One hundred years ago on 2 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:
Today was quiet with the usual harassing fire on both sides. The enemy’s trench mortar fire has been increasing nightly on our trenches and posts in AVION.
O.O. No. 94 was issued today providing for the change in zone consequent to the 3rd Canadian Division’s taking over the line as far North as the SOUCHEE RIVER.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
Fort George – Visibility was good and aerial activity on both sides was very marked. Enemy trains and other movement were observed and fired on if in range. The 3rd. Cdn Divn. and 3rd. C.D.A. zones were changed to relieve the 4th. Cdn. Divn. in accordance with O.O.114. The artillery covering the 3rd. and 4th. Canadian Divisions came under orders of the C.R.A. 3rd. Cdn. Divn. at 10 A.M. 2-7-17, and Ralston’s Group of 3rd. C.D.A. was placed for tactical purposes under orders of C.R.A. 1st. Cdn. Divn. See O.O.114.
Ammunition Expended. A:1230. AX 834 BX 875. Guns in Action. 135. 18.pdrs. 37. 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 afternoon we fired 100 rounds on Trench at N33a60.25 to 85.00 with ground observation. This shoot was very satisfactory, Trench and Houses in vicinity being demolished and a fire caused.
In the evening we carried out a successful shoot on Hostile Battery NY70 at N21d99.03 with balloon observation. After we had completed this shoot the enemy shelled the position with H.E. and Gas Shells. We had only one casualty, 43962 2/Am Carpenter, W.H. (16th. Squadron R.F.C.) being slightly wounded in the hand with a splinter.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Increase in hostile aerial activity, day quiet for the most part.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: Mainly fair, bright and warm.
2nd. C.D.A. relieved 46th D.A., I Corps on the front from SOUCHEZ RIVER to DOUBLE CRASSIER – CITE ST. LAURENT Railway – relief to be completed by 4th July.
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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