One hundred years ago on 2 October 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:
During this period the 31st 18 pdr. Battery and the 36th Howitzer Battery were in the line in front of MERICOURT and the Headquarters and the 33rd and 45th 18 pdr. Batteries were in rest at wagon lines near CAMBLAIN L'ABBY, with two batteries of the 10th Brigade, C.F.A., attached, also in rest.
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery was attached to 10th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade during this period. The 10th Brigade war diary records that:
Weather cloudy. Lieut-Col. G.H.Ralston, D.S.O. made reconnaissance of O.P.’s and position for the coming show. Quiet.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
A thick mist made visibility very poor all day. Very little movement could be observed. The day was quiet on the whole, the usual harassing fire being carried out by our Howitzers.
The enemy Artillery was normal, our approaches being shelled intermittently.
No. of guns in action – 20-18 pdrs. 6-4.5” Hows.
Ammunition expended – AX.42..
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
ANGRES - Fired 15 Rounds on Hostile Battery in N.Z. 98
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Day quiet ?, nothing unusual to report. At 20:00 this evening a hostile plane approached our position in the ? and machine gunned billets and road around our HQ the ?
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Considerable hostile counter battery work with aeroplane observation.
Counter-battery: Six successful destructive shoots on hostile batteries with aeroplane observation.
H.V. Gun shelled HERSIN, but stopped on being bombed by one of our ‘planes.
Brig.-General MORRISON inspected 8th Army Brigade C.F.A., the latter only receiving 40 mins notice.
Condition found to be very satisfactory; good discipline and a strong spirit ‘esprit de corps’ probably accounting in no small manner for the credible showing that was made.
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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