One hundred years ago on 22 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:
Operation Order No. 107 was issued today under which this brigade moved to new wagon lines near VILLERS au BOIS. The brigade remained at rest at this point until the end of the month, most of the time being devoted to cleaning equipment and grooming horses.
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. Quiet on the front. Incendiary shells are to be used by the sniping gun to burn the weeds amongst the enemy wire, so that a better view of the wire may be obtained.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
FORT GEORGE - Enemy artillery was very active during the night. Probably a new programme of night firing on enemy's front. In accordance with O.O. #134, Carscallen's marched to new lines near MOUNT ST. ELOY. Ammunition expended: A.30, BX.30. Guns in action: 20 - 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 – Batteries fired on several working parties throughout the day which were observed constructing new defences along railway embankment and support trenches. Several of these shoots proved successful and casualties were observed to have been inflicted. 5th C.S.B. (9.2") had a very successful shoot on trenches and embankment in N34c and N33b and much damage to new work was done. One man of No. 3 C.S.B. gassed.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Heavy shelling of LIEVIN, and some hostile counter-battery work.
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.
All the latest happenings with the Vancouver Gunners