One hundred years ago on 3 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:
During this period the 31st 18 pdr. Battery and the 36th Howitzer Battery were in the line in front of MERICOURT and the Headquarters and the 33rd and 45th 18 pdr. Batteries were in rest at wagon lines near CAMBLAIN L'ABBY, with two batteries of the 10th Brigade, C.F.A., attached, also in rest.
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery was attached to 10th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade during this period. The 10th Brigade war diary records that:
Windy and cold.. Quiet on this front. Warning order in regard to the coming show received from 3rd C.D.A.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
The day was very misty and very quiet. Some parties of the enemy could be seen from our front line O.P’s. working under cover of the mist. These were fired on and dispersed. No balloons were up. Some enemy Scout Planes flew low over our lines and were driven off by machine gun fire.
No. of guns in action – 20-18 pdrs. 6-4.5” Hows.
Ammunition expended – A.30, AX.82, A.Smoke 2, BX.143
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
ANGRES - Fired 39 Rounds on Hostile Battery in N 21 c 90.18 and 18 Rounds on Hostile Battery in N 20 a 52.45 and at 5.5.PM. fired 9 Rounds retaliation on M(?)ericourt sector.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Quiet. S.O.S. in ? and ? ? answered by our batteries at 22:30.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - Hostile artillery activity practically ‘Nil’.
Nothing particular to report.
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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