3rd Aust. Divn. ”G” Move 25 Feb 1917

SECRET                                                                                                         B.M./S/74

 

MOVE

 

3rd Aust. Divn. ”G”

Groups

3rd D.A.C.

Major F.P. Derham D.S.O.

 

Reference : 3rd Aust. Divl. Arty. O.O. No 10.

 

The re-grouping of the batteries mentioned in the above Order will take place as follows:-

 

Night

27th/28th inst. – 27th Battery withdraws and moves into position at I.8.a.70.10.

31st Battery withdraws and moves into position at H.12.b.1.1. – 4 guns

I.7.b.95.95. – 2 “

“I” Bty. R.H.A. withdraws and moves into Wagon Lines.

108th Bty. 1 Section withdraws and moves into position at I.8.a.6.6.

D/175 Bty. 1 Section withdraws and moves into position at

C.26.b.95.63.

 

Night

28th/1st Mar. – A/175 Bty. withdraws and moves into position at

C.26.c.41.05 – 4 guns.

C.27.a.10.82. – 2   “

107th Bty. 1 Section moves into position at I.8.a.6.6.

 

All arrangements to be made between Group Commanders.

 

Major F.P. Derham D.S.O. will take over the command of Right Group, and Capt W.L. Marfell of the composite Howitzer Battery at 10 a.m. 1st Mar. (Composite How. Battery will be called D/3 Battery)

 

All Reliefs will be carried out a Section at a time.

 

D.A.H.Q. TO BE INFORMED ON COMPLETION OF MOVES ORDERED.

 

AMMUNITION. 27th Battery will take over the ammunition dumped at A/175.

31st Battery will arrange to transfer all it’s ammunition to the new position, less 300 rounds for the incoming Section.

 

All 18 Pdr batteries changing positions will fill up their echelons from their present positions, and dump this amount at their new positions.

 

No re-arrangement of ammunition will take place among the Howitzer batteries.

 

Staff for new Right Group Headquarters and composite Howitzer Battery will be as follows:-

STAFF FOR RIGHT GROUP.           C.O. – Major F.P. Derham D.S.O.

Adjt. Lieut. T. Morell

O.O. 2/Lt. C.L. Miller.

 

D.A.C. will supply :  2 Clerks (1 draughtsman & 1 Typist)

8 Signallers.

1 Armament Artificer.

7th & 8th F.A. Bdes will supply :  2 Telephones each.

 

The above Officers and men will report to Major Derham at Right Group Headquarters at 10 a.m. 28th instant.

 

STAFF FOR D/3 Bty.            C.O. – Capt W.L. Marfell.

The Sections from the 107th & 108th Batteries will be detached with 1 Section

Commander, 4 Telephonists, and 2 telephones each.

 

2/Lieut. Lipp, 8th F.A. Brigade will be attached to this Battery.

 

These Officers and men will report to Capt. Marfell at 107th Battery at 10  a.m. 28th instant.

 

ACKNOWLEDGE.

W.A. Nicholl

Major R.A.,

B.M. R.A., 3rd Aust Divn.

Headquarters

24.2.1917

 

THIRD AUSTRALIAN DIVISION Order 25 Feb 1917

SECRET

(Q.99/50)

DA/24/13

THIRD AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

No S.Q. /49

Headquarters

3rd Australian Division.

 

  1. “I” Battery R.H.A. will move by road to the Cavalry Corps on 2-3-17.
  2. Strengths: – All ranks 246 – Horses 243.
  3. Destination: – SEMPY. Representative will report in advance to the Mayor for Billets.
  4. Route: – HAZEBROUCK – RACQUINGHEM – THEROUANNE – FAUQUEMBERGUES.
  5. Billets: – Night 2nd/3rd HAZEBROUCK.

Representative to report to Town Major in advance.

Night 3rd/4th RACQUINGHEM.

Representative to report to Mayor in advance.

Night 4th/5th FAUQUEMBERGUES

Representative to report to Mayor in advance.

  1. Ration arrangements:-

Rations for consumption March 3rd will be carried.

“       “            “               “    4th will be drawn at ST OMER.

“       “            “               “    5th   “    “     “       “         “

“       “           “                “     6th and subsequent days will be drawn under administration of Cavalry Corps.

  1. Number of guns and number and nature of rounds taken, to be reported to Corps Headquarters before Column moves.
  2. ACKNOWLEDGE.

 

(Sgd) A.M. COLLARD. Lieut-Colonel

A.Q.M.G. II A. & N.Z.A.C.

Headquarters

25th February 1917

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DH

26F1917

C.R.A.

3rd Australian Division.

 

O.C.

3rd Divisional Train.

Forwarded for your information and action please.

 

(C.A.P. /E.D.)

