WAR DIARY Of 30th DIVISIONAL ARTILLERY August 1916
Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
CITADEL 1st August Fine – Orders received to concentrate at DAOURS on 3rd Aug ready to move by rail from LONGEAU & SALEUX to destination unknown yet probably XI Corps – All sections relieved by evening. 30th D.A. now in Bois autilles.
2nd August Fine – Visited Brigade & D.A.C. at B autilles.
DAOURS 3rd August Fine. Moved to DAOURS.
DAOURS 4th August Fine – Staff Capt goes in to ST VENANT.
5th August Fine – Batteries commence entraining from LONGUEAU & SALEUX for MERVILLE & HIENNES & BERGUETTE at 3.18 p.m.
ST VENANT 6th August Fine – Batteries arriving all day – H.Q. arrived about 5 p.m. Are taking over line on 12th probably.
7th August Fine – Went over to see 39th D.A. about taking over new line.
8th August Fine – Gen Shea talked to the various brigades 148, 149 150, D.A.C. & 151. Three different speeches.
9th Aug Fine – Very hot – walked round all the battery positions in GIVENCHY & FESTUBERT Area.
10th Aug Dull – P.V.O. 1st Army looked at all the horses – A/149, B/149 very bad – sections go into action night as relief of 39th D.A.
11th Aug Fine- Tried to get new remount – went to LOCON to take over from 39th D.A. Remainder of relief completed – Positions as per appendix.
BETHUNE 12th Aug Fine – Took over from 39th D.A. & moved H.Q. to BETHUNE – Major L.L. Learmouth joined C/151.
13th Aug Fine – Visited right group batteries & O.P.s.
14th Aug Dull – Visited left group & right group.
15th Aug Fine but showery – Gen Shea visited wagon lines.
16th Aug Fine – Visited right & left groups – Gen White commands Divn whilst Gen Shea away.
17th Aug Showery – 71 remounts came – visited the batteries.
18th Aug Showery – Visited front trenches near craters – Gen Mercer came round.
19th Aug Showery – Quiet day.
20th Aug Showery – Visited Right group ****ed some alternative positions.
21st Aug Fine – Visited left group. A few 4.2 shells in BETHUNE.
22nd Aug Fine – Visited right group also new O.P.s in construction.
23rd Aug Fine – Visited *** H.Q.s of brigades out of line & the two groups Btys to be reorganised into 6 guns.
24th Aug Fine in morning heavy rain in afternoon – Attended medal distribution parade by G.O.C. 1st ***
25th Aug Fine – Issued order of reorganisation; 2 Brigades of 3 6 gun 18pr & 1; 4.5 in how, 1bde of 2 6gun 18pr & 1 4 gun Howtz.
26th Aug Showery – Visited both groups in the line. BETHUNE shelled from 12 midnight until 3.30 a.m. also some bombs dropped. BETHUNE again shelled during the evening.
27th Aug Showery – BETHUNE shelled from 3.30 a.m. for about an hour.
28th Aug Showery – Bethune shelled from 3 a.m. with about 10 shells. Gen Shea went round batteries.
29th Aug Wet – Bethune shelled at night at 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. Retaliation 8 ***
30th Aug Wet – Inspected all the horses of the batteries. Bethune shelled at night from about 7.30 p.m. & 11.30 p.m. Retaliation 3 ***
31st Fine – Made out Schedules.
O.W. **** Maj.
B.M. 30th DIV Artillery