With the 99th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to examine the situation of the numbered batteries that came before the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA was formed in 1920.
These batteries include:
5th Canadian Siege Battery - Perpetuated by 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA. They maintained a daily War Diary.
31st Battery, 8th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery - The Brigade maintained the War Diary.
58th (How.) Battery, 14th Brigade - The 14th Brigade maintained the War Diary however, they were still training in England at the time.
68th Battery, 16th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery- was yet to be formed.
85th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery - was yet to be formed.
5th Canadian Siege Battery - April 1st - At Noon we fired 12 Rounds on crater D62 in S15d 6.2 to check error of day. Commenced a shoot on Hostile Battery B13 at B1d 05.60 by aeroplane observation, shoot was not very successful we had fired 1 rounds and the plane gave good corrections, he then gave M.Q. and no more was heard from him. The plane evidently went home on account of engine trouble and forgot to give C.I. From 2.30.p.m. to 3.p.m. we fired 20 Rounds by ground observation on crater lip at S15c 90.80. The shoot was good and we obtained very good results except for one abnormal round which fell behind our lines, but fortunately, doing no damage. The round preceding this was “range” and we repeated getting as a result this abnormal round the cause of which could not be ascertained.
31st Battery, 8th Brigade, CFA - April 1st - Although visibility is very low our batteries carried on with their wire cutting tasks. Considerable wire was blown up but destruction on the whole was below normal. The 4.5 Hows did a great deal of damage to SWISCHEN STELLUNG - both to the trench itself and the wire defences in front of it. Our F.O.Os report enemy trenches in bad condition.
58th (How.) Battery, 14th Brigade - April 1st - Church Parade in TIN TOWN
All the latest happenings with the Vancouver Gunners