(Sgd) C.A. PYKE, Captain.

D.A.Q.M.G. THIRD AUSTRALIAN DIVISION.

 

Right Group Left Sector Artillery Order 25 Feb 1917

SECRET.                                                                                            Move  S/554.

Right Group Left Sector Artillery.

 

The re-grouping of batteries of the Left Sector Artillery will take place as follows:-

 

Night 27/28th Feb.

“I” R.H.A. will be relieved by the 27th Battery 3rd Australian Division and will move to their Wagon Lines to await orders from Second Army ”Q”.

D.175 one section will be relieved by a section of the 108th Battery and the Section relieved will move into position at C.26.b.95.63. and there reinforce 108th Battery in the Left Group.

31st Battery 3rd Australian Division will move into position at

H.12.b.1.1. 4 guns.

I.7.b.95.95. 2 guns.

and will come under the orders of C.O. Right Group.

 

Night 28th Feb/1st March.

A/175 will withdraw and move into position at

C.26.c.41.05. 4 guns.

C.27.a.10.82. 2 guns.

and will be attached to the Left Group.

D/175 one Section will be relieved by a section of 107th Battery and will move into position at I.8.a.35.45. and remain with the Right Group.

B/175) will remain in their present positions in the Right Group.

C/175)

 

The two sections from 107th & 108th Batteries at I.8.a.6.6. which will relieve D/175 will then form a composite battery and will be called D/3 under the command of Capt W.L. Marfell.

 

All Reliefs will be carried out a section at a time and Groups will be informed on completion of moves ordered. Battery Commanders will make any necessary arrangements between themselves.  Reliefs will be completed by 10 p.m.  All Registers, Maps, Telephone lines, and Trench stores will be handed over to the incoming units for which receipts will be obtained and in the case of I R.H.A. the receipt will be handed in to Right Group Headquarters.

A/175 will make arrangements to hand over to O.C. 31st Battery all Maps, Registration Books, and other Trench Stores.

31st Battery will be responsible for the front covered by A/175 from 6 p.m. on Feb 28th by which time the night lines and Retaliation Points should be registered.  Up to that time A/175 will hold the line.

 

Ammunition.

The 27th Battery will take over the ammunition left by A/175.

All Batteries will move out with echelons full and the ammunition will be dumped at the new positions. Units will wire to H.Q. on commencement of move the amount of ammunition removed and balance remaining.

No re-arrangement of ammunition will take place among the howitzer batteries.

”I” R.H.A. will remove all 13 pdr ammunition from their pits.

 

Communications.

Arrangements will be made by Signalling Officers concerned to transfer all Infantry Liaison Communications from A/175 to 31st Battery at H.12.b.1.1.  These should be in working order by 6 p.m. on February 28th.

 

Acknowledge.

 

A.A. Laporte Payne

Lieut & Adjt

for Col.

 

B.M. 3rd Aust Div Arty.

B.M. 10 Infantry Bde.

C.O. Centre Group

C.O. Left Group

I R.H.A.

A/175

B/175

C/175

D/175

31st Battery

27th Battery

Major Derham D.S.O.

Capt. W.L. Marfell

War Diary

File.

 

Right Group Order 25 Feb 1917

SECRET                                             Right Group                                                S/554

 

RIGHT GROUP LEFT SECTOR ARTILLERY.

 

The re-grouping of Batteries of the Left Sector Artillery will take place as follows:-

 

Night 27/28th Feb, 1917.

“I” R.H.A. will be relieved by the 27th Battery 3rd Australian Division and will move to their wagon Lines to await orders from Second Army “Q”.

 

D/175.  One section will be relieved by a Section of the 108th Battery and the section relieved will move into position at C.26.b.95.63. and there reinforce 108th Battery in the Left Group.

 

31st Battery 3rd Australian Division will move into position at

H.12.b.1.1.                  4 guns

I.7.b.95.95.                  2 guns

and will come under the orders of C.O. Right Group.

 

Night 28th Feb/1st March 1917.

A/175 will withdraw and move into position at

C.26.c.41.05                4 guns

C.27.a.10.82                2 guns

and will be attached to the Left Group.

 

D/175.  One section will be relieved by a section of 107th Battery and will move into position at I.8.a.35.45. and remain with the Right Group.

 

B/175) will remain in their present positions in the

C/175) Right Group.

 

The two sections from 107th and 108th Batteries at I.8.a.6.6. which relieve D/175 will then form a composite battery and will be called D/3 under the command of Captain W.L. MARFELL.

 

All Reliefs will be carried out a section at a time and Groups will be informed on completion of moves ordered. Battery Commanders will make any necessary arrangements between themselves.  Reliefs will be completed by 10 p.m.

