heavily.
3.45 am: Attack commenced, enemy artillery active especially on back area.
3.52 am: Brigade Major phoned re “D” Company. No news of it as yet
4.01 am: Lieut. STEVENSON reported at Battalion Headquarters.
4.40 am: German Machine Guns appear active.
4.55 am: Wounded Lance Corporal from “A” Company states his Company was right through the Wood but when he was wounded they were being very hard pushed.
5.05 am: 1 officer and 19 men, German prisoners captured by “A” Company passed Battalion Headquarters.
5.20 am: Word received from “D” Company that they are in position but that they only have 25 men left.
5.40 am: Captain HUTCHISON reports capture of final objective and establishment of Strong Points as laid down.
6.16 am: 2nd Battalion wounded state that they have taken front line but cannot get through the town.
6.40 am: Lieut. MAY, Brigade Signal Officer phoned that he had Brigade Majors authority to state that a Company of the 4th Battalion would be attached to us, connection cut before conversation was finished.
6.41 am: Word received from “B” Company that they were digging in on Final Objective at 5.25 am.
6.45 am: Both front line companies ask for bombs and S.A.A.
6.50 am: Artillery Liaison Officer given our boundaries.
7.30 am: Brigade Major states he will wire through authority to us to have a Company of the 4th Battalion attached to us.
7.55 am: Brigade Major informs us that “C” Company 4th Battalion is being attached to us.
8.20 am: Major CUNNINGHAM called at our Headquarters.
8.30 am: Situation on left clear, we being in direct touch with the 2nd Battalion, but the right is still very obscure, it seems that the Britishers have not captured even the enemy’s front line.
10.00 am: From information received from Major CROWTHER who has passed through seriously wounded, and also from written report from Lieut. McPHERSON, it seems impossible to send troops over the ground between ARLEUX Crucifix and the BLUE Objective.
10.30 am: Message received from Captain HUTCHISON that his position is very grave and that he is gradually turning his flank.
10.50 am: Scout Officer of 2nd Battalion reported at Battalion Headquarters giving us information as to a way up to the line.
11.30 am: A 4th Battalion platoon ordered up to position now occupied by “C” Company, the two platoons of “C” Company being placed under “A” Companies orders.
12 noon: Word received, the Germans are advancing on our newly won positions. S.O.S. sent up and a protective barrage laid down.
12.10 pm: In consequence of above entry, orders as issued in para timed “11.30 am” are cancelled as far as it concerns 4th Battalion.
12.30 am: Platoon of 4th Battalion under Lieut. WALLER sent forward to reinforce “A” Company.
12.45 pm: Prisoners which have passed Battalion Headquarters now number 110 O.R.
12.50 pm: 14th Battalion commence to arrive in ARLEUX LOOP.
1.20 pm: Another 4th Battalion platoon under Lieut. STEVENSON, Lewis Gun Officer, 3rd Battalion, being organized to go forward to the support of “A” Company.
1.40 pm: Platoon which left at 12.30 pm returned, Lieut. WALLER and 3 O.R. including Platoon Sergeant being killed. These men report it is absolutely impossible to get across to the BLUE Objective, the enemy laying down a very heavy barrage and also a very heavy direct machine gun dire [sic], about 400 yards in front on ARLEUX LOOP, from the enemy’s front line on the right, which does not seem to have been taken by the Fusiliers.
1.40pm: Platoon which was to go forward under Lieut. STEVENSON recalled in consequence of above entry.
2.20 pm: Quietest moment since ZERO.
3.00 pm: Relief asked for tonight in conversation with Brigade Major
5.00 pm: Brigade Major informs us relief impossible.
6.00 pm: Enemy artillery shelling quite heavily, especially in region of ARLEUX LOOP.
8.00 pm: Major REID left Battalion Headquarters for forward area.
8.10 pm: Portions of “C” and “D” Companies who have been ordered to return to positions in ARLEUX LOOP commenced to arrive.
8.30 pm: Two platoons of “C” Company, 4th Battalion under Lieut. STEVENSON being organized to go forward to support of “A” Company, as well as taking supplies of bombs, etc., other two platoons are reporting to Lieut. CLIFF at WILLERVAL to look after bringing up of rations. On completion of this task they are going forward to occupy BLUE Objective.
8.40 pm: Lieut. CLIFF to WILLERVAL to look after supply of rations.
9.02 am: Platoons of 4th Battalion under Lieut. C.E. STEVENSON, Lewis Gun Officer, 3rd Battalion, commenced to pass Battalion Headquarters.
9.30 pm: Brigade Major called at Battalion Headquarters.
9.50 pm: Two damaged Lewis Guns sent down to Battalion Headquarters and changed, the two spare ones at Battalion Hqrs., being sent up to them.
10.35 pm: 2nd Battalion are reported to have put up S.O.S. on their front and there is quite a heavy artillery fire on our front.
10.50 pm: 2 platoons of 4th Battalion with rations for “A” and “B” Companies passed Headquarters.

MAY 4th
12.15 am: Major REID returned from Forward Area, his report confirming those received from Capt. HUTCHISON, earlier in the day, he also reports the two platoons under Lieut. STEVENSON have reported to Capt. HUTCHISON and are digging in.
3.15 am: Word received, 3 officers from Transport are at Brigade Headquarters, they being given instructions to remain at Dressing Station.
4.40 am: Message received from Capt. HUTCHISON that our Artillery was shooting short about 3.15 am.
6.00 am: Very bright and sunny day, everything quiet along our front.
12.50 pm: Operation Orders received for relief tonight.
3.00 pm: The Commanding Officer of releiving [sic] Battalion (1st EAST Surrey’s arrived). The Runner carrying the 4.00 pm “3rd” message I have tried to get through to Capt. HUTCHISON today, returned exhausted, reporting it is absolutely impossible to get forward.
5.30 pm: Lieut. CLIFF sent out with guides to meet incoming Battalion.
7.40 pm: Word received from Brigade that 6th Brigade are attacking at 8.00 pm, No times to warn forward Companies.
8.00 pm: Attack commenced, heavy barrage on our front and S.O.S. put up to our right.
8.45 pm: Enemy artillery activity dying down.
9.30 pm: 1st East Surrey’s commenced to arrive.
9.40 pm: 10 guides arrived from Capt. HUTCHISON to guide the 4 platoons and the 2 Company Headquarters off the releiving [sic] unit into the forward area.
10.00 pm: Lieut. WATSON, O.C. “C” Company of the 4th Battalion, passed Headquarters on a stretcher, seriously wounded.
11.30 pm: Our troops commenced to pass Battalion Headquarters, moving to MAISON BLANCHE.

MAY 5th
12.10 am: Enemy throwing gas shells into the back area.
1.30 am: Lieut. STEVENSON passed Battalion Headquarters and reports all our troops are now out of forward area.
2.50 am: Captain HUTCHISON reported at Battalion Headquarters relief complete.

May 5, 1917
Place: not listed
Entry: The Battalion reported back at MAISON BLANCHE at about 7.00 am, an excellent meal and a large rum issue was served to the troops, who soon forgot the strenuous times they had been through.
Total casualties for phase from May 2nd to May 4th:-
KILLED:- Major W.B. Crowther
Captain R.E. Picard
Lieutenant E.J. Scott
Lieutenant J.S. Hood
Lieutenant J.H. Patton
WOUNDED:- Lieutenant V.G. Garrett
Lieutenant J. Beaumont
Lieutenant E.D. Baldwin
Lieutenant C.B. Broddy
Lieutenant A.A. Harvey
Lieutenant T.A. Loughery

KILLED:- 39 Other ranks.
MISSING:- 41 Other ranks.
WOUNDED:- 136 Other ranks.
Lieutenant A.D. McDONALD reported for duty. Everyone taking a thorough rest. Weather, fair.

May 6, 1917
Place: not listed
Entry: Battalion moved into Corps Reserve at PETIT SERVINS, via MONT-ST-ELOI-VILLERS-AU-BOIS and GRAN SERVINS, everyone very comfortable. Training is not to be excessive, about 3 hours a day with another 3 hours sports and games. Sports committee organized, Majors C.A.V. McCORMACK and REID and Lieutenant H.K. CLIFTON representing this Battalion. Weather, fine.

May 7, 1917
Place: Petit Servins
Entry: Captain TIDMARSH, F.W. our present Medical Officer returned to the 1st Field Ambulance, Captain A.D. CAMPBELL replacing him. The Divisional Commander called at Battalion Headquarters and discussed training and reorganization. All war equipment etc., turned into Quartermasters Stores.

May 8, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Rain, parades consequently off. Lieutenant W.B. WOODS to 95th Infantry Brigade to ascertain if any information could be received regarding Captain PICARD’s or Lieutenant PATTON’s bodies. No information available.

May 9, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: “B” and “C” Companies and Units bathing at GOUY SERVINS. Inspected by Divisional Commander at VEDREL in the afternoon. Lieutenant J.J. VANDERSLUYS returned from 1st Army Machine Gun School Indoor baseball game between 3rd Battalion officers and officers of 1st Canadian Machine Gun Company. 3rd Battalion winning by 23 – 21. Draft of 47 O.R. arrived, including 34 ex-members of the Battalion. Weather, fine.

May 10, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: “A” and “D” Companies bathing at GOUY SERVINS, other Companies and Units carried on with preliminary training. Weather, fine.

May 11, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Inspection of the Brigade at HERSIN-COUPIGNY by the Corps Commander. Arrived back in billets at 1.30 pm. Corps Commander appears to be very well pleased with the appearance of the Brigade. Baseball game between Officers and Men. Men winning 7 – 8. Weather, fine.

May 12, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Lieutenant G.V. DOLMAN and 3 O.R. to Canadian Corps School. Baseball game between 4th Battalion and our team, 4th Battalion winning 12 – 7. Battalion field day, sports of all kinds, and winners picked for Brigade sports. Major D.H.C. MASON organizing a Musketry School. Weather, fine.

May 13, 1917
Place: Petit Servins
Entry: Attended Brigade Church Service at HERSIN. Army Commander – General HORNE, present. Service taken by the Senior Chaplain of the Army. General HORNE made a short address after the service. Football game in the afternoon, 3rd Battalion defeating 4th Battalion 3 – 1. Weather, fine.

May 14, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Training carried on in the morning, but cancelled in the afternoon owing to Brigade Sports. Unfortunately rain interfered with the sports, the Transport show being the only event which could be carried out, in which the 3rd Battalion was successfull [sic] in winning. Indents taken. Weather, rain.

May 15, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Training carried on in morning in drill, etc., except “B” Company who paraded with cooker to ranges at BOUVIGNY for musketry, rest of battalion attended football game at HERSIN, between 3rd Battalion and 1st Canadian Machine Gun Company, game ended a tie 0-0. Weather, fine.

May 16, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Training carried on with in the morning. Lieutenant N.V. CLIFF taking all men who had not thrown live grenades, and giving them instructions. Lieutenant N.V. CLIFF was slightly wounded by the premature explosion of a grenade, but it was not necessary for him to leave the Battalion. Weather, fine.

May 17, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Training carried on with in the morning, inside huts on account of rain. Football game between 3rd Battalion and 1st Canadian Machine Gun Company, latter winning [unintelligible] – 0. Boxing tournament also held at HERSIN. Weather, fine.

May 18, 1917
Place: -do-
Training carried on in the morning and afternoon. Baseball match between 1st and 3rd Brigades at CHATEAU DE LA HAITE, 3rd Brigade winning 9 – 1. Draft of 44 O.R. arrived including 27 old men of which, two are C.S.M. T.J. MOULDS and C.S.M. J.C. RAMSDEN. Weather, fine.

May 19, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Lieutenant E. SCOTT reported for duty from 12th Reserve Battalion. Court-Martial of Private J.M. Sargent, No. 9607, at 2nd Battalion Headquarters. Lieut-Colonel J.B. ROGERS to England on 10 days leave. Weather, fine.

May 20, 1917
Place: Petit Servins
Entry: Leave has evidently opened, as we have been asked to supply 6 men. Church parade on the Battalion Parade ground at 9.00 am, service taken by Captain G. ARCHER. Weather, fine.

May 21, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: “A” and “B” Companies to the ranges carrying on with musketry, remainder of the Battalion carrying on with training in their respective parade grounds. Court-Martial case against No. 9607 Private J.M. Sargent resumed. This man refused to take his Company or Battalion Commanders punishment and was sentenced to 90 days F.P. No.1, by the Court-Martial. Weather, fine.

May 22, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: All parades postponed on account of rain. Lectures given by the Medical Officer, also by Major D.H.C. MASON to the N.C.O.’s, on “fire control”. Weather, rain.

May 23, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Companies carried on with training in the morning on their respective parade grounds, except “B” Company who were bombing under Lieutenant N.V. CLIFF. Parades off in the afternoon, guard mounting and platoon competition being held. “D” Company winning the guard mounting and No.12 platoon “C” Copmany under No.18220 Sergeant D. MORRISON the platoon competition. Lieut-Colonel W. RAE and Major URQUHART acted as judges. Weather, fine.

May 24, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Companies carried on with their own training on parade ground, except “C” and “D” Companies who went to the ranges for musketry.

May 25, 1917
Place: Petit Servins
Entry: Day spent by Units in training, specialising in specialists training. Weather, fine.

May 26, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Corps Commander visited the Battalion in the morning and watched “D” Company practice an attack, he also visited kitchens whilst dinner was being served, and mens billets. Battalion inoculated. Weather, fine.

May 27, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Church parade on Battalion parade ground at 9.00 am, service being taken by Major WOODS, small attendance on account of inoculation. Weather, fine.

May 28, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Battalion inspected by Major-General A.W. CURRIE, C.B., in the morning. Training in platoon in the attack carried on with in the afternoon. Weather, fine.

May 29, 1917
Place: -do-
“C” and “D” Companies shooting at the ranges in morning and afternoon respectively, other two Companies carrying on with close order drill and platoon in the attack. Weather, fine.

May 30, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: “B” Company to the ranges in the morning, other Companies carrying on with training. Headquarters staff to garden party given at 1st Brigade Headquarters. Weather, fine.

May 31, 1917
Place: -do-
Entry: Companies carried on with training throughout the day. Units shooting at the ranges. Following officer reinforcements arrived:-
Lieutenant Murray, J.A.
Lieutenant Rutley, F.G.
Lieutenant Weir, T.
Lieutenant Brooke, H.G.
Lieutenant Clarke, J.A.
Lieutenant Morrison, D.W.
Lieutenant Grosvenor, B.B.
Lieutenant Poste, H.T.
Lieutenant Reeve, A.
Lieutenant Shill, R.W.
Lieutenant Thompson, N.A.
Lieutenant Palmer, A.B.

LIST OF CASUALTIES FOR MONTH OF MAY 1917
63117 Pte. Busford, W.H. Missing, 4.5.17
767210 Pte. Burke, R.E. Missing, 3.5.17
63192 Pte. Caron, F. Missing, 3.5.17
788876 Pte. Donlevy, H. Missing, 3.5.17
171635 Pte. Hyde, D. Missing, 3.5.17
202193 Pte. Kirkpatrick, Missing, 3.5.17
202044 Pte. Lee, T. Missing, 3.5.17
788916 Pte. Lucsavage Missing, 3.5.17
458369 Pte. McFarlane, D. Missing, 3.5.17
784190 Pte. Mount, R. Missing, 3.5.17
785135 Pte. Pentney, W.H. Missing, 3.5.17
784511 Pte. Thomas, W. Missing, 3.5.17

602596 Pte. Allsop, L.W. Killed, 3.5.17
201528 Pte. Anderson, D. Killed, 3.5.17
636222 Sgt. Bullied, W.A. Killed, 3.5.17
9174 Sgt. Bond, F. Killed, 3.5.17
766359 Pte. Coop, B.F. Killed, 3.5.17
404036 Pte. Cameron, R.B. Killed, 3.5.17
785062 Pte. Carr, J.L. Killed, 3.5.17
784036 Pte. Couillard, A. Killed, 3.5.17
787097 Pte. Dixon, G. Killed, 3.5.17
404318 Sgt. Davidson, R.L. Killed, 3.5.17
171615 Pte. Florence, C. Killed, 3.5.17
784504 Sgt. Fowler, R.F. Killed, 3.5.17
766013 Pte. Garraway, A. Killed, 3.5.17
63385 Cpl. Greening, E. Killed, 3.5.17
766383 Pte. Green, A.W. Killed, 3.5.17
788502 Pte. Humphreys, W.G. Killed 3.5.17
785033 Pte. Hodson, G. Killed 3.5.17
766403 Pte. Irvine, W.P. Killed 3.5.17
201200 Pte. Johnston, W.R. Killed 3.5.17
140122 Pte. Jandreau, P.C. Killed 3.5.17
183283 Pte. Kipling, G. Killed 3.5.17
787611 Pte. Longtin, O. Killed 3.5.17
784095 Pte. Lunn, E.I. Killed 3.5.17
139153 Cpl. McLeod, R.K. Killed 3.5.17
210645 Pte. McQuade, E. Killed 3.5.17
788277 Pte. McDermott, E.G. Killed 3.5.17
669284 Pte. Millechand, C.S. Killed 3.5.17
201231 Pte. Middlemuss, R.H. Killed 3.5.17
785082 Pte. Markham, N.C. Killed 3.5.17
201658 Pte. Nesbitt, N. Killed 3.5.17
210865 Pte. O’Brien, J. Killed 3.5.17
766479 Pte. Rogers, J. Killed 3.5.17
210753 Pte. Rennie, J. Killed 3.5.17
787050 Pte. Sullivan, W.McM. Killed 3.5.17
184057 Pte. Turnbull, J.W. Killed 3.5.17
171546 Pte. Trollope, W. Killed 3.5.17
787658 Pte. Valliancourt, D. Killed 3.5.17
402212 Pte. Wilkins, W.R. Killed 3.5.17
788913 Pte. Williams, P. Killed 3.5.17

172088 Pte. Abberley, J.F. Wounded 3.5.17
171579 Pte. Ahier, P. Wounded 3.5.17
766316 Pte. Allen, A.V. Wounded 3.5.17
669004 Pte. Allen, C.T. Wounded 3.5.17
785017 Pte. Allen, J.W. Wounded 3.5.17
427991 Pte. Barrett, W.H. Wounded 3.5.17
788554 Pte. Buckland, F.G. Wounded 3.5.17
184004 Pte. Bull, J. Wounded 3.5.17
140027 Pte. Brown, A.J. Wounded 3.5.17
448566 Pte. Barclay, C.B. Wounded 3.5.17
140023 Pte. Brehaut, A. Wounded 3.5.17
18325 Cpl. Bradt, C.C. Wounded 3.5.17
448185 Pte. Bobrovaki, H. Wounded 3.5.17
461207 Pte. Ballandine, J. Wounded 3.5.17
201547 Pte. Bradbury, G.S. Wounded 3.5.17
201320 Pte. Bannion, W.H. Wounded 3.5.17
787122 Pte. Bassett, L. Wounded 3.5.17
9549 Sgt. Curtis, H.R. Wounded 3.5.17
784889 Pte. Clark, E.W. Wounded 3.5.17
201771 Pte. Crowther, C.E. Wounded 3.5.17
787094 Pte. Campbell, M. Wounded 3.5.17
201338 Pte. Capps, M.C. Wounded 3.5.17
201143 Pte. Cannell, A.S. Wounded 3.5.17
788265 Pte. Crate, D. Wounded 3.5.17
18027 Sgt. Coker, J.S. Wounded 3.5.17
784948 Pte. Casselton, G. Wounded 3.5.17
138142 Pte. Cockett, R. Wounded 3.5.17
200225 Pte. Clarkson, B. Wounded 3.5.17
402936 Pte. Clark, H. Wounded 3.5.17
444254 Pte. Culer, R. Wounded 3.5.17
404323 L/Cpl. Devereux, P. Wounded 3.5.17
210272 Pte. Downs, J.E. Wounded 3.5.17
63300 Pte. Dalhousie, C. Wounded 3.5.17
789129 Pte. Desarmeau, J. Wounded 3.5.17
210285 Pte. Dunne, W.F. Wounded 3.5.17
788558 Pte. Dargue, W. Wounded 3.5.17
669120 Pte. Dowding, L.E. Wounded 3.5.17
140064 Pte. Dunn, W. Wounded 3.5.17
445547 Pte. Douglas, N. Wounded 3.5.17
788900 Pte. Etmonski, P. Wounded 3.5.17
9780 Pte. Edmondson, M. Wounded 3.5.17
174275 Pte. Frulkner, J. Wounded 3.5.17
201589 L/Cpl. Francis, W.G. Wounded 3.5.17
201161 Pte. Flemming, W.F. Wounded 3.5.17
201164 Pte. Forbes, J. Wounded 3.5.17
788575 Pte. Fisher, W. Wounded 3.5.17
784505 Pte. Fletcher, A.R. Wounded 3.5.17
9735 Pte. Fraser, W. Wounded 3.5.17
172184 Pte. Gray, F.J. Wounded 3.5.17
10126 L/Sgt. Gray, J.R. Wounded 3.5.17
9912 L/Cpl. Green, J. Wounded 3.5.17
139589 Pte. Grant, H.R. Wounded 3.5.17
787933 Pte. Gilmour, H.D. Wounded 3.5.17
172201 Pte. Hickett, T. Wounded 3.5.17
201402 Pte. Hunt, W.D. Wounded 3.5.17
63439 Pte. Hassam, P. Wounded 3.5.17
172057 Pte. Hyatt, J.M. Wounded 3.5.17
787003 Pte. Holmes, R.H. Wounded 3.5.17
784076 Pte. Howard, H.R. Wounded 3.5.17
A4119 Pte. Horder, A. Wounded 3.5.17
183796 Pte. Johnston, D. Wounded 3.5.17
785137 Pte. Johnson, A.E. Wounded 3.5.17
183927 Pte. Kennedy, A. Wounded 3.5.17
138464 Pte. Kelly, W. Wounded 3.5.17
201612 Pte. King, W.T. Wounded 3.5.17
788242 Pte. Kelly, E.L. Wounded 3.5.17
202146 Pte. Lawrence, D. Wounded 3.5.17
788919 Pte. Laporte, H. Wounded 3.5.17
408635 Pte. Liddle, G. Wounded 3.5.17
788523 Pte. Lovesque, J.L. Wounded 3.5.17
404142 Pte. Longman, W. Wounded 3.5.17
784092 Pte. Lott, A.G.W. Wounded 3.5.17
201218 Pte. Lyon, E.A. Wounded 3.5.17
201213 Pte. Legge, W. Wounded 3.5.17
767642 Pte. Lanning, F.V. Wounded 3.5.17
201845 Pte. Lee, W.T. Wounded 3.5.17
140122 Pte. Latham, W. Wounded 3.5.17
438625 Cpl. McClure, H.R. Wounded 3.5.17
766459 Pte. Munro, W.A. Wounded 3.5.17
171416 L/Cpl. Marr, A. Wounded 3.5.17
427845 Pte. Morrow, N. Wounded 3.5.17
788327 Pte. Moyland, J. Wounded 3.5.17
201030 Pte. Meakins, W. Wounded 3.5.17
139783 Pte. Murphy, W.J. Wounded 3.5.17
785158 Pte. Mummery, W.C. Wounded 3.5.17
201646 Pte. Miller, G. Wounded 3.5.17
201235 Pte. Morrison, R.E. Wounded 3.5.17
189900 Pte. Martin, J.W. Wounded 3.5.17
201439 Pte. McKinley, C.H. Wounded 3.5.17
788202 Pte. Moreau, R.E. Wounded 3.5.17
788920 Pte. Martin, S. Wounded 3.5.17
788620 Pte. McNaughton, I. Wounded 3.5.17
208259 Pte. McShen, W. Wounded 3.5.17
426536 Cpl. Marshall, R. Wounded 3.5.17
486568 Pte. McRae, J. Wounded 3.5.17
787020 Pte. Mallin, P. Wounded 3.5.17
457050 Pte. Morof, B. Wounded 3.5.17
210607 Pte. Morrison, G.C. Wounded 3.5.17
201855 Pte. Mahon, M. Wounded 3.5.17
767007 Pte. Miles, A.A. Wounded 3.5.17
171818 Pte. Nugent, B.L. Wounded 3.5.17
139649 Pte. Newman, E.T. Wounded 3.5.17
210672 Pte. Norsworthy, G.E. Wounded 3.5.17
602877 Pte. Noble, H. Wounded 3.5.17
427851 Pte. Off, W. Wounded 3.5.17
144154 Pte. Ouelette, O. Wounded 3.5.17
139656 Pte. O’Shea, D. Wounded 3.5.17
10158 Sgt. O’Brien, D. Wounded 3.5.17
404419 Cpl. Packham, S. Wounded 3.5.17
201459 Pte. Painter, F. Wounded 3.5.17
787331 Pte. Peters, C. Wounded 3.5.17
183898 Pte. Pearson, A. Wounded 3.5.17
201666 Pte. Phillips, J. Wounded 3.5.17
784952 Pte. Perkin, J. Wounded 3.5.17
171523 L/Cpl. Phillips, J. Wounded 3.5.17
426450 L/Cpl. Price, L. Wounded 3.5.17
201875 Pte. Parker, H. Wounded 3.5.17
210730 Pte. Puckwell, A.H. Wounded 3.5.17
201674 CSM. Ramsden, J.C. Wounded 3.5.17
788817 Pte. Rosette, L.R. Wounded 3.5.17
427882 Pte. Rumbles, W. Wounded 3.5.17
138884 Pte. Roberts, D.J. Wounded 3.5.17
785022 Pte. Roden, F. Wounded 3.5.17
202179 Pte. Ross, L.J. Wounded 3.5.17
669341 Pte. Rhodes, H. Wounded 3.5.17
201091 Pte. Rider, T.F. Wounded 3.5.17
427447 L/Cpl. Smith, F. Wounded 3.5.17
784447 Pte. Scott, S.W. Wounded 3.5.17
138969 Pte. Smith, F.W. Wounded 3.5.17
139189 Pte. Stone, J.R. Wounded 3.5.17
201274 Pte. Spivey, J.C. Wounded 3.5.17
669402 Pte. Slead, G. Wounded 3.5.17
766550 Pte. Spark, R.C. Wounded 3.5.17
405411 Pte. Savage, W. Wounded 3.5.17
669551 Pte. Spencer, F.R. Wounded 3.5.17
201099 Pte. Sanderson, R.J. Wounded 3.5.17
424218 Pte. Taylor, F. Wounded 3.5.17
201707 Pte. Thompson, K.R. Wounded 3.5.17
9727 Pte. Taylor, H.V. Wounded 3.5.17
202118 Pte. Turriff, A.L. Wounded 3.5.17
404400 Pte. Topp, J. Wounded 3.5.17
184057 Pte. Turnbull, J.W. Wounded 3.5.17
171546 Pte. Trollope, W. Wounded 3.5.17
784939 Pte. Thomson, A.R. Wounded 3.5.17
788530 Pte. Vice, A. Wounded 3.5.17
404233 Pte. Welch, J. Wounded 3.5.17
201295 Pte. Watson, F.G. Wounded 3.5.17
127478 Pte. Williams, J.R. Wounded 3.5.17
404228 Sgt. Walker, C. Wounded 3.5.17
427855 Pte. Wilkes, B. Wounded 3.5.17
172357 Pte. Welsh, A. Wounded 3.5.17
404249 L/Cpl. Young, J. Wounded 3.5.17

LIST OF OFFICER CASUALTIES FOR MONTH OF MAY 1917

Major W.B. Crowther Killed in Action 3.5.17
Captain R.E. Picard Killed in Action 3.5.17
Lieut. E.J. Scott Killed in Action 3.5.17
Lieut. J.S. Hood Killed in Action 3.5.17
Lieut. J.H. Patton Killed in Action 3.5.17

Lieut. W.G. Garrett Wounded 3.5.17
Lieut. J. Beaumont Wounded 3.5.17
Lieut. E.D. Baldwin Wounded 3.5.17
Lieut. C.B. Broddy Wounded 3.5.17

Lieut. A.A. Harvey Wounded 3.5.17
Lieut. T.A. Loughery Wounded 3.5.17

HONOURS AND AWARDS RECEIVED DURING MONTH OF MAY 1917

Captain (A/Major) G.E. Reid awarded D.S.O.
Captain (A/Major) W.B. Crowther awarded Military Cross
Lieutenant T.A. Loughery awarded Military Cross
Lieutenant G.C. Patterson awarded Military Cross
Lieutenant J.K. Gillespie awarded Military Cross.

MILITARY MEDAL
404384 Cpl. Kerr, R.
438159 Cpl. Sheehan, C.F.
426563 Cpl. Marshall, R.
138579 Sgt. Hilditch, T.
138579 Cpl. Gaw, A.
457479 Sgt. Slattery, E. (Bar to Milirary Medal)
9740 Sgt. May, W.
438146 Sgt. G.F. Green
201619 Pte. W.T. Jackman
426450 Pte. Price, L.
201629 Pte. W.T. King
64008 Sgt. D.M. Rollo
139589 Pte. M.R. Grant
766852 Pte. Hutt, F.
18007 Sgt. J.S. Coker
404105 Sgt. G. Hancox
9549 Sgt. H. Curtis
9174 Sgt. F. Bond
438017 Sgt. P. House
171416 L/Cpl. Marr, A.
9850 Cpl. R.C. Spalding
201882 Pte. Philpott, G.W.
636222 Sgt. W.A. Bullied
201589 L/Cpl. W.J. Francies
63385 Cpl. E. Greenway

MOVES OF BATTALION FOR MONTH OF MAY 1917

May 1st to May 4th FRESNOY Engagement
May 5th MAISON BLANCH
May 6th to May 31st PETIT SERVINS

Friday, June 1, 1917
Location: PETIT SERVINS
Entry: Companies carried on with training, platoon and company in attach and specialists training. Weather fine.

Saturday, June 2, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Companies carried on with training, platoon and company in attach and specialists training. Weather, fine.

Sunday, June 3, 1917
Entry: Battalion moved from PETIT-SERVINS to the F.11 area. Battalion billited in tents in this area. Weather, fine.

Monday, June 4, 1917
Location: F.11 AREA
Entry: Battalion carried on with training. Lieutenant F.G. Rutley to 1st Army School, Enemy aircraft dropped bombs in the vicinity of camp during the night of June 3rd and morning of June 4th. Weather, hot.

Tuesday, June 5, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Battalion carried on with training in morning, games in afternoon. Weather, hot.

Wednesday, June 6, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Enemy aircraft again dropped bombs during night of June 5th. Battalion carried on with specialists training, etc., in morning. Games in afternoon. Weather, hot.

Thursday, June 7, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Units carried on with training in morning, no parades in afternoon. Weather, fine.

Friday, June 8, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Training carried on with in the morning, games in afternoon. Weather, fine. Lt. Col. J.B. Rogers awarded D.S.O.

Saturday, June 9, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Units carried on with parades, the only Battalion parade laid down was that packs were to be taken to stores and stored. The Commanding Officer and Major H.S. Cooper, M.C., spent the day at a TANK demonstration. number 18155 C.S.M.Blanchard, G.P. was awarded the D.C.M., and number 18027 Sergeant J. Coker and number 438146 Sergeant G. Green were mentioned in despatches in the Kings Birthday Honours. Weather, fine.

Sunday, June 10, 1917
Entry: Battalion moved off by companies, first company moving away at 7.00 a.m. Relieved the 8th Canadian Battalion in the O.62 Area, Divisional Support. Draft of 100 O.R. arrived, they being kept at Transport, and put through training by Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. Battalion commenced to move off to left front line, battalion front, near MONT FORET QUARRIES, at 8.30 p.m. to the relief of the 14th Canadian Battalion. Lieutenant N.B.McPherson and 3 O.R. on leave.

