WAR DIARY of 20 Siege Battery January 1918

WAR DIARY of 20 Siege Battery

 

For January 1918

 

Place       Date    Hour                                                Summary of Events and Information

 

In the field

GORRE       Jan 1st.               Battery in occupation 8” Battery position in farm E of village (4 guns), 2 guns forming a silent section on LA BASSEE Canal 1 mile E of BETHUNE.

Officers on strength of Battery 1st Jan

Capt (A/Major) LGRFH BELL (Reg) absent on BC’s course & leave in England till 24.1.18

Lt. (A/Capt) JC THOMPSON (SR)

2/Lt. E.B. LOACH (SR)

2/Lt. H. MACKAY (SR)

2/Lt. F.W. DAVIS (SR)

2/Lt.C.H. BATEMAN (SR)

2/Lt. W.H. CHAPMAN (SR)

2/Lt. B.W. TURNBULL (SR)

2/Lt. A.E. COCKFIELD (SR)

2/Lt. K. DOWNEY (SR)

 

Jan 3rd              1 Bdr killed & 4 Gunners wounded by hostile shellfire (8) (Bdr Makin)

Jan 7th              Battery moved to LA MIQUELLERIE, near BUSNES.  Guns left in position.  300 *** destroyed by hostile shellfire.

Jan 16th            Personnel of Battery inspected by G.O.C. I Army.

Jan 24th            Major Bell rejoined from leave to UK.

Jan 31st            Battery returned from rest to former position in line.

In the field

GORRE                                 Tactical

During first week of January 500 rounds fired on 3 hostile Batteries with aeroplane observation. No other firing apart from registration.

Honours & Awards

No 276082 Sergt WILMER H. awarded D.C.M. in New Years’ Honour GAZETTE.

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