WAR DIARY of 20 Siege Battery for October 1918

 

WAR DIARY of 20 Siege Battery for October 1918

 

Place       Date    Hour                                                Summary of Events and Information

In the field                              Officers of the Battery

Lt. (A/Major) J.C. THOMPSON M.C. (SR)

Lt. A/CAPT A.A. HANHART (SR)

Lt. H.L. PAUL (TF)

[Lt. W.F. FOX A/STAFF CAPT I Corps H.A. (SR) ]

[L H.E. WELLS I CORPS RANGING OFFICER (SR) ]

Lt. E.B. LOACH (SR)

Lt. R.G. PERCIVAL (SR)

Lt. F.W. DAVIS (SR)

Lt. C.H. BATEMAN (SR)

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

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

2/Lt. E.O. DAVIES (SR)

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

Battery Positions 3 guns at ANNEQUIN

3 guns 1000 yards due S of PHILOSOPHE

Rest Billets           MINX

Counter Battery shoot by ANNEQUIN Section on Battery in SALOME.

Explosions in Enemy country gave first indications of the LENS-LABASSEE-ARMIENTERES retirement.

3rd                          Rest billets in PHILOSOPHE.

5th                          ANNEQUIN Section moved to position in LA BASSEE – DOUVRIN Road.

6th                          PHILOSOPHE Section moved to position in CITE ST ELIE – HAINES Road.

8th                          Bombardment of Pillboxes & BAUVIN Church by N. Section.

9th                          BAUVIN Church tower destroyed by N. Section.  PROVIN Church tower hit by S. Section.

10th                        MERCHIN Church tower destroyed by N. Section.

  1. Section moved to position at CITE DE DOUVRIN on LA BASSEE – HAISNES Road (Registered MEURCHIN C.H. on 12th )

15th                        Both Sections pulled out of action & guns parked beside road owing to early retirement from HAUTE BELUIL Canal.  Personnel withdrawn to PHILOSOPHE.

PHILOSOPHE

25th                        Battery moved to CARVIN & guns parked in Square.

26th                        Half battery moved to PONT-A-MARCQ & parked.

27th                        Half battery moved from PONT-A-MARQ to BERCO.  Guns remaining parked.

29th                        Remaining half battery from CARVIN recovered, with column, to  RUPILLY CHATEAU, near CAPPELLE.

Guns remaining parked.

Lt. H.E. WELLS rejoined owing to dispersal of I Corps Ranging Group.

30th                        2 Guns under Lt. E.B. ROACH put into position near BASSE RUE.

 

 

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