One hundred years ago on 8 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:
From this date to the 22nd inst., the Headquarters and four batteries mentioned herewith were in rest at MAGNICOURT, a small village nestling among some rolling hills. The men had a splendid rest during this time and many parties were sent for the day to ST. POL. In addition an infantry band was engaged on three different occasions which was very much appreciated. General sports for the men were held on two occasions and some Indian cavalry billeted near here very kindly offered to assist in the days sports. Their horsemanship and other feats were magnificent and filled our men with surprise and admiration.
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery was attached to 10th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade during this period. The 10th Brigade war diary records that: Very misty and quiet. All the batteries, i.e. 31st, 36th, 38th and 40th came into action last night without any trouble.
40th. 3 guns, T.19.d.07 and 3 guns T.20.d.7.3.
The 10th and 11th Btys. Are now attached to Ralston’s Brigade for tactical handling. The 10th, T.13.b.4.1; 11th, T13.b.50.65
Brigade is in the same old place, S.30.a.51.07. Vimy has been frightfully knocked about since we pulled out some six weeks ago.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
FORT GEORGE - Situation very quiet throughout the whole day. The 10th and 11th batteries CFA, 4th CDA came under the tactical control of the CRA, 3rd CDA at 6.00am Sept 8th. At the same time our left boundary was extended to the north, O.O. #131. Lieut. J.L. Duncan reported having taken Junior Staff Officer's Course, Clare College, Cambridge. Ammunition expended: A.50, AX.55, BX.167. Guns in action: 25 - 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 - Lieut. F.R. May returned from 11th Brigade.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Batteries carried out tasks during the day on CANADA Road and CITE DU NORD. One man of 175th SB.RGA wounded by shell fire.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - 14th Army Brigade, RFA withdrawn from the line, less 18-pdrs., and transferred to I Corps. Quiet day and little activity on either side.
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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