One hundred years ago on 10 September 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:
From this date to the 22nd inst., the Headquarters and four batteries mentioned herewith were in rest at MAGNICOURT, a small village nestling among some rolling hills. The men had a splendid rest during this time and many parties were sent for the day to ST. POL. In addition an infantry band was engaged on three different occasions which was very much appreciated. General sports for the men were held on two occasions and some Indian cavalry billeted near here very kindly offered to assist in the days sports. Their horsemanship and other feats were magnificent and filled our men with surprise and admiration.
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery was attached to 10th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade during this period. The 10th Brigade war diary records that:
Fine and warm. All quiet on the front. O.O.132 Amendment 1 issued—copy attached. Visit from Lieut. Duncan, Asst. Brigade Major.
For once we appear to have plenty of time to build and properly camouflage the battery positions. The 38th is already well under way, and the tunnellers began at once to put in deep dugouts. This is the first of a distinct change in the Artillery plan. Hertofore it has been a case of rush in, throw up some more or less flimsy and conspicuous excrescent called a gun pit and build equally hopeless shelter for men and ammunition. All this in helter skelter haste. This time plenty of opportunity is given to build an excellent battery position, from point of both strength and concealment.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
FORT GEORGE - Considerably more German activity noticeable today, both artillery and in the air probably due to unusual amount of movement. Our batteries still registering but otherwise comparatively quiet. Ammunition expended: A.127, AX.6, BX.67. Guns in action: 27 - 18pdrs., 6 - 4.5"hows.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
ANGRES - During the month we were bombarded with Gas shells on several occasions also shelled 8” and 5.9” losing a quantity of ammunition.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Lt. D.A. Guildford, 5th C.S.B., appointed gas officer CCHA, and attached to HQ.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Artillery Order No. 78 issued.
79th Siege Battery, RGA left the line and went into rest.
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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