Report on raid by 42nd Battalion night 11th/12th. 15 September 1918

REPORT ON RAID BY 42ND BATTALION NIGHT 11TH/12TH.

 

OBJECT.-       To re-establish post in Q.34.b.  Zero hour 9.05.  Barrage well spaced, bursts low and reported very effective.  The 42nd Battalion succeeded in establishing posts at Q.34.d.05.95 and Q.34.b.20.40. and also a group of posts at Q.25.d.50.20.  These posts have cut off the post in Q.34.b. which was the object of the raid.  The Infantry were, however unable to get into the Brick Kiln owing to heavy machine gun fire.

During the operations the enemy put up numerous split greens and two Golden Sprays, retaliating fairly heavily on our front and in P.30., Q.25. and Q.36.

No further details are available to date.

 

 

sgd H. Webster Lieut

for Major

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

Letter to 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade 13 September 1918

G35/4

September 13th 1918

TO/ Major Cosgrave,

Cmdg. 9th Brigade C.F.A.

 

 

Dear Cosgrave,

The barrage was excellent.  During the intense period it kept the Hun’s Machine Guns absolutely down.  He opened up as soon as the intense firing stopped.

 

We were able to establish posts along the bank but did not succeed in kicking a pocket of Huns out of the Kiln as further operations would have prevented the relief, which was in progress, before daylight.

 

Many thanks for your cordial assistance.

 

Signature unreadable

Lieut Colonel

Cmdg 42nd Canadian Battn. R.H.C.

Pass for Miss Dillon 13 September 1918

Has permission to travel by boat & train

 

If a General Mobilisation is ordered every soldier on pass must return immediately to his unit without waiting for instructions

 

No.           Transport & Workshop Coy

Regiment. M.T. ASC

 

PASS                  Women’s Legion

No.     –   (Rank)………….. (Name)… Miss L. Dillon

Has permission to be absent from his quarters, from after duty Tuesday Sep 17th 1918           to 9 AM Friday Sept 27th 1918 for the purpose of proceeding to Dalkeny Co Dublin.

 

(Station) Grove Park

(Date) 13-9-18

J.B. Lidstone

2nd Lieut A/Adjt

for OC Transport & Workshop Coy

No 1 Res M.T. Depot, GrovePark

Alf Smith’s letter home 12 September 1918

With cover addressed to Mr. T Smith, 100. Arcadian Gardens, Wood Green, London North.  Postmark unreadable.  German censor stamp 47.  OPENED BY CENSORP.W. 969. stamp. London postmark Sep 12. 18

Kriegsgefangenensendung

Englischen Kriegsgefangenen

Private Alfred A. Smith

53rd Machine Gun Coy:

Nummer 27521

Stammlager Friedrichsfeld

Deutschland

April 23rd 18

 

My Dear Father,

At last I am able to write you a letter & you may guess it is a great pleasure as I know you must be worrying about me but glad to say I am quite safe & well as you see by the address a prisoner of war was captured an March 21st your moving day I thought about you.  This is the first time we have been allowed to write & you can just imagine we are all very busy to-night we are allowed to write two letters a month so I must get you to let Albert & Ciss know I am quite safe.

Well Dad I hope you are in the best of health write at once & let me know I also want a parcel but I will speak about that in a few minutes. How do you like your new house I suppose you are nearly straight now I hope Jess, Ethel & Winnie are well & all getting along merry & bright.

I should not advise you to try & speak German or I am thinking you might dislocate your jaw. We go out to work each day up in the woods but do nothing on Sundays we are being treated very well but of course there is no chance of coming home now until after the war which I hope will be long one great thing we are out of all danger from shells &c we have finished with fighting.

Well now I will start on the parcel as I am just longing for some goodies as there is no chance to buy much now. I will start on the list:- Cake, Biscuits, Chocolate, Quaker Oats, Tin Golden syrup, Cigarettes & Soap I don’t know whether you will be able to send all these things but whatever it is will be very welcome.  I expect you will find out at the Post Office what you can put in & how to send it or else through the Prisoner of War Fund.  It is rather a cheek on my part to suggest it but I was thinking if Albert or Ciss was going to send anything you might be able to arrange it so that I get about one each week I hope they will not mind my mentioning this but it would be best to have them come at equal times as near as possible.  A magasine [magazine] or some thing to read would be very useful but no newspapers.

