One hundred years ago on 26 June 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 the enemy affected a withdrawal from his forward positions, retiring to AVION TRENCH. Our Infantry patrols kept in touch with his Rear Guard and finally consolidated in AGENT and ADEPT Trenches, their proposed objective.
The Group Batteries were active in Co-operating with this move; the Group Headquarters being kept in close touch with the Infantry through Brigade and Battalion Liaison Officers.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
Fort George – Visibility very good. Reports were received in the morning that all our objectives had been reached. The enemy shelled the newly gained ground heavily during the day which was otherwise quiet. AVION Trench (the enemy’s next line of trenches) was reported as strongly held.
Ammunition Expended. A:830. AX 527. BX 348. BCBR 48. Guns in Action. 86.18.pdrs. 20.4.5” Hows. 2” T.M.2
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
(Advanced Section) Fired a few rounds on Hostile Batteries ? at ? and ? at ?.Aeroplane called at 4.45 pm and Section engaged Hostile Battery ? at ?. Were only able to fire 72 rounds owing to hostile ? shelling of position by 4.2 and 5.9.One shell dropped in B gun_pit killing 346861 Gunner R.F. Turner. A quantity of ammunition was also destroyed.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Carried out trench destruction programme. National Service Cards of Canada cards filled in and despatched to Corps Headquarters.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Weather, mainly fair.
Moves of Units:- Consequent upon relief of 3rd and 4th Canadian Divisions in the line by 2nd Canadian Division, ordered for 1st July, orders issued for redistribution of Divl Artillery – see Appendix “U”, Artillery Order No.41.
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.