One hundred years ago on 2 August 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:
No enemy planes or balloons up today. Enemy artillery less active than usual. Our Heavies very active all day. Visibility poor.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
BRAQUEMONT - Visibility poor on account of rain. No aeroplanes were observed. Artillery was quiet on the enemy side, active on our side on enemy wire and defences. Loos was shelled by the enemy, but the day was comparatively quiet.
Ammunition expended A.46. HX. 200. Guns in action 32 18-pdrs., 4 13-pdrs., 12 4.5" how.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group for administration and under command 2nd Canadian Heavy Artillery Group for Counter-Battery. Their war diary records:
ANGRES - During the month of August the Battery took part in the capture of Hill 70, also the taking of the Green Crasier and all the fighting on the Lens front. During this time the Battery was twice heavily shelled by 8” and on several occasions we were bombarded with Gas Shells.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – Feint barrage at 4.45 a.m. Rainy weather for the past two days necessitated the postponement of operations against Hill 70 until more favourable weather. Concentrations on Cite du Nord, Cite St. Auguste, etc. took place during day.
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 - Wet and Rainy. Visibility nil. Considerable artillery activity. A good deal of concentration on hostile batteries. Large explosion seen in LENS – apparently enemy destruction.
Ammunition expended:- 60-pr. 8”How 6”How 9.2”How 4.5”How
582 85 534 189 582
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER: Overcast with some showers - very cool.
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.