WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 1 March 1917

WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 1 March 1917


Extracted from


Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda



R.P. March 1, 1917.

We are having another move. The day before yesterday I was working in the office doing Adjutant’s work from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. the next morning without a break.

I see that there is an account of our raid in the “Times” of 28th February.  It was quite a good raid, and I spent many hours working our part of the scheme out for the batteries.


We are now billeted in a huge empty house, but it is dry at any rate. I do not suppose we shall be long here.


9TH Canadian Artillery Brigade Operation Order No 52

Ref: Boyeffels 36.b S.E.2. 1/10,000 Hazebrouck 5.a. 1/100,000


9TH Canadian Artillery Brigade Operation Order No 52


Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Comdg.




  1. The 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade will march from present wagon lines to old rest billets at Amettes on the morning of the 27th inst.


  1. The starting point will be road junction in Hersin, Q.5.b.8.0. The head of the column will pass the starting point at 0.00 a.m.


  1. Order of March:-

Brigade Hdqrs.

33rd Battery

36th Battery

32nd Battery

45th Battery

  1. Route:- Hersin – Barlin – Houdain – Divion – Ferfay.


  1. On arriving at Amettes batteries will move independently to their wagon lines.


  1. Advanced parties of one officer and one N.C.O. and One horseholder from each battery will proceed in advance to arrange billets.


  1. The pace of the march is to be slow with frequent halts. Detachments (drivers & gunners) are to walk the greater part of the way.


  1. The unexpended portion of the days rations and forage and one days rations and forage will be carried.


  1. The batteries will march with full echelons – 75% shrapnel 25% H.E.



Lieut. Col

Comdg 9th Brigade C.F.A.


9th Canadian Artillery Brigade Operation Order No 51

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade  Operation Order No 51


Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Comdg




  1. Under instructions from Canadian Corps the 9th Brigade C.F.A. has been placed at the disposal of the 1st C.D.A. to take part in a minor operation.
  2. The Brigade will march at 7.30 a.m. tomorrow, the 20th instant to the 1st C.D.A. area.
  1. Route:- Amettes-
  1. Cauchy-a-la-Tour
  2. Divion-Houdain
  3. Barlin
  4. The order of march will be,

Brigade Headqtrs.

32nd Battery

33rd Battery

45th Battery

36th Battery

Starting point as given verbally.


  1. Wagon lines Barlin will be selected by 1st C.D.A.


  1. Advanced parties consisting of one officer, one N.C.O. and horseholder per battery, and one officer from Bde Hdqrs Barlin will report at 10.00 a.m. on the 20th inst at Hdqrs 1st C.D.A. and will be shown the wagon lines. These parties will meet the Brigade at Barlin and guide the units to their wagon lines.


  1. The batteries will march with full echelon, Ammunition to complete establishment will be issued by the D.A.C. as the brigade passes through Calonne Ricquart.


  1. The batteries will march with the unexpended portion of the days rations and one days rations.


  1. The 1st C.D.A. have been asked to arrange for the issue of forage on the 21st inst in the 1st C.D.A. area.


  1. Lines and billets at present occupied must be left in an absolutely clean condition.



  1. Before moving into action Battery Commanders will ensure that all ranks have gas helmets, steel helmets, indentify discs, field dressings.



for O.C. 9th Brigade C.F.A.



Ref: Roclincourt 1/10,000




Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Commanding




  1. In accordance with instructions from R.A., Canadian Corps, systematic night bombardment of roads, communications trenches and billets in rear of the enemy’s lines will be carried out, with the object of harassing the enemy, preventing his getting up rations, ammunition, or material, and generally wearing down his morale.


  1. Commencing on the night of 15/16th instant all objectives detailed below will be fired on nightly by the batteries.

33rd Battery           Sachsen weg and Bereitschaft Stellung

32nd Battery           Albrecht Avenue

36th Battery           Sunken Road, A.18.a.1.6 to A.12.c.35.70.