Cannot think of any more news to tell you this time I shall be anxiously waiting to hear from you. I hope Albert, & Affie, & Joyce are quite well also Ciss, Charlie, & Peter give them all my very best love & kisses for Joy have you seen them lately I want to hear all the news tell them I will write the first opportunity.  So Cheerio & keep the home fires burning as I think we shall all be home in a few months & we will have a good time then.

With much love to you all.

From your

Devoted Son

Alf

P.S. There are several of my friends here captured at the same time so I am not amongst strangers.

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade 45 Bty Report 10 September 1918

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade

Sept 10th 1918

 

REPORT ON WORK OF FORWARD SECTION ON AUGUST 27TH/28TH 1918

(45TH BATTERY)

 

On the morning of August 27th I was ordered to take the Left Section of the 45th Battery forwards to H.36.a.10.75. which I did, and took up a position in support of the 58th Battalion.  I established communication by telephone with the Battalion Headquarters, visited them frequently throughout the day, and remained with them during the night of August 27th, and the morning of the 28th, while Lieut H.B. Devine remained with the Section.

 

We fired 628 rounds on various targets, including BOIRY NOTRE DAME, JIGSAW WOOD, ARTILLERY LANE AND HATCHET WOOD and PELVES. Enemy concentrations, reported at HANDLAIN ROAD, were engaged by our guns.

 

There were 2 – 77 cm. guns in a position at H.26.a.30.90 with parts missing from both.  But after some difficulty we succeeded in getting parts enough to put one of these into action and on the night of August 27th/28th fired 125 rounds from this gun on HAMBLAIN, RIACHE ST. VAST and ETERPIGNY.  On August 28th and night of Aug 28th/29th 150 rounds were fired on VITRY-EN-ARTIOS, the low ground and roads round HAMBLAIN and SAILLY-EN-STREVENT and ETERIGNY.  On August 29th and the night of Aug 29th/30th 350 rounds were fired on VITRY-EN-ARTOY SAILLY and roads west of ETAING.  Of the total 625 rounds fired from this gun, about 30% was gas, (Blue, Green and Yellow Cross) the remainder being about evenly divided between shrapnel and instantaneous H.E.  This exhausted nearly all the ammunition at the position and the crew was called in on August 30th.

 

The gun worked exceedingly well, being easy to lay and handle, and running up well at all ranges. It was very steady and the gunners found it was not necessary to relay after every shot but that three or four could be fired without any appreciable error.  Only the first two shots were observed, the remainder being fired entirely from map.

 

(sgd) L.B. KINGSTON, Lieut

45th Battery C.F.A.

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade Second Report 10 September 1918

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade

Sept 10th 1918

 

REPORT OF LIAISON OFFICER OF 9TH BRIGADE C.F.A. WITH THE 1ST C.M.R. BATTALION ON AUGUST 25TH – 26TH 1918

 

I had my line established to 8th C.I.B. from Battalion Battle H.Q. and patrolled throughout the night until Zero Hour, which was at 3.AM.

 

Up to Zero plus 100 there was very little to report from H.Q. The enemy searched our Forward area with 15 cm Hows. using H.E. and Mustard Gas.  There appeared to be very little retaliation on the part of the enemy in response to our bombardment.  At plus 100 we started forward with battalion H.Q. in the direction of ORANGE HILL.  By this time the enemy had increased his harassing fire considerably, using mostly 15 cm Hows. and spreading his fire over the area we were we were traversing.  He did not appear, however, to be inflicting many casualties.

 

On arrival at ORANGE HILL we found that had already passed over it, and we were unable to discover their whereabouts until we had climbed the top of the next hill and could observe MONCHY from Orange Avenue H.36.d.30.20. Here we encountered much machine gun fire from the right flank and also heavy shell fire from across the river.  At this point I got into lamp communication with the Artillery Report Centre, who passed my messages on to 9th Brigade C.F.A. and Group.  I reported that we had taken the Red Dotted Line and that our troops could be observed in MONCHY, in the southern part of the town.  This was at 7.20 A.M.

