One hundred years ago on 23 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:
Operation Order #113-2 was issued with reference to further Preparatory Barrages by our batteries. The visibility throughout the day was very poor but one of our F.O.Os reported that one of our heavy shells dropped very close to a Hun pill-box and about 20 men were seen to run from it to the rear. One of these men, who was wounded, wandered towards our front line and was brought in by our infantry. We expended about 1000 rounds during the day. Enemy shelling was below normal.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
The zones of Artillery Groups and Brigades covering 3rd. Canadian Division front were re-arranged from 6.p.m. O.O.140 Rain prevented good observation and also aerial activity on both sides till late afternoon when about fifteen hostile planes crossed our lines and attacked our trenches near KOREK with machine guns. Enemy artillery was active on our back areas, and during the night bombs were dropped in the vicinity of YPRES and WIELTJE and VLAMERTINGHE. Two preparatory barrages were fired by us.
No. of guns in action – 98 – 18-pdrs. 29 – 4.5” Hows.
Ammunition expended A.3857, AX.3434, BX.1470
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Barrages carried out at 07:00 and 13:30; 1007 rounds all calibers ? during the day. Harrassing and ? carried out intermittently during the day with 3098 rounds being expended.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
Art'y Order #92 issued. Our heavy art'y fired on wire, strong points, houses etc. Counter-battery work: successful aeroplane shoots and concentrations on hostile batteries. The enemy put a barrage on our lines early in the morning. During the day heavy shelling of our bty. positions and roads.
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.