One hundred years ago on 31 May 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 Good. Enemy artillery quite active during afternoon and evening. At Noon to-day the enemy put a barrage of 5.9’s and 4.1’s on our Trenches in T.7.b and T.8.a to which we heavily retaliated.
The following Decorations have been awarded to men in this Brigade during the past month:-
91616 Sglr. T.L. Chambers, 31st Battery,
305598 Bdr. G.S. Brown, 32nd. ”
91095 Bdr W.S. Harper, 36th. ”
301132 Dvr E.V. Pledge, 36th. ”
304586 Gr. J.W.G. Shaw, 33rd. ”
300390 Bdr. J. Marshall, 33rd. ”
348551 Gr. T.O!Connor, 45th. ”
348402 Cpl. H.A. Bessent, 45th. ”
304365 Gr. W.H. Bremner, 45th. ”
348536 Gr. W. Morgan, 45th. ”
Handwritten margin note: What did they get – GSCMs?
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force war diary records:
There was no shooting today. Lieut. R.A. Fraser proceeded to 10th Brigade Headquarters as Liaison Officer.
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.