 

As we could not discover our front line we continued down Orange Avenue and Curb Switch to I.31.c.Central.  The trenches here were in very bad condition and were being heavily engaged by shell and machine gun fire.  We established Battalion H.Q. at above location, where information reached us from some of the Company officers that we were holding a line 200 yards East of MONCHY and also SCABBARD TRENCH.   ”C” Company who were holding the line E. of MONCHY were being heavily shelled by trench mortars and were suffering severe casualties.  They asked for immediate infantry support and I suggested an artillery bombardment on KEETING WOOD and I.32.d.85.23. where the machine gun fire was coming from and it was suspected that the trench mortars were also here.  At the same time the enemy started a local counter attack on the left.  I immediately went back to the top of the hill and sent back this information, asking for artillery fire with heavies on the woods above mentioned, and to hasten the 7th C.I.B.  The counter attack was beaten off with the aid of the 7th C.I.B.

 

At 10.40 a.m. the P.P.C.L.I. passed through us and continued the advance. I returned to my lamp station where we encountered intense fire from enemy artillery and machine guns from HATCHET WOODS.  8 sent this information back at 12 noon.

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade 36 Bty Report 10 September 1918

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade

Sept. 10th 1918

 

REPORT ON OPERATIONS OF THE 36TH BATTERY C.F.A. S.E of AMIENS

 

I have the honour to make the following report regarding the part played by the 36th Battery in the operations of the period August 2nd to 14th 1918 S.E. of AMIENS.

 

On the night of August 2nd the battery marched to the BOIS DE BOVES where Wagon Lines had been selected.  The night was intensely dark and it was very difficult getting the guns, horses and limbers settled in amongst the trees and dense underbrush.  This work had necessarily to be carried out without the use of lights, owing to the possibility of enemy aircraft spotting the rendezvous.  Having established the Lines satisfactorily, and still on the same night, the wagons were dispatched to the gun positions at U.19.b.50.50., Sheet DEMUIN, with ammunition.  By 6.30 A.M. the battery was fairly comfortably settled, and the men for the most part, having a well earned sleep after several days of marching.

 

The following day (Aug 3rd) Major D.A. McKinnon and Lieut C.B. Shreve carried out a reconnaissance of the forward battery area and laid out the actual battery location.

 

The nights of Aug 3rd/4th, 4th/5th and 6th/7th were utilised mainly in hauling ammunition to the new position.  This was a difficult task, owing to the extremely heavy traffic and the consequent congestion of the roads.  Wagons which started forward at 7P.M. did not return until 4 A.M. and the hardships experienced during this period were added to by the inclemency of the weather.  Often times Drivers and Gunners would return to the Lines wet to the skin, but cheerful, believing that they were preparing for a battle that would bring added glory to the Canadians, and I would like to take this opportunity of remarking on the remarkable cheerfulness, courage and hardihood displayed by all ranks of my battery during the whole period of these operations.  Every discomfort was borne without the slightest complaint and the men were willing to go without food or sleep, if by doing so, they could contribute to the success of the operations impending.

 

On the night August 6th/7th 6 howitzers went forward, with a working party of gunners to prepare the platforms and adjust the camouflage, so as to render the position inconspicuous to enemy aerial observation.  This work was well done, the guns being so camouflaged as to harmonise with the field of growing wheat, in which they were situated.  The ammunition had been cleverly stacked in the bushes and even the tracks of vehicles had been obliterated, so that the enemy might have no inkling that a battery position existed in the locality.

 

In connection with the supply of ammunition, great credit is due Lieut C.D. Shreve who was responsible for bringing up over 2000 rounds, under very difficult conditions, including hostile shelling. Captain R.F. Craig also did splendid work in placing the guns on their platforms and establishing an O.P. which he manned during the first day of   This page of text ends here.

 

The gun Crews and Section Commanders came up to the position on the night of August 7th and established themselves in a shallow trench.

 

On the morning of August 8th the battery was all expectation as Zero Hour approached.  A heavy ground mist prevailed, which was at the same time a help and hindrance.

 

The barrage opened promptly at 4.20 A.M. and it was the task of this battery to silence machine guns, headquarters of enemy formations and other important points. This was very effectively done up to the limit of our range, as shown by the comparative inactivity of the machine guns on the front which we covered.

