Headquarters 55th Divisional Artillery
From 1st March 1916 – To 31st March 1916
Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
March 1st – 3rd Moves in accordance with Operation Order s 7 & 8 and relief of 2nd N Midland F.A. Bde completed by 14th Bde R.F.A. (68th and 88th Batteries) from 4th Division.
4th 4 pm Bombardment of BLOCK HOUSE 2b.
5/6th Moves in accordance with Operation Order No 9. B/85th Bty moving to cover Left Sector and 4th N Midland How F.A. Bde marching to FREVENT to rejoin 46th Division.
6/7th Section 12th Lancs Bty to forward position at R.31.c.3.2. to enfilade. Operation Order No 10
8/9th Section 9th Lancs Bty to forward position R.21.c.8.0.
8th Moves to B.A.C.s at SOMBRIN.
11th Bombardment of BLAIRVELLE Wood – considerable damage done and result reported most satisfactory by R.F.C.
15th 9th and 8th Lancs Batteries placed at disposal of 6th H.A.G. for counter battery work and linked direct with O.C. 39th Heavy Bde R.G.A. at BEAUMETZ.
15th Arrangements made for use of code word “CUBE” to bring enfilade sections into action on adjoining fronts.
16th 11.45 am Bombardment of N.W. Corner of BLAIRVILLE – operation order no 13.
17th 9 pm Section 9th Lancs Bty to forward position at WAILY R.22.d.17 to enfilade.
17th 10 pm R Battery/ 4th Lancs F.A. Bde (Howitzers) *** B Battery 85th F.A. Bde vacated position occupied by sections at R.9.a.9.3 and concentrated at R.9.b.5.5.
21st Instructions for relief of 14th Bde by batteries from 37th Div received.
25th Bombardment of LES TROIS MAISONS (X.2.b.7.3. – X2.b.9.1.1 ½). In accordance with Operation Order No 14. effect obtained was good. The enemy parapet was breached at several points. Possibly better effect would have been obtained by making the bombardment more deliberate and leaving batteries to carry out their task singly by time table instead of simultaneously.
27th 11.45 am Orders for relief of 14th Bde issued.
28th 10 am Orders for relief of 14th Bde postponed owing to unfavourable weather.
30th 7 am Bombardment of House X.3.d.8.9. in BLAIRVILLE. Results most disappointing probably due to bad light in early morning which made observation very difficult. 8” probably obtained a direct hit. Otherwise little damage visible. G.O.C. 55th Division decided to repeat at an early date under improved conditions.
29th Visit of Commander-in-Chief and G.O.C. Third Army – G.R.A. attended at Div HQ 2 pm.
Bde Major 55th D.A.