One hundred years ago on 10 November 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:
Operation Order No. 123 was carried out today. The artillery support was reported to have been satisfactory and our troops reached their objectives but in places later had to withdraw chiefly on account of the Corps on our left not reaching their objective and thus leaving our left flank exposed. Special reports are attached from Lieut. M.H. McKay, Liaison Officer, also Chronological Report of the Operation. During this operation the enemy's retaliation was slightly less than usual and none of his planes were active.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
CANAL BANK YPRES - Attack (9) was carried out at 6.05 AM, in accordance with O.O.154. Enemy artillery has been very active, chiefly searching and sweeping battery areas and tracks. During the Attack, all his guns fired on the front areas. By 7.50 AM, all objectives were reached. Hostile artillery was below normal during the night.
NO. OF GUNS IN ACTION – 51 18-pdrs. 16 4.5” Howrs
AMMUNITION EXPENDED – A.9703 – AX.1964 – BX .1041. AS.63.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
YPRES – No entry
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
IN THE FIELD - Art'y Order #107 issued. 8th Div'l Art'y arrived in Cdn. Corps area. At 06.05 1st and 2nd Cdn. Div's attacked, supported by the fire of all calibers with barrages and harrassing. All objectives gained. Heavy art'y carried out intense concentrations on hostile assembly areas. Counter-batteries: carried out seven concentrations on hostile btys. prior to "zero" hour, and replied to seven N.F. calls in the early morning. Heavy rain and mist rendered observation practically impossible. All hostile btys. were kept under continuous neutralising fire throughout the day. The hostile art'y response to our barrage at 06:05 was very prompt, his barrage being laid down one minute after ours and becoming intense at 06:15. His fire throughout the day was exceedingly heavy.
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.