One hundred years ago on 1 July 1917
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of the 9th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade in the 3rd Canadian Division. The 9th Brigade war diary records:
The day passed normally with a fair amount of hostile shelling on our new positions in AVION. At noon three salvoes were fired by the entire Canadian Corps Artillery carefully synchronized. These salvoes were very effective and seemed to make the enemy nervous as he retaliated on certain positions of the front.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
Fort George – Our heavy batteries were active in vicinity of AVION and on counter battery work. Air activity was practically nil, owing to poor visibility. Enemy artillery above normal, seeming nervous. Considerable enemy movement was observed during the late afternoon.
Ammunition Expended. A:710. AX 683 BX 244. Guns in Action. 69. 18.pdrs. 20. 4.5”Hows.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
Between 11am and 12 noon fired 40 rounds on Concentrated Troops in Quarry at N20d40.75.
At Noon all Batteries in Canadian Corps fired 3 salvoes for Dominion Day celebration.
In the afternoon we carried out successful shots on Trenches in N20c and on Bridge at N35a and Railway at M27d.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – DOMINION DAY put over salvoes from all guns at 12 noon, 12.02p.m. and 12.04 p.m. Signal given by discharge of a white rocket from observation balloon over Neuville St. Vaast. 3rd Canadian Division took over from Fourth Canadian Division which Division this group now supports.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: Fine & Warm.
H.Q. 13th H.A.G. and H.Q. 1 Section each of 27th., 49th., 73rd., and 101st. left Canadian Corps to-day.
The 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA perpetuates the following sub units:
31st 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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