Monday, June 11, 1917
Location: Mont Foret quarries
Entry: Relief completed at 1.30 a.m. disposition as follows:-
Battalion Headquarters – MONT FORET QUARRIES
“A” Company – RESERVE
“B” Company – SUPPORT
“C” Company – RIGHT FRONT LINE
“D” Company – LEFT FRONT LINE.
Trench strength – 25 Officers 700 Other Ranks. Two casualties. All communication from Battalion Headquarters by running cut to both forward and rear areas on account of ground which we are holding being entirely overlooked by the enemy.

Tuesday, June 12, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Enemy fairly quiet throughout the day on our front, but the P.P.C.L.I’s who are holding Battalion frontage to our left, were heavily shelled about 3 p.m. The 4th Canadian Battalion are on our right. Between 8 and 9 p.m. enemy put over about 10 large star shells, evidently shot from a field gun. The enemy shelled cross roads at MONT FORET QUARRIES heavily about ration time, i.e. 10.30 p.m., killing two men, number 785137 Pte. Hawkins, J. of “D” Company and number 201263 Pte. Scaife, C.M. of Battalion Headquarters, and wounding 3 O.R.

Wednesday, June 13, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Our front greatly strengthened by wire, 50 coils in all being put out. Our patrols also active but no encounters with the enemy. Day passed quietly there being little enemy artillery activity. The 1st Battalion relieved the 4th Battalion on our right. Rations not brought up until 1.00 a.m., ration parties therefore evading the usual strafe around MONT FORET QUARRIES at 11.00 p.m. No casualties.

Thursday, June 14, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Night passed very quietly except around 2.00 a.m., when the left companies wire was shelled for approx. an hour. No casualties. Enemy shelled vicinity of Battalion Headquarters, killing one man, a Battalion runner, No. 785164 Pte. L.M.Bliss. The 2nd Canadian Battalion relieved this unit, relief complete 12.50 p.m. The 3rd Canadian Battalion moving back to Brigade Support with Headquarters in C.P.R. Trench, about 700 yards West of the WILLERVAL – MONT FORET QUARRY Roads.

Friday, June 15, 1917
Location: SUPPORT
Entry: All Battalion reported in at 3.30 a.m. Companies fairly well scattered, “A” and “B” companies supporting 1st Canadian Battalion, “C” and “D” Companies supporting 2nd Canadian Battalion. Working parties of 400 men required by Brigade.

Saturday, June 16, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Day passed quietly, working parties of entire Battalion again required by Brigade.

Sunday, June 17, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Day passed quietly. Releived by the 5th Canadian Battalion, relief complete by 1.30 a.m. June 18th. The Battalion moved back to RHINE and ELBE Shelters, where hot meals from Company cookers were ready for all.

Monday, June 18, 1917
Entry: Day spent in cleaning up and resting. The Battalion started to move forward at 7.15 p.m. to take up position on the RIDGE LINE, Divisional Support,. relieving the 10th Canadian Battalion. Relief complete by 10.15 p.m.

Tuesday, June 19, 1917
Location: RIDGE LINE
Entry: Day passed quietly, Entire Battalion on working parties, wiring and digging Yellow Line, and construction strong points below the Ridge. Major W.H.Klippen, Major G.E.Reid, and Lieut. J.K. Gillespie on leave to Paris. Weather, fine.

Wednesday, June 20, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Whole Battalion again on working parties, Lieut. E.H.Minns and 9 O.R. to First Army Rest Camp. Weather, fine.

Thursday, June 21, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Lieut. T.A.Eaton reported for duty, and remained at the Battalion School at Transport lines. 1 O.R. on leave to Paris. Lieut. F.G.Rutley reported back from First Army School. Working parties from all Companies, wiring, etc.

Friday, June 22, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Lieut. A.D.McDonald returned from Canadian Corps School, 3 O.R. on leave to Paris. One man, number 757789 Private G.W.Jones killed and 3 O.R. wounded by the explosion of an old grenade, whilst on a working party, digging trench. Working parties from all Companies, wiring and digging Yellow Line.

Saturday, June 23, 1917
Location: RIDGE LINE
Entry: 1 O.R. number 171420 Private D.S.Milne, wounded. Lieut. G.K.Holland to hospital, Lieut. N.B.McPherson returned from leave. 1 O.R. on leave to Paris. Large working parties again supplied for work on Yellow Line.

Sunday, June 24, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: 18 pounders and 4.5. howitzers carried out a faint barrage on Canadian Corps frontage at 10.00 a.m. Lieut. J.H.Jennings reported for duty, remaining at Battalion School at Transport Lines. Lieut’s formerly Sergeants H.T.Lord and F.L.Gouldsmith who were granted commissions on June 13th, returned from Bethune where they were purchasing kit etc., posted to “C” and “D” companies respectively. All companies on working parties.

Monday, June 25, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: 3 O.R. returned from leave. Battalion relieved in Ridge Line by the 14th Canadian Battalion on the night of 25th/26th, relief completed 11.10 p.m., battalion moving to WINNIPEG HUTS, last company arriving at 1.30 a.m. 26th Battalion were all paid before leaving Ridge Line on 25th.

Tuesday, June 26, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Day spent in cleaning up and resting. Personnel returned from Battalion School and were posted to Companies. List of honours and awards received, battalion receiving one Military Cross. (Lieutenant E.H. Minns) two Bars to Military Medal and 17 Military Military Medals.

Wednesday, June 27, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Companies and Units taking indents in the morning. Following honours and awards to Battalion
Major H. Hutchison – Distinguished Service Order.
Lieut. J. Beaumont, – Military Cross.
Lieut. N.A.Keys. – Military Cross.
457479 Sergt. E.Slattery – Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Lieut. A.D.McDonald to Hospital, Lieut. H.T.Poste returned from Divisional School.

Thursday, June 28, 1917 to Saturday, June 30, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Battalion carried on with platoon and company drill, specialists training, etc. number 201674 Sergt. J.C.Ransden granted a commission and posted to “C” Company. Lieut. N.V.Cliffe returned from leave and Major H.K.Clifton from First Army School on 28th. Captain C.S. Calhoun on leave 28th. Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. in charge of 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade School. Major C.A.V.McCormack to Hospital on 28th.

Honours and Awards Received during June 1917
Major Hutchison, H. Distinguished Service Order.
Lieut. Newton, D. Military Cross.
Lieut. Minns, E.H. Military Cross.
Lieut. Beaumont, J. Military Cross.
Lieut. Keys, N.A. Military Cross.
Lt.Col. Rogers, J.B. Distinguished Service Order.

18155 C.S.M.Blanchard, G.P. Distinguished Conduct Medal
457479 Sgt. Slattery, E. Distinguished Conduct Medal
201803 Pte. Gordon, J.M. Military Medal.
784807 Pte. Dyson, D. “ “
705106 Pte. Bell, W.E. “ “
404396 Pte. Mansfield, E. “ “
9634 Pte. Gurnett, N. “ “
9940 Sgt. Curtis, H. Bar to Military Medal.
9549 Sgt. May, W.H. Bar to Military Medal.
201171 Pte. Gosling, J.B. Military Medal.
138170 Pte. Sherman, K.L. “ “
669348 Cpl. Drake, C.F. “ “
460641 Sgt. VanVliet, W.B. “ “
138974 Pte. Spratlin, F.J. “ “
201843 Sgt. Lawford, G. “ “
410522 Sgt. Lay, J.H. “ “
766857 Pte. Dale, V.R. “ “
787003 Pte. Holmes, R. “ “
766349 L/Cpl. Monro, W. “ “
404387 Sgt. Lacey, I.A. “ “
402513 Sgt. Gammock, G.R. “ “

Casualties for Month of June 1917
766393 Pte. Heather, H.G. Wounded 7.6.1917
766534 Pte. Bellingham, J. Wounded 12.6.1917
138947 Pte. Reynolds, A.G. Wounded 12.6.1917
201263 Pte. Scaife, C.M. Killed 12.6.1917
201981 Pte. Simkins, F. Wounded 12.6.1917
785137 Pte. Hawkins, J. KKilled 12.6.1917
237632 Pte. Long, H. Wounded 12.6.1917
785164 Pte. Bliss, L.M. Killed 14.6.1917
237822 Pte. Gailbraith, W. Wounded 13.6.1917
785122 Pte. Legecy, G.E. Wounded 17.6.1917
757789 Pte. Jones, G.W. Killed 23.6.1917
171925 Pte. Minor, A. Wounded 23.6.1917
602193 Pte. Cook, E.W. Wounded 23.6.1917
201165 Pte. Frith, R.P. Wounded 23.6.1917
171420 Pte. Milne, D.S. Wounded 23.6.1917
9669 Pte. Foote, H. Wounded 25.6.1917

July 1, 1917
Location: WINNIPEG HUTS
Entry: Dominion Day celebrated by all guns in Canadian Corps Artillery diring 3 salvos on the German lines between 12 noon and12.04 p.m. Sir Arthur W.CURRIE presented ribbonds at Brigade Church service to all men in Brigade who have won decorations since April 9th 1917. Service taken by Captain EMMETT who preached a very good sermon. Major G.E.REID, D.S.O., Major W.H.KIPPEN, M.C., and Lieut. J.K.GILLESPIE, M.C., returned from leave. Major G.E.REID acting as supernumary to time being, Major H.K.CLIFTON retaining command of “D” Company. Weather – fine.

July 2, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Mornings spent by Units in training, bombing being specialized in under Lieut. N.V.CLIFF, Afternoon a holiday on account of Corps Sports. Lieut. D.MORRISON of this unit coming second in the hurdle race and No. 201990 Pte. K.G.Taylor, “C” Company winning the championship of the Canadian Corps in the 145 lb. class boxing. Preparations being made to leave for the front line tomorrow. Weather – fine.

July 3, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: 2 platoons, one from “A” Company and one from “C” Company and 6 prospective instructors to the Brigade School which is being run under Major D.H.C.MASON, D.S.O., supervision at LA MOTTE FME. Lieut. J.C.RAMSDEN and 4 N.C.O’s to Canadian Corps School. 7 O.R. to First Army Rest Camp. Battalion moved as a battalion to the QUARRIES AREA at 2.00 p.m. arriving there at 4.30 p.m. having tea and moving up to the relief of the 14th and 13th Canadian Battalions in the right front lines sub-section of the 1st Canadian Divisional front. Weather – fine.

July 4, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Relief completed at 12.30 a.m., Disposition as follows: –
“A” Company – Along NEW BRUNSWICK TRENCH between NEW BRUNSWICK ROAD and junction of NEW BRUNSWICK AND QUEBEC TRENCH
“B” Company – Front line between NEW BRUNSWICK ROAD and junction NEW BRUNSWICK Road and QUEBEC TRENCH.
“C” Company – CANADA TRENCH – Left.
“D” Company – CANADA TRENCH – Right.
Headquarters in MONT FORET QUARRIES.
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Trench strength 27 Officers and 785 O.R. 16th Canadian Battalion on the right and 4th Canadian Battalion on the left. Day passed fairly quietly. No casualties. Weather – fine. Lieut. E.H. MINNS returned from First Army Rest Camp.

July 5, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Night passed without event. “B” Company relaying the 4th Canadian Battalion in a post on our left front. Draft of 5 O.R. reported, posted to “A” Company. Major H.S. Cooper, M.C. reported at Battalion Headquarters in the line for duty, he having been serving as a member on a G.C.M. for last 3 days. News received of Russian offensive, prisoners reported to date, 17,000 and wild rumours of many more. Party of “C” Company when drawing water from well at MONT FORET QUARRIED, shelled, one shell killing 3 and wounding 5 (Killed 633026 Pte. Campbell, M.J., 787323 Pte. Fumerton, F., and 417049 Pte. Rheaume, A.) 1st Canadian Battalion up digging a new front line about 200 yards in front of our present front line, party well organized and worked well. Weather – fine.

July 6, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Extremely nice day, little shelling along our front, although the enemy has evidently spotted the new trench dug last night, and is shelling it intermittently. Word received that No. 139073 Pte. Duthie, J., wounded last night, died at No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station this morning. Captain D.A. MORRISON of 1st Field Ambulance relieved Captain A.V.LEONARD as Medical Officer, who has returned to No. 2 Field Ambulance. Lieut-Col. J.B. ROGERS, D.S.O., M.C., to 1st Brigade on Brigade Commander whilst Brigadier-General W.A.GRIESBACH is absent on a short course in England. 1st Battalion again up digging new front line to our immediate front. Weather – fine.

July 7, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: 1st Canadian Battalion party got away by 2.00 a.m., several casualties. Enemy 5.9” shelled Battalion Headquarters at 2.30 p.m., but without casualties. Enemy aeroplanes very active throughout the afternoon, flying at low altitude over the recently dig trench. Battalion redistributed as follows:-
“A” Company – (3 platoons) NEW BRUNSWICK TRENCH
“B” Coy. – (4 platoons) CANADA TRENCH
“C” Company – (3 platoons) LEFT QUEBEC TRENCH
“D” Company – (4 platoons) RIGHT QUEBEC TRENCH.
1st Canadian Battalion again digging on out front, enemy very quiet, no casualties. Weather – fine.

July 8, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Re-distribution of Battalion completed by 2.00 a.m., one casualty. Heavy storm started at about 2.45 a.m., it raining with great intensity. Storm over at 3.30 a.m. but ground very wet and atmosphere damp. 4 O.R. wounded. 1st Battalion again working on new trench to our front. Brigade [unreadable] working, wiring new trench. Captain W.B.WOODS from Transport to “D” Company. Weather – fine.

July 9, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: 1st Battalion ceased work at 2.15 a.m. New trench now completed along over 75% of out front, wiring 50% complete. News received that Canadian Corps Calvary have made raid on enemy’s trench near BULLECOURT, taking 30 prisoners, No casualties in last 24 hours. New B.A.B.Code No. 3, received, old Code No.2 destroyed. Major H.K.CLIFTON and 3 O.R. to Transport as they go on leave tomorrow. 1st Battalion again working on our left flank. “C” and “D” Companies working putting English Shelters in new front line work slow as 1st Battalion are still working along it, deepening it. Trench strength 26 officers 749 O.R. Weather – drizzly and misty.

July 10, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Casualty report, 3 O.R. wounded. Major H.K.CLIFTON and 3 O.R. on leave. His Majesty the King inspected the Canadian Corps Area. No. 172425 Private Herrington, supposedly taken prisoner by the enemy. Lieut. G.C.PATTERSON and 2 O.R. per platoon moved back to act as advance party and guide to 2nd Canadian Battalion who are relieving us tomorrow. “D” Company moved 1 platoon into new front line. Weather – fine.

July 11, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Wire received that relief tonight is cancelled. Casualties 3 O.R. Killed, 1 O.R. Missing and 3 O.R. Wounded. “C” and “D” Companies again working putting in shelters in new front line. “B” and “A” Companies being sent up to assist them. Enemy shelling right. Company very heavily from 11 p.m. to midnight. News received that Russians have captured a further 10,000 prisoners. Captain C.S.CALHOUN returned from leave. Weather –fine.

July 12, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Work on both new trench and wire is now completed and we have 4 platoons occupying it. Good progress being also made with the installing of English Shelters. Casualties 3 O.R. tomorrow night. Lieut. G.C.PATTERSON and guides from platoons left trenches. Weather – fine.

July 13, 1917
Location: TRENCHES
Entry: Enemy shelled our front line, especially “D” Company, very heavily, all night, causing only 3 casualties. Day however passed very quietly. 10th EAST YORKS commenced to arrive about 10.00 p.m. relief complete by 2.00 a.m. July 14th, Battalion moving back to TORONTO AREA near NEUVILLE ST. VAAST. Weather – fine.

July 14, 1917
Location: TORONTO AREA
Entry: Men fairly comfortable, being stretched out over a large area in bivouacs etc. Battalion came out of trenches with trench strength of 25 officers and 717 O.R. “B” Company to baths at NUEVILLE ST. VAAST. Weather – fine.

July 15, 1917
Location: OTTAWA CAMP
Entry: Lieut-Col. J.B.ROGERS, D.S.O., M.C., ceased to hold appointment of Acting Brigadier as Brigadier-General GRIESBACH D.S.O., returned from course. No church service on account of activity of enemy planes. “A” Company to baths. Weather – fine.

July 16, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Battalion moved by Companies and Units, independently to OTTAWA HUTS near MONT ST. ELOI. Huts comfortable, but accommodation scanty. Weather – fine.

July, 17, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Kit inspection held and indents taken. Lieut. K.C.BROOKE returning to “D” Company Lieut. F.G.RUTLEY taking over appointment of Assistant Adjutant. 2nd Canadian Battalion played baseball against our team, 2nd Battalion winning in 10th inning 13-8. Weather – fine.

July 18, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: “C” and “D” Companies bathed at bathed in MONT. ST. ELOI, otherwise Units carried on with regular training. Weather – fine.

July 19, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Reveille 3.45 a.m., Battalion marching out of camp at 5.40 a.m., arriving in new billets at FOSSE No. 7 (near BARLIN) at 9.30 a.m. Only 2 men dropped out in march, packs being carried by the narrow-gauge railway. Mens billet good, but very scattered. Officers billets fair. Weather – fine.

July 20, 1917
Location: FOSSE 7
Entry: Companies carried on with paying and regular routine . Major C.A.V.McCORMACK to Courts Martial at 2nd Battalion Headquarters. Units paraded to Tailor and Shoemaker for purpose of repairing boots and clothing which required it. Commanding Officer to conference at Brigade Headquarters at BRUAY at 4.00 p.m. 3 O.R. on leave to England. Weather – fine.

July 21, 1917
Location: TORONTO AREA FOSSE 7
Entry: Intelligence Officer and Transport Officer to new area to look over the land. No. 9283 Sergeant A.K.COULTHARD’s commission approved, he being appointed Signal Officer. Companies carried on with training in the morning but all parades cancelled in the afternoon. Boxing tournament at HERSIN, five very good bouts in all, of which two were won by this Battalion. No. 201990 Pte. Taylor, H.G. winning the 160 pound class, No. 669616 Pte. Marks, C.A. the 125 lb class. Weather – fine.

July 22, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Church parade at 10.00 a.m. on “C” Companies parade ground. Service taken by Major WOODS, 40 O.R. per Company, Lieuts. J.H.NEELON, J.A.MURRAY, T.A.EATON, P.W.SHILL, and Major G.E.REID, D.S.O., to Brigade School , Major G.E.REID and Lieut. P.W.SHILL as instructors. Battalion moved at 6.30 p.m. via BARLIN – HERSIN – PETIT SAINS – MAZINGGARBE to Left Brigade Support position, to relief of 13th Canadian Battalion, disposition being as follows: –
Headquarters – LES BREBIS.
“A” Company – Right VILLAGE LINE, 500 yards N.E. LOOS.
“B” Company – Left VILLAGE LINE, 10000 yards N.E. LOOS.
“C” Company – LES BREBIS.
“D” Company – MAROC.
Working parties of 170 O.R. commenced work. Weather – fine.

July 23, 1917
Location: LEFT BRIGADE SUPPORT
Entry: Relief completed at 12.40 a.m. Headquarters of “C” and “D” Companies very comfortable in billets. “A” and “C” Companies in trenches and fairly well off. Day passed quietly , enemy shelling LES BREBIS about 7 p.m., causing 2 casualties to 1st Battalion Transport. Large raid by 116th Canadian Battalion at 1.00 a.m. near AVION, evidently very successful, they capturing 60 prisoners. Transport moved from BARLIN, taking up position in field near PITS No. 2 (West of LES BREBIS) Working parties of 450 O.R. Raid 3000 yards to the left of our Battalion front at 9.15 p.m., by 1st Leinsters, gas being used with success. Weather – fine.

July 24, 1917
Location: LEFT BRIGADE SUPPORT
Entry: Orders issued regarding all Officers and N.C.O’s thoroughly reconnoitering forward area. Commanding Officer to conference of Unit commanders and Brigade Headquarters. Working parties of 450 O.R. again tonight, very heavy going, 250 of these men being employed carrying 60 pounder Trench Mortar bombs. Lieut. D.F.ROGERS and 4 O.R. on leave to England. Weather – very sultry.

July 25, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Commander Officers had conference of Unit Commanders at Headquarters ness, coming operations being fully discussed, everyone seems keen and well satisfied with preparations. Working parties again very heavy, the Battalion supplying working parties of 7 Officers and 480 Men. Weather – fine.

July 26, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Lieuts. J.A.MURRAY and T.A.EATON and 108 O.R. returned from the Brigade School, they being sent on a working party, afterwards rejoining their Companies. Day evidently passed very quietly along the entire front line as we had reconnoitering parties looking over the ground thoroughly out to the forward area. Great deal of aerial activity on both sides. Weather – fine.

July 27, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Lieut. C.E.STEVENSON and 4 O.R. on leave. Camouflet [an artificial cavern created by an explosion] blown on right flank of 1st Battalion by 3rd Australian Tunnelling Company at 5.00 a.m. with apparent success. Aerial activity above normal on both sides throughout the day, one enemy plane and one of ours seen to crash near LOOS. News from Russia appears very grave and the Germans are claiming a big advance neat STANSILAU. Working parties very heavy, 520 men in all being out. No. 140130 Private Mcgill, W. Who has been an absentee since June 10th, captured by A.P.M. [Assistant Provost Marshal or military police], 4th Canadian Division. Weather – fine.

July 28, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Gas discharged by Royal Engineers S.E. of LOOS at 2.45 a.m. Lieut. J.C.RAMSDEN returned from Canadian Corps School, Companies and Units reconnoitered trenches 1000 yards East of LES BREBIS, which will be called upon to move into the coming offensive, if all does not go well. Working parties of 7 Officers and 703 O.R. Weather – fine.

July 29, 1917
Location: LEFT BRIGADE SUPPORT
Entry: 4 O.R. killed and 3 O.R. wounded on “D” Company working party. Total casualties to date since coming into Brigade Support are 4 Killed and 9 wounded. Battalion dump established near our position of probable assembly trenches if we are called upon to move. Practice barrage laid down by Division Artillery on enemy Front line at 7.45 a.m. and at 7.10 p.m. Weather – rain.

July 30, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Companies and Units bathing at LES BREBIS, clean underwear being issued. 82 O.R. under No. 454479 Sergt. E.Slattery, D.C.M.,M.M. to Brigade School, these are the men whom we are leaving out in the coming offensive. Working parties of 500 O.R. and 6 Officers Lieut. F.V.DOLMAN and Lieut T.A.EATON killed on Trench Mortar carrying party near LOOS about 11.00 p.m. Weather – rain.

July 31, 1917
Location: -do-
Entry: Total casualties since 22nd inst. – 2 Officers and 5 O.R. Killed, 14 O.R. wounded. Relief which was to have taken place tonight postponed 48 hours as “Z” day has been postponed until August 3rd. Major H.S.COOPER, M.C., Captain W.B.WOODS and 3 O.R. on leave. General GREISBACH, D.S.O. inspected transport. Battalion strength 43 Officers and 1003 Other Ranks, with 3 officers and 118 O.R. on Command. Weather – fine.

MOVES OF BATTALIONDURING MONTH OF JULY 1917

July 1st to July 3rd – Winnipeg Huts.
July 5th to July 13th – Right Front Line sub-section 1st Canadian Divisional Front.
July 14th to July 16th – Toronto Area.
July 17th to 18th July – OTTAWA CAMP
July 18th to July 22nd – FOSSE 7, near BARLIN.
July 23rd to July July 31st – Left Brigade support position with Headquarters at LES BREBIS.

CASUALTIES DURING THE MONTH OF JULY 1917

633026 Pte. Campbell, H.J. Killed 5.7.1917
787323 Pte. Fummerton, F. Killed 5.7.1917
237187 Pte. Morris, W.A. Wounded 5.7.1917
9519 Pte. Pollard, G.A. Wounded 5.7.1917
237520 Pte. Rainey, R. Wounded 5.7.1917
172312 Pte. Templeman, W.H. Wounded 5.7.1917
417049 Pte. Rheaums, A. Killed 5.7.1917
669635 Pte. Myers, S. Wounded 6.7.1917
171771 Pte. Gardner, A. Wounded 6.7.1917
139073 Pte. Duthie, A. Wounded 6.7.1917
766657 Pte. Nokes, N.E. Wounded 6.7.1917
171374 Pte. Shaw, G.W. Wounded 6.7.1917
237603 Pte. Boyce, F. Wounded 7.7.1917
426079 Pte. M[ ]llsworth, T. Wounded 7.7.1917
237986 Pte. Deakin, A. Wounded 8.7.1917
787668 Pte. Smith, W.J. Wounded 8.7.1917
171709 Pte. Wilson, W. Wounded 10.7.1917
690601 Pte. McK[ ]n, M.J. Wounded 9.7.1917
602814 Pte. Whitmore, A.L.J. Wounded 10.7.1917
775507 Pte. Jackson, E.J. Killed 10.7.1917
757540 Pte. Guthrie, A. Killed 10.7.1917
769296 Pte. Douet, G.B. Wounded 10.7.1917
172425 Pte. Mettington, J.T. Missing 10.7.1917
448241 Pte. Welsh, G. Wounded 10.7.1917
138170 Pte. Sherman, K.L. Wounded 12.7.1917
426857 Pte. Newton, W. Wounded 12.7.1917
438057 Pte. Geddes, W. Killed 11.7.1917
157020 Pte. Campbell, J.E. Killed 12.7.1917
789212 Pte. Mepham, F.S. Killed 12.7.1917
237022 Pte. Jones, J.S. Wounded 13.7.1917
472672 Pte. Masson, D.A. Wounded 13.7.1917

787374 Pte. Betteridge, T. Wounded 13.7.1917
172454 Pte. Thompson, S.F. Wounded 13.7.1917
139248 Pte. Hughes, W. Wounded 23.7.1917 [ ]ttd. T.M.Bty.
A4163 L/Cpl. Mulvey, F. Wounded 25.7.1917
172184 Pte. Gray, F.J. Wounded 26.7.1917
189707 Reid, R.A. Wounded 26.7.1917
238114 Pte. McHardy, T.E. Wounded 26.7.1917
237219 Pte. Williams, F. Wounded 26.7.1917
201712 Pte. Wallace, R.H. Wounded 26.7.1917
9607 Pte. Sargent, J.M. Wounded 26.7.1917
237219 [should be 237647] Pte. Barrett, H.J. Wounded 29.7.1917
201712 Pte. Hanna, H. Killed 29.7.1917
140017 Pte. Black, W. Killed 29.7.1917
757660 Pte. Whittle, H. Killed 29.7.1917
788806 Pte. Waters, W.J. Killed 29.7.1917
757455 Pte. Wildish, W.D.S. Wounded 29.7.1917
766489 Pte. Short, F.C. Wounded 29.7.1917
201170 Pte. Gibbons, F. Wounded 28.7.1917
757071 Pte. Garnish, J. Wounded 29.7.1917
Lieut. Dolman, G.V. Killed 30.7.1917
Lieut. Eaton, T.A. Killed 30.7.1917
787940 Pte. McIntyre, B.S. Killed 30.7.1917
426119 Pte. Hanzell, C. Wounded 30.7.1917
426552 Pte. Lawrence, J. Wounded 31.7.1917
690143 Pte. Parkinson, J. Wounded 31.7.1917
788550 Pte. Redmond, W. Wounded 30.7.1917
757024 Pte. Barn, E.K. Wounded 30.7.1917
451326 Pte. Weiner, F. Wounded 30.7.1917
172416 Pte. Howard, J. Wounded 30.7.1917
766450 Pte. Mitchell, H. Wounded 30.7.1917

August 1, 1917
Location: Les Brebis
Entry: 2 Other Ranks killed on working party South of LOOS at about 12.30 a.m. Lieut. T.A. Eaton and G.A. Dolman buried at cemetery in Sains-En-Gohelle by Capitan W. Archer. All working parties cancelled. Orders were issued for the Battalion to move up the line and take over from 2nd Canadian Battalion on the account of the postponement of the attack by the 2nd and 3rd Brigades, but were cancelled. Weather – rain.

August 2, 1917
Location: Les Brebis
Entry: Court-Martial sitting on cases of 4 absentees, Major Roberts of Divisional Headquarters, President. The Battalion was relieved in Brigade support by the 13th Canadian Battalion, moving back to Noeux-Les-Mines. Slow relief, it not being completed until 2.30 a.m. August 3rd. Weather – fine.

August 3, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: Battalion arrived in billets at about 6.00 p.m. Billets very good, men in huts, Officers in billets, and generally everything comfortable. Battalion Sports Committee formed with Lieutenant W.E. Scott as president. Rigid inspection of box respirators carried out. Lieut. W.A. McMaster reported for duty and is posted to A Company. Weather – fair.

August 4, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: Field General Court Martial of which Major Roberts is president opened at Braquncourt, number 63549 Private Markum, F. of this Unit being tried by them. Lieut. H.T. Lord and Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith to Canadian Corps School. Lieut. H.T. Lord taking the general course and Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith a Sniping course. Companies and units carried on with general work, cleaning up, completing ammunition, taking indents, repairing of clothing and paying. Weather – fine.

August 5, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: 5 Other Ranks on leave to Paris. Church service at 10.00 a.m., service taken by Capitan W. Archer. Three Company Gas N.C.O.’s to course at the Canadian Corps Gas School. Lieut. B.W. Shill returned from Brigade School. Battalion football played the 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. Game resulting in a tie 1-1. All Officers went to Houchin to look over miniature of trenches which the 2nd Brigade are attacking.

August 6, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: Field General Court Martial (see 4th August) resumed its sitting, trying the case of number 139150 Hood, R. 36 O.R. returned from the Brigade School Battalion paraded by Units to the Gas School in Houchin on the morning, they being put through real gas in order to test the box respirator. Companies and Units carried on for 3 hours with specialist training, physical drill, platoon drill, and lectures by their platoon commanders. 687 francs received from the Y.M.C.A., this being the Battalion share of 5% of the profits taken in by the Y.M.C.A. in the first Division Area. Weather – fine.

August 7, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: Lieut. H.A.THOMPSON returned to the 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion. Concert organized by Lieut. W.E. Scott, composed of Battalion talent, put on with considerable success. Battalion football team played the Lethbridge Battery, 3rd Canadian Division, beating them 3-0. Dinner given at Brigade Headquarters for Lieut. May, M.C., who has received his big promotion and is posted to Headquarters, 3rd Canadian Division. Lieut-Colonel J.B. Rogers D.S.O., M.C. attended. Commanding Officer inspected the Battalion in the morning Major-General McDonnell came round in the afternoon and gave the men a little chat as to how he desired them to behave. Weather – fine.

August 8, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: “A” and “B” Companies bathed in Imperial Baths in LES BRIBES, rest of the Battalion carried on with usual training, bombing, lewis gun work and platoon drill. The Commanding Officer went to dinner at Divisional Headquarters with the Divisional Commander. Lieut. G.A. Holland organizing Battalion entries in the Canadian Corps Rifle Meeting. Weather – rain.

August 9, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: Companies carried on in the morning with training. Word received at 1.00 p.m. that we may have to move into the trenches tonight and relieve the 14th Canadian Battalion East of LOOS. Confirmation of this received at 2.30 p.m. Meeting of Company Commanders at Headquarters Mess at 6.00 p.m. Captain H.C. Good to England on 3 months leave to Canada. Lieut. C.E. Stevenson returned from leave, taking over command of C Company. Command to move at 8.30 p.m. Companies moving independently with 10 minute intervals, guides of the 14th Canadian Battalion picked up at Victoria Station. Weather – fair.