Ammunition Allowance (each night)

32nd Battery           A.        10 rounds

AX      56 rounds

33rd Battery           A.        10 rounds

AX      56 rounds

36th Battery                        BX      68 rounds


  1. Targets will be fired on at irregular intervals with occasional bursts of fire.


  1. Reports on targets fired on and enemy retaliation, if any, to be sent in to Group Headqtrs. by an orderly each day, not later than 5.a.m.





Lieut. Col






Lens 1/1,000,000

Hazebrouck 1/100/000




Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Comdg



Relief.             1. The 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade will be relieved in the line on the nights of 15/16th and 16/17th February, by the 5th Brigade, C.F.A. (Lieut. Col. R.H. Britton.)

One section of each battery will be relieved on the first night and the remaining section on the second night.


Each section on being relieved will march direct to its wagon line.

Guns.               2. Guns will not be handed over.  Aiming posts of batteries that are being relieved will not be removed, and aiming posts to replace those left in position will be taken over from relieving batteries.


Ammunition.   3. All ammunition at gun positions will be handed over to relieving units at 12 noon on the 16th inst and receipts taken.



  1. All laid telephone wires will be left intact and handed over to relieving units and receipts taken.

The following will also be handed over receipts taken:-

Artillery boards, secret maps, air photographs, diagrams of communications, defence schemes, trench stores.


Advanced parties.

  1. One officer with telephonist per battery of the 5th Brigade C.F.A. will arrive on the 14th inst Battery Commanders of relieving batteries will arrive on the 15th inst.


Sanitation.       6. All gun positions and dugouts are to be handed over in a thoroughly clean and sanitary condition.


Reports.           7. Reports will be made to Brigade Headquarters each night on completion of reliefs.


Lieut. Col







For the Month of FEBRUARY 1917

PLACE – G.9.b.2.8.

1.2.17.       9 p.m.        Visibility fair.  In the early morning there was considerably hostile T.M. shooting occurred.  Our T.Ms retaliated vigorously and quickly neutralized enemy’s fire.  At 3 p.m. this afternoon 6 hostile planes attacked two of our machines over the German lines.  One of our planes was disabled and forced to land in NO MAN’S LAND.


2.2.17.                         Visibility poor.  Very quiet day on both sides.


3.2.17.                         Visibility fair.  Enemy T.Ms quite active.


Our 4.5s Howitzer Battery bombarded several sensitive points in enemy’s lines with good effect.


4.2.17.                         Visibility good.  Our 18-pdr batteries fired upon and dispersed several working parties.


5.2.17.                         Visibility poor.  In the early forenoon enemy shelled our front line and supports with 77 mm and 4.1s.  Our batteries vigorously retaliated.


6.2.17.                         Visibility poor.  At noon today a hostile machine crossed our lines and succeeded in reaching ARRAS.  At that point he was engaged by our A.A. guns and driven off.


7.2.17.                         Visibility poor.  Both our own and enemy planes quite active.  For about an hour this morning our T.Ms actively bombarded enemy’s front line.


8.2.17.                         Visibility fair.  Both sides were normal today.


9.2.17.                         Visibility fair.  Our T.Ms intermittently shelled German lines throughout the day.  At 12.30 p.m. a small balloon drifted over from enemy’s lines.

10.2.17.                       Our planes were quite active throughout the day.  Our 33rd Battery blew up a heavily timbered dugout in one of the enemy’s craters.  It was reported that this was used as a Bombing Post.


11.2.17.                       Visibility fair.  One of our 18-pdr batteries engaged an advanced enemy Bombing Post obtaining a number of hits, two of which caused a large explosions.


12.2.17.                       Visibility poor.  Our medium T.Ms carried out a heavy bombardment of the enemy’s lines during the greater part of the day.  Early in the forenoon the enemy lightly shelled the left of our zone but immediately stopped upon our retaliating.


13.2.17.                       Visibility poor.  Both enemy and ourselves were unusually quiet on our zone.


14.2.17.                       Visibility good.  Our Medium T.Ms fired upon and set fire to a dugout in enemy front line.  Enemy aircraft has been quite active.


15.2.17.                       Operation Order No 50 was issued today.  This calls for systematic night bombardment of roads Communication Trenches etc in rear of the enemy’s lines with the object of wearing down his morale.  This will be commenced tonight and carried on until further orders.  An allotment of 76 rounds per 18-pdr battery and 68 rounds per 4.5 Howitzer battery has been made for this task.

