One hundred years ago on 28 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:
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. Enemy shelled 6 inch Howitzer battery in Vimy with 200 rounds 5.9. Otherwise quiet.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
FORT GEORGE - Enemy artillery and balloons guns very active all day. During the afternoon German airplanes flew low over our rear areas and brought down three observation balloons and one airplane. One enemy machine was brought down. Capt. Mcknight returned from leave in England. Ammunition expended: A.18, AX.40, BX.49. 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 – Period very quiet. Very little firing done whatever during this time. In accordance with instructions received from the G.O.C., CCHA, infantry officers reported to these HQs for the purpose of gaining a little insight into the difficulties which the artillery have to contend with. These infantry officers are detailed from the different btns. and are attached to our HQ and batteries for a period of one week and replaced by other officers. A short program dealing with the preparation, working out of angles, error of day and elements entering into the accuracy of shooting. O.P. work details of doing special shoots for the infantry, zones of hows. and guns, ammunition supply and storage of cartridges, and operation orders in support of infantry raids and attacks, dealing with the different tasks which the artillery have to perform both before and during the battle.
Major Little 28th Btn. HQ 1st C.H.A.G. 27th to 2-10-17
Cpt. Robertson 31st Btn. 72nd SAHA "
Lt. Cowper, 8th Btn. 9th C.S.B. "
Major Wilmot 29th Btn. 5th C.S.B. "
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Some activity on both sides. Enemy attempted some counter-battery work, but without result.
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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