One hundred years ago on 17 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 clear. If this weather will only continue, it spells success for the operation. The men are ready and eager if only Old Probs. will continue his good work. 36th Battery moving all guns to Brick pile at T.26.d.4.4.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
FORT GEORGE - Generally quiet all day. The preparation of battery positions and dugouts is being carried on as quickly as possible and good progress is being made. Ammunition expended: A.24, AX.4, BX.90. Guns in action: 18 - 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 – Quiet period. The area normally covered by this group is from Moose-Jaw Road in T.18a to the SOUCHEE River and in support of the 2nd and 3rd Cdn. Divisions.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Unusually heavy artillery fire during the afternoon, particularly severe at LIEVIN, CITE du MOULIN. It was thought this indicated a coming raid, but none took place.
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.