 

At 9 A.M. our task was completed and the teams were brought up and hooked in. Soon after the battery received orders to move forward, which it did.  Two new positions were taken up that day, the last being at MAISON BLANCHE where we went into action at 6.30 P.M.  While in this position the battery was attacked by an enemy aeroplane, which swooped down to within a hundred feet of the ground and opened machine gun fire, wounding Lieut A.B. Manning in the left arm with the result that he was forced to retire to a Dressing Station and from there was evacuated.  Three men were also slightly wounded and one horse killed, while three officers had narrow escapes.  Our Lewis gunners, McKinnon and Ferguson, with great presence of mind and courage, fires straight into the hostile plane, which is believed to have been damaged as it descended some time later.

 

I must here mention the work of Lieut Manning who was F.O.O. and in charge of the Brigade party of signallers. This officer showed the greatest courage and devotion to duty and the information he obtained was invaluable.

 

On the morning of August 9th the battery again moved forward to BEAUCOURT-EN-SANTERRE, and while here engaged several opportunity targets and some special tasks allotted to it from Brigade Headquarters, besides rendering valuable protection to our infantry.  On the same evening a further forward was made as far as FOLIES where the battery remained until August 12th.

 

On the morning of August 10th a Section was detailed, with Lieut B.L. Teed in Command, to co-operate with the 5th Borderers.  He took up several positions close behind the advancing infantry, finally establishing his Section near ROUVROY.  While in this position he did some excellent work, until he was located by an enemy battery and subjected to heavy hostile shelling.  During this time some splendid deeds were performed by gunners and signallers, and also by the drivers when the order to retire was given.  The Section retired at the gallop with the gunners clinging precariously to the careering vehicles.

 

On August 12th the battery moved forward to a location East of FOLIES in K.17.d. where it remains at the time of writing.  While here we were called upon to support the infantry in various ways, particularly on the morning of August 14th when this battery was used almost exclusively in a barrage to **** rest of page is missing.

 

 

On the night of August 13th/14th we were ordered to place 1800 rounds in a forward position for an incoming battery at L.26.a.00.80.  Lieut F.J. Longworth was in charge of the party which moved forward at 8 P.M.  Soon after the party had reached the position they were subjected to a very heavy enemy shell fire, which killed two of our bravest and best men, and wounded two others.  At the same time the roads were being bombed by hostile aeroplanes, but regardless of the shelling and bombing Lieut Longworth, with unexcelled courage and determination continued his task until it was completed at 5 A.M. August 14th.

 

In connection with the above narrated observations I would like to mention the splendid work of Lieut Robertson Fleet in maintaining Liaison with the 8th Cdn. Inf. Bde. and also the further excellent services rendered by Lieut F.J. Longworth with the 49th Battn. on the same date.  Also before closing may I again emphasise the courage, cheerfulness and devotion to duty displayed by all ranks of this unit during the above operations.

 

(sgd) D.A. McKINNON Major

O.C. 36th Battery C.F.A.

 

 

Re Alf Smith 3 Sept 1918

MACHINE GUN CORPS PRISONERS OF WAR FUND

Registered under War Charities Act, 1916

HEADQUARTERS

MACHINE GUN TRAINING CENTRE

GRANTHAM

3rd Sept 18

Dear Sir,

Re Pte. A.A. Smith 142687

Attached herewith please find official receipt for £1-15-0.  I am having £1 of this amount transmitted to above Prisoner as requested & the remaining 15/- will pay for the cost of one food parcel which will be sent in your name.

The number quoted above is the correct M.G.C. number if 27521 is only former unit No it should be discarded & the new number should be told to the Prisoner in your letters, as he may have been captured before his M.G.C. number was obtained.

Yours faithfully

***

Capt.  Hon Treas. M.G.C. P.O.W. Fund

Mr. Thos Smith,

Manorfield,

100 Arcadian Gdns.

Bowes Park N22

 

 

 

 

 

Receipt

MACHINE GUN CORPS PRISONERS OF WAR FUND

HEADQUARTERS

MACHINE GUN TRAINING CENTRE

GRANTHAM

3.9.18

No 8704

Received of Mr. T. Smith the sum of one pound, fifteen shgs being donation to the Machine Gun Corps Prisoners of War Fund

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£1:15:0

£1 Transmission

 

Letter to Father 1 September 1918

1/9/18

My dear Daddy,

 

The glorious first & a day of respite to the birds, at least to all except those that happen to come over “my field you know, Sir” at Breadsall.

