One hundred years ago on 30 July 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:
Visibility fair. Enemy Artillery carried out a short concentrated shoot this morning, lasting two minutes. Enemy Planes which appeared over our lines at 8.30 p.m. were engaged by our A.A. Guns.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
BRAQUEMONT – Weather showery. Visibility fair. Both enemy and British were inactive in the air. Enemy Artillery active. Our Heavies were active. Our T.M’s active on wire. Registration has been completed and 3rd C.D.A. guns are remaining quiet, except for night firing by Howitzer Batteries.
Ammunition Expended. A:359, AX.7, BX.787. N.51. Guns in Action: 32-18-pdrs. 12-4.5”Hows. 4-13 pdrs.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
FIELD - Carried out concentrations on Trenches as during the previous days.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Rainy for the most part. Concentrations and feint barrages carried out on 30th. And 31st. 6 other ranks left on 31st. instant to attend First Army Rest Camp, Boulogne.
2nd Canadian Heavy Artillery Group was placed in tactical control of 5th Canadian Siege Battery for counter battery work. The 2nd CHAG war diary records:
X.23.b.1.5 - Dull and showery. Visibility nil. Little hostile artillery activity. A great deal of harassing fire throughout day and night. Two concentrated shoots on hostile batteries in retaliation.
Ammunition expenditure: - 60 pdr 8”How 6”How 9.2”How 4.5”How
302 32 260 216 446
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER:- Overcast with frequent showers – Fairly bright in evening.
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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