In compliance with O. O. No 49 issued on 9th inst. a section of each of our batteries was relieved by a section from each battery of the 5th Brigade C.F.A.  The sections which have been relieved marched back to wagon lines at CAMBLAIN L’ABBE.


16.2.17.                       The relief of the 9th Brigade C.F.A. by the 5th Brigade C.F.A. was completed tonight.  In accordance with orders received from 3rd C.D.A. the Brigade moved tonight from present wagon lines to new billets at AMETTES.


17.2.17.                       Brigade in rest.  Syllabus of training carried on.


18.2.17.                                   do                                do


19.2.17.                                   do                                do

Operation Order No 51 issued today which calls for the 9th Brigade C.F.A. to be placed at the disposal of 1st C.D.A. to take part in a minor operation.

The Brigade will move off at 7.30 a.m. tomorrow.

20.2.17.                       The Brigade moved today from AMETTES to SAINS-EN-GOHELLE.  We arrived late in the afternoon and immediately went into the wagon lines.


21.2.17.                       Instructions received from Commander of North Centre Group, 1st C.D.A. for batteries to come in position this afternoon.  Brigade and Battery Commanders went forward this morning to make a reconnaissance of the new position.  All batteries were in position by dusk this evening.


22.2.17.                       Weather very foggy.  As a result we were unable to calibrate our guns but battery commanders visited their various O.Ps and studied the enemy’s lines as well as could be done under the circumstances.


23.2.17.                       Visibility fair.  Our batteries calibrated guns and registered as many points as it was possible.


24.2.17.                       Our 18-pdr batteries were engaged all day on wire cutting tasks.  Our 36th Howitzer Battery fired in the neighbourhood of 400 rounds at various strong points in enemy’s lines causing great damage to trenches and material.


25.2.17.                       Wire cutting continued.  Our 18-pdr batteries continued on wire cutting tasks with good results.


26.2.17.                       In the morning wire cutting was continued with 18-pdr batteries.  At noon orders were received to vacate gun positions at 4.00 p.m.  All batteries were back in wagon lines by 6.00 p.m. tonight.  O.O. No 52 issued ordering move of brigade from present wagon lines to old billets at AMETTES tomorrow morning.


27.2.17.                       Route March from SAINS-EN-GOHELLE to AMETTES.  The Brigade arrived at the latter point at 4.30 p.m.


28.2.17.                       3rd C.D.A. notified us today that an inspection of the Brigade would be made on March 3rd.  Batteries immediately started to prepare for this.

WAR DIARY Of 2/6th Sherwood Foresters Feb 1917

WAR DIARY Of 2/6th Sherwood Foresters


From February 1917 – To April 1917



Place       Date    Hour                                                Summary of Events and Information



25/2/17               Bn marches out of Camp.

26/2/17 FOVANT                  Bn entrains and proceeds to FOLKESTONE.

Crosses from FOLKESTONE to BOULOGNE.  Spends night in ST MARTIN Camp.

28/2/17 BOULOGNE            Entrain at BOULOGNE & proceeds to SALEUX (pres d’AMIENS) detraining there & marching to PONT DE METZ.  Night spent in Billets.

1/3/17 PONT DE METZ        Bn marches via AMIENS to GLISY.  Night spent in billets.

9.30 p.m    Bn marches via AMIENS to GLISY.  Night spent in billets.

2/3/17 GLISY                         Bn marches via VILLERS-BRETENNEAUX to WARFUSEE-ABNACOURT.  In billets.


3/3/17 WARFUSEE-ABANCOURT.           Bn. in Billets.

2.3.17 to 9.3.17                       In billets.

9.3.17                 12.30 pm     Bn marches to FOUCAUCORT.


9.3.17 to 15.3.17             Bn in billets.

15.3.17                            4 Platoons attached for instruction to 5th Bn Leicester Regt.

16.3.17         7.15 pm.     Bn marches to BERNY. N.32.d.8.2 (Map Sheet 62C S.W.) and is attached to 176th Infy Bde, and takes up position in reserve line.