 

I was glad to hear from you this morning after your return from Scotland.  180 was a pretty good bag, & you must have had good fun despite the weather.  I am glad you had a good time dad.  When do you go up again?  Are there plenty of birds this year?  From your p.c. I gathered that you might have a job to find any towards the end.

 

I was interrupted by our mess president coming into buy some pigs for the mess. We are going to keep some.  They are very profitable, & we have a lot of swill.

 

He is a droll Irishman who can speak French like a native. He isn’t fond of parting with the divs & madame is a hard bargainer too.  I sat & roared with laughter while they were at it.  It was awfully amusing.  He hasn’t bought the pigs yet.

 

The war is going well isn’t it? We haven’t seen the end of the scrapping yet in spite of the bad weather.

 

I shall be on the lookout for the grouse about next Thursday & then I shall invite a few to dinner & have a damned good feed. I think they will travel all right in this weather.

Well dad, I have no news

With very best love

Your loving son

Geoff.

 

WAR DIARY of 9th CANADIAN ARTILLERY BRIGADE August 1918

CONFIDENTIAL

 

WAR DIARY of 9th CANADIAN ARTILLERY BRIGADE

 

From August 1st 1918 – To August 31st

 

 

 

FIEFFES    1.8.18       The Brigade arrived in Billeting Area about 4.00 a.m. and spent most of the day resting.  O.O. 152-2 was issued today giving details of brigade march from the present area to the SALEUX Area, the march to commence at 9.00 p.m.

BACQUEL

  • The Brigade marched through AMIENS to the SALEUX Area reaching their destination about 5.00 A.M. While passing through AMIENS the town was being shelled by enemy long range gun, causing casualties in the 10th Brigade CFA which were following the 9th Brigade CFA.  Rain fell throughout the day, causing considerable discomfort to the troops.  O. 152-3 was issued today with reference to the march to the new billeting area in BACQUEL. March started at 9.30 p.m. and arrived at their destination at about 11.00 p.m.  Rain still continues to fall.

 

3.8.18 Weather remains unsettled.  Our troops appear to have been the first British in this neighbourhood for a long time and everywhere received a warm welcome from the civilians.  Numerous French troops were billeted in the town with us.  The French troops, from their appearance, do not appear to lay the same stress on “spit and polish” parades as we do.  O.O. 152-4 was issued today with reference to the march of the brigade from present billeting area to the BOVES Area, commencing at 8.30 p.m.

 

 

BOVES WOOD 4.8.18      The Brigade marched into BOVES WOOD about 1.00 a.m.  The roads in the wood were a sea of mud and the brigade finally got into the wood and settled down before dawn, horses being tied between trees and the men sleeping under bivvies.  Details were sent forward from each battery to commence the hauling of ammunition to our forward dump.  A reconnaissance was made during the day of our battle positions and the attitude of the enemy was quiet.

 

  • Ammunition continues to be hauled, good progress being made, in spite of the heavy traffic on the roads during the hours of darkness. Days continue wet and foggy, which are ideal for the preparation of the coming offensive.

 

  • The batteries finished hauling ammunition last night. Operational Orders were received today with reference to the coming offensive.  Half the guns of the brigade are to be drawn in tonight and the other half tomorrow night.  Preparations are proceeding sm  A Headquarters Battle Position was chosen this afternoon on the AMIENS-ROYE Road 1000 yards East of GENTELLES WOOD.  Our troops are using the AMIENS-ROYE Road freely, in view of the enemy and were heavily shelled.

