One hundred years ago on 28 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:
The 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade successfully accomplished their Operation at 2.30 a.m. The Barrage was very well timed and well-placed. Batteries kept up a protective fire until morning, covering the consolidation of the new positions. Letters of appreciation received from Lieut-Col. H.A. Genet, O.C. 58th Canadian Battalion.
O.O.s Nos.91 and 92 were issued today calling for a Barrage at 7.10 p.m., in support of further consolidation by the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade. This Operation took place as arranged. The patrols sent out by the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade were forced to stop short of their objective and finally consolidate on their original outpost line.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
Fort George – With zero hour 2.30 a.m. AVION Trench was attacked and taken, together with 15 prisoners of the 5th. Grenadier Guards Regiment. Artillery barrage reported excellent. Orders were received from 3rd. Canadian Division that a further attack would be made in the evening. O.O.111 was therefore issued. Attack commenced at 7.20 p.m. A few moments after this time a very heavy thunder storm came up. First line of objectives were occupied but strong opposition prevented further progress of our patrols. A number of prisoners were taken. Information was received regarding the relief of the 3rd. Canadian Division by the 1st. Canadian Division, the 3rd. C.D.A. remaining in the line and O.O. 110 was issued.
Ammunition Expended. A:11466. AX 1180. BX 2060. BCBR 40. Guns in Action. 63.18.pdrs. 20.4 .5” Hows. 1.9.45 T.M.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
To-day fired several rounds neutralization fire on Hostile Batteries NY 70 at N21d95.05, NZ 15 at N23d50.55, MY70 at M21a95.o5.
This afternoon engaged Hostile Battery NY 74 at N33b 20.50 with Balloon observation.
Shoot abandoned owing to call for neutralisation fire.
7.10 pm to 8.45 pm fired ? rounds on Hostile Batteries NZ 17 at N36a8.6 and NZ7 at ? in support of Infantry Operations.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Carried out C.C.H.A. Operations No.77 as per attached instructions. Successful. Simultaneous attacks by 46th. Division ,First Corps, 13th. Corps and Canadian Corps. Canadian Corps captured and consolidated AVION.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Weather, Unsettled, warmer.
Further instructions issued in connection with Operations previously detailed.- Artillery Order No.43.
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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