August 10, 1917 
Location: Left Sub-Sector, Le Bis 14
Entry: Relief not complete until 4.00 a.m. Trenches in terribly poor condition their being and average depth of 8” of water. Disposition of the Battalion as follows – A Company: Right, B Company: Support (in LOOS), C Company: Centre, D Company: Left. 6 causalities in D Company during the relief, one man 172433 Private Ballinger, G., Lieut. J.K. Gillespie’s batman later succumbing to his wounds at the Field Ambulance. Our heavies bombarded enemy’s defences from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., it being necessary to thin out our front line. Divisional Commander made a trip through the Battalion trenches. Lieut. H.G. Brooke to the 1st Canadian Trench Mortar Battery. Our 60 pounders dropping short at 9.30 p.m. resulting in 409630 Cpl. Greening, A.R. being killed and 1 O.R. being wounded in A Company. 5 Other Ranks on leave to England. Trench strength 25 Officers and 663 O.R. Weather – rain.

August 11, 1917
Location: Left Sub-Sector, Le Bis 14
Entry: Night passed fairly quietly, out patrols discovered working party near Le Bis14, fire opened and party dispersed. Our heavies again firing on enemy’s defences between 9.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. Lieut-Col. Hayter, G.S.O. 1st Canadian Divisional Staff called at our Headquarters and discussed work plan, etc. Causalities 2 O.R. killed and 3 O.R. wounded. Lieut. J.J. Vandersluys to course at First Army School. 5 O.R. on leave to Paris. Day passed fairly quietly except for desultory shelling near LOOS early in afternoon. Weather – changeable.

August 12, 1917
Location: Left Sub-Sector, Le Bis 14
Entry: Night passed quietly, our patrols active without meeting any opposition from the enemy. 4 O.R. wounded in C Company. Capitan W.B. Woods returned from leave. Lieut. J.K. Gillespie to First Army Rest Camp. Gas attack by 2nd Canadian Division on our right about 2.20 a.m., effects felt very strongly by D Company, who were forced to put on their box respirators for 15 minutes. Band to 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade School. Trenches cleared from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. to permit heavies to shoot on enemy front line. Weather – fine.

August 13, 1917
Location: Left Sub-Sector, Le Bis 14
Entry: Patrol under charge of 63370 Sgt. Garlick, H. D Company encountered German patrol in “No-Mans-Land”, and after an interchange of bombs the German patrol retired to their trenches, our patrol following up without results however. Rest of Battalion front thoroughly patrolled through the night. Lieut. G.K. Holland and Lieut. N.A. Keys both leading patrols to the enemy wire. Considerable difficulty on account of Corps Machine Guns shooting short, 18 pounders also dropping one or two shells short on C Companies front. 3 casualties, making in all this tour – 3 killed, 18 wounded. Battalion relieved by elements of the 13th, 15th and 16th Canadian Battalions. Weather – changeable

August 14, 1917
Location: Noeux-Les-Mines
Entry: Relief complete by 2.40 a.m., greatly hindered by 13th Canadian Battalion losing temporarily their Lewis guns. Raid made by British troops opposite Hulloch on German trenches at 10.00 p.m., also raid made by British troops on out left on the German trenches opposite Hulloch at 2.00 a.m. Upon relief the Battalion moved back to billets at Noeux-Les-Mines, not arriving there until 10.00 a.m. Orders received for the Battalion to move to Mazingarbe tonight, but upon Commanding Officer requesting it, the Battalion will be left in Noeux-Les-Mines until early tomorrow morning. The Battalion spent the afternoon in getting cleared up, clothes being brushed up and repaired. Lt.-Col. R. Pellatt who is up from the Base on a tour, called at Battalion Headquarters. Weather – fine.

August 15, 1917
Location: Mazingarbe
Entry: 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigades attacked the enemy trenches East of LOOS at 4.30 a.m. in conjunction with attack by the 2nd Canadian Division on the right. Battalion commended to move by sections from Noeux-Les-Mines to Mazingarbe at 5.30 a.m. Battalion reported in at Mazingarbe by 9.00 a.m. Battalion on 20 minute notice to move forward. Information from Forward Area satisfactory, very severe fighting has been encountered but out troops have gained all their objectives expecting a switch line known as the Green Line on the 2nd Brigade front. Causalities appear to have been fairly heavy. Very heavy gun fire all day. Companies took over their supplies at the Battalion Dump at G.26.c.5.9., under Lieut. N.V.Cliff’s supervision. News received from the line continues to be good, although it is apparent the attacking troops are having severe casualties. Weather – fine.

August 16, 1917
Location: Mezingarbe
Entry: News received that enemy made three desperate counter-attacks against the newly gained positions last night, all of which were driven back with considerable loss to the enemy. Word received at 1.45 p.m. that we are moving into line, taking over from elements of the 3rd Brigade. All preparations being made to move into Forward Area tonight, the 2nd Canadian Battalion are taking over the front line and we are moving into close support. Battalion commenced to move at 6.30 p.m., picking up their Battle equipment at G.26.c.5.9. on their way up. The 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade put on an attack at 9.30 p.m. in which very heavy fighting ensued and on account of the extremely heavy shelling, the Battalion was not able to move past Brigade Headquarters at G.28.b.1.5.until 11.20 p.m. Weather –fine.

August 17, 1917
Location: Close Support
Entry: Relief complete by 5.00 a.m. 2 casualties coming in. Disposition of the Battalion as follows – A Company – Old German Front Line and Immediate Supports in H.31.b B Company – Old German Front Line and Immediate Supports in H.31.d. D Company – Old British Front Line in H.25.a. C Company – Reserve Trench G.30.d. and G.30.b. Headquarters: Meath Trench H.25.c.62.9. [unreadable] Lieutenant W.E. Scott quite seriously wounded whilst supervising an evacuation of a number of the 2nd Canadian Battalion wounded. Casualties to noon, Lieut. W.E. Scott, wounded. 1 O.R. killed and 1 O.R. wounded. Brigadier-General Griebbach, D.S.O., called at our Headquarters. 2 German planes collided over Hulluch and crashed at about 3.00 p.m. Enemy counter-attacked position gained by 2nd Brigade last night at 11.30 p.m. S.O.S sent up on our front and artillery opened up with terrific force, fire died down at 11.55 p.m.

August 18, 1917
Location: Close Support
Entry: “A” Company supplied carrying party forward to 2nd Canadian Battalion at 12.30 a.m., 2nd Battalion are very short of bombs and S.A.A. Runner sent up to 2nd Canadian Battalion at 12.20 a.m. to try and ascertain situation of their front. German attacked 2nd Brigade again at 1.30 a.m. and S.O.S. spread to our front, artillery fire on both sides again extremely violent, causing 10 or 12 casualties to D Companies ration party, near the ration dump. 2nd Canadian Battalion attacked at 4.30 a.m. by enemy and S.O.S. put up. Artillery fire on both sides terrific. No news from forward area at 6.00 a.m. as 2nd Battalion have no communication back, their Artillery Liaison Officer being at our Headquarters. No news came from the forward area until 7.30 a.m. when one of the runners got back with the information that the enemy had made quite a heavy attack on the 2nd Battalion front West of Bois Hugo, and had been beaten back, that the 2nd Battalion has suffered severe casualties, required S.A.A. and Bombs and were without rations or water. Brigade were immediately notified of the above particulars. Word received from the 2nd Battalion at 8.30 a.m. that enemy are concentrating on their left front flank in H.26.a. Artillery notified and a barrage laid down. Major H.S. Cooper reported back from leave, he taking over B Company, Captain F.C. Brooke returning to the Transport, he Lieut. K.C. Brooke and 6 O.R. going on leave tomorrow. Message received from 2nd Battalion at 10.50 a.m. that enemy is still massing troops on their front. Brigade notified again. Casualties from noon August 17th to noon August 18th, 5 O.R. killed and 24 O.R. wounded Battalion trench strength not 25 Officers and 612 Other Ranks. Lieutenant T. Weir took a carrying party forward of 50 O.R., in broad daylight, from LOOS to the front line of the 2nd Battalion, carrying up S.A.A. and bombs to them, very good work on Lieut. Weir’s part as he had his party through without a casualty. Lieut. J.M. Airth also took a party of 25 O.R. up in broad daylight from the LOOS to the front line, carrying water. Word received at 1.20 p.m. that we are to move into the line tonight and relieve the 2nd Battalion. Commenced to move at 9.30 p.m. All 4 Companies moving into the front line: A Company – Right Centre, B Company – Right, C Company – Left Centre, D Company – Left, Headquarters Meath Trench. (Please see Appendix 1A showing disposition). A Battalion Report Centre was established at H.31.d.7.6. where Major H. Hutchison has taken charge. Early part of the evening passed exceedingly quiet, allowing our troops to get in with very few casualties. Weather –fine.

August 19, 1917
Location: Front Line
Entry: S.O.S. put up on our front at 3.30 a.m., through German red flare being mistaken for one of our S.O.S signals by Machine Guns, Heavy artillery fire on both sides until 3.55 a.m. when fire died down. Relief complete at 2.35 a.m., 2nd Canadian Battalion moving back to the Close Support Area. Lieut. C.E. Stevenson wounded by shrapnel in the buttock during [unreadable] at 3.30 a.m. The followed bombs and S.A.A. were carried in by our troops last night over and above the usual amount – S.A.A. 68,000 rounds Bombs 3,000, so consequently we are in very good shape. Casualties since noon August 18th – 11 O.R. Killed, 1 O.R. Missing (63816 L/Cpl. G.H. Stradling, Q.M. Stores) 26 O.R. Wounded. Battalion strength 23 Officers and 582 Other Ranks. Companies busy organizing wiring parties and patrols as the Division have ordered that wiring must be got ahead with tonight. Trench commenced by 107th Canadian Battalion Pioneers across “No-Mans-Land” as soon as darkened permitted, but very little work was accomplished by them on account of heavy shelling, which also held our wiring parties up, as carrying parties from 2nd Canadian Battalion we disorganized by heavy shell fire and failed to reach our front line until 2.30 a.m. August 20th. Enemy very quiet during early part of the night.

August 20, 1917
Location: Front Line
Entry: Carrying parties with wire reported at front line about 2.30 a.m. August 20th, and little work could be accomplished, but Major H.S. Cooper, M.C. managed to put out a two strand fence along his entire front. “No Mans Land” patrolled very thoroughly throughout the night, 5 patrols in all being out, tow being led by Lieut. P.W. Shill and Lieut. A. Reeve and the other three by No.404383 Cpl. Mansfield, F.. No.409398 L/Cpl. Kelly, J., and No.669030 L/Cpl. Bradley, H. Lieut. H.A. Keys and Lieut. Murray, J.A. were wounded at about 2.30 a.m., both slight wounds, but sufficient to warrant their evacuation. Casualty report since noon yesterday, 6 O.R. killed and 6 O.R. wounded. Word received at 11.30 a.m. that we would be relieved by the 5th Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles tonight. All our dead reported buried commenced to move forward at 10.00 p.m. Relief complete at 2.20 a.m., August 21st and Battalion moved back to huts in Mazingarbe. Marching out strength from trenches 21Officers and 543 Other Ranks. Weather –fine.

August 21, 1917
Location: Mazingarbe
Entry: Battalion arrived at Mazingarbe at 6.00 a.m., where breakfast was served. Orders were received that the Battalion would move to Berlin at 1.30 p.m. Scouts moved off. Battalion following, 200 yards between Companies Packs were transported by lorry. Battalion arrived in Berlin at 5.30 p.m., and were billeted around the town, billets crowded. At Mazingarbe Major H.G. Wilkins, Canadian Corps Field Cashier reported back to the Battalion for duty after being away for 21 months, he was posted to C Company. Word received at 10.30 p.m. from Brigade that Battalion would not move tomorrow to Raimbert for Corps Post. Weather –fine.

August 22, 1917
Location: Berlin
Entry: Morning spent in inspection of clothing and issuing 200 new uniforms to the Battalion. Appearance of Battalion greatly improved. Baths in the afternoon at Mine Bath, FOSSE 7. A clean change of underclothing was procured from 3rd Division Laundries. Remained a day spent in general clearing up. Weather – fine.

August 23, 1917
Location: Berlin
Entry: The Battalion was moved to Oldencourt and Monchy-Breton for two to three week rest. Battalion started off at 11.30 a.m., and arrived at Oldencourt at 4.30 p.m. No one dropped out of line of march. A halt was made near La Comte from 1.30 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. where a hot lunch was served. Route of march – Maisnil-Les-Ruith – Ranchicourt – Lacomte – Houvelin – Rocourt. Battalion Headquarters,m A, B, and C Companies billeted to Oldencourt and D Company in Monchy-Breton. Billets crowded, but otherwise good. 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade School was disbanded today for the time being and Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., Commander of the School returned to duty with the Battalion. Lieut. J.A. Clarke, J.H. Jemmings, W.A. McMaster and J.C. Ransden and 99 Other Ranks also returned from the School and rejoined their Companies. Battalion strength now 33 Officers and 823 Other Ranks. Weather –fine.

August 24, 1917
Location: Orlencout
Entry: Battalion paraded from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., fitting and scrubbing equipment. Companies have all found good fields for parade grounds and sports. Meeting of Battalion Sports Committee Lieut. N.V. Cliff in charge. One Officer from each Company on committee. A conference of all Company and Unit commanders was held by the Commanding Officer to discuss training while at rest. A draft of 100 Other Ranks arrived from 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion as reinforcements bringing Companies up to strength of 170 O.R. each. Lieut. H.T. Lord and Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith reported back from the Canadian Corps School. Weather – fine.

August 25, 1917
Location: Orlencourt
Entry: The Battalion paraded from 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon, carrying on with drill, physical training and specialist training. A Lewis gun class under Lieut. D. Morrison started today, 16 O.R. from each company. Instructors from 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade School reported for duty. 4 O.R. proceeded on leave to Paris. The draft 100 O.R. which arrived yesterday was inspected by the Commanding Officer. The Officers Baseball team defeated the Mens team by a score of 9-6 in the afternoon. Word was received that the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade would be inspected by the Commander in Chief, Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, on Monday. Weather –fine.

Augsut 26, 1917
Location Orlencourt
Entry: A Battalion Church Brigade was held by Captain W. Archer on C Companies Parade Ground at 10.00 a.m. A Company moved from Oldencourt to Monchy-Breton, taking over billets from 2nd Canadian Battalion, who moved out. B and C Companies divided billets vacated by A Company and Battalion is now in good shape as regards room. Lieut. E. H. Minns and 5 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. The Canadian Corps Commander, Sir A.W. Currie visited the Commanding Officer in the afternoon and later went down to the baseball game. This was between the Officers of the 1st Battalion and 3rd Battalion. The 1st Battalion Officers won by 4-3 in the last innings.

August 27, 1917
Location: Orlencourt
Entry: The Battalion lined up at the starting point East of Monchy-Breton at 9.00 a.m., dress – Battle order with steel helmets and no mess tins. To proceed to inspection ground to be inspected by the Commander in Chief Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, Lieut/Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C., in command. Route was – Rocourt – Magincourt – Frevillers to field near Berthonsart at V.14.b, arriving there at 11.00 a.m. 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade lines up on West side of Road in following manner – 1st Battalion in front right, 2nd Battalion behind them, 3rd Battalion front left, 4th Battalion behind them. 1st Line transport lined up on left flank of B Battalion, under the Brigade Transport Officer. 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade was on the other side of the road, in similar formation. Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, D.S.O., was in command of the 1st Brigade and Brigade was in position and ready at 11.15 a.m. the Battalion made a very credible showing, with new uniforms, clean equipment, and new distinguishing patches. The Commander in Chief arrived at 12.35 p.m. and inspected the 2nd Brigade first, and at 1.00 p.m. he and his staff rode through the Brigade. The Brigade then marched past in column of route. Rain began to fall at 12.30 p.m. and fell for the remainder of the day. The Brigade made an excellent showing. The Battalion marched back, arriving in billets about 4.00 p.m. Lieut. J. P. Crawford reported as a reinforcement from England and was posted to A Company. Weather –rain.

August 28, 1917
Location: Orlencourt
Entry: Parades hampered all day by rain. Battalion paraded from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon on a syllabus of physical training, drill, and specialist training. In the afternoon organizing sport program was carried out. 9 O.R. proceeded to First Army Rest Camp today. Lieut. J. K. Gillespie returned from First Army Rest Camp. Weather – rain and high wind.

August 29, 1917
Location: Orlencourt
Entry: Battalion parade at 8.00 a.m. and carried on with ceremonial and physical drill. Rain then came on and all training and sports for the rest of the day were cancelled. Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, D.S.O., was at Battalion Headquarters for lunch, Major H. Nelles, M.C., was at Battalion Headquarters and gave a lecture to all Company Officers at 4.30 p.m.

August 30, 1917
Location: Orlencourt
Entry: Battalion at Monchy-Breton Rifle Ranges all day. A and B Companies shot in the morning and C and D Companies in the afternoon under Lieut. G.K. Holland’s supervision. Shooting very good, some excellent scores being made. The 2nd Battalion won baseball by score 7-1. 3rd Battalion won football by score 1-0. Word received in evening that Battalion would shortly move, rest period being shortened. Weather –rain.

August 31, 1917
Location: Orlencourt
Entry: Training hampered by rain, companies trained on their own parade grounds. 5 Other Ranks proceeded on leave to England. B and C Companies bathed at Rocourt. Lieutenant A.V. Noble and 20 Other Ranks arrived from 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion as reinforcements. The Battalion Field day of sports had to be cancelled owing to rain. The Battalion football team defeated the 4th Battalion football team by score 3-1 in Brigade final. The Officers indoor Baseball team defeated the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Officers team by a score of 20-4. Much interest was added to the game by the fact that Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, D.S.O., and Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers D.S.O., M.C., captioned their respective teams. Weather –fair.

Casualties for August 1917
916496 Pte. Johnaton, J.P. Wounded 9.8.17
745498 Pte. Veale, C.G. Wounded 9.8.17
766065 Pte. Parker, J.H. Wounded 9.8.17
210337 Pte. Gent, A.B. Wounded 9.8.17
681443 Pte. Wilson, J. Wounded 9.8.17
172433 Pte. Ballinger, G. Died of Wounds 9.8.17
238126 Pte. Santo, T. Killed 10.8.17
787917 Pte. Graves, J.H. Wounded 10.8.17
663133 Pte. Stover, J.O. Wounded 10.8.17
409630 Cpl. Greening, A.H. Killed 11.8.17
457040 Pte. Howell, C.C. Wounded 11.8.17
237315 Pte. Taylor, F. Wounded 12.8.17
201274 Pte. Spivey, J.C. Wounded 12.8.17
7236 Lt/Cpl. Gruchy, C.P. Wounded 12.8.17
237297 Pte. Bridmore, T.R. Wounded 13.8.17
9240 COMS. Rogers, E.A. Wounded 15.8.17
404185 Pte. Reeve, W. Wounded 15.8.17
201416 Pte. Lang, G.A. Wounded 18.8.17
238196 Pte. Houchen, E.V. Wounded 17.8.17
9549 Sgt. Curtis, H. Wounded 17.8.17
404279 Pte. Boxall, A.G. Wounded 17.8.17
201329 Pte. Brown, J.F. Wounded 17.8.17
757099 Pte. Jackson, J.T. Wounded 17.8.17
18093 Pte. Sorenson, H. Wounded 17.8.17
Lieutenant Scott, W.E. Wounded 17.8.17
788955 Pte. Yenta, T. Wounded 17.8.17
275293 Pte. Tasker, J.F. Wounded 18.8.17
138464 Pte. Kelly, J. Killed 18.8.17
785048 Pte. Savage, J.J. Killed 18.8.17
788577 Pte. Laidlaw, J.T. Killed 18.8.17
63370 Sgt. Garlick, H. Killed 18.8.17
237498 Pte. Wilson G. Wounded 18.8.17
788599 Pte. Craig, C.E. Wounded 18.8.17
757457 Pte. Ward, E.B. Wounded 18.8.17
237521 Pte. Latimer, H.M. Wounded 18.8.17
237025 Pte. Coward A.R.V. Wounded 18.8.17
788539 Pte. Woods, B.L. Wounded 18.8.17
757221 Pte. Wignall, J.W. Died of Wounds 18.8.17
690439 Pte. Wheatley, A.W. Wounded 18.8.17
787089 Pte. Worth, J.A. Wounded 18.8.17
237771 Pte. Strong, W.J. Wounded 18.8.17
788467 Pte. Pearson, E.C. Wounded 18.8.17
237387 Pte. Wickers, E.W. Wounded 18.8.17
172416 Pte. Howard J. Wounded 18.8.17
681226 Pte. Case, J.W. Killed 18.8.17
201483 Sgt. Lawford, G.E. Wounded 18.8.17
745309 Pte. Freeman, B.H. Wounded 18.8.17
504316 Pte. Askins, J. Wounded 18.8.17
757191 Pte. Sawdy, R.F. Wounded (gassed) 18.8.17
210810 Pte. Sutton, P.B. Wounded (gassed) 18.8.17
757884 Pte. Burton, P.B. Wounded 18.8.17
201129 Pte. Long, E.J. Wounded 18.8.17
23758L Pte. Roper, B. Wounded (gassed) 18.8.17
642073 Pte. Skinner, B. Wounded (gassed) 18.8.17
63676 R.S.N. Nolan, D. Wounded (gassed) 18.8.17
766475 Pte. Rabbits, C.H. Wounded 18.8.17
745367 Pte. Emes, J.H. Wounded 18.8.17
767202 Pte. Meddings, J. Wounded 18.8.17
9965 Sgt. Wardlaw, P. Wounded 17.8.17
669146 Pte. Gains, J.A. Wounded 17.8.17
A4042 Pte. Clelland, D. Wounded 18.8.17
210629 Pte. Marritt, J.C. Killed 16.8.17
237430 Pte. Rodick, W.H. Wounded 16.8.17
784597 Pte. Dyson, D. Wounded 17.8.17
63816 Pte. Stradling, C.R. Killed 17.8.17
Lieutenant Stevenson, C.E. Wounded 19.8.17
784873 Pte. Morris, A. Killed 18.8.17
788958 Pte. Hayes, A.E. Wounded 18.8.17
767100 Pte. Theobald, W.C. Wounded 18.8.17
767416 Pte. Francis, R.F. Killed 18.8.17
239803 Cpl. Frost, W. Wounded 18.8.17
201831 Pte. Johnston, J. Wounded 18.8.17
757335 Pte. Hawker, F. Wounded 18.8.17
788633 Pte. Loney, W. Wounded 18.8.17
123703 Pte. Kilmer, O. Killed 19.8.17
745329 Pte. Black, T.R. Killed 19.8.17
668144 Pte. Currick, T. Killed 19.8.17
798004 Cpl. Alward, J.W. Killed 19.8.17
757269 Pte. Becker F. Wounded 19.8.17
201543 Pte. Blair, J. Wounded 19.8.17
126337 Pte. Richards, W.W. Wounded 19.8.17
237654 Pte. Smith, E. Wounded 19.8.17
850459 Pte. Edwards, T.L. Killed 19.8.17
409726 Pte. Heater, W. Killed 19.8.17
237136 Pte. Norris, B. Killed 19.8.17
238762 Pte. Thompson, J.H. Killed 19.8.17
237363 Pte. Horobin, R.E. Wounded 19.8.17
A4215 Pte. Skyes, H. Wounded 19.8.17
799575 Pte. Allen, J.A. Wounded 19.8.17
457708 Pte. Malloy, E. Wounded 19.8.17
63549 Pte. Markum, F. Wounded 19.8.17
787031 Pte. Jackson, W.J. Wounded 19.8.17
745452 Pte. Owens, H.P. Wounded 19.8.17
766524 Pte. Wren, E. Wounded 19.8.17
Lieutenant Murray, J.A. Wounded 20.8.17
Lieutenant Keys, N.A. Wounded 20.8.17
9316 Sgt. Fogden, H.V. Wounded 20.8.17
788325 Pte. Skinner O.J.G. Wounded 20.8.17
404417 Pte. O’Brien J. Wounded (gassed) 19.8.17
784911 Pte. Fraser, J.H. Wounded (gassed) 19.8.17
404079 Pte. Fowler, A. Wounded 20.8.17
202140 Pte. McLeod, D.S. Killed 20.8.17
171802 Pte. Lonie, W. Killed 20.8.17
785256 Pte. Campbell, G. Killed 20.8.17
305006 Pte. Broadhead, P. Wounded 20.8.17
201242 Pte. Orr, C.H. Killed 19.8.17
138133 Sgt. Bradbury, R.H. Wounded 20.8.17
202080 Pte. Sutoliffe, H. Killed 21.8.17
426522 Pte. Raithbym, F. Wounded 19.8.17
201073 Pte. Mathews, E. Wounded 18.8.17
785008 Pte. Doggled, W. Wounded 18.8.17

Move of Battalion during August 1917
August 1st and 2nd – Les Brebis
August 3rd to 9th – Noeux-Les-Mines
August 10th to 13th – Left Sub Sector, Le Bis 14
August 14th – Noeux-Les-Mines
August 15th and 16th – Mazingarbe
August 17th and 18th – Close Support
August 19th and 20th – Front Line
August 21st – Mazingarbe
August 22nd and 23rd – Berlin
August 24th to 31st Orlencourt and Monchy-Breton

September 1, 1917
Location: Monchy-Breton
Entry: Morning spent in kit inspection. A and D Companies and Headquarters details bathed at Rocourt. The Battalion field day was held in the afternoon and was quite successful, although marred by rain. Captain F.C. Brooke returned from leave. Major H.C. Wickins, Lieut. G.C. Patterson and 3 O.R. proceeded to the Canadian Corps School, Pernes on General Course. 2 O.R. also proceeded on Sniping Course and 1 O.R. on a Lewis Gun course. Weather – Occasional showers

September 2, 1917
Location: Monchy-Breton
Entry: Battalion Church parade held at 11.00 a.m. with Major Woods taking the service. The 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade field day took place in the afternoon on the Battalion Training Area near Monchy-Breton, The events were well contested and run off in clock like style. The Battalion Band was in attendance. Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. and Major C.A.V. McCormack acted as judges. There were 10 events of which the Battalion won two – the Relay race and the Tug-of-war, besides winning several seconds and thirds. Prizes to the amount of 175 francs were won, this being more than any other Battalion in the Brigade. The Officers Battery for 3rd Canadian Battalion – Lieut. M.O. Murdock and Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. The game was keenly contested , and about 1000 francs were transferred into the pockets of the 3rd Canadian Battalion. The Battalion was paid in the morning. A party of 7 Officers went forward to look over the new area the Battalion is going to. Weather – Occasional showers.

September 3, 1917
Location: Monchy-Breton
Entry: The Battalion moved to Hersin today in full marching order. Reveille was at 4.45 a.m. and the Battalion was lined up at the starting point East of Monchy-Breton at 6.40 a.m. Route taken – Rocourt – Magnicourt – Frevillers – Hermin – Alhain – cite no. 9 – Hersin. The Battalion arrived at billets in Hersin at 12.50 p.m. in good condition, very few men dropped out, which was creditable owing to the heat, the length of the march and the hills. A Company billeted in houses, B, C, and D Companies all billeted in a covent. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. proceeded to the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade School at Maisnil-les-Ruitz today to start at the Brigade School. Platoons form D Company under Lieut. J.A. Airth and one from B Company under Lieut. J.H. Neelon proceeded to the school, 18 O.R. also proceeded as instructors and staff. Lieut. T. Weir and 8 O.R. who are representing the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade in the Corps Rifle Shoot Meet as Battalion team, proceeded to the School also. 3 Officers and 87 O.R. at the 1st Brigade School. Weather – Fine and warm.
September 4th, 1917
Location: Hersin

Entry: Companies paraded on private parade grounds. Concert given by the Y.M.C.A. for the Battalion at 3.00 p.m. Games were also played in the afternoon. Day spent mostly as a rest prior to moving into Brigade Reserve tomorrow. Weather – fine .

September 5th, 1917
Location: Hersin
Entry: The Battalion relieved the 1st Canadian Battalion in Brigade Reserve in Cite St. Pierre in left section of Canadian Corps Front. The 1st Canadian Battalion moved to the front line, 2nd Canadian Battalion in Support and 4th Canadian Battalion in Divisional Reserve. Imperial troops are on our left. Battalion left Hersin at 7.30 p.m., marching by Companies at intervals. Route was by Sans-en-Cohelle – Bully-Crenay. Quartermasters Store and Transport moved to FOSSE 10. Relief complete by 11.30 p.m. Battalion billeted in cellars, close to Battalion Headquarters. No casualties coming in. Trench strength – 28 Officers and 658 Other Ranks. Lewis gun course of 12 days duration started at Transport Lines with a class of 32 O.R. Weather – Fine and warm.

September 6th, 1917
Location: Brigade Reserve (Cite St. Pierre)
Entry: Day quiet. 5 Other Ranks proceeded to Paris on leave. Company Officers and Sergeants proceeded to Forward area to look over ground. Working parties of 8 Officers and 300 O.R. started out at 8.30 p.m. for work in the Forward area. No casualties. Weather – fine.

September 7th, 1917
Location: Brigade Reserve (Cite St. Pierre)
Entry: Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. and Major C.A.V. McCormack proceeded on leave to England, also 3 Other Ranks. Major D.H.C. Mason D.S.O. assumes command of the Battalion. Captain F.C. Brooks proceeded to take over the position of Town Major of Mont-Ste-Eloie. Lieut. A. Reeve left to report to the Royal Flying Corps. Officers and guides proceeded to 13th Canadian Battalion H.Q. to look over new line we go into tonight. The Battalion took over a portion of the Front line in left section of the Canadian Corps front, from 13th Canadian Battalion. B Company with one platoon of A Company took over the front line between Nuns Alley and Nabob Alley with one advanced post. On our left is the 1st Canadian Battalion and on our right is the 14th Canadian Battalion A Company is the support directly behind B Company. C and D Companies are in Reserve at Cite St. Edouard. Situation fairly quiet, no casualties on way in. 5th Canadian Divisional Artillery registered today and are behind our front for this tour. Weather – Fine and warm.

September 8th, 1917
Location: Left Section Front Line (Canadian Corps front)
Entry: Light shelling throughout the night on our Support area, situation quiet. 6 O.R. proceeded on Paris on leave. Through the day, enemy quiet, one Trench Mortar shelled our front line causing three casualties. Rations being brought up each evening on light railway. Working parties deepening and improving new front line trenches and present ones. The Battalion rifle team representing the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade as Battalion team won the Divisional elimination, defeating the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade. Weather – fine and warm.

September 9th, 1917
Location: Left Section Front Line (Canadian Corps front)
Entry: Day quiet with enemy trench mortars active on our front line, and normal shelling on rest of area. Front line damaged. Enemy aircraft very active today, and flew low over our lines. At 4.00 p.m. a patrol of Major W.H. Kippen, M.C., Lieut. Gouldsmith, L.F. and Scout Sergeant 438146 Sgt. C.F. Green, reconnoitred trench from our block in Nabob Alley at N.8.d.35.85. to road at N.8.d.5.85. This was for the purpose of ascertaining location of Hun outpost, and to advance our line. Snipers secured three hits during the day on enemy. Artillery and Trench Mortars active at night. Working parties busy improving front line and wiring. A patrol les by Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith and accompanied by 2 N.C.O.’s reconnoitered a ruined house in No-Mans-Land at N.8.d.45.95 with a view to occupying it. Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith was slightly wounded, but remained at duty. Lieut. A.K. Coulthard and 2 Other Ranks proceeded to Army Signal Course. Sherwood Forresters on left of the Brigade Front put on two small raids at 11.55 p.m. in N.2.B. Weather – fine.