T.18.c.30.30

Nr GENTELLES

7.8.18          Further details of the attack came to light today.  The Canadian Corps attacking on the HANGARD-DOMART Front, our right boundary being the AMIENS-ROYE Road, supported by the French on the right and the Australian Corps on our left.  Our objectives, for the first time in the history of the Corps, are practically unlimited.  The barrage tables for artillery fire and final arrangements for the attack were issued today. Major Cosgrove, D.S.O. was detailed for Liaison Officer with the 42nd French Division.  Lieut R. Fleet, L.O. with the 8th Cdn Infy Bde.  Lieut Gall L.O. with P.P.C.L.I.  Lieut Longworth L.O. with 49th Battalion.  Lieut. Harrison, L.O. 42nd Battalion (See reports attached).  Lieut Manning, Brigade F.O.O.  Lieut Adams, Officer i/c communications for Brigade F.O.O.  Lieut MacGillivray, with 30 O.Rs detailed to put captured guns in action against the enemy (see report attached).  The remainder of the guns of the brigade were drawn in tonight.  All lines of communication were completed, tested, but remained silent until zero hour which is to be 4.20a.m. 8th instant.  The roads jammed with infantry going forward to jumping-off trenches and Tanks and cavalry moving to their forward positions continued until zero hour.

 

T.18.c.30.30.

8.8.18              The battle commenced at 4.20 a.m.  The barrage was well timed and was reported by out Forward Observing Officers as being remarkably good.  A few minutes later the tanks closely followed by our infantry pushed forward into the enemy’s lines.  Starting at a range of 2900 yards our guns carried forward a rolling barrage to 6500 yards, brigade ceasing fire at 8.20 AM where it remained in Divisional Reserve until 11,00 a.m. when word was received that our Infantry were still advancing and all was going well.  Brigade was then ordered to move forward to a position of readiness in the vicinity of DODO WOOD which a few hours previous had been in the enemy’s hands.  Long streams of German prisoners, some of which were carrying the first of our wounded, passed down the AMIENS-ROYE ROAD all day.  From DOMART forward French and British transport moved along the same road. Mounted patrols were then pushed forward, getting in touch with our Infantry, and the Brigade was moved forward, coming into action in the vicinity of MAISON BLANCHE to the left of the AMIENS-ROYE Road at 6.30 p.m., to support the 12th C.I.B. then attacking in front of BEAUCOURT.  While in action at this point, the 36th Battery C.F.A. was attacked by a hostile low-flying planes.  Lieut Manning and two O.Rs were wounded by M.G. fire.  Practically every machine gun in the brigade opened fire causing the E.A. to beat a hasty retreat. Many German captured guns were passed during the day’s advance.

MAISON BLANCHE BEAUCORT West of FOLIES

 

9.8.18              Lieut Inch, 31st Battery C.F.A., with section detailed to advance with and support the 4th C.Rs.  Lieut Philpott, 33rd Battery, with section detailed to advance with and support 5th C.Rs.  Our infantry which had been held up between BEAUCOURT and LE QUESNIL during the previous evening, had asked for artillery support, the guns of the brigade opening up on LE QUESNEL at 4.30 A.M.  The 4th Canadian Division then rushed and took the town after sharp fighting about 6.00 A.M.  The two advanced sections followed up with the Battalion Commanders and greatly assisted the advance of our Infantry.  Lieut Inch took up five positions during the day firing 138 rounds at close range.  Lieut Philpott’s report is attached.  About 9.00 A.M., the Brigade advanced again taking up a position on the western edge of BEAUCOURT, still supporting the 12th C.I.B. where it remained until 6.00 P.M.  BEAUCOURT and the AMIENS-ROYE ROAD were heavily shelled with 10.5 and 15cm.  The shelling appeared to have been a few guns working at a fast rate of fire.  About 10.00 a.m. our planes shot down an enemy balloon in flames in the vicinity of BEAUFORT.  The Brigade

advanced through LE QUESNIL and took up positions on the Western edge of FOLIES, coming into action at about 10.00 p.m. within 1500 yards of the enemy.  During the evening, enemy bombing planes were very active.  Enemy shelling during the night was light and scattered.

