The draft copy of the War Diaries for the 31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force have been placed on line in our Reference Page. The booklet is not complete as we are planning to include additional photographs, maps and excerpts from Operations Orders and congratulatory letters.
The diaries have been transcribed as close to the original as possible. You may notice words that are spelled differently than today and grammar that is somewhat odd. The 31st Battery did not record their own diary and therefore the diaries are actually from 8th Brigade and the 9th Brigade that the Battery was transferred after a reorganization of the Canadian artillery.
Of special interest is the mention of Conn Smythe who was a member of one of the sister batteries and the sign off at the end from Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Thomas Coghlan DSO, the last Commanding Officer of the 9th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force in France and the first Commanding Officer of the 15th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery in Vancouver.
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