September 10th, 1917
Location: Left Section Front Line (Canadian Corps front)
Entry: F.G.C.M. took place at FOSSE 10 on 427547 L/Col. F. Smith. Party of 6 O.R. proceeded to the Army Rest Camp. Fairly heavy shelling throughout the day of Front area. A draft of 20 men arrived from 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion, all casualties, and joined the Battalion in the line. Working parties put out ware and improved front trenches. The lone house at N.8.d.45.95 was occupied at 9.30 p.m. by means of 3 posts on the eastern side. A shallow trench being dug out Nabob Alley in No-Mans-Land. These posts give observation of [unreadable] Front line. Weather – fine.

September 11, 1917
Location: Front Line
Entry: Battalion football team played 107th Pioneer Battalion Team a tie game in Divisional elimination. Lieut. J.A. Clark reported back from hospital. Lieut. H.A. Thompson reported back from 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion. Throughout the day enemy trench mortars and rifle grenades active on our front line. Enemy artillery active in afternoon on Back areas. Under orders from Brigade an attempt was made to dig a new trench in front of our present front line from junction of Nuns Alley and Twisted Alley, East and in front of a lone house, to Nuns Alley Post. A covering party of one platoon from front line company made its way out into No-Mans-Land 8.45 a.m., but were spotted by the enemy and fired at with Machine guns. At 9.30 p.m. the Canadian Engineering Officer began to tape the new trench, and digging party of 110 Other Ranks from C Company, and garrison of one platoon from B Company who were lined up, proceeded to take their positions, covering party and most of digging party got into their positions and started to dig. Enemy Machine Gun fire again opened up at 10.20 p.m. and also with Trench Mortars, and party was recalled to front line. A second attempt was made, but very heavy Machine Gun Fire and rifle fire caused retirement. The enemy sent up an S.O.S. signal at 11.20 p.m., evidently expecting an attack. All trenches and Support areas were subjected to a very heavy fire, and at about 12 midnight the Battalion Commander orders a cessation of operations. Working parties of 13th Canadian Battalion and 107th Pioneer Battalion suffered losses in Support area. The Battalion was extremely fortunate and got back to the trenches with a loss of 4 Other Ranks wounded. Weather – fine.

September 12, 1917
Location Front Line
Entry: Early morning fairly quiet. At about 6.45 a.m. rockets were sent up on our front by enemy which happened to be our S.O.S. At the same time he opened a heavy barrage on our front and Support areas. Our artillery answered, and the enemy at once reduced his fire to particularly nothing. Rest of day quiet until evening when opened on rear Area. Football team lost to 107th Pioneer Battalion team by score 2-0 in Divisional Sports elimination. Tug-of-war team won by default from Divisional Artillery. 201990 Pte. H.G. Taylor and 669619 Pte. C.A. Marks won their bouts in Boxing elimination. The Battalion was relieved in the right sub-section of Brigade front by the 2nd Canadian Battalion. Relief was complete by 10.30 p.m. and Battalion moved back to Brigade Support. A and B Companies going to Cite St. Pierre and C and D Companies to Cite St. Edouard. Casualties for tour 4 killed and 20 wounded. At 11.20 p.m. on Signal of rocket being fired, the Royal Engineers projected 1000 gas drums on LENS. Weather – fine.

September 13, 1917
Location: Brigade Support (Cite St. Pierre and Cite St. Edouard)
Entry: At 3.20 a.m. the Royal Engineers projected 400 gas drums on LENS. Day quiet. Working parties of 7 Officers and 325 O.R. worked on Forward area, with only one casualty resulting. Rather heavy enemy shelling of Battalion area, especially around Battalion Headquarters in the evening. Trench strength – 26 Officers and 618 Other Ranks. Weather – fine.

September 14, 1917
Location: Brigade Support (Cite St. Pierre and Cite St. Edouard)
Entry: At 1.10 a.m. the Bedford’s put on a Company raid on our left, in front of our old position, in front of the Ruits 14 Bis. Day fairly quiet, but rather heavy shelling at night. Working parties working on Forward area improving and digging trenches. Weather –fine.

September 15th, 1917
Location: Brigade Support (Cite St. Pierre and Cite St. Edouard)
Entry: Day rather quiet. Captain J.H. Proctor assistant Quartermaster appointed to look after Brigade entries in Divisional Sports. Working parties digging in Forward area. Fairly heavy shelling of Battalion area at night. Casualties 2 killed and 10 O.R. wounded. Weather – fine.

September 16th, 1917
Location: Brigade Support (Cite St. Pierre and Cite St. Edouard)
Entry: S.O.S. signal went up from Right Brigade Battalion at 4.45 a.m. and spread along the Brigade’s front. The Battalion took defensive cautions, but fire died down at 5.30 a.m. No enemy attack took place. Day quiet, but enemy artillery active at night. Enemy artillery more than usually active on our sector of the front for last three days. Lieut. M.D. Murdock reported to Canadian Corps School. Major H. Hutchison, D.S.O., M.C. and 5 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. Usual working parties at night. Weather – fine.

September 17th, 1917
Location: Brigade Support (Cite St. Pierre and Cite St. Edouard)
Entry: Day quiet, usual working parties at night in front area. Battalion tug-of-war team boxers and runners winners at Brigade elimination sports, went to Athletic field in Hersin to quarter until Divisional sports took place. Lewis Gun school at Transport lines finished their 12 days course. The Battalion ordered into line tomorrow night, this will make two tours in front line this time up for this Battalion. Weather – fine.

September 18th, 1917
Location: Brigade Support (Cite St. Pierre and Cite St. Edouard)
Entry: Day quiet. Lieut. J.J. Vanderslyus returned from First Army School. The Battalion relieved the 2nd Canadian Battalion in the Right sub-section of 1st Brigade front line. C Company going into Front line, with one platoon of A company attached. D company in close Support. New front line taken over running immediately West of Twisted Alley in N.S.B. and D. Relief complete at 11.05 p.m. casualties 13 O.R. wounded. Trench strength – 25 Officers and 572 Other Ranks. Lieut. N.V. Cliff and G.K. Holland proceeded to Canadian Corps School to act as Range Wardens in the Crops Rifle Meet. Weather – fine.

September 19th, 1917
Location: Right Sub-section 1st Brigade Front Line
Entry: At 4.50 a.m. about 15 Huns made an attempt to rush our advanced post in Nabob Alley. They were driven off by Lewis Gun fire. Rest of morning quiet. 3 Patrols covered the Battalion frontage and brought in identification from dead Germans shot in No-Mans-Land during last tour. Enemy aeroplanes low over our lines 6.00 and 7.00 a.m., and also about 10.00 a.m. a patrol flew over. Enemy plans taking advantage of fresh westerly wind. Major H.G. Wickens and 6 O.R. returned from the Canadian Corps School. In the Divisional sports held at Hersin, the Battalion tug-of-war team lost to 10th Canadian Battalion, 201990 Pte. Taylor, H.G. won his way into the finals in the 145 lb class boxing, 669619 Pte. C.A. Marks lost. A patrol of 8 enemy planes flew over our lines at 7.00 p.m. Working parties of 150 O.R. fire-stepped the new front line, Nabob Alley, and dug new Communication Trench from Commotion Trench to old front line. At 9.55 p.m. a heavy artillery barrage was laid on our Support trenches and Front area by the enemy. Fire kept up for about one hour. Enemy seemed very “windy” and used an extra large number of star shells. Rest of night, quiet. Lieut. P.W. Shill was injured and proceeded to hospital. Weather – fine.

September 20th, 1917
Location: Right Sub-section 1st Brigade Front Line
Entry: Early morning quiet. Three patrols covered our front and saw no enemy patrols or working parties. Rather heavy enemy shelling of Support area during the morning. Report received that Second Army advanced at 5.30 a.m. in front of Ypres, gaining all objectives and capturing 3000 prisoners and 4 guns. Lieut. J.K. Crawford sent up to C Company to replace Lieut. P.W. Shill, injured. Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers D.S.O., M.C. and Major C.A.V. McCormack returned from leave. Lieut. G.C. Patterson detailed to act as inspector at Canadian Corps School . Major H.C. Wickens reported to C Company in Front line at 6.25 p.m. At 9.45 p.m. enemy artillery opened up with an intense barrage of all calibers on front line and support system. Shortly after a party of the enemy was seen in front of his wire, and at 10.04 p.m. an S.O.S was sent up from our right flank. This was repeated from Brigade Observation Post, and our artillery at once opened up. The front line system and advanced posts were severely damaged. Major H.C. Wickens was killed while in charge of a portion of the front line garrison, Lieut. J.P. Crawford and Lieut. J.A. Clark were wounded. Lieut. K.C. Brooke was slightly wounded, but remained on duty, 10 Other Ranks were killed and 20 wounded, 1 O.R. Missing. At 10.15 p.m. enemy fire slackened and at 10.30 p.m. was practically Nil. A platoon from A Company was rushed up to front line to reinforce C Company. Weather – fine.

September 21st, 1917
Location: Right Sub-section 1st Brigade Front Line
Entry: S.O.S. signal went up on left Battalion front at 2.35 a.m. This was caused by enemy using our S.O.S. signal. Enemy artillery aeroplanes and trench mortars active all day. Lieut. J.H. Jennings proceeded to G.H.Q. Lewis Gun School at Letouquet. Working parties re-established all of our posts at night and cleaned out front line system from effects of bombardment. Enemy shelled Cite St. Pierre with over 300 gas shells The gas was blown towards Front line and gas masks were worn for an hour in some places. 1st Canadian Battalion relieved on our left by 16th Infantry Brigade (Imperials). Weather –fine.

September 22nd, 1917
Location: Right Sub-section 1st Brigade Front Line
Entry: At 8.00 a.m. enemy commenced firing 8” and 9.2” shells at house at N.8.d.50.98, and Nabob Post. About 125 shells were fired. Firing ceased at 9.45 a.m. Posts had to be withdrawn, and trenches were badly battered in. Only one man was wounded. No.138726 Private Whitehead, D. Sniped a German officer at N.8.b.7.4. witnesses saw officer being pulled off parapet. Fairly heavy shelling all day on our forward area. Lieut. H.T. Poste and 8 Other Ranks proceeded to First Army Rest Camp. General Court Martial of Lieut. H.A. Thompson of this unit held at Barlin today. Communication with posts at house very difficult during the day, but word was got back at 4.00 p.m. that they were hanging on in spite of shell fire and all was well. The Battalion was relieved in the right sub-section of Brigade frontage, by the 16th Infantry Brigade (Imperial) as follows: – Front Line and Immediate Supports by 1/The Buffs, and Brigade Support by 8/Bedfords. A Company was relieved by 8/Bedfordsin Cite St. Pierre by 9.25 p.m. The front line companies were relieved in good time, except one platoon which was relieved by 11.15 p.m. Relief was reported complete at 12.45 a.m., and B Company was then relieved in Cite St. Edouard. Night very quiet and no casualties. The Battalion marched back to FOSSE 10. Trench strength 16 Officers and 536 O.R. Weather – fine.

September 23rd, 1917
Location: FOSSE 10
Entry: Battalion arrived in FOSSE 10 at 4.00 a.m., when a hot meal was served. Casualties for 17 days tour in forward area were as follows:
Major H.G. Wickens – Killed,
Lieut. J.A. Clarke – Wounded,
Lieut. J.P. Crawford – Wounded,
Lieut. K.C. Brooke – Wounded (at duty),
15 O.R. – Killed,
62 O.R. – Wounded,
1 O.R. – Missing,
2 O.R. – Shell Shocked.
Total Casualties: 60 O.R.
Tour was very long and proved a great strain on all ranks, owing to enemy activity and many working parties. Day spent bathing the whole Battalion and rest. Weather – fine.

September 24th, 1917
Location: FOSSE 10
Entry: Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. assumes command of the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade while Brigadier-General W.A. Griesbach, D.S.C., is on leave. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. retains command of the Battalion. The Battalion marched to Bruay today, clearing FOSSE 10 at 8.00 a.m. Route followed Hersin – Barlin – Hallicourt – Bruay, arriving 11.15 a.m. Battalion quartered in billets and comfortable although crowded. The following awards were received by the Battalion for Hill 70:
438146 Sgt. Green, G.F. – Bar to Military Medal,
201629 Pte. King, W.T. – Bar to Military Medal,
130 Sgt. McCulloch, J.M. – Military Medal,
172379 Cpl. Rodgers, C. – Military Medal,
63370 Sgt. Garlick, H. – Military Medal,
9074 Cpl. Mullen, J., –
457533 Cpl. Martin, E. – Military Medal,
210106 Pte. Bentley, R.D. – Military Medal,
766474 Pte. Popham, G.E. – Military Medal,
766354 Cpl. Correll, F.A. – Military Medal,
784387 L/Cpl. Scott, S.W. – Military Medal,
799575 Pte. Muckleston, F. – Military Medal,
201590 Cpl. Fyfe, R. – Military Medal,
452358 Pte. Todd, G.C. – Military Medal,
460855 Pte. Scorey, J. – Military Medal,
172136 L/Cpl. Chadwick, N. F. – Military Medal,
787920 Pte. Hawkins, C.H. – Military Medal,
201531 L/Cpl. Armstrong, H. – Military Medal,
799575 Pte. Allen, J.A. – Military Medal.
Weather – fine.

September 25th, 1917
Location: Bruay
Entry: Lieut. P.W. Shill reported back from hospital. Lieut. J.M. Airth and Lieut. A. Neelon and 71 O.R. returned from the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot. The day was spent in physical drill, reading of orders, inspection and games. The Battalion was also paid. A draft of 23 O.R. arrived from the 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion, mostly returned casualties. Weather – fine.

September 26th, 1917
Location: Bruay
Entry: Parades were held from 9.30 a.m. to noon, physical drill, gas drill, indent taking and inspections made up the mornings work. Organized games under the Battalion Sports Committee took place in the afternoon. Lieut. T. Weir and rifle team of 8 O.R. returned from Canadian Corps Rifle Meet. The team had had very little practice, and only took a few prizes. Lieut. N.V. Cliff and G.K. Holland, range wardens at the meet returned to duty. Draft of 23 O.R. which arrived yesterday were inspected by Lieut-Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O, M.C., and also by the Commanding Officer. Weather – fine.

September 27th, 1917
Location: Bruay
Entry: Rain in early morning prevented Battalion parade on Training ground, but training was carried on Company Parade grounds. Organized sports took place in the afternoon with the Band in attendance. Two Lewis gun sections mounted aerial guards in Bruay. Band concert given by band in Market Place from 6 to 7 p.m. This will take place each day. Weather – fine.

September 28th, 1917
Location: Bruay
Entry: Lieut. M.D. Murdock took over duties of Transport Officer. Battalion parade held at 8 a.m. on Training grounds in J.7.B., ceremonial, bayonet fighting and physical training, and specialist training carried on until noon. N.C.O.’s class of 32 under R.S.M. started this morning. Training grounds large and very good. Another push took place in Ypres area yesterday, and substantial progress was made. Organized sports in afternoon on sports field. 46 Other Ranks returned from 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot today. Weather – fine.

September 29th, 1917
Location: Bruay
Entry: Battalion paraded on Market square, Bruay until 8.00 a.m., for ceremonial, and the syllabus of training was carried out for the rest of the morning. Lieut. N.V. Cliff left for First Army School of instruction. 6 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. Major H. Hutchison, D.S.O., M.C. returned from leave. Escort brought back No.451326 Private F. Weiner from Pairs, after an absence of six weeks. A draft of 61 O.R. reported from 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot. This draft was inspected by Lt-Col. J.B. Rodgers, D.S.O., M.C. at 3.00 p.m. 27 returned casualties, including 3 N.C.O.’s arrived, also 34 new men, which included 22 ex-N.C.O’s from 12th Canadian Reserve Battalion. New men came from following Battalions – 32nd, 83rd, 91st, 166th, 176th, 234th. Sports took place in the afternoon. Strength of the Battalion 23 Officers and 919 Other Ranks. Weather – fine.

September 30th, 1917
Location: Bruay
Entry: Lieut. A.V. Norle and 2 O.R. proceeded to Canadian Corps School, on general course. Lieut. J.O. Ramsden proceeded to Canadian Corps School on lewis gun course. Lieut. G.K. Holland and 1 O.R. proceeded to Lingham, to First Army School of Musketry. Church parade was held at 10.00 a.m. on Market square, Bruay, by Captain Emmett. The following awards were received for Hill 70 show:
Lieut. C.E. Stevenson – Military Cross,
63676 R.S.M. Nolan, D. – D.C.M.,
766524 Pte. Wren, E. – D.C.M.,
405572 Pte. Martin, W.A. – Military Medal,
10171 Pte. Stretton, C. – Military Medal,
402141 Cpl. McKellow, G. – Military Medal.
Lieutenant’s S.F. Hannon, R. Montgomery and A.G. Minns reported as reinforcements today, number 201990 Private Taylor, H.C. won his bout in the 153 lb. class at the Canadian Corps sports, and is now Corps champion in that weight. Weather – fine.

Casualties for month of September 1917
237408 Pte. Herd, J. Killed 8.9.17
A4107 Pte. Harkins, P. Wounded 8.9.17
757965 Pte. Carter, B.C. Wounded 8.9.17
201162 Pte. Fleury, H.V. Killed 8.9.17
172307 Pte. Sword, H.N. Killed 8.9.17
183889 Pte. Nivon, D. Killed 8.9.17
172454 Pte. Thompson, D.S. Wounded 8.9.17
663392 Pte. McChany, W. Wounded 8.9.17
669868 Pte. Forsyth, R. Wounded 8.9.17
237072 Pte. Tucker, T.L. Wounded 9.9.17
745528 Pte. Scott, T.R. Wounded 10.9.17
681349 Pte. Thorn, A.H. Wounded 10.9.17
237059 Pte. Moore, F.S. Wounded 10.9.17
237316 Pte. Gould, A.H. Wounded 11.9.17
868288 Pte. Cockburn, A.H. Wounded 11.9.17
404058 Pte. Day, A. Wounded 10.9.17
404274 Pte. Brackon, V. Wounded 11.9.17
9520 Cpl. Spalding, R.C. Wounded 11.9.17 Died of Wounds 11.9.17
766521 Pte. Wilkes, E. Wounded 11.9.17
766370 Pte. Everett, H.O. Wounded 12.9.17
171933 Pte. Wilks, C.R. Wounded 12.9.17
210681 Pte. Smith, G.S. Wounded 12.9.17
602952 Pte. Bond, A.H. Killed during air raid whilst on leave in England 4.9.17
237404 Pte. Loomis, R.D? Wounded 14.9.17
171457 Pte. Dunnett, W.R. Wounded 15.9.17
745411 Pte. Leigh, F.S. Wounded 16.9.17
678388 Pte. Holiday , A.H. Wounded 16.9.17
669611 Pte. Hall, T. Wounded 16.9.17
802609 Pte. Morris, N.C. Wounded 16.9.17
766498 Pte. Sprange, C.J. Wounded 16.9.17
745744 Pte. Bassett, J.G. Wounded 16.9.17
757754 Pte. Morris, J.F. Killed 16.9.17
678358 Pte. Maden, J.L. Killed 16.9.17
784476 Pte. Denike, H.T. Wounded 16.9.17
172355 Pte. Eyre, A.J. Wounded 16.9.17
787823 Pte. Eagles, A.R. Wounded 16.9.17
201975 Pte. Quinn, H.C. Wounded 16.9.17
788328 Pte. Debenham, W.C. Wounded 14.9.17
427712 Pte. Simons, E. Wounded 19.9.17
237301 Pte. Leyland, J.W. Wounded 18.9.17
785126 Pte. Weed, W. Wounded 18.9.17
237468 Pte. Dale, F. Wounded 18.9.17
237870 Pte. Jackson, C.W. Wounded 18.9.17
44504 Pte. Wilson, T. Wounded 18.9.17
757897 Pte. Jarrett, T.H. Wounded 18.9.17
9735 Pte. Fraser, W. Wounded 18.9.17
A4188 Pte. Richards, G. Wounded 18.9.17
404270 Pte. Boxall, A.G. Wounded 18.9.17 Died of Wounds 19.9.17
23028 Pte. Malcolm, E. Wounded 18.9.17
201024 Pte. Clarke, W.B. Wounded 18.9.17 Died of Wounds 19.9.17
426552 Pte. Lawrence, J. Wounded 18.9.17 Died of Wounds 19.9.17
9092 Pte. Spain, F.W. Wounded 18.9.17
757644 Pte. Thompson, J. Wounded 19.9.17
426739 Cpl. Trail, A. Wounded 19.9.17
757621 Pte. Rodger, A. Wounded 19.9.17
Lieut. Shrill, P.W. Wounded 20.9.17
A4040 Pte. Chapman, J.A. Wounded 20.9.17
448185 Pte. Bobrovsky, E. Wounded 20.9.17
Lieut. Clarke, J.A. Wounded 20.9.17
201281 Pte. Thompson, C.E. Wounded 20.9.17
193287 Pte. Drake, R.E. Wounded 20.9.17
769906 Pte. Wallis, F.D. Wounded 20.9.17
237946 Pte. Kramer, C.B. Wounded 20.9.17
787901 Pte. McGibney, A. Wounded 20.9.17
784129 Pte. Quinlan, J. Wounded 20.9.17
784139 Pte. Shaver, M. Wounded 20.9.17
Lieut. Crawford, J.P. Wounded 20.9.17
172303 Pte. Sweetman, R.C. Killed 20.9.17
745770 Pte. Long, L. Wounded 20.9.17
757969 Pte. White, J. Killed 20.9.17
802866 Pte. Milton, J.M. Killed 20.9.17
171855 Pte. Tisdall, T. Wounded 20.9.17
757053 Pte. Eccles, J. Wounded 20.9.17
201034 L/Cpl. Dean, L.S. Wounded 20.9.17
784021 Pte. Baridge, A.E. Wounded 20.9.17
139238 Cpl. McCarthy, G.E. Wounded 20.9.17
171277 Pte. Barker, C.L. Wounded 20.9.17
757617 Pte. Reid, H. Wounded 20.9.17
237993 Pte. Saunders, A.E. Wounded 20.9.17
240045 Pte. Bennett, W. Wounded 20.9.17
784305 Pte. Proudfoot, A.T. Killed 20.9.17
789214 Pte. Gauthier, A.T. Killed 20.9.17
757858 Pte. Chubb, A.W. Killed 20.9.17
679105 Pte. Holland, H.R. Killed 20.9.17
237336 Pte. McPhail, D. Killed 20.9.17
787667 Pte. Tooley, J. Killed 20.9.17
785081 Pte. Sambrookes, J. Missing 20.9.17
460855 Pte. Scorey, J. Wounded 22.9.17
757940 Pte. Bennett, G. Wounded 20.9.17
Major Wickens, H.G. Killed 20.9.17

Moves of Battalion during September 1917
September 1st and 2nd – Monchy -Breton
September 3rd to 5th – Hersin
September 6th to 7th – Brigade Reserve (Cite St. Pierre)
September 8th to 12th – Front Line (Left Section, Corps front) N.8.B.5.8. to N.8.D.1.7.
September 13th to 18th – Brigade Support (Cite St. Pierre and Cite St. Edouard)
September 19th to 22nd – Front Line (Left Section, Corps front) N.8.B.5.8. to N.8.D.1.7.
September 23rd to 24th – FOSSE 10
September 25th to 30th Bruay
(Map sheet reference for Front line locations in LENS 36C. S.W.L. – 1/10,000)

1 October 1917
Location : BRUAY
Entry: Training carried on on training ground with Company and platoon in attack, etc., “A” and “B” Companies fired at the MARLES LES MINES rifle ranges today, as first practice. 8 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. Lieut. A.D. McDONALD reporting from the 1st Canadian Entrenching Battalion as a reinforcement. The Officers indoor baseball team defeated the 1st Canadian Battalion team by a score of 6 to 5 in a close and exciting game, battery for 3rd Battalion – Lieut. M.D. MURDOCK and Major C.A.V. McCORMACK. Battalion band gave a band concert in the Y.M.C.A at 6.30 p.m. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O is president of a F.G.C.M; sitting at BRUAY on 9 cases.
The following promotions were published today:
Lieut. (A/Major) H. HUTCHISON to be Captain.
Lieut. (A/Major) H.K. CLIFTON to be Captain
Lieut. (A/Captain) H.C. GOOD to be Captain
Lieut. (A/Captain) W.B. Woods to be Captain
Weather – Fine

2 October 1917
Location : BRUAY
Entry: Lieut-Col. J.B. ROGERS, D.S.O., M.C. returned from duty at 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters today and assumed command of the Battalion. The Battalion bathing parade took place at FOSSE 3, BRUAY from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. Tactics exercises were carried out at the training ground at T.7.b, all companies for the rest of the morning. The Battalion paraded at 1.30 p.m. to the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade gas hut at BRUAY where all small box respirators were put to the gas test. The Battalion was paid today. Captain D.A. MORRISON, C.A.M.C. was relieved from duty as Battalion Medical Officer after four months with this unit by Captain A.E. MACDONALD, C.A.M.C.   F.G.C.M. [Field General Court Martial] of No.211225 private J. POTTER took place today at BRUAY. The results of the Brigade transport, inspections by the Divisional Transport Officer show this battalion as securing as possible, 300 points, being the highest secured by any unit of the Brigade. This is the second time in succession we have held first place. Weather – Fine.

3 October 1917
Location : BRUAY
Entry: The Battalion paraded on Market Square BRUAY for ceremonial at 8.00 a.m. and carried out syllabus of training for the rest of the morning. “B” Company fired in the morning at the MARLES – LES – MINES rifle ranges, and “C” Company fired in the afternoon? Live bombs were thrown under the Grenade N.C.O at the bombing pit at the ranged, 32 men per company each firing two bombs. LT. Col. S. SHARPE O.C. of 116th Battalion lunched with the Commanding Officer today. The Battalion Marched to HOUDAIN in the afternoon for the sports with the 2nd Battalion. The officers indoor baseball team defeated 2nd Canadian Battalion officers team by a score of 20 to 10, battery Lieut. M.D. MURDOCK and Major C.A.V McCORMACK. The 3rd Battalion football team defeated the 2nd Canadian Battalion football team by a score of 5 – 0. The usual money transaction took place in which as usual the 3rd Battalion were the gainers. Weather – Cloudy.

4 October 1917
Location : BRUAY
Entry: Training carried on as usual, “A” and “D” Companies fired at the MARLES-LES-MINES rifle ranges during the day. Live bomb throwing was also practiced. Major D.H.O. MASON, D.S.O and 12 other Ranks proceeded on leave to England. Six other Ranks proceeded to first Army rest Camp. The following promotions were published today:
Lieut. K.C. BROOKS to be Captain
Lieut. J.J. VANDERSLUYS to be A/Captain
Lieut. G.C. PATTERSON to be A/Captain
Major W.H. KIPPEN, M.C and Lieut. J.K. GILLESPIE, M.C. returned from leave today. Weather – Rainy

5 October 1917
Location : BRUAY
Entry: Entire day spent in musketry training, “C” and “D” Companies firing at the LE BREUVE ranges in P.ll.c and “A” and “B” Companies firing at the Le VIELFORT ranges at J.26.a.5.8. Companies started to organize a wiring team of 1 N.C.O and 10 men today, to erect wire obstacles, by drill method. 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade started to move back to the Forward area today, rest period is cut down once again. Captain C.S. CALHOUN and Lieut. L.F. GOULDSMITH proceeded to Forward area to look over new billets and line. Lt. Col. J.B. ROGERS, D.S.O., M.C. gave a dinner in the HOTEL MODERNE, BRUAY in honour of Major C.A.V. McCORMACK, who is shortly leaving the battalion. 37 Officers sat down to dinner, including Major “Buck” PEARCE of the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company. A draft of 5 O.R. reported from 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot today and were inspected by the Commanding Officer. Weather – Rainy

6 October 1917
Location : BRUAY
Entry: Morning spent in equipping for march tomorrow to Forward area. All parades off on account of rain. Elections for Saskatchewan soldiers representatives took place in the Battalion today. English army again advanced in YPRES sector yesterday, capturing the BROODSEINDE Ridge and taking over 4,000 prisoners. Attack on 8 mile front and penetrated over a mile in depth. Weather – rain.

7 October 1917
Location : BRUAY
Entry: The Battalion moved from BRUAY to NOULETTE HUTS today, to Brigade Reserve for the left sector of Canadian Corps front in front of LENS. Battalion paraded on Market Square, BRUAY at 7.20 a.m. and marched via RUITZ – BARLIN – HERSIN – BOYEFFLES – AIX NOULETTE. Weather was excellent for marching and the move was excellent, only one man dropping out sick. Battalion arrived at Huts at 11.30 a.m., just as it commenced to rain. Accommodation is limited and not weatherproof. 12th Brigade of 9th Division were passed on the march, going out for a rest. Heavy driving rain for the remainder of the day. Marching in state 33 Officers and 955 Other ranks. Weather – Rain.

8 October 1917
Location : NOULETTE HUTS
Entry: Training carried on during the morning consisting of Bayonet fighting and physical training, wiring, gas drill, lectures, etc. There are large training grounds available all around the camp. A Lewis gun class of 32 Other Ranks commenced today on a 12 day course. Battalion had the use of the BOUVIGNY-BOYEFFLES baths in the afternoon. Outdoor baseball semi-finale took place in the afternoon, with the band in attendance. “B” Company defeated “C” Company by score of 10. to 2 and “D” company defeated “A” Company by score of 3 to 1. A cold driving rain fell from 5.00 p.m. onwards. Weather – cool and rain

9 October 1917
Location : NOULETTE HUTS
Entry: Lieut. J.M. AIRTH and 6 Other Ranks proceeded on leave to England. Battalion had use of bathes at BOUVIGNY-BOYEFFLES all day. The Battalion fired all day at the MARQUEFFLES FARM rifle ranges, 2 companies in the morning and two in the afternoon. An officer per company proceeded to the Forward area to look over the line we are to take over. Lieut. J.A. NEELON proceeded to let Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters as Brigade Grenade Officer during the absence of Lieutenant HOEY. Weather – mostly fair.

10 October 1917
Location : NOULETTE HUTS
Entry: All parades were called off in the morning owing the heavy rains. The transport and Quarter-master stores were moved to AIX NOULETTE to better quarters. In the afternoon the Lewis gun crew fired on the MARQUEFFLES FARM ranges. One officer per company proceeded to the Forward area to make a reconnaissance. The Commanding Officer proceeded to the Forward brigade Headquarters in LIEVIN and received information that this Battalion would not be going into the front line in the new Brigade frontage, in front of LENS. The Brigade is to move back into Rest on the 12th instant, and proceed North two or three days later. “A” Company under command of Major H. HUTCHISON, D.S.O., M.C., proceeded at 4.30 p.m. to LIEVIN, to be billeted there and work in the Forward area improving trenches, etc. Weather – Rain

11 October 1917
Location : NOULETTE HUTS
Entry: Usual training carried on during the morning. The Battalion had the use of the MARQUEFFLES FARM ranges, and all men who had shot poorly before were given another chance. A company commanders meeting was held by the Commanding Officer to talk over the coming move NORTH. The Battalion championship baseball finale took place today before a large crowd. “D” Company defeated “B” Company in a closely contested game by the score of 8 to 5. Major W.H. KIPPEN, M.C. handled the game. Weather – cool and fair.

