One hundred years ago on 8 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:
Enemy night firing has noticeably increased during last few days. Our trenches have been shelled consistently during the hours of darkness with howitzers, guns and T.M.s. Lachrymatory shell has been occasionally used.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
CHATEAU DE LA HAIE – In accordance with O.O. 115, the Reserve D.A. less 2 How. Batteries, 18th. Army Brigade, RFA. Less 1 Battery; and 5th Brigade CFA. Were withdrawn and left the Command of C.R.A. of 3rd. Cdn. Divn. The 4th C.D.A. came under command of the C.R.A. 4th. C.D.A. In accordance with amendment No. 1. O.O.115, Ralston’s Group came under orders of C.R.A. 3rd. C.D.A. and the zones of the 179th. A.F.A. Brigade and Ralston’s Group were re-arranged.
The 8th. Army Brigade C.F.A. came into existence in accordance with O.O. 116. Visibility poor in the morning, becoming fair. One enemy aeroplane came over our lines, and was driven off by rifle fire, the Observed and Pilot were observed to stand up and change places, leading to the supposition that the Pilot was hit. Artillery very quiet on both sides.
Ammunition Expended. A:1585. AX 2013 BX 1255. BSK. 103 BCBR.109 Guns in Action. 103. 18.pdrs. 44. 4.5”Hows.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
Nothing to report.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – No.141 and 166th.SB.RGA. entrained at Aubigny for the North.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER:- Unsettled with rain at times – brighter intervals.
50th Siege Bty.(1Section) 6” Mk.VII gun, left Canadian Corps to-day.
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.
Note: The Lieutenant-Colonel J.C. Stewart mentioned in O.O. No. 116 was later to become the first Honorary Colonel of 43rd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment RCA.
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