One hundred years ago on 1 October 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:
During this period the 31st 18 pdr. Battery and the 36th Howitzer Battery were in the line in front of MERICOURT and the Headquarters and the 33rd and 45th 18 pdr. Batteries were in rest at wagon lines near CAMBLAIN L'ABBY, with two batteries of the 10th Brigade, C.F.A., attached, also in rest.
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery was attached to 10th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade during this period. The 10th Brigade war diary records that:
Fair and warm. Quiet on this front. Capt. W.H.H. Sparks. C.of E. Chaplain attached.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
Situation very quiet owing to some extent to the poor visibility. There was a large fire in or near LENS which burned several hours. Otherwise nothing unusual occurred. Work is being carried on with at the positions to be occupied by Brigades not yet in and as such ammunition as is available is being taken in.
No. of guns in action – 20-18 pdrs. 6-4.5” Hows.
Ammunition expended – AX.78, BX.36.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
ANGRES - Nil.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Artillery activity normal during the day with increased aerial activity in the afternoon. ? fire programs carried out during the day with usual night firing on enemy ? "
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Enemy artillery fairly active, shelling battery positions and rear areas.
1st and 2nd Brigades C.F.A. withdrawn from the line and proceeded to wagon lines.
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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