12 October 1917
Location : NOULETTE HUTS
Entry: The Battalion moved from Brigade reserve at NOULETTE HUTS to rest in HAILLICOURT, being relieved by the 5th Battalion 2/South Staffords, of the 59th Imperial Division. The Battalion lined up at starting point at R.15.d.8.2. at 10.20 a.m. and marched via BOYEFFLES – HERSIN – BARLIN to HAILLICOURT, arriving there at 1.00 p.m. Battalion billeted in the town in pretty fair billets. Heavy driving rain came on shortly after arriving in HAILLICOURT and continued for the rest of the day. Lieut. R.D. GARRET arrived back from England as a reinforcement and was posted to “A” Company. Hon. Capt. K.M. LOCKARY, Chaplain returned from leave to Rome, today. 4th Canadian Division proceeded North to BELGIUM by bus today. Weather – Rain

13 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: Indent taken and general clearing up were carried on in the morning. Major C.A.V. McCORMACK is proceeding to Canada, and the Battalion lost a very good and popular officer, who has brought the Battalion Transport up to the best in the Brigade. Captain J.E. PROCTOR was attached to the Battalion for a few months and is returning to England. The Battalion marched by companies to FOSSE 3, BRUAY, and was bathed in the afternoon. Weather – rain.

14 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: Battalion Church parade was held at 11.00 a.m. Captain EMMET taking the service. Lieut. J.C. RAMSDEN returned from Canadian Corps School today. Brigadier-General GRIESBACH, D.S.O. visited the Commanding Officer. The 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade was all relieved from the forward area today and returned to rest prior to proceeding North. Weather – fine.

15 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: Syllabus of training carried on in the morning, specializing in musketry. All men in the battalion who had shot poorly in shooting done at BRUAY, had their rifled tested, under the supervision of the Musketry Officer. The Battalion was paid today. The heavy rain in the afternoon stopped all sports. Weather – Rain

16 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: 6 O.R. proceeded on leave to England today. The 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade was inspected by General Sir H.S. HORNE, K.C.B., commanding First army, today at 11.00 a.m., in a field at FOSSE 7 (K.32.c.). The Battalion marched to field, arriving at 10.00 a.m., where the Brigade was formed up in a column of companies, with Transport in rear, and presented a very smart appearance. This Battalion looked particularly smart and fit and was the strongest battalion on parade. 28 Officers and 792 Others Ranks being present. Dress-battle order with steel helmets. After an inspection by the General, a march past in column of route took place. Lieut. E. DAVISON reported as a reinforcement and was posted to “C” Company. Lieut. T. WEIR of “C” Company took over the duties of battalion grenade officer and musketry officer. In the afternoon “C” Company defeated “D” Company in the battalion football championship by a score of 4 to 2. The battalion team also defeated the 10th Pontoon Company Royal Engineers by the score of 2 to 0. Weather – fine

17 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: Training in bayonet fighting and physical training, musketry and lectures, carried out.22 O.R. were exchanged with 22 O.R ½ (fit men) from the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot. Five O.R. returned from First Army Rest Camp today. In the afternoon the officers played an exciting game of Rugby football, the Left Half Battalion with the help of the Transport Officer, defeated the right half Battalion reinforced by Headquarters. Sergeant H.V. SPENCE had splints, stretchers, etc., on the field, but they were not found necessary. Word received that the move North is postponed 48 hours. Weather – fine

18 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: Training carried on as per syllabus. The F.G.C.M. of No.787688 Private H.A. LAMBERT took place today at RUITZ. Lieut. J.K. HOLLAND returned form First Army S.O.S. School. In the afternoon the Commanding Officer took all the company officers in tactics and probable tactical problem that will be met with in BELGIUM fighting. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. returned from leave today. Major H.S. COOPER, M.C. at RUITZ as president of F.G.C.M. today. Weather – fine

19 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: Syllabus of training carried out in the morning. 6 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. 2 O.R. proceeded on leave to ROME under the direction of Lt.Col. (Canon) SCOTT Senior Chaplain, 1st Canadian Division. Captain W.B. WOODS proceeded to CHATEAU-de-la-HAIE to take over the duties of Adjutant of 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot. Lieut. E.H. MINNS was promoted A/Captain today, and took over the command of “C” Company. In the afternoon the battalion football defeated the team from No.22 Casualty Clearing Station, by a score of 3 to 0. The Commanding Officer held a tactics class for company officers. Weather – fine

20 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: The Battalion started to move to BELGIUM today at 8.40 a.m. The Battalion lined up in HAILLICOURT and marched to HAM EN ARTOIS, via MARLES-LES-MINES – LOZINGHEM – HAUT RIEUZ – LILLERS. The move took place as a Brigade march, this unit being the third in the line of march. At MARLES-LES-MINES, the unites were inspected by the Divisional Commander and Brigade Commander. At 12 noon the Brigade halted for one hour when hot tea was served to the troops. The Battalion arrived in HAM EN ARTOIS at 2.45 p.m. in splendid condition, not one man dropping out on the march. Packs were carried out by a lorry. The Divisional Commander spoke very highly of the fine appearance of the battalion, and especially mentioned the Transport. Billets are good, although limited. Weather – fine

21 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: The 1st Brigade continued the march North today. The Battalion lined up at the starting point in HAM EN ARTOIS at 8.30 a.m. and led the Brigade, the Battalion moving to STEENBECQUE. Route followed was via BERGUETTE – ISBERGUES – North Bast to Railway and Canal – PECQUER – STEENBECQUE. ¾ hours delay was caused by trains at BERGUETTE, but the battalion arrived in good condition at 12.30 p.m. No one dropping out on the line of march. Packs were transported as yesterday. Billets are good, though scattered. Five Zeppelins reported shot down by French near the frontier of Switzerland yesterday after an air attack on LONDON. Lieut. A.K. COULTHARD reported back today from First Army Signal Course. Weather – Fine

22 October 1917
Location : HAILLICOURT
Entry: The Brigade continued its march and moved from the first Army to the Second Army today. The battalion lined up at the starting point on the outskirts of STEENBECQUE at 7.20 a.m. and marched to TERDEGHEM Area via WALLEN – CAPPEL – LES OISEAUX – HONDEGHEM – St. SYLVESTER CAPPEL. The battalion was second in the line of march, which was held up by trains at several points. At 11.35 a.m. the battalion arrived at St. SYLVESTER where half of the battalion proceeded to TERDEGHEM and half towards CASSEL. The billeting area is very much scattered, and difficulty was experienced in securing sufficient billets. Battalion headquarters was at P.7. and other units were billeted in farms in P.3, P.10, P.11, P.13, P.14 and P.15. The march was long and men were pretty tired on completion, 2 men dropping out from line of march. Lieut. A.G. STANWAY and 10 O.R. proceeded on leave to England today. Weather – Fine

23 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: Battalion rested in the morning, the rain stopping all training. In the afternoon organized sports were carried out between the Companies. Captain J.K. CRAWFORD reported back to this unit today from England, and assumed command of “C” Company, with Captain B.H. MINNS as second-in-command. Lieut. J.M. AIRTH returned from leave today. Weather – Partly showery.

24 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: Training carried on in the morning, special attention being paid to companies in the assault, Companies are well fixed for training areas. In the afternoon a baseball game was held between “D” Company, Battalion champions and a picked team from the rest of the Battalion. The picked battalion team won by a score of 6 to 5 before a large enthusiastic crowd. A conference was held at 4.00 p.m. at Brigade headquarters when the Commanding Officer, Second-in-command and company commanders attended. Great French success yesterday on the AISNE PLATEAU, on a 6 mil front attack, when 8,000 prisoners and 70 guns were captured, besides points of great tactical value. Weather – mostly fine

25 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: Assault and other training carried out during the morning. The Commanding Officer and four company commanders visited POPERINGHE to see the model of the PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE. Organized games were played in the afternoon between companies. The Battalion Intelligence Officer visited the Forward area to report on accommodation, condition, etc., of part of line this battalion is to take over. French continue their success on AISNE PLATEAU, over 12,000 prisoners and 120 guns now counted. The Transport was again given first place in the Brigade today on an inspection by O.C. No.2 Company, Divisional Train. Weather – fine.

26 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: Rain curtailed the training, but some was carried out during spells of good weather. Five officers proceeded to Corps Headquarters, POPERINGHE to view the model of PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE Conference of company commanders held by Commanding Officer to talk over future operations. 3rd and 4th Canadian Divisions in conjunction with English and French troops attacked at 5.45 a.m. and got all their objectives on BELLEVUE SPUR, after tough fighting. Weather – rain

27 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: The 1st Canadian infantry Brigade was inspected by the Corps Commander, Lieut-General Sir Arthur W. CURRIE, K.C.M.G., C.B. The brigade was drawn up in a field in ST MARIE-CAPPEL, at P.20.a.1.4. at 10.00 a.m. in half Brigade, in close column of companies. 1st and 3rd Battalions being in front. The Divisional Commander, Major-General A.C. MACDONNEL, O.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., was present at the inspection. After a short inspection the Brigade was formed into a hollow square, when the Corps Commander gave the brigade a talk, he told how the Canadian Corps had been brought North for the express purpose of taking PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE, and how the 3rd and 4th Canadian Divisions had started the attack yesterday by gaining all their objectives on BELLEVUE SPUR, after tough fighting, and that the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade would have the honour of attacking PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE, the final objective. After three hearty cheers led by the Divisional Commander, the Brigade marched past in column of route. Lieut. J.C. RAMSDEN and 5 O.R. proceeded on leave to England today. Captain G.C. PATTERSON and Lieut. A.V. NOBLE returned from Canadian Corps School. Weather – fine

28 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: Battalion church parade held at 8.30 a.m. in field in P.14.b. Major Wood taking the service. The rest of the morning was spent in attack practice in field in P.14 and P.15. The field was laid out with flags, with objectives on same scale as those that are expected to be given this unit in future operations. Much useful training was carried out, including firing of the new S.O.S. signal, and Smoke Grenades.
Lieut. H.A. THOMPSON with 5 O.R. proceeded to the Canadian Corps School, PERNES, today. The Brigade Transport Officer inspected all transports in the Brigade today, and awarded this Battalion first place. The Whip donated by Brigadier-General W.A. GRIESBACH, D.S.O., to be held by best transport in the brigade therefore passes to this unit. Weather – fine.

29 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: Attack training carried out by companies in the morning. Organized games took place in the afternoon. The following decorations were published today for gallantry during last tour in the line, from September 5th to September 22nd, in front of LENS.
457479 Sergeant E. SLATTERY – 2nd Bar to the MILITARY MEDAL. “A” Coy.
139736 L/Sgt. H. McINTOSH “C” Company the MILITARY MEDAL
139236 Cpl. G.E. McCARTHY “C” Company the MILITARY MEDAL
404419 Sgt. S. PACKHAM “B” Company the MILITARY MEDAL
139651 Pte. A. OAKES “C” Company the MILITARY MEDAL
404186 Pte. G. RICHARDS “B” Company the MILITARY MEDAL
The Commanding Officer held a meeting of company commanders and second-in-commands regarding the coming offensive, the meeting was interrupted by an enemy bombing raid, the bombs falling uncomfortably near. Weather – fine.

30 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: Battalion attack practice took place during the morning in fields P.14 and P.15. Much useful work was accomplished, the formation to be used during the coming attack being practiced. 5 O.R. proceeded on leave to England today. Rain stopped any activity in the afternoon. 3re and 4th Canadian Divisions in conjunction with English troops, attacked this morning and carried the Second objective in front of PASSCHENDAELE. Weather – rain

31 October 1917
Location : TERDEGHEM AREA
Entry: The Battalion was bathed in the morning at STAPLE, which meant a long march for all companies. The battalion was also paid during the day. All Lewis gun crews fired under the direction of the Lewis Gun Officer in P.14.
Lt. Col. W. MITCHELL, C.M.D., D.S.O., General Staff, SECOND Army lunched with the Commanding Officer today. Conferences were held between battalion commanders at Brigade and between company commanders at the Commanding Officer’s billet, CASSEL, regarding the coming offensive. Weather – Fine

MOVES OF BATTALION DURING OCTOBER 1917.
October 1st to 7th – BRUAY
October 8th to 12th – NOULETTE HUTS
October 13th to 20th – HAILLICOURT
October 20th – arrived in HAM EN ARTOIS
October 21st – arrived in STEENBECQUE
October 22nd to 31st – TERDEGHEM AREA

1 November 1917
Location: Trrdeghem Area
Conference of Commanding Officer, Second in Command and Company Commanders at Brigade at 10.00 a.m. Training and outfitting for move tomorrow carried on during the day. A very early start and the long distance units are from starting point made it necessary for all arrangements to be made today. Weather – Rainy.

2 November 1917
Location: Trrdeghem Area
Battalion formed up on starting point East of CASSEL, marched to BAVINCHOVE Station, arriving there at 5.40 a.m. men carrying packs and blankets. Entrainment completed by 6.30 a.m. and train moved off at 6.40 a.m. 2nd Canadian Battalion are also on board. Route followed was via CAESTRE – STEENVOORDE – POPERINGHE and VLAMINTINGHE. The Battalion detrained at YPRES at 8.50 a.m. and marched to bivouacs in vicinity of WIELTJE, in C.23.c., Movement very slow on the roads an account of the immense amount of traffic. Transport moved past St. SLYVESTER CAPELL at 8.30 a.m., they moving to GOLDFISH CHATEAU, H.11.b. by road, arriving there at 5.30 p.m. The area the Battalion is occupying neer WIELTJE is very muddy Three of the companies are in shelters and small dugouts, whilst “A” Company is in tents. Battalion Headquarters is in a Pill Box at C.23.c.4.0. Company Commanders went forward in the afternoon to reconnoitre the WURST Area, to which area we expect to move two Companies tomorrow. Enemy very active between 8.00 p.m and 10.00 p.m., shelling the whole Battalion area, with great intensity, but without causing any serious casualties. A.4166 CQMS. McLellan, N. of “C” Company being wounded. Personnel who are being left out of line in forthcoming operation (108 Other Ranks and 6 officers) were despatched to the Transport Lines under Major H.K. CLIFTON. Major H.K. CLIFTON handed over command of “D” Company to Captain K.C. BROOKE.

3 November 1917
Location: WIRLTJE Area
Night very noisy, gun fire being incessant throughout the whole night. Reconnoitering parties sent forward throughout the morning. Word received at 9.00 a.m. that two companies are to move up into the WURST Area this afternoon, taking over from two companies of the 15th Canadian Battalion. Major D.H.C.MASON, D.S.O. and an officer from “C” and “D” Companies went forward at 9.45 a.m. to arrange details. All Companies drew their battle equipment, each company being issued with the following:-
Henry Wire Cutters – 1 per platoon
Wire Breakers – 16 per platoon
Very Pistols – 7 per Company
Extra Rifle Magazines – 20 per platoon
S.O.S. Signals – 24 per Company
[unreadable] Cups – 30 per Company

“C” and “D” Companies were to move forward at 2.00 p.m. but as rations did not arrive till 4.00 p.m., they did not get away till 4.30 p.m., they both reporting in position in the WIRST AREA by 9.00 p.m.

4 November 1917
Location: -do-
Night passed fairly quietly as far as the back country was concerned. Word received at 9.30 a.m. that “C” and “D” Companies in WURST Area will be moving forward and taking over the line tonight. “A” and “B” Companies moving up to the positions vacated by “D” and “C” Companies, and Battalions Headquarters moving to KRONPRINZE FARM. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. went forward to arrange details with the O.C. 14th Canadian Battalion, who are occupying the front area. 72 hours rations being brought up this afternoon, but as they did not arrive till 4.00 p.m., “A” and “B” Companies did not move forward to the WURST Area until 4.30 p.m., when arriving there “A” Company found that “C” Companies rations had not arrived consequently “A” Company turned theirs over to “C” Company, therefore enabling “C” Company to get away to the line at 7.00 p.m. “D” Company commenced to move YETTA COTTAGES at 9.00 p.m., they waiting until their rations arrived. Captain J.K. CRAWFORD called in at Battalion Headquarters and was given instructions re coming operations.

A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE ENGAGEMENT FROM MIDNIGHT NOVEMBER 4th /5th to MIDNIGHT NOVEMBER 8th /9th will be found at back. [Inserted here for ease of reading]

November 6th.
Night passed fairly quietly as far as the back country was concerned. Word received at 9.30 a.m. that “C” and “D” Companies in WURST AREA will be moving forward and taking over the line tonight. “A” and “B” Companies moving up to the positions vacated by “C” and “D” Companies and Battalion Headquarters moving to KRONPRINZ FARM. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. went forward to arrange details with XXXXXXXX O.C. 14th Canadian Battalion, who are occupying front line. 72 hours rations being brought up this afternoon, but as they do not arrive until 4.00 p.m., “A” and “B” Companies did not move forward to the WURST AREA until 4.30 p.m., and when arriving there “A” Company found that “C” Companies rations had not arrived, consequently “A” Company turned theirs over to “C” Company, therefore enabling “C” Company to get away to the line at 7.00 p.m. “D” Company commenced to move to YETTA COTTAGES at 9.00 p.m., they waiting until their rations arrived. Captain J.K. CRAWFORD called in at Battalion Headquarters and was given instructions re coming operation

November 5th.

1.00 a.m. “D” Company report relief complete

1.15 a.m. Brigade letter 1777-8 received making a number of changes in proposed operation, including that our attracting force on VINE Cottages is now composed of 6 platoons instead of a company.

1.25 a.m. Message received from “C” Company that relief is complete, timed 12 midnight. This competes Battalion relief No casualties reported going in.

2.30 a.m. Night passing fairly quietly, no excessive artillery fire.

3.30 p.m. Copies of Brigade Operation Orders have been despatched to all Companies,
Intelligence Officer and Signalling Officer, also a copy of 3rd Canadian Battalion Operation Orders to “C” Company.

4.00 a.m. XXXX Enemy guns active in our forward area.

4.50 a.m. Our guns put over a practice barrage
8.00 a.m. Captain G.C. PATTERSON, Lieut. H.T. POSTE and Lieut. H.D. GARRETT went over to reconnoitre BELLEVUE, to which area 6 platoons and Battalion Headquarters move this afternoon, “D” Company remaining in YETTA COTTAGES and “C” Company plus two platoons of “A” Company will occupy VANITY COTTAGES.

8.10 a.m. Quite a large number of the HOOD Battalion have passed through our Dressing Station.

8.40 a.m. Line layed by Signallers last night, now reported as through to “C” Company Headquarters.

8.45 a.m. Adjutant spoke to Captain J.K. CRAWFORD, and he advises that everything is O.K. on his front.

9.30 a.m. Morning passing fairly quietly. Very misty.

9.50 a.m. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. left for WURST AREA clear up the situation regarding a shortage in “C” Companies rations.

10.00 a.m. Captain K.C. BROOKE called at Battalion Headquarters and was delivered his operations orders.

11.00 a.m. Major D.H.C. MASON D.S.O. returned from “A” and “B” Companies and reports that the rations for the platoon of “C” Company were sent up by 5 “C” Company men last night, and as this coincides with the R.S.M’s report, it is evident the rations were taken into the forward area.

11.20 a.m. A German aeroplane reported to have been driven down in the region of our front line.

11.40 a.m. “D” Company reports one casualty since relief.

11.50 a.m. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. delivered his orders together with 3rd Canadian Battalion Operation Orders and Brigade Operation Orders he is going forward to Advance Headquarters at D.4.a.8.4., to take charge of the operation.

12.40 p.m. Captain CUNNINGHAM called at Battalion Headquarters

1.00 p.m. Lieut-Col, THOMPSON Called at Battalion Headquarter

1.35 p.m. Captain G.C. PATTERSON returned from reconnaissance for headquarters
2.00 p.m. After consultation with Captain CUNNINGHAM, Lt.-Col. THOMPSON and Captain G.C. PATTERSON, we are moving our Headquarters this afternoon BELLEVUE FARM, the 4th Canadian Battalion taking over their Headquarters at at WATERLOO FARM.

2.15 p.m. Cancel entry of 2.00 p.m., it has now been decided and Captain CUNNINGHAM that we will take over WATERLOO FARM as our Headquarters with possibility of an advanced Headquarters with our 1 and ½ companies at BELLEVUE.

2.35 p.m. Lt.-Col. THOMPSON and Captain CUNNINGHAM left Battalion Headquarters

2.45 p.m. Lieut. H.G. BROOKE, 1st Canadian Trench [unreadable] Battery, reported at Battalion Headquarters with 2 Stokes guns, and with rations for 24 hours only.

2.50 p.m. 10 barrage maps and 50 aeroplane photographs received from Brigade.

3.10 p.m. Artillery fire livening up,

3.40 p.m. Battalion Headquarters split up, Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. proceeding to Advance Battalion Headquarters at D.4.a.8.4., to take charge of “C” and “D” Companies and 2 platoons of “A” Company in the operations, and Lieut-Col. J.B.Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. and Major W.H.KIPPEN, E.C. to WATERLOO FARM, establishing an Headquarters there, having under their command 2 ½ companies of the 4th Canadian Battalion “B” Company and the other 2 platoons of “A” Company, 3rd Canadian Battalion, this force constitutes the Brigade Support, and will assemble in BELLEVUE SPUR at dusk tonight, relieving 2 companies of the 13th Canadian Battalion in that area.

4.10 p.m. Battalion Headquarters arrived at WATERLOO FARM but 1st and 2nd Battalions are still in occupation of same

4.35 p.m. Heavy artillery fire about 2 miles to our left flank

5.30 p.m. Lieut, L.F. GOULDSMITH left for Brigade to synchronize watches.

5.30 p.m. Lieut. A.K. COULTHARD arranging communication forward it is proposed to have visual communication between here and BELLEVUE, and between here and Major MASON’s Headquarters, also a wire between here and BELLEVUE.

6.00 p.m. 1st and 2nd Battalion Headquarters still at WATERLOO, very crowded.

6.15 p.m. “B” Company passing WATERLOO FARM in their way to BELLEVUE.

6.40 p.m. G.O.C. phoned up to sat that “A” Company has been badly scattered, Major H. HUTCHISON, D.S.O., M.C. being wounded and Lieut. R.D. GARRETT Killed, and also ten or twelve casualties, and to the effect that he is sending Lieut. L.F. GOULDSMITH up to WATERLOO FARM with the remainder of “A” Company, also received message XXXX for 1st Battalion, that two companies of theirs have been scattered and are being sent to KOREK under a Brigade guide

7.10 p.m. ZERO hour received from Brigade.

7.50 p.m. Telephone message received that the two platoons of “A” Company are at KOREK, so guides were sent there to bring them up.

7.55 p.m. Message received from Major D.H.C. MASON, by lamp that “A” Company 2 platoons have reported to “C” Company for duty.

8.15 p.m. 1st and 2nd Battalion Headquarters commenced to move forward.

8.35 p.m. G.O.C. phoned and instructed us to send 2 guides to KOREK HOUSE to guide up the remainder of “A” Company who are there.

8.37 p.m. Guides despatched.

9.00 p.m. G.O.C. again phoned and said he would make arrangements to have the 2 platoons for “A” Company sent down from 3rd Brigade to WATERLOO.

9.10 p.m. ZERO hour and synchronized time despatched to “C” and “D” Companies and Major MASON.

9.15 p.m. Lieut. A.K. COULTHARD preceeded out to lay line between here and BELLEVUE.

9.55 p.m. Captain G.C. PATTERSON left for the BELLEVUE Area, taking with him the his messages giving ZERO hour, to “A” and “B” Companies and orders regarding reorganization of “A” Company. Captain J.J. VANDERSLYUS will command of the remainder of “A” Company, together with a.m. half company of the 4th Canadian Battalion, this making disposition of Battalion in BELLEVUE AERA as follows: –
2 platoons of “A” Company, plus 2 platoons of “B” Company 4th Battalion, under Capt. J.J. VANDERSLUYS.
“B” Company under Major H.S. COOPER, M.C.
“C” Company, 4th Battalion under Captain DAVIS.

10.00 p.m. Word received from “A” and “C” Companies of the 4th Battalion that they are in position in the BELLEVUE AREA

10.15 p.m. C.S.M. WILLIAMS, F. reported at Battalion Headquarters with 64 Other Ranks, reporting that he had 17 casualties in all, Lieut. R.D. CARRETT and 5 O.R. being killed and Major H. HUTCHISON and 12 O.R. being wounded, C.S.M. F. WILLIAMS given 3rd Battalion guides with orders to report to Captain J.J. VANDERSLUYS, Commenced to move off 10.45 p.m.

11.11 pm Lieut. A.K. COULTHARD reported back to Battalion Headquarters and reports that another line has been laid through to BELLEVUE to Captain G.C. PATTERSON.

11.20 p.m. Message received from Major H.S. COOPER, that the 10 platoons of 4th Battalion are in position in the Assembly Area.

11.32 p.m. Lieut. L.F. GOULDSMITH again returned from Brigade Headquarters with synchronized time.

11.45 p.m. Signal communication with Major D.H.C. MASON, at Advanced Battalion Headquarters being maintained satisfactorily by lamp.

11.55 p.m. Party of “A” Company reported as having arrived in BELLEVUE AREA.

November 6th

12.10 a.m. Night passing fairly quietly, a little misty but otherwise quiet.

12.15 a.m. Battalion reported to Brigade as being in platoon position, i.e. 6 platoons are in vicinity of VANITY COTTAGES, 4 platoons are in the vicinity of YETTA COTTAGES and 6 platoons are in the BELLEVUE AREA. The 4th Canadian Battalion 10 platoons which are also under this Units command, are also in position in the BELLEVUE AREA.

12.30 a.m. Lieut. N.V. CLIFF from First Army Schoolm and Lieut. A.G. STANWAY from leave, reported at Battalion Headquarters for duty.

1.00 a.m. Message received from Major D.H.C. MASON, that a.m. great deal of movement has been seen in the vicinity of V.29.a.9.7 to V.29.e.9.4., therefore the Commanding Officer granted Major Mason permission to use four platoons in the actual attack, if he and Captain J.K. CRAWFORD wish to do so.

1.13 a.m. Lieut. – Col. McLAUGHLIN’s watch synchronized at 3rd Battalion Headquarters.

1.45 a.m. Night passing fairly quietly, no excessive artillery fire.

2.00 a.m. Lieut. N.V. CLIFF and Lieut. A.H. STARWAY being retained ay Battalion Headquarters as surplus officers.

4.00 p.m. Enemy shelling back county moderately, morning turning out to be fine.

4.30 a.m. Spoke with Major H.S. COOPER regarding the probability of his first move being to the positions as at present occupied by the front line companies of the 2nd Canadian Battalion.

4.40 a.m. Lieut. [unreadable] Brigade Signal Officer, called at Battalion Headquarters

4.55 a.m. Enemy artillery very active since 4.35 a.m. on our front area, he shelling it with considerable intensity.

5.00 a.m. Morning very clear, no most, moon bright.

5.20 a.m. Shelling on forward area appears to be diminishing.

5.25 a.m. Situation practically normal again.

5.32 a.m. Message received from Lt. Col. McLAUGHLIN that he requires retaliation immediately on his front as shelling is heavy, but as runner left 2nd Battalion Headquarters about 4.50 a.m. (when the shelling was intense) and the situation is no normal, no action was taken beyond verbally reporting it to Battalion Major.

5.54 a.m. Situation very quiet.

5.57 a.m. Situation exceedingly quiet.

6.00 a.m. ZERO hour guns opened fire

6.32 a.m. Enemy barrage seems quite heavy in rear country, especially in vicinity of WATERLOO FARM, where the 15th Battalion stretcher carrying party have had a number of casualties.

6.34 a.m. Captain CUNNINGHAM phoned and gave Commanding Officer instructions that in case of Brigade being cut off from us and 2nd Battalion, the Commanding Officer is authorized to send up 3 companies to MEETCHAELE to report to O.C. 1st and 2nd Battalions, and occupy jumping off trenches if asked to do so by 1st or 2nd Battalions.

6.50 a.m. 14 prisoners of 38th Regiment arrived at Battalion Headquarters.

7.00 a.m. Germans being made use of to carry stretchers down..

7.10 a.m. 2 wounded 2nd Division, 31st Battalion, report that they think they got their objective.

7.12 a.m. Captain G.C. PATTERSON reports that he has seen about 100 prisoners ..

7.14. a.m. Captain CUNNINGHAM phoned and says that our troops have been seen in PASSCHENDAELE.

7.20 a.m. 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalion wounded commenced to arrive at the Dressing Station, report all going well.

7.25 a.m. A wounded man of No. 2 platoon, reports that “A” Company have had 3 or 4 casualties in the Assembly Area.

7.32 a.m. Captain G.C. Patterson phoned and says he can see a flapper working in the region of the front line and he is endeavouring to pick it up.

7.38 a.m. Major MASON reports by lamp “No message yet”, sent message to him, instructing him to send up and get in touch with Captain CRAWFORD to ascertain the situation.

7.42 a.m. Several small parties of enemy prisoners observed coming across country, rearwards

7.48 a.m. Another [unreadable] 26 prisoners arrived at Battalion Headquarters, including 8 Stretcher Bearers, 4 of which were killed at the entrance to the Battalion Headquarters

7.49 a.m. Phoned through to Captain PATTERSON and instructed him to send two runners up to the Col. McLAUGHLIN, to endeavour to get in touch with the situation.

7.53 a.m. Received message that Captain G.C. PATTERSON has interrogated a German N.C.O. who states that they have been in the line for two days and that when captured he was in the German 3rd line.

7.58 a.m. Brigade informed re runners going forward to Col. McLAUGHLIN.

8.08 a.m. Line to Captain G.C. PATTERSON out.

8.10 a.m. German prisoners still straggling in. Their morale seems good.

8.17 a.m. Message received from Major Mason, stating he has no news but has sent runners out to ascertain the situation.

8.27 a.m. Lieut. MURRARY 1st Canadian Battalion came into Dressing Station and reports that when he was hit, he was about 700 yards past the front line.

8.33 a.m. 1st Battalion runner arrived at Battalion Headquarters with messages from 1st and 2nd Battalions, stating that 2nd Objective has been taken.

8.36 a.m. Message received from Major Mason that it is impossible for runners to get through to “C” Company on account of intense barrage.

8.47 a.m. Lieut. Jackson of 2nd Canadian Battalion reported at Battalion Headquarters, he was hit at 1st Objective and reports everything is going O.K. on the front, and the number of Germans killed is very large.

8.51 a.m. Message received from Captain G.C. PATTERSON, states that wounded officer of 2nd Battalion reports their final objective reached.

9.00 a.m. Wounded men of 2nd Division reports that they seem to be getting an O.K. on the right flank.

9.06 a.m. Raining quite hard.

9.08 a.m. Wounded L/Cpl. of Signallers of 1st Battalion reports that he heard before he left the forward area that the final objective had been taken.

9.10 a.m. Message received by visual from 1st Battalion, timed 8.15 a.m., stating that 1st Battalion has consolidated 2nd Objective and is in touch with 29th Battalion on right and 2nd Battalion on the left

9.20 a.m. Message received from 1st Battalion, stating that 1st Objective was gained at 7.40 a.m. and that things seem satisfactory at the time message was written, which was 8.15 a.m., also report their lamp has been destroyed.

9.22 a.m. Major H.S. COOPER phoned and stated that the two above messages were brought back by the runners referred in the [unreadable] timed 7.40 a.m., both being wounded going to the 1st Battalion, but [unreadable] the importance of message they stuck to it.

9.23 a.m. Captain G.C. PATTERSON states that he interrogated a Machine Gun Sergeant Major, who stated that they had no news of the attack.

9.38 a.m. Orders received from Brigade to have 6 platoons report to 1st Battalion and 6 platoons to 2nd Battalion, consequently “B” Company, 3rd Battalion plus 2 platoons of “A” Company 3rd Battalion and “A” Company of the 4th Battalion plus 2 platoons of “B” Company 4th Battalion, were ordered to report to 2nd and 1st Battalion respectively

10.05 a.m. 2nd Battalion reports 3rd Objective captured, they have 3 companies in the live and one in Support.

10.10 a.m. Word received from Captain G.C. PATTERSON that 4th Battalion in BELLEVUE require stretchers. Capital CUNNINGHAM notified and states he will see to it.

10.15 a.m. Enemy shelling quite heavy.