BERNY   16.3.17 to 19.3.17 In reserve line at BERNY.

19.3.17 9.0 am.      Bn marches to CIZANCOURT via MAZANCOURT and MISERY.

19.3.17 3.0 pm.     Two Companies cross river SOMME and take up positions in Notre Dame Trench (Map Sheet 62C S.W.) U.16.c.4.9. to U.16.a.3.9 and Sauterelle Alley U.15.d.2.3 to U.16.c.4.9.

CIZANCOURT 20.3.17 6.0 pm.        One Company moves to Outpost position in FOURQUES as support to Cavalry.

22.3.17 9.0 am.  Outpost Company withdrawn.  Bn marches via VILLIERS-CARBONNEL to P.C. NANCY on ESTREES-VILLIERS-CARBONNEL Road.

P.C. NANCY 26.3.17 1.0 pm.           Bn marches to BRIE and occupies Bridgehead defences.  Bn. H.Q. at O.28.c. (Map Sheet 62C S.W.)

BRIE   27.3.17  2.0 pm.         Bn marches to VRAIGNES.  Bn. H.Q. at Q.19.b.7.3.5.

VRAIGNES 28.3.17 7.0 pm. Two Companies take up outpost position and dig in on line covering Q.4.a.6.1., K.33.d.5.1., Q.22.b.6.9.

29.3.17 7.0 pm. Two Companies out digging support trenches on line to posts at Q22.b.9.9 and Q.17.c.4.5.

VRAIGNES 31.3.17 2.30 am.          Battn left for BERNES and occupied Quarry at Q.4.a.4.2.

BERNES         31/3/17 2.0 pm.          Battn launched attack from ridge Q.4 central and attacked in waves, came under heavy hostile shell fire but carried village of VENDLELLES successfully.  Line pushed forward, and captured JEANCOURT.  10 Prisoners captured.  Battn then took up position from R.1.c.8.5. to R.1.d.2.5.

VENDELLES 1.4.17 11.30 pm.        Two Coys with Battn H.Q. were relieved and returned to BERNES.  Remaining two Coys went in support to 2/8th Bn. Sherwood Foresters in trenches R.1.d.2.5 to R.1.d.9.1, but rejoined Battn at BERNES at 12.0 noon 2.4.17.

BERNES         3.4.17 7.30 am.           A and B Coys went in support of 2/5th Sherwood Foresters to VENDELLES returning at 11.0 pm same date.

BERNES         4.4.17 8.0 pm C and D Coys went to VENDELLES and dug posts along line from L.27.c.2.2. to L.33.b.2.1. returning at 1.0 am 5.5.17.

BERNES         6.4.17 9.0 pm Battalion marched to R.9.b.4.5. in support of 2/8th Sherwood Foresters who attacked enemy positions S.E. of LE VERCUIER.

HANCOURT  7.4.17 3.30 am           Battn withdrawn to HANCOURT into rest billets.

HANCOURT 16.4.17 2.30 pm         Inspection of Battn by Maj. Gen. C.F. Romer C.B. C.M.G. Comdg 59th Division.

HANCOURT   17.4.17 12.30 pm      Brig Gen F.W. Stansfield Comdg 178th Infantry Brigade presented Meritorious Service Cards to  Sgt W. Smith, Pte A. King and Pte Rillyald.

HANCOURT   19.4.17 2.0 pm         Battn marched to L.3.c.7.8. and took over the front line from 2/5th Lincolnshire Regt.

ROISEL           22.4.17  9.0 pm         Battn was relieved by 2/7th Sherwood Foresters and marched back to ROISEL in reserve.

ROISEL             27.4.17 1.0 am         Battn marched to HARGICOURT ROAD from L.11.b.0.5 to L.11.b.5.0. to deploy prior to an attack on QUARRIES and COLOGNE FARM (L.6.c.4.6.)

The attack was launched at 3.55 am and the QUARRIES were successfully captured and a line was consolidated EAST of the QUARRIES from L.5.d.9.5. to L.11.b.9.9. Seven prisoners and 1 Machine Gun were captured.