All Registers – Maps – Telephone Lines and Trench Stores will be handed over to the incoming units for which receipts will be obtained and in the case of I/R.H.A. the receipts will be handed in to Right Group Headquarters.

A/175 will make arrangements to hand over to O.C. 31st Battery, Registration Books, all Maps and other Trench Stores.

31st Battery will be responsible for the front covered by A/175 from 6 p.m. on Feb 28th by which time the night lines and Retaliation Points should be registered.  Up to that time A/175 will hold the line.

 

AMMUNITION.

The 27th Battery will take over the ammunition left by A/175.

All Batteries will move out with echelons full and the ammunition will be dumped at the new positions. Units will wire to Headquarters on commencement of move the amount of ammunition removed and balance remaining.

No re-arrangement of ammunition will take place among Howitzer Batteries.

 

I/R.H.A. will remove all 13 pdr ammunition from their pits.

 

COMMUNICATIONS.

Arrangements will be made by Signalling Officers concerned to transfer all Infantry Liaison Communications from A/175 to 31st Battery at H.12.b.1.1.  These should be in working order by 6 p.m. on February 28th.

 

ACKNOWLEDGE

 

Signature unreadable

Lieutenant-Colonel R.F.A.

Commanding Right Group R.A.

Left Sector

25-2-17 Distribution:-

B.M. R.A. 3rd Aus Div.

B.M. 10th Inf Bde.

C.O. Centre Group.

C.O. Left Group.

I/R.H.A.

A/175.

B/175.

C/175.

D/175.

31st Bty.

27th Bty.

Major Derham D.S.O.

Capt W.L. Marfell.

War Diary.

FILE

31st Battery Order 25 Feb 1917

S/556

 

Officer Commanding

31st Battery

 

Zone allotted to you for the present is that of A/175 R.F.A.

I.22.a.70.85 to I.21.c.80.45.

 

You will cover the following trenches:-

Trenches in WINEDALE Locality

SALOP Gap and Locality

RUE DE BOIS Gap and Locality

WILLOW Gap.

 

Night lines are as follows:-

I.21.c.90.55.

I.21.d.10.80.

I.21.b.2.2.

I.21.b.53.55.

I.21.b.86.8.

I.16.c.22.13.

 

Companies you will support are:-

Left Battalion Right Company H.H.7.

Right Battalion Left Company H.H.4.

Right Battalion Centre Company H.H.3.

 

You will supply night Liaison Officer and two signallers and telephone for Left Battalion on night of March 1st.

 

Retaliation points as follows will be registered:-

Retaliation Targets

F1. MANAGERS HOUSE.

F2. I.21.d.2.4.

F3. I.21.b.65.00.

G1. I.21.b.90. G2. I.22.a.40.45.

G3. LARGE FARM.

X   Triangle of Trenches

I.23.a.22.

 

Aeroplane Zone Calls are allotted as follows :- I.22.23.29.

O.C. A/175 will furnish you with all particulars of the zones allotted to you and will hand to you or your representative all Maps – Registration Books – etc. at 6 p.m. on February 28th.

 

A.A. Laporte Payne

Lieut & Adjt

for Lieutenant Colonel R.F.A.

Commanding Right Group R.A.

25-2-17

Order for Transfer 24 Feb 1917

SECRET

DA/24/13.

TO   H.G. 42.

 

I informed by note A.A.L.P.

 

The following has been received, and is forwarded for your information, and for communication to “I” Battery R.H.A.

 

“I” Battery R.H.A., attached to II ANZAC Corps, and “H” Battery R.H.A., attached Second Army Artillery School, will be transferred by road to rejoin the Cavalry Corps between 1st and 7th March.

 

Detailed instructions regarding dates of moves, route, and billeting arrangements will be issued by Second Army “Q”

 

(Sgd) W. Robertson, Lt. Colonel,

For M.G.G.S. Second Army.

 

J.M. Irwin

Captain

Staff Captain R.A.

3rd Australian Division.

Headquarters

24-2-17

Alf Smith’s letter 24 Feb 1917

Feb 24th 17

 

Dear Father

 

I was very pleased to receive your letter.

As you see we are still at Felixstowe, & I do not think we shall be leaving this week.

I should be very pleased with a parcel but it is no use to send anything under present conditions we do not know when we might be going but I shall be very glad to hear from you.

I went to the pictures last night we do not boast of a theatre here so there is no where else to go in the evening except the soldiers clubs there are plenty of them.

How is everything going I suppose you had a good flare up to celebrate your birthday but I can guess you did not go far beyond your Picture Palace just to drink your health?

How is Mr. & Mrs. Warman & Lilian please remember me to them.

Hoping you are all in the best of health.

With much love

From your

Devoted

Son