10.30 a.m. Wire received that enemy are thought to be massing for a counter attack in the vicinity of WINDICATIVE cross roads.

10.32 a.m. Received wire from Major MASON that he is unable as yet to get through to “C” Company and he believes they had heavy casualties from Machine Guns firing from VINE COTTAGES.

10.42 a.m. Reference Brigade M.B. 16, orders despatched to 1st Battalion re moving 1 ½ companies to BELLEVUE AREA.

11.06 a.m. Col. THOMPSOM phoned and stated that 6 prisoners had come past his Headquarters and stated that they had come from VINE COTTAGE, so it appears that “C” Company have captured VINE COTTAGE.

11.10 a.m. Steady stream of wounded men coming through the Dressing Station.

11.25 a.m. Acknowledgements received from Major H.S. COOPER and Captain LOUNT, (4th Battalion) to orders sent to them re moving forward.

11.27 a.m. Still drizzling

11.28 a.m. Hun prisoners being used with great effect in carrying out stretchers.

11.33 a.m. Message received from 2nd Battalion that they urgently require stretchers and bearers. Commanding Officer phoned to Brigade telling Captain CUNNINGHAM the situation as regards Stretcher Bearers, and Captain CUNNINGHAM states he will have a party sent up immediately.

11.40 a.m. Turned over 8bs. O.S. rockets to 1st Canadian Battalion.

12.00 Noon Lieut. BURN, Bombing Officer of 2nd Battalion dropped in at Headquarters in his way down to Brigade Headquarters, to get S.A.A., and says the Battalion had quite an easy time of it to date, casualties being low.

12.15 p.m. Brigade front appears to be quite quiet, no news from VINE COTTAGE as yet.

12.30 p.m. Wire received from Major MASON that Captain J.K. CRAWFORD reports all objectives taken, but losses heavy.

12.45 p.m. Message received from Major MASON to the effect that our line now runs from VANITY HOUSE to V.29.d.3.6., and that we are in touch with the 2nd Battalion on our right.

12.50 p.m. Major JOLIFFE reported at Battalion Headquarters on his way up to the BELLEVUE AREA.

1.00 p.m. Captain G.C. PATTERSON reports that the 12 platoons which are being attached to the 1st and 2nd Battalions, (unreadable) BELLEVUE at 11.00 a.m. for the Forward Area.

1.10 p.m. Message received from Major MASON, that Major H.S. COOPER has arrived in the forward area and has 6 platoons between D.5.b.7.3. to D.5.b.5.8.

1.15 p.m. (unreadable) casualties for- last 24 hours – 125.

1.16 p.m. Casualty Report received from “D” Company, reporting 15 O.R. casualties.

1.45 p.m. Fairly quiet.

1.50 p.m. Word received that Major E. HUTCHISON has died of wounds.

1.50 p.m. “D” Company ordered to get stretchers and clear “C” Companies front line of casualties tonight.

2.10 p.m. Detailed party of 1 officer and 50 O.R. from 4th Canadian Battalion to carry ammunition up to 2nd Battalion Headquarters.

2,25 p.m. Lieut. A.G. MINNS arrived at Battalion Headquarters, wounded.

2.40 p.m. Stretcher carrying party of 100 O.R. passed Battalion Headquarters on their way up to 2nd Battalion Headquarters. They are from 15th Canadian Battalion.

2.40 p.m. Lieut – Col DONALDSON, O.C. 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance, called at our Headquarters.

3.10 p.m. Orders issued to “D” company that they must clear “C” Company’s area of all wounded men tonight, also carry up 10,000 rounds of S.A.A to “C” Company, and any water they may require.

3.25 p.m. Spoke to Medical Officer over the phone, he informs us that Lieut. G.K. HOLLAND has been killed and Captain J.K. CRAWFORD and Lieut. P.W. SHILL wounded. 22 of our men have passed through our dressing station, 7 of them stretcher cases.

3.40 p.m. Sergeant J.LAY of No. 5 Company reported with 50 water tins of water. Party took 30 of them forward to “D” Company Headquarters.

3.55 p.m. Party of 50 O.R. form 4th Battalion called at Battalion Headquarters for 50 boxes of S.A.A., to be taken up to 1st and 2nd Battalions. Lieut. N.V. CLIFF proceeded to Major MASONS’ Headquarters to ascertain his disposition.

4.10 p.m. Our guns opened heavy fire.

4.17 p.m. Fire ceased.

4.30 p.m. Captain G.C. PATTERSON phoned and states that from an N.C.O.`s report of the 2nd Battalion, everything is going along O.K. in the line.

4.45 p.m. Our guns opened heavy barrage fire.

4.47 p.m. Scouts sent up by Captain G.C. PATTERSON at 3.30 p.m. to 1st and 2nd Battalions, returned with message from 1st Battalion, who state the situation is most satisfactory, and that they have captured 3 Lachine Guns.

4.50 p.m. Major MASON reports Lieut. G.K. HOLLAND killed, but can give us no information regarding other officers of “C” Company.

4.59 p.m. Artillery fire died down.

(unreadable) .25 p.m. Enemy artillery fire quite heavy on back area.

5.38 p.m. Both enemy and our artillery quite active.

6.00 p.m. Fair amount of artillery activity by both us and the enemy.

6.10 p.m. Medical Officer states that no further cases have been through the Dressing Station, but he expects “D” Companys carrying party to arrive shortly with a number of cases.

6.45 p.m. S.O.S. put up on Brigade front, relayed at Headquarters back. Apparently originally came from 2nd Battalion front.

6.51 p.m. Situation quietened down.

6.52 p.m. Message arrived from Major MASON, that “C” Company continue to hold objectives at 2.00 p.m., and are digging along a line from VANITY HOUSE to V.29.c.9.5., with two posts between V.29.c.9.5 and V.29.d.3.6., where we touch up with Lieut. [unreadable] Company of 2nd Battalion. Company Headquarters is at VINE COTTAGE. Estimated strength of “C” Company 150. 2 platoons of “D” Company will be sent up tonight from YETTA COTTAGES as reinforcements, whilst the other 2 platoons will be used to carry supplies forward. 40 prisoners taken and are being held at VINE COTTAGES until dusk, so they can carry stretcher Cases out.

7.25 p.m. Lieut. N.V. CLIFF returned from Major MASON`s Headquarters and confirms entry of 6.52 p.m.

7.30 p.m. “D” Company report following casualties: –
6 O.R. Killed
11 O.R. wounded.

7.50 p.m. Very quiet.

8.10 p.m. Lieut. YATES, 1st Battalion helped us out and gave us 20 rations which were sent up to “C” Company who are a little short.

8.20 p.m. Wire received from Major MASON that Lieut. H.T. LORD and Lieut. S.F HANNAN have passed by his Headquarters, wounded.

8.30 p.m. Medical Officer reports a total of 35 O.R. wounded passed through Dressing Station and that Lieut. S.F. HANNAN stated that things were in fairly good shape when he left the line. Total officer casualties now 3 killed and 5 wounded

9.10 p.m. Received warning order from Brigade that we will be relieved tomorrow night, we moving back to “A” Camp, in WIELTJE.

11.00 p.m. Orders despatched to Major MASON that he will be responsible for arranging “A”, “C” and “D” Companies relief.

November 7th.
12.10 a.m. Night passing fairly quietly.

2.00 a.m. Still quiet.

3.00 a.m. All our wounded men reported as having been evacuated from “C” Company`s area.

4.00 a.m. Situation reported to Brigade as extremely quiet.

5.30 a.m. Heavy barrage opened by German guns.

5.46 a.m. Quiet again.

7.00 a.m. News received from Major MASON that we have captured a German machine gun which is being used to good effect against the enemy.

7.30 a.m. Total number of prisoners captured – 1 officer and 58 Other Ranks.

8.15 a.m. Reported to Captain CUNNINGHAM that in the 58 prisoners captured by this unit, there was one of the 49th Regiment.

9.00 a.m. Number of our men passing through, carrying stretcher containing 1st and 2nd Battalion wounded.

8.30 a.m. Lieut. A.G. STANWAY sent to Transport to arrange billeting, etc., in “A” Area tonight.

9.00 a.m. Still drizzling.

9.20 a.m. Messages received from 2nd Battalion that still described the situation as O.K.

9.30 a.m. Message received from Major MASON that he is arranging relief of the forces under his command.

9.40 a.m. Col. THOMPSON called at our Headquarters.

9.45 a.m. Still drizzling.

9.45 a.m. Major WOOD, Chaplain, called at Battalion Headquarters and proceeded up to BELLEVUE to bury the dead.

10.30 a.m. Message despatched to Major H.S. COOPER, advising him to set under 2nd Battalion orders.

10.31 a.m. Lieut. J.H. BEKLON called up re ordering a carrying party.

10.34 a.m. Operation order despatched to Captain G.C. PATTERSON, for the relief of his force (2 ½ companies of 4th Battalion) tonight.
10.50 a.m. Still drizzling.

11.25 a.m. Captain CUNNINGHAM called at Battalion Headquarters

11.40 a.m. Lt. Col. McNAUGHTON and Captain COSGHAVE of Corps Artillery, called at
Battalion Headquarters

11.50 a.m. Brigade letter 1788-8 returned by Major MASON.

12.05 p.m. Captain CUNNINGHAM given number of suggestions by Lt-Col. J.B. Rogers re relief.

12.10 p.m. Major WOOD returned to Battalion Headquarters after burying a.m. number of men in vicinity of BELLEVUE.

12.15 p.m. Col. THOMPSON and Captain CUNNINGHAM left Battalion Headquarters.

12.30 p.m. Estimated casualties for operation 150 O.R., 3 officers killed and 5 wounded.

12. 45 p.m. Rain stopped, but it is very damp out.

1.00 p.m. Guides from 1st and 2nd Battalions beginning to arrive.

1.10 p.m. Location of Captain CRAWFORDS’s Headquarters confirmed as VANITY HOUSE.

1.20 p.m. The O.C. of the Battalion of (unreadable) which is moving into support called, at our Headquarters, but we could give him little information regarding their disposition but it is apparent that Major MASON’s force will be relieved by the 3rd Imperial Brigade, whilst the force at BELLEVUE will be relieved by the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade.

1.35 p.m. Now fine and drying up.

1.50 p.m. Officer of the WELSH Regiment called at Headquarters and gives disposition for tonight as follows:-
1 company relieved 3rd Battalion front
1 company relieved 2nd Battalion front
1 company relieves HOOD Battalion front
1 Company relieves 3rd Battalion in YETTA.
This is quite satisfactory.

2.00 p.m. Message received from Major MASON that the garrison of the Forward area amounts to 4 officers and 126 O.R.

2.10 p.m. “A” Company, 3rd Battalion guides reported at Headquarters and stated Major H.S. COOPER wounded.

2.25 p.m. Spoke to Major WALLER, 2nd Battalion on phone and he contradicts entry of 2.10 p.m.

2.30 p.m. Word received that 1st Battalion have captured 2 field guns.

2.45 p.m. Operation orders for move received from Brigade. Companies of 4th Battalion at BELLEVUE under our command, will be relieved by 14th Canadian Battalion, whilst our own 10 platoons under Major MASON will be relieved by 2 companies of the WELSH Regiment.

3.25 p.m. Lieut. L.F. GOULDSMITH left for MEETCHSLLE to reconnoitre position which can be occupies by 2 companies.

3.30 p.m. Raining again.

3.32 p.m. Message sent by visual to Major MASON, instructing him to get certificate re position of our line, from relieving troops.

3.45 p.m. All guides arrived.

3.45 p.m. Rain cleared off

3.47 p.m. Lieut. MURRAY, 2nd Battalion, arrived at Headquarters.

4.12 p.m. Barrage opened in vicinity of PASSCHENDAELE.

4.25 p.m. Major (unreadable), 3rd Brigade and Captain CUNNINGHAM, called at Battalion Headquarters re guides, etc.

4.33 p.m. Major (unreadable) states that whole of 14th Battalion are going to move into BELLEVUE, instead of 2 companies going to MEETCHELLE.

4.45 p.m. Fire dying down in region of PASSCHENDAELE.

5.00 p.m. Seems to be quite a good deal of confusion re guides.

5.05 p.m. Lieut. L.F. GOULDSMITH returned to Battalion Headquarters.

5.20 p.m. Signal Officer of 13th Canadian Battalion, on his way to MEETCHELLE, called at Battalion Headquarters.

6.00 p.m. Scout Officer of 14th Battalion called at Battalion Headquarters and states that his Battalion does not leave WIELTJE until 8.00 p.m.

6.40 p.m. 2nd Welsh Regiment picked up their guides and passed Battalion Headquarters.

6.55 p.m. O.C. “C” Company , 2nd Welsh Regiment, who is relieving HOOD Battalion, reported at our Headquarters, but has no guides.

7.10 p.m. Lieut. L.F. GOULDSMITH came back to Headquarters and reported that “B” Company of the Welsh Regiment get their guides allright, but “D” Company did not get theirs, and it is presumed they have gone on ahead up No.6 track without guides.

7.25 p.m. Spoke to Major GRIFFEN re stopping “D” Company at (unreadable) FARM, so we can send our guides over, and he informs us that “D” Company have not arrived there yet, but there is a.m. man placed by the Adjutant of Welsh Regiment at KRONPRINZE FARM with instructions to turn “D” Company Welsh Regiment, up to ALBATROS FARM.

7.32 p.m. Captain CUNNINGHAM informed Brigade of the situation as outlined in paras. 7.10 p.m. and 7.25 p.m., in the meantime we are holding “C” Company of the Welsh Regiment at Battalion Headquarters.

7.58 p.m. The G.O.C. of the 3rd Imperial Brigade phoned up and gave O.C. “C” Company, Welsh Regiment, instructions to report to KANSAS HOUSE

8.40 p.m. Everything quiet.

9.20 p.m. Everything is still quiet.

9.31 p.m. Intelligence Officer of 2nd Welsh Regiment called up and stated that “D” Company of Welsh Regiment will not relieve our “D” Company, but will move into INCE HOUSE.

10.15 p.m. Things still seem quite quiet.

10.15 p.m. 14th Battalion commenced to arrive and pick up their guides at Headquarters

10.25 p.m. Major WARRELL, O.C. 14th Battalion arrived at Battalion Headquarters.

10.50 p.m. Major WALLER reports that 6 platoons attached to 2nd Battalion left Forward Area at 8.30 p.m.

10.55 p.m. Captain CUNNINGHAM and Major DUNCANSON left Headquarters.

11.03 p.m. Lieut. D.COTTON called at Headquarters on his way out.

November 8th
2.00 a.m. Relief complete.

6.00 a.m. Battalion reported in at WIELTJE Camp

1.30 p.m. Battalion formed up and marched to YPRES Station

2.45 p.m. Arrived at YPRES Station

5.10 p.m. Entrained.

5.50 p.m. Detrained at BRANDHOEK and marched to DERBY CAMP, where men were served with hot meal. Very muddy camp.

7.30 p.m. Total casualties for the operation: –
3 Officers Killed.
6 Officers Wounded.
61 Killed
22 Missing
148 Wounded
War material captured by the Battalion as follows:-
1 Officer prisoner
58 Other Ranks prisoners
6 Machine guns .

9 November 1917
Location: DERBY CAMP
Orders received at noon that Transport must be prepared to move at 2:45 p.m. as the Brigade is again moving South. Brigadier General W.A. GRIESBACH.D.S.O. called at Headquarters and discussed recent fighting. Transport move off at 3:00p.m. heading for the ST. VENANT AREA. Camp very muddy and scattered. Captain E.H.MINNS.M.C. took over command of “A” Company and Lieut.N.V. CLIFF whose promotion to Acting Captain has come through is his second in command. Word received that Lieut.A.G.MINNS. died of wounds. Lieut. G.K.HOLLAND’s body which was brought down from the line by a party of our men, sent up for it, was buried at VLAMERTINGHE Cemetery, Officers all attended. News from ITALY and RUSSIA continues to be bad. Battalion bathed at baths in VLAMERTINGHF. Starting at 11:30 a.m. and finishing at 3:00 p.m. Baths very good and clean clothing was issued. Weather-murky.

10 November 1917
Location: DERBY CAMP
Orders received at 3:00a.m. that Battalion is to move by bus to ROBECQ Area today. Billeting party under Captain C.S.CALHOUN for whom a special bus was provided, got away at 8:00a.m. Battalion commenced to move at 9:00 a.m., marching to cross roads H.14.c.0.3., where busses were to meet us at 10.00 a.m., they were however very late, not arriving till 11.15 a.m., and as the enbussing was very difficult on account of the traffic on the road, the convoy did not commence to move till 12.15 p.m. Route followed was via OUDERDOM – RENINGHEIST – ABFELE – STEENVORDE – St. SYLVESTER CAPPEL – HAZEBROUCK – MORBECQUE – HAVERSKERQUE R St. VENANT – ROHECQ, a distance in all of about 40 miles. Battalion arrived at billets in ROBECQ at 4.40 p.m. Billets very good. Men carried packs and blankets, but two lorries were attached. Weather – drizzly and cold.

11 November 1917
Location: ROBECQ
Received orders late last night that we will continue out move to the HETHUNE Area today. Battalion formed up at 9.50 a.m. and enbussed South-East of ROBECQ at 10.00 a.m., busses getting away at 10.40 a.m., following the following route – LE VERTANNOY – BETHUNE – POUQIERES – POUQUERIUL to ANNEZIN in which town we are billeted. Battalion arrived there about 12.30 p.m. Billets very good. Transport again moved down independently to ANNEZIN.
Weather – fair.

12 November 1917
Location: ANNEZIN
Morning spent by battalion in general cleaning up, and inspection of Lewis guns, etc. Battalion fell in at 1.30 p.m and marched for about 20 minutes, enbussing at point 500 yards South of BETHUNE, route followed – BETHUNE – NOEUX – LES – MINES – PETIT SAINS to billets in POSSE 10, at which town the Battalion arrived at 4.30 p.m. Billets very fair. Prepatations being made to move forward tomorrow night. Weather – fine.

13 November 1917
Location: POSSE 10.
Reconnoitering parties sent to LIEVIN, to which town we move tonight, also up to look over the line to which we will all probability move to tomorrow night. Lieut. A.K. COULTHARD on leave. Draft of Captain H.H. COOMES, LIEUT J.H. McLEAN and 109 Other Ranks reported for duty. The Brigadier had ten with us. Battalion on started to move at 4.00 p.m. by companies at half hour intervals, taking over billets in LIEVIN from 4th Battalion, LINCOLNS. Relief completed at 9.30 p.m. Weather – fine.

14 November 1917
Location: LIEVIN
Company commanders went forward first thing to reconnoitre Battalion front North of SOUCHEZ River, to which front we move tonight. Commanding Officer also went forward [from N20 a 4.5 along LENS – ARRAS Rd. 15 N 25b.9.8] to Brigade Headquarters. Battalion commenced to move at 5.40 p.m. carrying rations with them to relief of 4th LEINSTERS. Relief completeat 11.00 p.m. Disposition of Battalion as follows:-
“A” Company…… Support
“B” Company…… Front Line RIGHT
“C” Company…… RESERVE
“D” Company…… FRONT LINE LEFT.
Front is held with six platoons, disturbed along the Battalion front, in 21 posts, with 7 Lewis guns. Weather – fine.

15 November 1917
Location: RIGHT sub – Section. LENS SECTOR.
Night passed very quietly, nothing to report. Patrols under Lieut. R. BAILEY and Lieut. J.H. JENNINGS went along Battalion front. Wind North-East. Lieut. A.K. Coulthard and 12 O.R. on leave. No. 138535Cpl. BETTS, E.G. of “A” Company accidentially killed last night, by falling down mine shaft at the POWER STATION at N.25.a.9.2. Divisional Artillery carried on a “shoot” at enemy works in N.14.d. at 3.00 p.m. Rations up [unreadable] 6.45 p.m., brought to road junction at M.23.b.95.05. “C” Company carried up “B” and “D” Companies rations. Draft of 109 which reported on 13th November, split up as follows: –
“A” Company…… 37 O.R.
“B” Company…… 14 O.R.
“C” Company……44 O.R.
“D” Company……6 O.R.
And joined their companies in the line. Weather – fair.

16 November 1917
Location: -do-
Night passed fairly quietly, although enemy were active than last night, opening with “pine apples” and bursts of Machine Gun fire, at intervals throughout the night. Our patrols covered the Battalion front throughout the night, without encountering the enemy. Considerable work done by our working parties, during the night, also under the R.E’s material was carried up to the line. Causalities since taking over the line – 2 O.R. wounded. 3rd Canadian Battalion code name “LANE”, old code name “BALLIFF” expired at noon. New Dressing Station at Hop 8, commenced. Report on fighting on PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE submitted to Brigade. Weather – fine.

17 November 1917
Location: -do-
Night again passed quietly, our patrols active throughout the night. Lieut. J.H. JENNINGS, R. BAILEY and No. 486557 Cpl. MARSHALL, J. heading them. Work being pushed forward on the new Dressing Station, also in cleaning out APPROACH, ADROIT and ARGYLE Trenches. Casualties to noon for past 24 hours – 3 O.R. wounded. One by a sniper and 2 by hostile Rifle Grenade fire. Lieut. T. WEIR and Lieut. M.D. MURDOCK on leave. Captain H.H. COOMBS and Lieut. J.H. McLEAN joined the Battalion from the Transport Lines, the former being posted as Officer Commanding “A” Company, and the latter being sent to 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade to replace Lieut. J.H. NEELON as Brigade Grenade Officer, who is returning to the Battalion in a day or so. 1 N.C.O. and ten Other Ranks reported to Brigade Wirers for duty. “A” and “C” Companies both all out on working parties. Early part of the night quite quiet. Weather – fine.

18 November 1917
Location: -do-
Night passed quietly. Patrols out under Lieut. R. Bailey and Lieut J.K. GILLESPIE throughout the night. No enemy patrols encountered. Position of Regimental Barber instituted, and No.A4120 Pte. Horgan. T. detailed at act as same. Opened Barbers Shop at M.30.a.2.5. 7 O.R. wounded, 5 by rifle grenades and 2 by snipers. An inter-company relief was carried out this evening. “A” and “C” Companies from Support and Reserve respectively, relieving “Battalion” and “D” Companies respectively in front line. Disposition of Battalion now:-
“A” Company…… Front Line LEFT
“B” Company…… SUPPORT
“C” Company…… Front Line RIGHT.
“D” Company……. RESERVE
Weather fine by hazy.

19 November 1917
Location: -do-
During night the situation was normal. Captain N.V. CLIFF and 2 N.C.O’s patrolled ground in vicinity of Post No’s 11 to 20, without encountering any enemy patrols. The ground between our other posts was also patrolled and everything found quiet. Lt. Col. A.THOMPSON, D.S.O., M.C., was killed by a sniper (Commanding 4th Canadian Battalion). Weather still fine but hazy.

20 November 1917
Location: -do-
Lieut. W.A. McMaster, and No.210704 L/Sgt. POOLEY, H. patrolled from Post 16 to Post 20, without encountering an enemy patrol. Our snipers did good work during the day. No. 658033 Pte. Edwards, E. Secured a hit in the morning and another in the afternoon. British troops under Lieut.-General Sir J. BYNG advanced to a depth of nearly 6 miles in front of CAMBRAI, capturing 100 guns and 9,000 prisoners. Tanks went over without artillery preparation and cut wire. A very successful surprise attack. Weather fine during day, but rain at night.

21 November 1917
Location: -do-
During the night considerable patrolling was done. No. 404387 Sgt. Lacey, E. and No. 426221 Sgt. Ramsay, T. patrolled between Posts 8 and 10. And Lieut. G.F. KERR and No. 139736 L/Sgt. McINTOSH, N. patrolled up the railway line as far as 200 yards East from E.20.c.0.0. and reported a light railway in operation at the GREEN CRASSIER, and ALPACA Trench occupied. and Lieut. J.C. Ramsden and 2. O.R. patrolled between posts of Right Company. No.130 Saergeant McCULLOUGH L.M. AND No. 210522 Sgt. Lay, J.H. patrolled between Posts 13 and 15. Lieut. R. MONTGOMERY and No.210704 Sgt. Pooley, H. patrolled ground in ront of Posts 13 and 15. Lieut. R. MONTGOMERY and No.210704 Sgt. Pooley, H. patrolled ground in front of Posts 16 to 20. All patrols reported situation quiet and no hostile patrols were encountered.
In conjunction with a raid on CINNABAR Trench by the troops on our left, our artillery laid down a heavy barrage at 6.15 a.m., and gas was projected into LENS. Enemy replied with a scattered fire all over our area, without doing any appreciable damage. About 7.15 a.m. situation again because normal. Lieut-Col. A.THOMPSON, D.S.0., M.C. late O.C. 4th Canadian Battalion was buried today. Lieut-Col.J.B. Rogers D.S.O., M.C. was unable to be present at the funeral owing to his having to take over at the Brigade that day. Major W.H. KIPPEN was evacuated to hospital sick today. Five Officers from 5th Canadian Battalion called in the morning to look over dispositions of the Battalion in view of relief tomorrow night. One went to each company and one to Headquarters.
The weather has been mild with a light rain falling most of the day.

22 November 1917
Location: -do-
Early morning very quiet. Later on enemy shelled forward area slightly with 4.1”. Lieut, F.G. RUTLEY returned from leave to England. The 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade was relieved in left sector of Canadian Corps front by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. The 3rd Canadian Battalion was relieved in Right sub-Section by the 5th Canadian Battalion. The 5th Canadian Battalion left GOUY-SERVINS at 5.30 p.m. by train and relief was completed at 11.15 p.m. This Battalion then entrained at SCOTTS SIDING at M.30.c.9.2. and moved by 3 trains to Divisional Rest at GOUY-SERVINS. Battalion detrained and reached billets at 3.00 a.m. Relief quite satisfactory. Trench strength on relief – 23 officers and 576 O.R. Causalities for tour – 1 O.R. killed, 2 O.R. Died of wounds and 13 O.R. wounded. Weather – fine.

23 November 1917
Location: GOUY SERVINS.
Day spent in cleaning up, bath at Chateau de la HAIE and pay. Billets [unreadable] fair, though inclined to be dirty. Much time will be required to the mud from the mens clothing. Captain J.J. VANDERSLUYS proceeded to England on leave today. Draft of 100 men arrived today from 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot. Battalion strength now 901.
Weather – fine.

24 November 1917
Location-do-
Battalion paraded at 9.30 a.m. when indents were taken. The Commanding Officer inspected the recent drafts, amounting to 226 O.R. at 11.00 a.m. This consisted of 100 O.R. received on November 13th at FOSSE 10, and 126 O.R. arriving yesterday. The following Battalions were represented in these drafts:- 96th , 124th, 130th, 166th, 176th, 177th, 234th and 255th Battalion . Lieut. H.A. Thompson and 4 O.R. returned from Canadian Crops School, [unreadable] Weather – rain and wind.

25 November 1917
Location: -do-
Battalion Church Parade was held in Y.M.C.A. Hut, COUY-SERVINS at 11.00 a.m. Major G.W. WOOD taking the service. Lieut E. DAVISON and 4 Other Ranks proceeded to Canadian Corps School, PERNES. Representatives regarding coming Dominion elections called and made arrangements with Commanding Officer for voting in this Battalion. Weather – rain and wind.

26 November 1917
Location: -do-
Battalion had the riffle ranges at W.17.a.3.8. and carried out four practices. “B” and “C” Companies fired in the morning and “A” and “D” Companies in afternoon. Inoculation of some 100 Other Ranks took place in the afternoon. Lt. Col. J.B. ROGERS, D.S.O., M.C. dined with the G.O.C. 1st Canadian Division at CHATEAU de la HAIE. Weather – fine.

27 November 1917
Location: GOUY SERVINS.
Captain N.V. CLIFF and 8 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. The heavy rain stopped all training in the morning. The following officer reinforcements reported for duty: –
Lieut. A.C. LEWIS to “B” Company
Lieut. G.N. PAYNE to “B” Company
Lieut. H.F. [unreadable] to “A” Company
Lieut. R.H.E. LeMoine to “C” Company.
The battalion marched to the Theatre at CHATEAU DE LA HAIE, to hear a concert given by the 1st Canadian Divisional Concert Party. The battalion lined up at the cross roads at W.6.a.2.9. at 5.15 p.m. and marched to the theatre. A very enjoyable two hours was spent there, in which the comedian remarks regarding some of the battalion officers and the speech by the Rev. Canon SCOTT, were especially enjoyed. Weather – rain.

28 November 1917
Location: -do-
A Brigade wiring party was formed today, No 787656 L/Cpl. J. Forbes and 10 men reported from this unit to CHATRAU DE LA HAIE. Major H.K. CLIFTON proceeded on leave to England. Training was carried on during the mornings, including the M.C.O’s class under the R.S.M, the Signalling class and the Lewis gun class. A demonstration on wiring took place at 1st Brigade Training Depot at 3.00 p.m. which all the company officers attended. Lieut. H.T. POSTE returned from leave. 200 O.R. were inoculated during the afternoon. “D” Company defeated “B” Company in a game of football by the score of 2 -1 [unreadable]

29 November 1917
Location: GOUY SERVINS.
The G.O.C. 1st Canadian Division, Major General A.C. MACDONNELL, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., inspected the last Canadian Infantry Brigade at 11.00 a.m., in field near CHATEAU DE LA HAIE in W.11.d.9.6. The battalion lined up at cross roads at W.5.a.1.5. at 10.00 a.m. in following order – Headquarters – Band – “A” – “B” – “C” – “D” Company, and marched to field. The Brigade was drawn up in close column of Companies, by half Brigades, with 1st and 3rd Battalions in front. The G.O.C. Division first closely inspected the Brigade and then drow the Brigade in a semi-circle around him, and addressed the Brigade. He first spoke of the inspection and publicly stated that the 3rd Canadian Battalion was the best turned out battalion on parade. As this battalion was one of two in the Brigade to have the lately come out of the front line trenches, this high praise was especially noteworthy. The G.O.C. next thanked the Brigade for their excellent work at PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE, where troops of the Canadian Corps had been sent to take what others had failed to take in several attempts. A silent moment out of respect for the dead was then held, after which the G.O.C. spoke very high words of praise to the memory of the late O.C. of “A” Company, Major H, HUTCHISON, D.S.O., M.C., and of Lieut – Col. A. THOMPSON, D.S.0., M.C. late of O.C. of 4th Canadian Battalion. After the address the Brigade marched past in column of fours, and returned to billets. The Battalion was the strongest unit on parade, 27 Officers and 653 Other Ranks being present. Weather – fine.

30 November 1917
Location: GOUY SERVINS.
The Battalion fired today at the ranges at W.17.a.3.8. Companies fired in following order – “D”, “A” , “C”, “B”. The Battalion was also put through a gas test at the Divisional Gas School at DINKYVILIE Siding in X.13.a. Companies paraded to Gas Hut throughout the day in conjunction with the ranges. Lieut. J.H. JENNINGS and 11 O.R. proceeded on leave to England. Major W.H. KIPPEN, MC, returned from hospital. The Commanding Officer swore in five officers as Deputy Returning Officers for the Dominion Elections, to be held tomorrow. Word received that the battalion would go into the AVION Sector on night December 2nd/3rd. Weather – fine.

