One hundred years ago on 16 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. Our Heavy Artillery has been active in preparation for future operations.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
CHATEAU DE LA HAIE – In accordance with O.O.117 and amendment No.1. the 3rd. Cdn.Div’l Art’y. and attached Brigades and Batteries co-operated with the 8th. Inf. Brigade in the discharge of 125 Gas projectors on 3rd. Canadian Division Front. This operation was carried out successfully, the enemy retaliation being negligible. Visibility during the day was good, and there was considerable activity in the air on both sides. enemy artillery was active on our back area. Our artillery was normal.
Ammunition Expended. A:1115. AX 595 BX 979. BCBR.505 Guns in Action. 87. 18.pdrs. 35. 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:
During the after noon we fired several rounds on Trench Junction at N33d98.90, Railway N34c and T.M.s at N19b70.65 to N19b77.45.
In the evening we fired 120 rounds on Hostile Battery at N11c00.32.
Shoot had to be cancelled owing to 2 guns going out of Action with broken elevating gear. This is the first time the Battery has been completely out of Action since arrival in France.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – This period was fairly quiet. Trench and Counter Battery programmes were carried out daily as per attached reports. Our observation balloons were hit by enemy shrapnel on several occasions and occupants forced to descend by parachutes. On 16th. Instant 76 men of the batteries in this Group proceeded to Rest Camp Divion.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER:- Cloudy.
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.