One hundred years ago on 5 May 1917
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of the 8th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade in the 3rd Canadian Division. The 8th Brigade war diary records:
In the Field. VIMY & LA CHAUDIERE 36.c.S.W.3 Ed. 8A. 1/10,000. Comparatively quiet. A little shelling of Vimy.3rd C.D.A. re-organized into three groups. Hqrs., 8th Brigade, CFA becomes Hqrs. Of Goodeve’s Brigade with – 30th Battery – 6 18 pdr. Guns, 32nd Battery, - 6 18 pdr. Guns, and 43rd How. Battery, 4-4.5” Hows.
The 9th Brigade war diary records the following:
Visibility Poor. Doubtless owing to low visibility, considerable movement was observed in the enemy forward lines during the day. Numerous parties were taken on by our Batteries, dispersed and in some cases inflicted casualties. O.O. No. 70 issued today orders a co-operation between Heavy Artillery, Field Artillery and Aeroplanes in order to carry out a concentrated offensive on hostile Batteries. By this means at least three of our Batteries will fire at the same time upon an enemy one. Corrections for the shoot will be given by Aeroplanes and it is planned to have a machine for every five hundred Square yards.
58th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of the 14th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade in the 5th Canadian Division. The Division was training in England and the Brigade war diary records:
WITLEY – OC’s Inspection of lines. BULLEN return from detention at WOKING obtained 4 days reprieve of sentence for G.C. Lovely weather still continues. Very windy today and dusty. The 66th Battery won from the 61st at Baseball by 4-2.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force war diary records:
SOUCHEZ – At 11.40.a.m. we registered 2 Guns on Trench Junction, Embankment and Road in N33c 97.90 by ground observation. 216 Rounds were fired in the afternoon on trenches in M36d 4.7 to 3.9 and M36d 5.8 to 5.0. many rounds were seen to fall into the trench and shoot was very satisfactory. During the evening 58 Rounds were fired on LA CHAUDIERE in N31c 45.10 to 80.45, this was again repeated at 10.15.p.m.
The 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA perpetuates the following sub units:
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force,
58th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force,
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force,
68th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, North Russia Expeditionary Force, was not authorized to be formed until 3 August 1918, and
85th Battery, Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force was not authorized to be formed until 12 July 1918.
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