Casualties for November 1917.
Lieut. Minns, A.G. Wounded 6.11.17 Died of wounds 6.11.19
Lieut. Holland, G.K. Killed 6.11.17
Lieut. Lord, H.T. Wounded 6.11.17
Lieut. Hannan, S.F. Wounded 6.11.17
Major Hutchison, H. Wounded and Died of Wounds 5.11.17
Lieut. Carrett, R.D. Killed 5.11.17
Lieut. Shill, P.W. Wounded 6.11.17
Lieut. Brooke, H.G. Wounded 4.11.17
Major Clifton, H.K. Wounded still at Duty 6.11.17
Capt. Crawford, J.K. Wounded still at Duty 6.11.17

A4166 Sgt. McLellan, N. Wounded 3.11.17
850460 Pte. Baker, J. Wounded 3.11.17
457084 Pte. Dussault, A. Killed 6.11.17
237355 Pte. West, G. Wounded 6.11.17
237269 Pte. Decole. C.F. Killed 6.11.17
237267 Pte. Wright, R. Killed 6.11.17
757774 Pte. Turner, H. Wounded 6.11.17
602596 Pte. Allsop, J.W. Missing 6.11.17
426563 Pte. Marshall, R. Wounded 7.11.17
789097 Pte. Wilson, J.C. Killed 7.11.17
757842 Pte. Seeley, J.W. Killed 7.11.17
189343 Pte. Capern, P.G. Killed 7.11.17
766449 Pte. Cpl. Munro, W.A. Killed 6.11.17
784899 Pte. Clark, E.W. Killed 6.11.17
45251 Pte. Brown, H.J. Killed 7.11.17
669583 Pte. Blackford, L.B. Killed 6.11.17
802994 Pte. Geary, O.B. Killed 6.11.17
201942 Pte. Wiggins, R.D. Killed 6.11.17
237258 Pte. Newby, W.H. Killed 6.11.17
426403 Pte. Neale, J.H. Killed 6.11.17
757606 Pte. Perry, W. Killed 6.11.17
126644 Pte. Kendrick, S.J. Missing 6.11.17
210064 Pte. Arnott, T. Wounded 7.11.17
237907 Pte. Patterson, R.E. Missing 7.11.17
757588 Pte. MacDonald, W. Wounded 6.11.17
757757 Pte. McMurray, R, Wounded 6.11.17
757745 Pte. Jarrett, G. Missing 6.11.17
138592 Cpl. Hilditch, T. Wounded 6.11.17
201504 Pte. Town, W.H. Wounded 6.11.17
799968 Pte. Burnside, W. Wounded 6.11.17
136426 Pte. Buckwell, R.H. Wounded 6.11.17
5164 Pte. Owens, C. Wounded 6.11.17
787053 Pte. Sunderland, J.R. Wounded 6.11.17
201874 Pte. Parker, S.C. Wounded 6.11.17
787104 Pte. Stafford, H. Wounded 6.11.17
201314 Pte. Baldwin, T. Wounded 6.11.17
237416 Pte. Bannister, J.M; Wounded 6.11.17
690027 Pte. Clark, W.R. Wounded 7.11.17
803153 Pte. Ball, A.H. Wounded 7.11.17
785046 Pte. Dorey, F.J. Wounded 7.11.17
9541 Pte. Cridland, R.C. Wounded 6.11.17
789182 Pte. Lafromere, A. Wounded 6.11.17
63359 Pte. Fletcher, A.L. Wounded 6.11.17
427378 Pte. Jones, E. Wounded 6.11.17
237449 Pte. Cather, R. Wounded 6.11.17
237309 Pte. Anthony, R. Wounded 6.11.17
757760 Pte. Newman, C. Wounded 6.11.17
757634 Pte. Simkins, T. Wounded 6.11.17
237144 Pte. Dalby, W.S. Wounded 6.11.17
788854 Pte. Moore, C.J. Wounded 6.11.17
211024 Pte. Wright, H.W. Wounded 6.11.17
201851 Pte. McFarland, G.R. Wounded 6.11.17
201898 Pte. Rose, F.E. Wounded 6.11.17
18352 Pte. Gough, W. Wounded 6.11.17
486555 Pte. Mason, W. Wounded 6.11.17
238113 Pte. Murphy, M. Wounded 6.11.17
427649 Pte. Ainslie, T. Wounded 6.11.17
427851 Pte. Orr, W. Wounded 7.11.17
171605 Pte. Cortman, J.F. Wounded 7.11.17
757545 Pte. Heading, H.G Wounded 5.11.17
426079 L/Cpl. Hallsworth, T. Wounded 6.11.17
139651 Pte. Oakes, A. Wounded 6.11.17
139238 Cpl. McCarthy, G.E. Killed 6.11.17
405408 Pte. Ryan, J.J Gassed 6.11.17
427738 Pte. Williamson, A. Killed 6.11.17
404021 Pte. Bickerton, A. Wounded 6.11.17
422150 Pte. Smith, E. Wounded 6.11.17
A4068 Pte. Farr, J.F. Killed 7.11.17
402097 Pte. Hodkinson, W. Wounded 6.11.17
201034 L/Cpl. Dean, L.S. Killed 6.11.17
427648 Pte. Ashdown, T.W. Wounded 6.11.17
201523 Pte. Adderley, A.F.D.G. Wounded 7.11.17
775598 Pte. Armstrong, A. Killed 6.11.17
123871 Pte. Archibald, A. Wounded 8.11.17
757680 Pte. Bowbanks, W. Wounded 6.11.17
201146 Pte. Collingwood, C.W. Wounded 6.11.17
18029 Pte. Croarer, J.C. Missing 6.11.17
171752 Pte. Cossar. B. Missing 6.11.17
Lo24345 Pte. Churchward, S. Killed 6.11.17
787682 Pte. Desjardin, A. Missing 7.11.17
201955 Pte. Field, C.G. Wounded 6.11.17
757990 Pte. Fillmore, C.R. Wounded 6.11.17
404343 Pte. Francis, F.R. Killed 6.11.17
757523 Pte. Farr, E. Missing 6.11.17
201791 Pte. Ferguson, P.K. Wounded 6.11.17
458087 Pte. Fosh, N. Wounded 4.11.17
23265 Pte. Fournier, E. Wounded 7.11.17
238115 Pte. Elliott, S.A. Wounded 5.11.17
788226 Pte. Emmerson, A.T Wounded 6.11.17
210023 Pte. Geldart, C. Killed 6.11.17
766836 Pte. Gurney, W. Wounded 6.11.17
172205 Pte. Harris, T.W. Wounded 6.11.17
171478 Pte. Henderon, J.J. Killed 6.11.17
769680 Pte. Hartley, H. Wounded 6.11.17
784493 Pte. Hughes, S.H. Killed 6.11.17
850913 Pte. Hassett, C.D Wounded 6.11.17
163857 Pte. Leach, G.A. Killed 6.11.17
1024126 Pte. McDowell, W.G. Wounded 7.11.17
238052 Pte. McDonald, W.A. Wounded 5.11.17
63666 Pte. McGilp, D. Wounded 6.11.17
757585 Pte. McCaskell, W.J Wounded 6.11.17
1045431 Pte. McDiarmid, D. Missing 6.11.17
237235 Pte. McConachie, P. Killed 5.11.17
171925 Pte. Minor, A. Wounded 6.11.17
67 Pte. McLean, K. Killed 6.11.17
802903 Pte. McGillevry, W.N. Wounded 7.11.17
787647 Pte. Meagher, W.P. Wounded 7.11.17
757702 Pte. Nicol, R. Killed 7.11.15
18070 Pte. Newell, J.S. Wounded 6.11.17
757763 Pte. Owen, A. Wounded 6.11.17
851025 Pte. Peterson, E.C Wounded 6.11.17
788804 Pte. Portras, J. Missing 6.11.17
690336 Pte. Roasrt, J.J. Wounded 6.11.17
758028 Pte. Reid, D. Wounded 6.11.17
850347 Pte. Riddle, T.J. Missing 6.11.17
237374 Pte. Robertson, J.C. Wounded 6.11.17
663642 Pte. Smith, D.A. Wounded 6.11.17
238205 Pte. Smith, F. Wounded 6.11.17
171387 Pte. Stewart, W.P. Missing 6.11.17
1024060 Pte. Stone, R. Wounded 6.11.17
803017 Pte. Smith, R. Wounded 8.11.17
427673 Pte. Shaw, R. Wounded 6.11.17
237349 Pte. Skinner, E.E. Missing 6.11.17
8144 Pte. Smith, A.G. Wounded 6.11.17
690741 Pte. Stubbing, G.C. Killed 6.11.17
757648 Pte. Tweedale, H.E. Wounded 6.11.17
757642 Pte. Taylor, R. Wounded 6.11.17
802643 Pte. Thoday, A. Wounded 6.11.17
183385 Pte. Vibert, P.A. Killed 7.11.17
787628 Pte. Wood, J.H. Wounded 6.11.17
757718 Pte. Wood, W.E. Wounded 5.11.17
737467 Pte. Williama, R.E. Wounded 6.11.17
787058 Pte. Warner, O.C. Wounded 6.11.17
7841765 Pte. Young, V.H. Wounded 6.11.17
670202 Pte. Yates, E. Wounded 6.11.17
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172136 L/Cpl. Chadwick, W.F. Killed 6.11.17
745309 Pte. Freeman, B.H. Killed 5.11.17
139522 Pte. Bateman, R.A. Killed 5.11.17
139526 Pte. Boles, E. Killed 6.11.17
745343 Pte. Cartwright, L. Killed 6.11.17
211145 Pte. Douglas, J. Killed 6.11.17
193287 Pte. Drake, R.E. Killed 6.11.17
447895 Pte. Catich, D. Killed 5.11.17
457426 Pte. Harkins, J. Killed 5.11.17
237404 Pte. Loomis, R.D Killed 6.11.17
788217 Pte. Thompson, F. Killed 6.11.17
237454 Pte. Young, W.E. Killed 6.11.17
138750 Pte. Bexton, F. Killed 6.11.17
Lo24315 Pte. Tucker, W.E. Killed 6.11.17
416026 Pte. Baronet, J. Killed 6.11.17
766354 Cpl. Correll, F.A. Wounded 6.11.17
140122 Pte. Latham, W. Wounded 6.11.17
9378 L/Cpl. Waters, F.J. Wounded 6.11.17
201336 Pte. Caldwell, E. Wounded 6.11.17
787920 Pte. Hawkins, C.H. Wounded 6.11.17
766315 Pte. Adams, J.C. Wounded 5.11.17
449269 Pte. Badiuk, V. Wounded 6.11.17
669668 Pte. Bennnett, E.H. Wounded 6.11.17
9272 Pte. Bushell, A.J. Wounded 6.11.17
237108 Pte. Burt, A.W. Wounded 6.11.17
670095 Pte. Cameron, P. Wounded 6.11.17
229259 Pte. Coates, A. Wounded 6.11.17
202161 Pte. Finegan, G.H. Wounded 6.11.17
766380 Pte. Gillies, W.A. Wounded 6.11.17
788241 Pte. Jordan, R.J. Wounded 5.11.17
745397 Pte. James, O.L. Wounded 6.11.17
775118 Pte. Moore, G.F. Wounded 6.11.17
204233 Pte. Mitchell, J. Wounded 6.11.17
788526 Pte. McBride, T.E. Wounded 6.11.17
460812 Pte. Owen, A.W. Wounded 6.11.17
799368 Pte. Prince, E.G. Wounded 6.11.17
201281 Pte. Thompson, C.E. Wounded 6.11.17
850265 Pte. Schooley, H.H. Wounded 6.11.17
850128 Pte. Race, W.J. Wounded 6.11.17
201629 Pte. King, W.T. Wounded 6.11.17
789152 Pte. Hazlewood, J. Wounded 6.11.17
850365 Pte. Mazjoram, F. Wounded 6.11.17
219781 Pte. Hampton, S.S. Wounded 6.11.17
850499 Pte. Alexander, E.S. Wounded 6.11.17
850977 Pte. Cronmiller, R. Wounded 6.11.17
850182 Pte. McCann, W.J. Wounded 6.11.17
757287 Pte. Cooper, E. Wounded 6.11.17
766460 Pte. Neate, H.C. Wounded 6.11.17
1024219 Pte. Cape, F. Wounded 6.11.17
237928 Pte. McClellan, K. Missing 5.11.16
678333 Pte. Hart, H.R. Missing 5.11.17
201692 Pte. McAllister, N.R. Wounded 6.11.17
787357 Pte. Halliday, C. Missing 6.11.17
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201181 Pte. Hawtin, L. Missing 6.11.17
123730 Pte. Rich, E. Wounded 5.11.17
784992 Pte. Wright, H.E. Wounded 5.11.17
405218 Pte. Clarke, F.C. Wounded 6.11.17
602978 Pte. Holley, W.J. Wounded 5.11.17
669564 Pte. Hocking, S.P. Wounded 7.11.17
446165 Pte. Bobrovski, G. Wounded 6.11.17
210591 Pte. Michael, D.A. Killed 6.11.17
201909 Pte. Smith, G.H. Killed 5.11.17
788597 Pte. Portoe, C.L. Killed 6.11.17
745506 Pte. Williamson, H.G. Killed 6.11.17
633724 L/Cpl.m Clement, J.A. Killed 6.11.17
669253 Pte. Lomas, E. Killed 6.11.17
237387 Pte. Wicker, E.W. Killed 6.11.17
237622 Pte. Groom, C. Killed 6.11.17
10027 Pte. Fielder, J. Killed 6.11.17
237299 Pte. Cockett, J, Killed 6.11.17
784865 Pte. Green, J.L. Wounded 6.11.17
657122 Pte. Campbell, K.H. Wounded 6.11.17
211226 Pte. Roidt, W. Wounded 6.11.17
183285 Pte. [unreadable] Wounded 6.11.17
144448 Pte. Dudley, T. Wounded 6.11.17
757597 Pte. Olinger, F.C. Wounded 7.11.17
237424 Pte. Moorcraft, A.A. Wounded 5.11.17
63091 Cpl. Brambell, J. Wounded 6.11.17
9940 Sgt. May, W.H. Wounded 5.11.17
183193 Pte. McIsaac, A. Wounded 6.11.17
633623 Pte. Murdock, W.G. Wounded 6.11.17
139589 Pte. Grant, H.R. Wounded 6.11.17
201531 L/Cpl. Armstrong, H. Wounded 6.11.17
788647 Pte. Pearsom, E.C. Wounded 8.11.17
678952 Pte. Whiffen, W.J. Wounded 6.11.17
746035 Pte. Kerr, S. Wounded 6.11.17
803045 Pte. Essery, A.E. Wounded 6.11.17
785124 Pte. Ayres, W. Wounded 6.11.17
138699 Pte. Smith, N.W. Wounded 7.11.17
757982 Pte. Strido, H. Wounded 5.11.17
766365 Pte. Dunn, J.W. Wounded 7.11.17
669302 Pte. Noad, J.L. Wounded 6.11.17
757678 Pte. Barnen, B.C. Wounded 6.11.17
427854 Pte. Veitch, D.S. Missing 6.11.17
22910 Pte. Poecock, J.W. Missing 5.11.17
402017 L/Cpl. Brooks, L. Wounded 5.11017
757562 Pte. Mooney, H.J. Wounded 5.11.17
9931 Pte. Kirk, T. Wounded 4.11.17
787909 Pte. Lafont, J.L. Wounded 6.11.17
757395 Pte. Parker, A. Wounded 6.11.17
201334 Pte. Byron, G.E. Wounded 6.11.17
201706 Pte. Traverner, T. Killed 6.11.17

138535 L/Cpl. Bettes, E.G. Accidently Killed 15.11.17
201170 Pte. Gibbons, B. Wounded 15.11.17
140064 Pte. Dunn, W. Wounded 15.11.15
850254 Pte. Sinclair, J.J. Wounded 16.11.15
210005 Pte. McLennan, W.R. Wounded 16.11.15
670089 Pte. Simpson, W.A. Wounded 16.11.15
757752 Pte. Moon, W.J. Wounded 17.11.15
172150 Pte. Dillon, D. Wounded 17.11.15
409735 Pte. XXXXX Kirchner, H. Wounded 17.11.15
237837 Pte. Lester, E. Wounded 17.11.15
211006 Pte. Withey, J. Wounded 17.11.15
3559 Pte. Perrott, O.C. Wounded 17.11.15
210232 Pte. Comorford, O. Wounded 17.11.15
172391 Pte. Meredith, E.L. Wounded 18.11.15
438114 Pte. Scott, I.W. Wounded 21.11.17
850049 Pte. Enright, E.F. Wounded 21.11.17

MOVES OF Battalion DURING NOVEMBER 1917.
November 1st 2nd TERDEGHFM AREA.
November 3rd to 4th WIKLTJE AREA.
November 5th to 7th Front Line, PASSCHENDAELE SECTOR.
November 6th WIKLTJE AREA.
November 9th to 10th DERBY CAMP
November 11th ROBECQ.
November 12th ANNEZIN.
November 13th FOSSE 10.
November 14th LIEVIN.
November 15th to 22nd Right Sub-section, LENS SECTOR. (FRONT LINE)
November 23rd to 30th GOUY-SERVINS.

2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion EAST, ONTARIO REGIMENT.
November 11th, 1917.
Lt. Col. J.B. Rogers, D.S.O. M.C.

My Dear Colonel,
I should like you to convey to Major Cooper M.C., and Captain Vanjersluys my very warmest thanks for the very excellent work they did and the assistance they rendered us during the operations of the 6th and 7th.
The action of Major Cooper in advancing his command under the heavy enemy barrage was worthy of the highest praise and I feel that I cannot express too much my deep appreciation of his work.
Such loyal and ready support as this always goes a long way to foster the already good feeling which exists between your own battalion and the one which I have the honour to command.
With very best wishes,
Yours sincerely
(Signed) W.W. McLaughlin.

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“A” Assembly and Preparation.
1. The Assembly of this unit was carried out as follows. When the line was taken over from the 3rd Brigade it can approximately as follows:- [see diagram]

This necessitated both flanks being flung round and a jumping off line running approximately North and South XXXXXX through VANITY HOUSE was formed as below:- [see diagram]

The condition of the ground in this vicinity greatly hindered the assembling and great credit is due to Captain J.K. CRAWFORD for his careful plans and organization, which rendered the forming of a jumping off line possible.
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“A” PREPARATION.

2. EQUIPEMENT
(a) Packs were not taken into the line, they being left at the Transport lines at GOLDFISH CHATEAU.
Equipment carried was:-
-Field Service Marching Order, with Haversacks on the back, mess tins slung outside haversack, box respirators and P.H. Helmet over equipment.
(b) The following equipment was distributed amongst the Battalion on scale as below:-
1. Heavy Wire Cutters – 1 per platoon
2. Wire Breakers – 16 per platoon
3. Very Pistols 1” – 7 per Company
4. Extra Rifle Magazines – 20 per platoon
5. S.O.S. Signals – 24 per Company
6. Mills Cups. – 30 were carried per Company,
Distributed between all sections except Lewis Gun.

3 STORES CARRIED
The stores carried by the men were as follows: –
(a) Spare oil tin – 1 per man.
(b) Rifle rag – 1 piece 2”x8” per man.
(c) Socks – 1 pair per man.
(d) Tommy Cookers – 1 per man.
(e) Ammunition. – 170 rounds per man with the following exceptions:- Lewis gunners (except No’s 1) Scouts, Signallers and Runners all of whom will carry 50 rounds
(f) No. 23 Mills Grenades – 1 per man by L.G. Sections.
2 per man by Bombing Sections
4 per man by Rifle Grenadiers
(g) Aeroplane Flares – 1 per man was carried (orders
called for 2, but supply insufficient)
(h) Sandbags – 2 per man, under braces of
equipment.
(i) Shovels. – 1 by every second man.
(j) Mussle Protectors – 1 per man.
(k) Breech Covers – 1 per man.
(l) No. 27 Rifle Grenades – 1 by every fourth man.
(m) Blank Cartridges – 2 for every rifle grenade.
(n) Very Lights – 12 per platoon.

4. RATIONS AND WATER
(1) Rations every man carried,
(a) Iron ration
(b) Unexpended portion of days ration
(c) 72 hours dry rations.
(a) Water.
40 one gallon petrol tins were carried by each company and 30 by Headquarters.

5. MEDICAL ARRANGEMENTS
Each company went into action with 8 stretcher bearers and 6 stretchers. Each man was in possession of a field dressing and also a shell dressing.

6. WEATHER
Fair until 9.06 a.m. November, when it commenced to drizzle, and from then on, if not actually drizzling all the time, the atmosphere was very damp.

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

8. OTHER TROOPS
When this battalion jumped off, no touch was possible with the right flank on account of the muddy condition of the ground, and it was not until the final objective was reached that we finally touched up with the 2nd Canadian Battalion at V.29.d.3.6.
Touch with the left Battalion (HOOD Battalion) Royal Naval Division) was maintained throughout the entire population.

[For “B” Narrative see November 5-9 above.]

“C ” Observations

1. FORMATIONS
The attack on VINE COTTAGES was carried out on a three platoon frontage with three platoons in close support and a company in Reserve.
The 3 platoons attacked in onw wave of two lines, their formation being as follows:-
The first wave was composed of a thin line of skirmishers, their chief duty being to find the best route over the marshy ground for the 2nd line which was composed of sections in file. This mode of attack was found very satisfactory.
When the attack was launched it was carried out by a complete left wheel VANITY HOUSE acting as the pivot point and although this was exceptionally difficult manoeuvre it was very successfully carried out.

2.ARMS AND S.A.A.
(a) Rifles were used with good effect throughout the operations many open targets being engaged at 50 to 100 yards and [unreadable] casualties were caused to the enemy.

(b) Bayonets also were used with good effect by our men, the platoon which assaulted VINE COTTAGE killing at least a dozen of the enemy with their bayonets.

3.LEWIS GUNS
Lewis Guns were found to be of great assistance throughout the operation especially during the initial stages an incident of their value being given by Corporal Barron who brought flanking fire to bear on 3 Machine Guns which were holding up the attack on VINE COTTAGES and putting them absolutely out of action. Lewis Guns were also found of great assistance in silencing the enemy snipers who were very prevalent throughout the area. 30 drums were carried into action by each Lewis Gun and were found to be sufficient, the remainder of the complement being left at the transport, 50% of the spare parts were also left at the transport lines. All this Units Lewis guns were brought out of the line although 4 of them were out of action.

4. OUR MACHINE GUNS
None operating on the front attacked by this unit except for the machine gun barrage which was good.

5. ENEMY MACHINE GUNS
In the area attached by this unit 5 Machine guns were captured 2 heavy and 3 light. All those Machine Guns opened fire immediately our advance commenced, three of them being in VINE COTTAGES and two at V.29.c.90.50 these held up our attack for considerable length of time, but owing to our mens ‘ steadiness and determination they were rushed one by one and it was found in all cases that when our men got to within about 20 yards of them they ceased firing and the crews attempted to surrender but in the majority of cases they were given no quarters and the bayonets [unreadable] used to good effect, as our men were infuriated at the casualties which had been caused by them. After the attack the enemy Machine guns were also very active and completely swept the [unreadable] forward to our front line thereby causing communication by day practically impossible.
Three of captured enemy guns were used by our own men with good effect against the enemy on the afternoon of November 6th and the day November 7th. Two of the captured guns (one heavy and one light) were brought out by us it being found that it was impossible to get the other 3 out on account of the mens tired condition and depleted strength.

6. STOKES GUNS
We supplied a carrying party of 1 Officer and 20 men on “Y” [unreadable] and got 40 rounds of ammunition forward to each gun. This was used to good affect at ZERO they laying down a barrage between V.29.c.70.80 and V.29.c.90.50 as the artillery barrage did not tough the area between these two points. No value was found for the guns after the attack as they had used all their ammunition and it was impossible for us to supply further carrying parties.

7. FIELD ARTILLERY

Our Field Artillery barrage was good but it was not found to move as a creeping barrage but rather as a “Jumping” barrage. Proportion of shorts low.

8. HEAVY ARTILLERY

Fire was good.

9. ENEMY MORTARS – Nil

10. ENEMY WIRE – None encountered

11. ENEMY TRENCHES AND WORK

No actual trenches were encountered but the area was held by a multitude of two of three men “funk holes” dug into the side of deep shell holes, these were dotted through the area not being in any actual line or system.
Two “pill-boxes” were encountered, one at VINE COTTAGE with 3 Machine guns in it and one at V.29.c.90.50 with two machine guns in it. Both of these proved serious stumbling blocks and if our men had been a little less determined would probably have been the means of beating back our attack, as it was they held us up for a considerable length of time until they were rushed from the flanks and the garrisons overcome.

12. RATIONS AND WATER

72 hours rations and 40 petrol tins were carried by our men, these were found to be sufficient.

13. BOMBS – Bombs were not used.

14. RIFLE GRENADES
The new No. 27 Riffle grenade was not used to an appreciable extent but we consider that in certain situations it could be made use of and prove to be very satisfactory.

15. Medical Services
The medical arrangements for the operation were good, [unreadable] dressing station being established on the direct route to the rear at KRONPRINE FARM, Field ambulance bearers being stationed at this point.
The evacuation of the wounded from the captured area was impossible but Captain Crawford using his good judgement kept the 58 prisoners captured at VINE COTTAGE until dusk when they were used to carry out wounded. Very valuable assistances in the evacuation of wounded was also ordered by a stretcher party from the 13th Canadian Battalion under the command of LIeut. C. REID.

16. FLAGS AND DISCS -No remarks

17. COMMUNICATION

Communication between Battalion Headquarters WATERLOO FARM and advanced Battalion Headquarters (YETTA COTTAGES DEFENCES) was maintained entirely by lamp and was found to be very satisfactory as it would have taken runners well over 90 minutes to have made the trip on account of the terrible mud and condition of the ground. The advanced Battalion headquarters was in touch for short period of time with the Headquarters of the attacking company but it was found impossible to maintain any permanent line was the shell fire was terrific. Battalion Headquarters (WATERLOO FARM) was also in touch with BELLEVUE where the Brigade support

Companies under my command were located by lamp and wire. No difficulty was encountered in maintaining telephone communication between Battalion Headquarters (WATERLOO) and Brigade Report Centre (KOREK).

18. EMEMY MORALE

The morale of the prisoners taken by this Unit of the III Battalion 49th Regiment can on the whole be determined good.

19. OUR MORALE

Our troops were magnificent.

20. RUSES

The only ruse encountered, if it can be termed as such is described in paragraph 5 which gives instances of the enemy firing their Machine guns until our troops were right on top of them, and them attempting to surrender.

21. CARRYING PARTIES

Sundry carrying parties were supplied by this Unit, both by the Company in Reserve at VINE
COTTAGE and 1 ½ Companies in support to the 2nd Canadian Battalion in the main attack, their duties being mainly the carrying up of ammunition, stretches, etc., and the carrying out of wounded.

22. WORKING PARTIES – None supplied by this unit.

23. TOOLS

Shovels only were carried and the proportion of one to every second man was found to be sufficient.

24. TANKS – Nil

25. NEW PLATOON ORGANIZATION

No new lessons learnt, worked out quite satisfactory.

26. LIAISON
Nil- except for Captain Crawford’s getting in touch with the Company Commander of the HOODS on his left previous to the attack.

27. VALUE OF PREVIOUS OBSERVATION AND INTELLIGENCE
The general information (issued by Army) given to us regarding the style of fighting encountered on the battle front was excellent, but the detailed information of the location of enemy defences, S.Ps. etc., on our own attacking front was well below that given to us for the VINY and Lens FIGHTING.

28. SUPPLY OF MAPS
Excellent. The message map was found of great value, it is considered that every officer and M.C.O. down to a section commander ought to be in possession of a message map.

Lieut-Col.
Commanding.
3rd .Canadian Bn.
Toronto Regiment.

SHORT SYNOPSIS OF OPERATIONS.
This Battalion acted in two capacities during the attack on PASSCHENDAELE RIDGE:-

1. As an attacking Battalion – (10 Platoons)
2. As a supporting Battalion – (6 platoons 3rd. Bn and 16 Platoons 4th Battalion)

a short account of these two parts played by the Battalion is as follows:-

1. AN ATTACKING FORCE
The attacking force consisted of 10 platoons (“C” Coy.,”D”Coy., and 2 platoons of “A” Company) being under the direct command of Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O., this force was divided into two commands, the attacking force consisting of 6 platoons(“C” Coy and 2 platoons of “A” Company)being under the command of Captain W.K. Crawford and the support force consisting of four platoons (“D” Company) being under the command of Captain K.G. Brooke.
On “X” night “C” Company moved into the front line and “D” Company into support (YETTA DEFENCES AREA). ON “Y” night Captain Crawford had placed at his disposal two platoons of “A” Company to be used at his discretion, and I granted Major Mason power to call on the support Company (“D” Company) for supports as he saw fit.
The scheme of attack was roughly as follows:-
Two platoons attacked between the Northern Divisional Boundary and VINE COTTAGE and one platoon attacked VINE COTTAGE, thus making total attacking force of 3 platoons and a local support force of 3 platoons.
At Zero hour the northerly two platoons crept out as near the barrage as possible but the barrage did not touch their objective till Zero plus 10 when they moved forward and by making a complete left wheel fought their way through to their objective, keeping touch throughout with the (HOOD)Battalion on their left. The platoon (Lieut. Lord’s) attacking VINE COTTAGE performed a very remarkable manoeuvre, it jumping off towards the South-East (the marshy ground rendering it impossible for it to jump off towards the EAST) captured a very heavily manned block house (VINE COTTAGE) after exceedingly hard fighting and then formed up along the final objective facing due NORTH and touched up with troops on either flank.
This is illustrated by rough diagram below:- (See diagram)

2. SUPPORTING FORCE
At ZERO Hour the following troops in Brigade Support were under my command 1 ½ Companies, 3rd, Canadian Battalion (Major Cooper’s) 1 ½ Companies 6th Canadian Battalion (Captain Lount and Captain Davis).

These troops remained there until 9.30 a.m. November 6th when orders were received to have 6 platoons report to O.C. 2nd Battalion and 6 platoons to O.C. 1st Battalion, consequently the 6 platoons of the 3rd., (under Major Cooper) were detailed to report to Lt.-Col. McLoughlin, D.S.O. and “A” Company,4th Battalion and 2 platoons of “B” Company 4th Battalion (under Captain LOUNT) were detailed to report to Major Sparling, D.S.O. These Companies moved off about 11.00 a.m. amidst a heavy barrage and reported to their respective Battalion Commanders by 1.00 p.m.

The remaining Company and a half of the 4th Canadian Battalion (Captain Joliffe) were then placed under my orders and were consequently move to BELLEVUE they together with Captain Davis’s Company of the 4th Battalion remaining there until relief.

PERSONNEL – The strength of the Battalion going into the operation was [unreadable] Officers and 663 Other Ranks.

The following are the names of the officers:-

Lt. Col. J.B. Rogers, DSO, MC C.O.
Major D.H.C. Mason, DSO. 2nd i/c
Major W.H.Kippen, MC. Adjutant.
Capt. G.C.Patterson, MC I.O.
Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith, Asst. I.O.
Lieut. A.K.Coulthard, S.O.
Capt. A.E.MacDonald, M.O.

Major H.Hutchison, DSO, M.C “A” Coy. (Died of Wounds)
Lieut. R.D.Garrett “A” Coy . (Killed)
Lieut. P.W. Shill “A”Coy. (Wounded)
Lieut. R.Montgomery “A”Coy.

Major H.S. Cooper, MC “B” Coy.
Capt. Vandersluys, J.J. “B”Coy.
Lieut. H. T. Poste, “B” Coy.
Lieut. A.G.Minns, “B” Coy. (Died of Wounds).

Capt. J.K.Crawford “C” Coy.
Lieut. H.T.Lord, MC. “C” Coy. (Wounded)
Lieut. S.F.Hannan, “C” Coy. (Wounded
Lieut. [unreadable].K.Holland “C” Coy. (Killed)

Capt. K.C. Brooke, “D” Coy.
Lieut. J.K. Gillespie, MC. “D” Coy.
Lieut. J.M. Airth, “D” Coy.
Lieut. J.H. Jennings, “D” Coy.