 

MAISON BLANCHE BEAUCORT West of FOLIES

10.8.18       Lieut. Adams, 45th Battery, with section detailed to advance with and support ARGYLLE & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS.  Lieut. D.L. Teed, 36th Battery, with section detailed to advance with and support 5th Scottish Borderers.  Lieut. McKay, L.O. to 97th Brigade, 32nd Imperial Division.  Lieut O’Grady, L.O. to the 5th Scottish Borders.  Lieut Smith, L.O. to the Argylle & Sutherland Highlanders.  Captain Craig, L.O. the York Regiment.  The 32nd Imperial Division relieved the 3rd Canadian Division in the line, leap-frogging through our Infantry to the attack in the early morning, but were held up along the line by a stout German resistance.  The 36th Battery section took up a position in the vicinity of ROUVROY and the 45th Battery section just west of QUESNOY            where they did a considerable amount of firing at the request of the infantry, at excellent targets at short range, causing numerous casualties.  They were however, withdrawn at 4.00 p.m. when our Brigade came into Divisional Reserve.  During the night 10/11th the enemy’s bombing planes were extremely active, bombing and machine gunning our battery area.  About midnight a bomb lit in the vicinity of the 31st Battery killing Captain Bawden and wounding two O.Rs.

 

11.8.18       The Brigade remained in this position during the day.  Numerous mounted patrols were sent forward to get in touch with our Infantry and to clear up the situation.

West of FOLIES

 

  • The situation continues obscure, the 32nd Division still appears to be meeting with stubborn resistance and suffering many casualties.  Our brigade moved forward during the afternoon and came into action on the east of

East of FOLIES         FOLIES, supporting the 32nd Division in front of PARVILLERS.  Enemy bombing planes continue extremely active.  The enemy appears to be putting more artillery into the fight as his barrages are becoming quite heavy between QUESNOY and ROUVROY.

 

13.8.18     Our Infantry relieved the 32nd Division in front of PARVILLERS and DAMERY.  A Brigade O.P. was established on the forward slope between QUESNOY and PARVILLERS but was subject to shell fire so heavy that communications were very difficult and necessitated the establishing of four relay stations to maintain communication.

 

East of FOLIES

 

14.8.18 to 17.8.18       During this period heavy fighting continued around the village of PARVILLERS, which changed hands many times, the guns of the brigade being called upon to co-operate in these attacks.  The shooting was reported by the Infantry to have been very satisfactory and a great satisfaction to the gunners who have fired very little during the latter stages of the advance.  On the morning of the 17th our Infantry finally took PARVILLERS and DAMERY, pushing on beyond these villages, meeting with very little opposition until they reached the German defence line west of FRESNOY where the enemy evidently decided to make another stand.  The brigade was ordered out of action during the late afternoon and relieved the 1st Division.  The brigade marched to CAYEUX WOOD arriving about 6.00 p.m. where they remained in reserve.

 

18.8.18 to 19.8.18       The Brigade spent the time in resting and cleaning equipment.  Word was received on the afternoon of the 19th that the Brigade was to be ready to move at one hour’s notice.  The Brigade received orders to march to the CAMON Area near AMIENS, arriving in this area at 1.00 A.M.

CAMON & CANAPLES

20.8.18 to 21.8.18

Brigade remains in the CAMON AREA during the day where everyone enjoyed bathing in the SOMME

River. Brigade moved off at 9,00 p.m. marching to CANAPLES Area, arriving at 4.00 am. After a hard night’s march.  Remained in this area during the day, which was very hot.  The brigade pulled out of this area at 6.00 P.M. marching to REBREUVETTE Area, arriving shortly after midnight.

REBREUVETTE

22.8.18           Remained in this area during the day and marched to WANQUENTIN area arriving at 3.00 A.M.

WANQUENTIN

23.8.18            A reconnaissance was made of the forward area today.  The battery battle positions were selected in the vicinity of TULLOY in preparation for the coming offensive on this front.  Guns and ammunition were drawn into prepared camouflaged positions during the evening, about 2000 yards from the front line.

BERNVILLE

24.8.18         Preparation continues.  Brigade Wagon Line moved to BERNEVILLE.  During the afternoon we were notified that the offensive was postponed 24 hours.  The remainder of the ammunition was drawn to battle positions tonight.

 

BERVILLE

  • Final arrangements were made today. A Brigade O.P. was selected on TULLOY SPUR which is to be manned until we have captured ORANGE HILL.  Operational Orders were issued today at the Wagon Lines, in detail, for the coming attack, our first objective being MONCHY (RED Line);  second objective COJEUL RIVER (GREEN Line), third objective, CANAL DU NORD (BLUE Line).  The following officers were detailed for special tasks during the initial stages of the fight: Captain Scott, L.O. 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade –  Lieut Smith L.O. 5th Cdn Mtd Rifles.  Lieut Abbot-Smith L.O. 1stM.Rs.  Lieut Fleet Brigade O.P. –Lieuts Devine, O’Grady, McCarter and Gall, Officers Patrol, Lieut Fleet Forward Section 36th Battery, Lieut Adams, Forward Section of 45th Battery.

