One hundred years ago on 6 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. It is in the process of being transferred to the 9th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade.
The 8th Brigade war diary records:
In the Field. VIMY & LA CHAUDIERE 36.c.S.W.3 Ed. 8A. 1/10,000. Headquarters and 30th Battery under tactical command of 10th Brigade, CFA.
32nd and 43rd Batteries under Tactical Command of 9th Brigade C.F.A.
The 9th Brigade war diary records the following:
Visibility good. Enemy Artillery fire has been normal today. Particular attention has been paid, by him, to VIMY and roads leading to it.
Enemy Planes were very active and numbers of them were over our lines throughout the day. One of our Scout machines was engaged by three hostile Aeroplanes at 10 A.M. Our machine was hit and although it turned over and over six or seven times, the pilot regained control and made a safe landing.
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 – Church Parade in TIN TOWN. G.O.C.R.A. inspected the horse lines and appeared pleased with them. MR. MATTHEWS artist for MONTREAL STAR took some photos around camp. LADY BYNG visited camp in afternoon. ? ? being turned in ? were warned for a test mobilization. Two NCOs SGT WRAY 61st & BDR DRENNAN 66th on GUN COURSE. Four men for S.S. course at SHORNCLIFFE. Fine weather. Full moon.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force war diary records:
SOUCHEZ – At 3.30.a.m we received an S.O.S. call and fired 15 Rounds on N31b 4.2. No 3 Gun was registered during the morning on T3a 3.8 observed by F.O.O. 16 Rounds were also fired into AVION at T3aO.9. to T3a 3.9 there were 6 O.K’s on Houses. During the afternoon we fired 116 rounds on LA COULOTTE West of Arras Road in N31c (Communication trench).
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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