December 1, 1917
Location: GOUY-SERVINS
Entry: The Battalion bathed at Chateau-de-la-Haie between the hours of 7.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. In preparation to going into the line tomorrow, a demonstration in wiring was given by a team from the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot, at 11.00 a.m. in field behind Orderly Room. This team put up a 25 years length of double apron barbed wire fence in 5 ¼ minutes, a very creditable piece of work. The Battalion attended this exhibition. Poling [sic] commenced at 8.00 a.m. in the Battalion, for the election of members the Parliament for the Dominion of Canada. The following officers acted as returning officers:–
Major H.S. Cooper, M.C.
Captain H.H. Coombs, M.C.
Captain J.K. Crawford.
Captain K.C. Brooke.
Captain C.S. Calhoun.
Scrutineers were appointed for both sides. Voting commenced in the morning and continued all day long, and nearly every man in the Battalion had voted by night.
Weather, cold and cloudy.

December 2, 1917
Location: GOUY-SERVINS
Battalion Church Parade was held in the Y.M.C.A. Hut at Gouy-Servins at 9.00 a.m. Hon. Capt. EMMETT taking the service. 33 Other Ranks for a Lewis gun course and 10 Other Ranks for a Signal course, left for the Transport lines at CARENCY, to stay out of the line this tour. The Lewis Gun Officer and the Signalling Officer are taking these classes. Lieut. G.N. PAYNE proceeded to Canadian Corps Gas School for a weeks course. Preparation was made for the move to SUPPORT Area tonight. The Battalion is taking one blanket per man into Support, and each man is wearing sandbags rolled in place of puttees. The Battalion moved into Support to the AVION Sector. The Battalion entrained at GOUY-SEVINS Station at 4.00 p.m. with a strength of 22 officers and 657 other ranks. Three trains carried the troops to RED SIDING at 3.6.o.6.4., first train arriving about 6.00 p.m. We relieved the 15th Canadian Battalion of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade, relief was completed by 7.45 p.m. Companies are very comfortable in spacious dugouts. Positions of companies are as follows:–
“A” Company….S.5.b.
“B” Company…T.7.a.
“C” Company…S.12.b.
“D” Company…S.6.central.
Battalion H…S.6.o.2.8.

Weather – fine.

December 3, 1917
Location: SUPPORT AVION SECTOR.
Entry: Lieut. W. ¬__. McMaster and 8 Other Ranks proceeded on leave to England, and 3 Other Ranks proceeded to PARIS. This is the first Paris leave for some months. Captain E.H. MINNS proceeded to BOULOGNE to act on Election Staff during voting period. The Officers of the battalion reconnoitred [sic] the forward area during the day in small groups. The Battalion furnished sentries on the area and also started a company salvage party to scour this area. Working parties commenced at 4.30 p.m. when some 5 officers and 245 other ranks worked on Support trenches. 1st and 2nd Canadian Battalions moved into the front line tonight.
Weather – fine.

December 4, 1917
Location: SUPPORT AVION SECTOR.
Entry: This sector proved very quiet, no shelling of back areas whatever. The N.C.Os commenced reconnoitering the Forward area. Enemy aeroplanes were active over our lines during the middle of the day and dropped 2 bombs near RED Trench without doing any damage. Planes flying high. Major D.H.C. MASON, D.S.O. proceeded to the Transport lines. An expected enemy gas projector attack failed to materialize. Lieut. M.D. Murdock returned from leave. During the night 6 officers and 295 other ranks proceeded on working parties in Forward area. Area very quiet. Weather – fine and cool.

December 5, 1917
Location: SUPPORT AVION SECTOR.
Entry: Captain W.B. Woods who has been acting a O.C. 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade Training Depot proceeded to Canada today. Captain H.A. Chisholm who recently arrived at the Depot as a reinforcement for the Battalion, after being wounded, takes over the command of the school. Lieut. J.D. Scott arrived from England as a reinforcement today. He has been with working parties in the YPRES Salient for the past month. Lieut. H.A.Thompson, Lieut. A.Noble and 10 Other Ranks proceeded to England on leave. Major Vandersluys, D.S.O. of Divisional Staff, and Major Hertzberg, M.C., C.R.E. of 1st Canadian Division had lunch with us. Another projector gas attack by the enemy failed to materialize. The whole Battalion was on working parties, 7 officers and 345 other ranks being out. Very quiet again today. Weather – fine and clear.

December 6, 1917
Location: Support to AVION. Sector.
Entry: Captain G.C.Patterson, M.C., returned from leave and reported to Advanced Headquarters. Nine O.R. proceeded to Transport lines in order to be cleaned up and in readiness to go on leave. 7 officers and 350 other ranks in working parties in Forward area. Weather – very fine and clear.
December 7 1917
Location: Support to AVION. Sector.
Entry: Very quiet throughout the day and night. 3 O.R. proceeded to LENS SIDING for a medical board. Aerial combat took place about 11.00 a.m., but with no result. Hun plane attacked one of our planes, the enemy diving for his own lines, after firing a few shots. Working parties of 8 officers and 355 other ranks working in Forward area. Area is very fine condition at present time, with trenches well bathmatted and dry. Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. returned from England after 3 months duty at 12th Reserve Battalion. Weather – fine.

December 8, 1917
Location: Support to AVION. Sector.
Entry: One O.R. slightly wounded during the morning while on working party. During the absence of the G.O.C. Brigade, Lt. Col. J.B.Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. took over command of 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade for the day. Major H.S.Cooper, M.C. assumed temporary command of the Battalion. Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. reported at noon and lunched at Brigade. Lieut. G.N.Payne reported back from Corps Gas School. “A” and “C” Companies each supplied 4 lewis guns and crews to man ADEPT Trench, guns in position at 3.30 p.m. This increases the resistance of Support line. Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. and Major W.H.Kippen, M.C. proceeded from Transport lines at attend a lecture at CAMBLAIN L’ABBE on the Battle of CAMBRAI. Major H.S.Cooper, M.C. and Captain A.E.Macdonald, C.A.M.C. proceeded to Transport lines to go on leave to England. Captain J.K.Crawford took over temporary command of the Battalion from Major H.S. Cooper. Captain L.A.B. Grier, C.A.M.C. reported as relief at 4.00 p.m. to Captain MacDonald, as Battalion Medical Officer. 7 officers and 285 other ranks on working parties in Forward area during the day. Weather – fine.

December 9, 1917
Location: Support to AVION. Sector.
Entry: Major. H.S.Cooper, M.C., Captain A.E.MacDonald, C.A.M.C. and 14 Other Ranks proceeded on leave to England. At 2.30 a.m. several gas shells were thrown over by the enemy. “B” and “D” Companies took precautions for a short time. Captain J.J.Vandersluys returned from leave and took over command of “B” Company. An enemy raid on the Battalion on the right of the last Canadian Infantry Brigade failed. Three parties attempted to raid our lines but were repulsed. The enemy lost three prisoners. Weather – rain.

December 10, 1917
Location: Support to AVION. Sector.
Entry: Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. reported for duty and assumed duties of acting second in command, during absence of Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. The Lewis gun class at the Transport lines terminated, 29 O.R. reporting to their companies. A company Commanders meeting was held by the Commanding Officer in Headquarters Mess at 2.30 p.m., to discuss several important matters. Working parties of 7 officers and 325 Other Ranks worked in Forward area. Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith took over duties of Area Commandant, Lt. COULOTTE.
Weather – fine and clear.

December 11, 1917
Location: Support to AVION. Sector.
Entry: The Commanding Officer and Captain G.C.Patterson, M.C., the Intelligence Officer, looked over the front line disposition prior to going in tomorrow. Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. was sitting on a G.C.M. at Chateau-de-la-Haie, at 10.00 a.m. Owing to so many Company Commanders being on leave, the following Officers and N.C.Os proceeded to take the Course at Chateau-de-la-Haie, this was a Refresher Course which was started for Company Commanders for the training period –
Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O.
Lieut. G.F.Kerr.
404387 Sgt. I.A.Lacey
201435 Sgt. C.J.McGillivray.
458062 Sgt. T. Stephens.
“C” Company moved at 4.00 p.m. from their present position in RED Trench (in S.12.d.) to the Brewery, LA COULOTTE, into new quarters not previously occupied. “A” Company of the 4th Canadian Battalion from Reserve position, took over the position vacated by “C” Company. Move complete was reported at 5.30 p.m. Lieut. T. Weir reported back from leave. Working parties in the Forward area as usual. Weather – cloudy.

December 12, 1917
Location: —
Entry: Captain C.S. Calhoun, Captain K.C. Brooke and 14 other ranks proceeded on leave to England. Lieut. R. Bailey assumes command of “D” Company, and Lieut. H.C.Lewis took over duties of Paymaster. Lt.Col. J.B.Rogers, D.S.O., M.C. took over command of 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade at 10.30 a.m. during the absence of the G.O.C. to rear area, for the day. Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. assumed command of the Battalion. The 3rd Canadian Battalion relieved the 2nd Canadian Battalion in the Left sub-section of the AVION Sector. Relief complete was reported at 8.57 p.m., the Companies leaving the Support position at 5.15 p.m. The disposition of Companies was as follows: — “B” Company plus No.14 platoon of “D” Company held the right front line, with 20 posts from N.33.c.2.7. to N.26.d.8.3. “D” Company less one platoon, held the front line with 10 posts from N.26.d.2.3. to N.26.b.8.5. Between “B” and “D” Companies, in N.26.d, is a flooded area. “D” Company’s position is called the “island”, it having water on three sides of it. “A” Company is in AVION in N.32.d., and Battalion Headquarters and “C” Company in LA COULOTTE. Trench state 21 officers and 610 other ranks. Weather – fine.

December 13, 1917
Location: Left sub-Section, AVION Sector.
Entry: During early morning the Battalion front was patrolled by 5 patrols. “D” Company sent out 2 patrols under Lieut. R.Bailey and No.9940 Sergeant W.May. “B” Company sent out patrols under Lieut. J.K.Gillespie, M.C., No.201092 Sergeant O.C. Roche and No.18019 Sergeant H. Bonnel. No signs of enemy activity. Night was quiet. At 6.00 a.m. gas was projected on enemy from Brigade on our left. Projection took place from N.13.c.5.9 into enemy Trench Mortar positions at N.14.d.1.5. Operation came off successfully, the wind being good. Day quiet in Forward area, one casualty in the afternoon. Support Companies furnished working parties in Front line and Communication trenches. Owing to lack of material very little wiring could be done. The Battalion front was covered by 6 patrols, Left Company sent out one patrol under Lieut. R.Bailey who patrolled ELK Trench and vicinity. Right Company put out 5 patrols. Owing to extreme darkness very little information or patrolling could be done. Weather – cloudy.

December 14, 1917
Location: Left sub-Section, AVION Sector.
Entry: Captain N.V.Cliff returned from leave. Morning quiet, but in afternoon LA COULOTTE was heavily shelled for two hours by 4.1’s. At 5.30 p.m. Lieut. R.Bailey and 8 other ranks including a signaler, established a listening post 500 years in front of front line, at N.26.b.47.19, and telegraphic communication was established between post and Company H.C. Right Company sent out two patrols under L/Cpl. Bradley, H. (No. 669039) and No. 171911 L/Cpl. W.Jennings. No enemy activity. Weather – cloudy.

December 15, 1917
Location: Left sub-Section, AVION Sector.
Entry: Morning quiet, enemy planes very active over our sector at 10.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. Two enemy planes flew low along our front line trenches. Planes also hovered over Battalion Headquarters in LA COULOTTE at those hours. Major H.K.Clifton reported back from leave, and took over command of “D” Company. Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. Lieut. G.F.Kerr, No. 404387 Sgt. I.A.Lacey, No. 201435, Sgt. C.J.McGillivray and No. 458062 Sergt. T. Stephens, returned from Refresher course at Chateau-de-la-Haie. The Quartermaster, Captain D.F.Rogers, proceeded to DIEVAL with a staff, to arrange for Battalion going there for Corps Rest and incidently [sic] Christmas. LA COULOTTE shelled intermittently at night. An Inter-Company relief took place in the front line. “C” Company plus No.13 Platoon of “D” Company, relieved “B” Company plus No.14 platoon of “D” Company, in the right front line. “D” Company remained on the “Island” in left front line, with “A” Company remaining in AVION. “B” Company moved back to LA COULOTTE. Working parties repaired trenches in Forward area. Battalion front was patroled [sic] by 4 patrols and no enemy activity was reported. Weather – fine and clear.

December 16, 1917
Location: Left sub-Section, AVION Sector.
Entry: Day quiet along front, very little artillery activity. Working parties cleared and repaired front line trenches. Wiring was done on front of Right Company, 50 yards of double apron fence being constructed. Four patrols covering Battalion front and no sign of enemy seen or heard. The listening post established in front of Left Battalion front observed a patrol of 10 of the enemy, who made off to their own lines. Lieut. R.Montgomery proceeded to Canadian Corps Gas School for a weeks gas course. Weather – fine.

December 17, 1917
Location: Left sub-Section, AVION Sector.
Entry: Snow fell in the early morning and covered the ground. At 8.45 a.m. enemy opened heavy artillery fire on our right, which spread along to our right company front. Snow was falling at the time and visibility very poor. Retaliation was secured and fire died down at 9.30 a.m. A billeting party proceeded to the Transport by train in the evening, to go to DIEVAI tomorrow. Lieut. J.H.Jennings and Lieut. H.A.Neelon returned from leave. Day very quiet along front. 6 patrols covered the Battalion front and reported one enemy patrol seen. This patrol was fired on by Lewis gun but result not known. 50 yards of double apron wire fence was put up on right company front from Post 4 to Post 6. Working parties improved and repaired trenches in Forward area. Weather – fine and cool.

December 18, 1917
Location: Left sub-Section, AVION Sector.
Entry: Advance parties of 38th Canadian Battalion arrived to look over disposition of area. One man was killed at Post No.9, right company, at 10.00 a.m., the first death casualty of the tour. Lieut. L.F. Gouldsmith and 12 other ranks proceeded on leave to England. 3 other ranks proceeded on leave to Paris. The enemy raided our right front line company at Posts 4 and 7 at 6.00 p.m. A party of 12 of the enemy apparently crept up an unused trench, and while his machine guns swept the parapet he got close to our posts. The enemy threw bombs and rushed Post No. 7 of 4 men, at N.33.a.10.20, wounding two men and killing a third. No. 10184 Cpl. E.G.M.Wurtels was missing as also was his Lewis gun. At the same time another party attacked No. 4 Listening Post at N.33.c.12.97, with bombs, wounding one man. The remaining two men retreated to warn the garrison, and upon reinforcements coming up returned to the post to find that No.1096069 Pte. E.Clark was missing. The enemy having secured a prisoner put up a signal, a red and green light, upon which an intense barrage of Trench Mortars and 5.9’s fell on our lines. Retaliation was secured and the fire of the enemy died down. The raid was most unfortunate happening on a relief night, but it is evident that the garrison was on the watch. The fortunes of war were on the side of the enemy on this occasion. The 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade was relieved in the front line by the 18th Canadian Infantry Brigade. The 38th Canadian Battalion relieved this battalion in the left sub-section. The 38th Battalion left Petit-Servins at 5.00 p.m. by train and were met by our guides at RED SIDING and guided in. Relief was very late owing to one front line company of the relieving Battalion not arriving at the railhead until 11.00 p.m. Relief complete was received at 2.20 a.m., December 19th. Weather – fine.

December 19, 1917
Location: Left sub-Section, AVION Sector.
Entry: The Battalion entrained at RED SIDING at S.6.c., the last train getting away about 3.15 a.m. It was a very cold ride back to billets in VERDREL, where the Battalion arrived about 6.30 a.m. A hot meal was served and a few hours sleep secured before the Battalion lined up for its march to Army Rest Area, commencing to move at 11.30 a.m. and following the following route to DIEVAL where the battalion is to be billitted [sic] – VERDREL – FRESNICOURT – REBREUVE – LACOMTE – BAJUS. Roads were very much crowded with troops, as both the 1st and 2nd Canadian Divisions are moving back and the 3rd and 4th Canadian Divisions moving forward. Arrived in billets at DIEVAL about 4.00 p.m. Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O. who came down with a billeting party 2 days ago having everything ready. Weather snow and cold.

December 20, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Everyone slept in and got thoroughly rested. The day was spent by Units in generally cleaning up. Court of Enquiry composed of Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O., Maj or G. E. Reid, D.S.O. and Major W.H .Kippen, M.C. assembled to investigate the raid on our front on December 18th. “B” Company moved their billets making more room for “A” and “C” Companies. Results of Canadian elections published in papers, results very satisfactory to the troops.  Weather – frosty and cold.

December 21, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Units carried on throughout the morning with general cleaning up. Lieut. R.Montgomery returned from Canadian Corps Gas School. Officers and Quartermaster making preparations for Christmas celebrations. Court of Enquiry still sitting. Weather frosty and Cold.

December 22, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Heavy fall of snow rendered parades impossible. Court of Enquiry continued to sit. Weather – snow and cold.

December 23, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Morning spent by Units in a Company Commanders inspection. Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. to AUCHEL to look over proposed battalion billets. Court of Enquiry continued its sitting. The following decorations were published in D.R.Os this date. These were awarded for gallantry on November 6th 1917. –
BAR TO THE MILITARY MEDAL.
136974 Pte. Spratlin, F.J. “C” Company
452358 Pte. Todd, G.C. “B” Company
172379 Sgt. Rodger, G. “A” Company
458062 Sgt. Stephens, T. “D” Company
MILITARY MEDAL.
9376 L/Cpl. Waters, F.J. “A” Company
784946 Pte. Casselton, E. “D” Company
140064 L/Cpl. Dunn, W. “D” Company
757724 L/Cpl. Bentley, H.R. “C” Company
10184 L/Cpl. Wurtele, E.G.M. “C” Company
201495 L/Cpl. Stroud, S. “C” Company
172313 L/Cpl. Taggart, T.G. Str. Brs.
63359 Pte. Fletcher, A.K. “B” Company
23265 Pte. Fournier, E. “C” Company

9541 Pte. Cridland, R.O. “B” Company
766483 Pte. Scott, A.MoL “A” Company
445059 L/Cpl. Bayer, G.L. Signallers.
766332 Pte. Bloom, E.W. Str. Brs.
787661 Pte. Chamberlain, A. “A” Company
426483 Cpl. Sharples, J. “D” Company
426221 Sgt. Ramsay, T. “C” Company
201883 Pte. Phillips, F.C. “C” Company
404165 Sgt. McGuigan, A. “C” Company
202071 Pte. Colvin, A. Battalion Runners.
757763 Pte. Owen, ? “C” Company
737027 Pte. Adams, C.J. Signallers.
663069 Pte. Redshaw, J.S. “C” Company
486557 L/Cpl. Marshall, J. “B” Company
138523 Pte. Beddows, J. Str. Brs.
669039 L/Cpl. Bradley, H. “A” Company
138621 Pte. Kelman, J. “D” Company
404042 Pte. Clelland, D. “N” Company
602877 Cpl. Noble, H.C. Attached T.M.Battery.
457027 Pte. Adams, J. Attached Brigade H.Q.
Preparations for a very merry Christmas for the men nearly completed.
Weather – fine.

December 24, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Company Commanders own work carried on with in the morning. Lieut. F.G.Rutley very busy arranging Officers dinner, which he has charge of. The Commanding Officer, Company Commanders and Transport Officer attended a lecture at OURTON on “tump lines”, by Captain Phelan, M.C., 1st Canadian Division Staff. Court of Enquiry closed and papers passed to Brigade. Major H.S. Cooper, M.C. and Captain A.E. MacDonald, C.A.M.C. returned from leave. Weather – fine and cold.

December 25, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Christmas day was bright with snow covering everything. The morning was spent in preparing for the mens [sic] Christmas dinner. “A” Company had their dinner in the Y.M.C.A. tent, which boasted also of a piano. “B” Company had the Boys school, “C” Company their billet, and “D” Company the Girls school. The Details used Estamines and Farm houses. The men all sat down together at 12.30 p.m., all the tables and surroundings being decorated with flags, holly and bunting. At each mans [sic] place was a parcel from the 3rd Canadian Battalion Womens [sic] Auxiliary, Toronto. Dinner consisted of turkey, two kinds of vegetables, plum pudding, fruit, nuts and raisons [sic], cigarettes and beer. The Commanding Officer and Headquarters Staff visited all Companies and Unites during the dinner hour, with the help of the Band. At 7.00 p.m. the 61 Sergeants sat down to dinner in the Boys School. Later on in the evening they were visited by all the Officers. At 7.30 p.m., the Officers had their dinner in the Girls School, which was most successful. The following officers sat down to dinner: —
Lt. Col. J.B.Rogers, D.S.O., M.C.
Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O.
Major H.S.Cooper, M.C.
Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O.
Major W.H.Kippen, M.C.
Major H.K.Clifton.
Capt. J.K.Crawford.
Capt. H.H.Coombs, M.C.
Capt. D.F.Rogers.
Capt. G.C.Patterson, M.C.
Capt. N.V.Cliff.
Capt. E.H.Minns, M.C.
Capt. J.J.Vandersluys
Capt. A.E.MacDonald, C.A.M.C.
Lieut. F.G.Rutley.
Lieut. H.F. Petman.
Lieut. W.A.McMaster
Lieut. R.Montgomery.
Lieut. G.N. Payne.
Lieut. H.T. Poste.
Lieut. A.C.Lewis.
Lieut. J.D.Scott.

Lieut. J.H.Neelon.
Lieut. A.G.Stenway.
Lieut. J.M.Macdonald.
Lieut. J.C.Ramsden.
Lieut. G.F.Kerr.
Lieut. R.H.E.LeMoine.
Lieut. N.B.McPherson.
Lieut. A.V.Noble.
Lieut. E.Davidson.
Lieut. J.K.Gillespie, M.C.
Lieut. J.H. Jennings.
Lieut. R.Bailey.
Lieut. J.N..Airth.
Lieut. T.Weir.
Lieut. D.F.Morrison.
Lieut. A.K.Coulthard.
Lieut. M.D.Murdock
Capt. L.A.Grier, C.A.M.C.

The following guests were present: —
Major D.Graham, C.A.M.C.
Capt. J.E. Stewart, Town Major.
Capt. J.E.Proctor, Canadian Elections Staff
Capt. H.A.Chisholm, M.C. C.C.R.C
Lieut. R.G.Wickham, C.C.R.C
Lieut. L.E. Butler, C.C.R.C
Lieut. J.H.McLean 1st Canadian Inf. Bde. H.Q.
Major A. Ellis, C.A.M.C.

December 26, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: All training cancelled in the morning to allow the effects of Christmas festivities to wear off. Snow fell continually during the day. Christmas decorations and preparations taken down and buildings cleaned up. Weather – snow and cold.

December 27, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Training hampered by heavy snow on ground. Physical training and Bayonet fighting carried on with, inspections and indent taking for the rest of the morning. A meeting of all officers was held in the Battalion Orderly Room at 5.00 p.m. to talk over training for present period. The Band held their Christmas dinner in the Boys School at 6.30 p.m., they being too busy entertaining on Christmas day to have their dinner. Weather – Fine and cold.

December 28, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: The Commanding Officer, Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O. and Company Commanders attended a lecture on Gas by Lieut. McQueen the Division Gas Officer, at OURTON, at 10.00 a.m. Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O. sitting on a G.C.M. at BRUAY. Physical training, route marching and lecturing carried on during the morning. Platoon Officers lectured their men in the schools on different subjects. An officers meeting was held at 8.00 p.m. by the Commanding Officer. Weather – fine and cold.

December 29, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: The Brigade having been put into Corps Reserve, the following Officers proceeded up to the Forward area to look over Reserve positions in case of attack. –
Major D.H.C.Mason, D.S.O.
Major G.E.Reid, D.S.O.
Capt. H.H.Coombs, M.C.
Capt. J.J.Vandersluys.
Capt. N.V.Cliff.
Lieut. R.Bailey.
The bus conveying the Officers got stuck in the snow, and party was forced to return. Training carried on as per syllabus. Lieut. H.T. Poste proceeded to First Army School on a courser. Captain F.C.Brooke reported back to the Battalion officer after after [sic] holding appointments of Town Major of Mont-St-Eloi and Lievin. Weather – fine and cold.

December 30, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: Battalion church parade was held in the Boys school yard at 9.20 a.m., Captain EMMETT taking the service. Recreation room for men opened in the Girls School Building. Captain C.S.Calhoun and Captain K.C.Brooke returned from leave. Captain E.H. Minns, Captain D.F. Rogers and Lieut. J.K.Gillespie and 27 other ranks proceeded on leave to England. Weather – thawing.

December 31, 1917
Location: DIEVAL.
Entry: The following officers proceeded to the Reserve area to look over positions:
Major D.H.C. Mason, D.S.O.
Major G.E. Reid, D.S.O.
Captain G.C. Patterson, M.C.
Capt. Vandersluys, J.J.
Capt. N.V. Cliff.
Lieut. R. Bailey.
All blankets in the battalion were transported to HOUDAIN for fumigation. The Divisional Commander, Major-General A.C. MacDonnell, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. and Brigadier-General W.A. Greisbach, D.S.O., visited the battalion in the morning at 11.30 a.m. to witness the training in wiring. “A” Company spent the entire morning in wiring, and the Divisional Commander was very much pleased with the demonstration. The Brigadier and his Orderly Officer, Captain W. Tatlor, lunched at Battalion Headquarters Mess. Major W.H. Kippen, M.C. and 25 other ranks proceeded on leave to England. The usual training was carried on as also were the following classes now being run in the Battalion: —
Stretcher Bearers class under the Medical Officer.
Junior N.C.Os class under the R.S.M.
Lewis gun class under the Lewis gun Officer.
Signalling class under the Signalling Officer.
Lewis gun class for Officers under the Lewis Gun Officer.
Weather – dull.

December 1917
The following is a nominal roll of Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and Men of the original 1st Canadian Contingent, who are serving at present with the 3rd Canadian Battalion, Toronto Regiment, 31st December 1817:–

Number Rank Name and Initials. Length of Service with Battalion
Lt. Col. Rogers, J.B. 31 months.
Major Mason, D.H.C. 23 months.
Major Kippen, W.H. 35 months.
Captain. Minns, E.H. 15 months.
Lieutenant Davison, E. 6 months
Captain Cliff, N.V. 18 months.
Lieutenant Kerr, G.F. 19 months.
Major Clifton, H.K. 35 months.
Lieutenant. Coulthard, A.K. 35 months.
Lieutenant Montgomery, R. 8 months.
Lieutenant Poste, H.T. 26 months.
10094 Private Adams, J.R. 20 months.
5305 Corporal Bell, G.V. 24 months.
6544 Private Bint, A.S. 24 months.
18155 R.S.M. Blanchagrd, G.P. 32 months.
18171 Private Bodell, J. 20 months.
18019 Sergeant Bonnell, H. 16 months.
9094 Private Brown, A.G. 35 months.
9637 Private Chenery, F.K. 35 months.
9306 Sergeant Clapton, R.J. 35 months.
9900 Private Clarke, T. 33 months.
9548 Private Cohen, I. 7 months.
9430 C.Q.M.S. Cook, J. 35 months.
23353 Private Coop, S.L. 8 months.
33615 Corporal Corcoran, W. 35 months.
9440 Private Davies, M.C. 24 months.
9313 Private Davis, S.G. 25 months.
9166 Lance Corporal Davis, W. 35 months.
10021 Private Dickens, J.J. 35 months.
7028 Private Dixon, W. 16 months.
22989 Private Duggan, R.H. 1 month
9191 Private Durham, P. 35 months.
9316 Sergeant Fogden, H.V. 22 months.
9669 L/Corporal Foote, H.H. 13 months.
10026 Private Franklin, T. 35 months.
9321 Private Goddard, A.P. 20 months.
9912 Sergeant Green, J. 32 months.
9454 Sergeant Hall, W.T. 18 months.
9563 Sergeant Hall, H.W. 35 months.
10128 Private Hamilton, W.H. 35 months.
22747 Private Howard, A. 8 months.
9348 Private Johnston, E. 30 months.
9462 Private Jones, W.H. 7 months.
30091 Sergeant Kerr, G. 16 months.
9513 Private Kinsley, H. 9 months.
9071 Corporal Legate, T.G. 35 months.
9544 Private Carter, L. 20 months.
18067 Private MacAllister, M. 27 months.
19238 Private McArthur, F. 8 months.
9934 Sergeant McKelvie, J. 35 months.
10145 Private Mahon, J.L. 29 months.
9073 Private Maitland, W. 35 months.
18220 Sergeant Morrison, D. 28 months.
9942 C.S.M. Moulds, T.J. 30 months.
16660 L/Corporal Muckleston, F. 15 months.
9074 Corporal Mullen, J. 35 months.
9226 L/Corporal Murdock, R.J. 35 months.
9703 Private Newdick, T.W. 35 months.
1?070 Private Hewell, J.S. 7 months.
9816 Private Newport, R.W. 35 months.
9231 L/Corporal Owen, E.L. 35 months.
10060 L/Corporal Palmer, W.H. 12 months.
10062 Private Pickup, G. 35 months.
974? Private Pilling, S. 29 months.
9356 Corporal ?ollock, G. 35 months.
9236 Sergeant Prestidge, W. 18 months.
9714 Private Renfrey, W. 27 months.
9607 Private Sargent, J.M. 23 months.
9356 L/Corporal Shearer, J. 23 months.
9364 L/Corporal Short, G.E. 35 months.
9373 Private Smith, H.F. 32 months.
9068 Sergeant Spence, H.V. 35 months.
9957 Private Stephenson, P.C. 35 months.
9630 L/Corporal Swinford, C. 35 months.
9494 Private Theberge, P. 35 months.
9070 Sergeant Thorn, N. 35 months.
9497 Private Thorne, T.W. 35 months
18403 Private Ward, A. 31 months.
1619 Private Watson, H. 7 months.
9366 Private Webster, H. 35 months.
9066 C.S.M. Williams, F. 33 months.
9361 Private Wilson, D.D. 15 months.
9969 Private Woods, J.J. 35 months.
18259 L/Corporal Young, R. 26 months.

List of Casualties for December 1917.
788266 Pte. Trowse, R. Wounded 8.12.17
788830 Pte, Wingate, L. Wounded 13.12.17
78?930 Pte. Monett, J. Wounded 13.12.17
4517?2 Pte. Beaudoin, L.J. Wounded 14.12.17
788530 Pte. Vice, A. Wounded 14.12.17
?202071 Pte. Colvin, A. Wounded 14.12.17 died of wounds 23.12.17
201836 Pte. Kay, J. Wounded 14.12.17
1096015 Pte. Hisco?ks, W.D. Killed 18.12.17
681349 Pte. Thorn, A.H. Killed 12.12.17
10184 L/Cpl. Wurtele, E.G.M. Missing 18.12.17
?50965 Pte. Kewley, J. Wounded 18.12.17
1096144 Pte. Pierce, T.H. Wounded 18.12.17
4136 Pte. Lee, L. Wounded 18.12.17
1096069 Pte. Clark, E. Wounded and Missing 18.12.17

Moves of Battalion during December 1917.
December 1st to 2nd……….GOUY-SERVINS.
December 2nd to 12th……….SUPPORT Position, AVION Sector.
December 13th to 18th……….Left sub-section, AVION Sector .
December 19th……….VERDREL
December 19th to 31st……….DIEVAL

One thought on “3rd Bn War Diaries 1917”

  1. I am trying to find out more about my grandfather time in the Queens own. His name was George Edward Bradley and I believe he was a Sargent. He volunteered around 1938 or 1939 and was in till the end of the war. Any help tracing his steps would be appreciated.

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