 

  • Zero Hour was 3.00am. The morning was showery with a few bright spells. The barrage opened fairly well Zero Hour and was reported very effective, stopping at 6.13 A.M.

 

The attack went well. Our troops were reported to have taken MONCHY at 7.35 AM.   Sharp fighting took place on both flanks of the Division.   At 10.00 AM. The 7th C.I.B. leap-frogged through the 8th C.I.B., the 42nd & R.C.R. on the Right, P.P.C.L.I. in the centre and the 49th Bn refusing our flank on the banks of the SCARPE.  Our Infantry encountered heavy fighting through the old trench systems beyond MONCHY.  The 2nd Division held up causing our RIGHT Flank considerable trouble.  The P.P.C.L.I. took JIGSAW Wood close to schedule time, pushing through to BOIS de SART, but were unable to advance further owing to both our flanks being badly disposed.  At dusk our lines was withdrawn to position west of BOIS du SART on our Right flank drawing back to join up with the 2nd Cdn Division.  During the afternoon the 51st Scottish Division, North of the SCARPE were observed to advance under an artillery barrage thereby considerably relieving the pressure from

ORANGE HILL        the North.  About noon the Brigade moved forward to a position of readiness on the rear slope of ORANGE HILL, batteries pushing forward, forward sections which did excellent work during the day, in the vicinity of JIGSAW WOOD, where our F.O.Os reported roads blocked with enemy traffic, 33rd Battery firing 400 rounds observed fire on the retreating enemy.  (See attached reports)

 

  • Following officers with their sections were detailed to advance in close support of the Infantry. Gall – Mason – Kington and Fleet. (See attached report).  At 4.55 a.m. the Brigade put down a barrage in front of our Infantry which were advancing beyond MONCHY.  The infantry gained their objectives and the Brigade moved forward to positions reconnoitered in the vicinity of the CAVES at LA FOSSE FARM.

 

 

LA FOSSE FARM

28.8.18            Lieut Inch, 31st Battery, detailed for Liaison Officer to 42nd Canadian Battalion.  At 11.00 A.M. our guns put down a rolling barrage in support of the 9th C,I,B, who attacked and captured BOIRY and ARTILLERY HILL.  (See 58 Battalion report)At 12.30 P.M. the brigade again put down a barrage in support of the 8th C.I.B. who attacked and captured REMY and 70 RIDGE.  The brigade pushed forward to position reconnoitered in proximity of BOIS du VERT.  Lieut Abbot-Smith and 5 O.Rs were wounded.

KNIFE TR

Nr CAVALRY FARM.

29.8.18            The Brigade remained in Divisional Reserve, Lieuts O’Grady, Longworth and Kingston going ahead with forward sections.  Lieut, Kingston, 45th Battery and the 33rd Battery, firing several hundred rounds with German captured guns.

 

30.8.18            The 3rd Canadian Division was relieved by the 4th Imperial Division.  Lieut Harrison detailed as Liaison Officer to the HAMPSHIRES (4th British Division).  At 3.45 A.M. the brigade put on a concentrated shoot on ENTERPIGNY.  At 4.00 P.M. a creeping barrage was put down by the guns of the brigade in support of the Infantry who attacked and took ENTERPIGNY pushing outposts beyond the Town.  The barrage was reported to be both good and effective, all objectives being taken.  Casualties were light.  The 33rd and 45th Batteries moved guns to COJEUL RIVER, and did excellent work in support of the attack beyond HAUCOURT, the remainder of the brigade moving forward at 6.00 p.m.  Brigade Headquarters occupying a dugout in the vicinity of BOIRY.  Enemy long range guns were very active enfilading in the vicinity of our battery positions from the north of the SCARPE.

 

31.8.18            The batteries dug in and continued drawing ammunition to the gun position.  Enemy’s attitude quiet and nervous.

 

Major

A/C.O. 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade