XV Corps message 17 June 1916

XV Corps message 17 June 1916

Messages and Signals form.


CA 46 17th

Please forward as early as possible total number of batteries (a) 18 pr (b) 4.5 How that in the event of assistance being required from either the 13th or 3rd CORPS during forthcoming operations could be brought to bear on these CORPS areas

3.30 p.m.

J.M.R. Harrison Major

XV Corps message 17 June 1916

XV Corps message 17 June 1916

Messages and Signals form

G.359 17th

Ref 21 Div O.O. 55 page three line seven. AAA. For X.22.c.65.71. read X.22.b.65.71.AAA

Added 34th Div DRAW, DASH, DIAL DEAL & Signals.

10 p.m.
A.P. Lt. Col.

XV Corps Instruction 17 June 1916

XV Corps Instruction 17 June 1916
15 CA/10/42.

U to Z Days
Reference 15/CA/10/23 and 10/32 of 12th and 14th instants.

1. Lachrymatory and Gas shells can be most usefully employed for counter-battery work, interrupting communications, especially blocking communication trenches, and against billets, woods, villages and hollows.
2. The effect of the shells is very local, and a large number are required in one place to be of any real use.

3. 4.5” Howitzers.
(a) The bulk of the rounds should be kept for Z day, but there is no objection to a small proportion being used for special objects on the other days.

(b) The 4.5” Howitzers belonging to Divisional Artilleries and the Battery attached to the Heavy Artillery can fire –

on U to Y days, 800 yards from our line in any wind:
300 yards if the wind is blowing from our lines.,

on Z day, the same as regards distances and wind, but not later than 30 minutes before Zero on ground short of the final objective.

(c) The battery attached to the Heavy Artillery should use these shells chiefly for counter-battery work and to a less extent for barraging distant points.

4. The French 77 mm should be used freely on all days:-

On U to Y days, under same conditions of wind as for 4.5” Howitzers.

On Z day, beyond the final objective. As the Infantry advance near to this, the distance beyond the final objective must be increased.

5. A third of these shells for the 4.5” Howitzers should be retained for further operations.

E.W. Alexander
Brigadier General., R.A., XV Corps
17th June 1916.

R.A. forwarded AP

21 Divisional Artillery Instruction 17 June 1916

21 Divisional Artillery Instruction 17 June 1916
21 Div.

62nd Inf. Bde.
63rd : :
64th : :
Div. Art.
Div. Eng.
14 N.F. (Pioneers)
C. Comdt.
7th Div.
34th Div.
17th Div.
50th Bde.
Attached is forwarded for information.
5,000 Flares are being issued to the Division.

They will be allotted as under:-
62nd Inf. Bde. – 1,000
63rd : : – 2,000
64th : : – 2,000

A. T. Paley
General Staff,
21st Division



1. On day Z flares will be lit by infantry as follows:-
(a). On reaching the first objective.
(b). On reaching the second objective.
(c). During the third phase on reaching the East edge of FRICOURT VILLAGE and ROSE TRENCH (F.4.c.35.60 – F.4.d.06.02)
(d) All along the line of the most forward infantry at the following hours:-
9 a.m.
1 p.m.
5 p.m.
9 p.m.

2. (a) 3 aeroplanes will be detailed for contact work – Type Morane parasol – Special markings – a broad black band under left hand plane. One contact aeroplane at a time will be in the air.
(b) Information obtained and messages received will be transmitted at once by the aeroplanes by wireless to Corps Headquarters.
(c) Contact aeroplanes will drop messages at Corps H.Q. shewing the situation as known to them:-
(i) At half time during their tour of duty.
(ii) On the return journey after completing their tour of duty.

3. The Battalion and Brigade Call letters for signalling to aeroplanes and No 3 Kite Balloon Section, are those issued with XV Corps N0. 88 G. dated 15th June 1916.
Signals to aeroplanes will be sent by Infantry Brigade and Battalion H.Q.
Signals to No 3 Section Kite Balloon will be sent normally by Infantry Brigade H.Q. only, but in case of emergency Battalion H.Q. and O.P. “C” in PERONNE AVENUE can also call up the Kite Balloon. In signalling to the Kite Balloon, helio will be used by day, and lamp by night.
The Corps Balloon (No 3 Kite Balloon Section) will, at all times, fly its distinguishing pennant, which is black with white vertical strips 3’ broad alternately, commencing with black.
When the balloon is called up by any unit, the observer, on seeing the call, will haul the pennant up to the basket and as soon as he is ready to read will lower it again.
The message will be sent “DD – DD” and repeated until it is acknowledged by the pennant being hauled up and down three times in succession. By night, the Balloon will answer “R D” (received) or “I.M.I.” (repeat)
In signalling to the Kite Balloon, the same code will be used as is used for signalling to the contact aeroplane, vide XV Corps 133. G dated 31/5/16.

4. The following are the distinctive marks of Balloons attached to XV Corps and the neighbouring Corps:-

Pennant hung 30’
below basket,

XIII Corps. Plain red. Succession of dots, every 10 minutes.
XV Corps. Black & White Succession of dashes every 10 minutes.
vertical stripes
3’ broad.
III Corps. Plain White. Succession of dots and dashes every 10 minutes.

5. When back communication from Brigades and Battalions by wire is cut, and a contact aeroplane is noticed flying very low, Brigade and Battalion H.Q. must be on the look-out to pick up any message intended for them which may be dropped by the aeroplane.

6. In addition to No 3 Kite Balloon Section, No 4 Army Kite Balloon will be attached to XV Corps and will be located near MORLANCOURT. This balloon will not be available for either Artillery work or Liaison with Infantry, but will be used for observation purposes only.
It will work on the fronts of the XIII and XV Corps from the BRIQUETERIE at MONTAUBAN to CONTALMAISON (exclusive).
Reports from this balloon will be forwarded to Corps H.Q.

General answering Pennant of:-
No 3 K.B. Section R.F.C. – XV Corps Balloon.
Flown when willing to accept messages

See illustration

21st Divisional Artillery Instruction 17 June 1916

21st Divisional Artillery Instruction 17 June 1916

Copy of XV Corps 15/C.R. 10/41 dated 16th June 1916.


1. Green arm bands, to be worn on the right arm below the elbow, will be issued to the Divisional and Heavy Artilleries by “Q” XV Corps.
2. During operations they are to be worn by,
(a) All Battery Commanders.
(b) All Artillery Officers who are acting as F.O.O’s or who go forward to reconnoitre.
(c) All R.A. liaison officers with the Infantry.
3. The object of the above is to enable Artillery Officers to be easily recognised in case the advanced Infantry wish for assistance or information from the Artillery.
The meaning of the band should be made known to all ranks of the Infantry.
4. The issue will be made on the scale of.,
Brigade or Group Commanders – 2 Bands.
Battery – 2 Bands.


21 Div

For information.

A.T. Paley
Lieut. Colonel.
General Staff.
21st Division.


62 Inf. Bde. … 5
63 “ “ … 5
64 “ “ … 5
Div. Eng. … 4
Pioneers … 1
Bde. M.G. Coys. … 1
T.M. Batts. … 2
Div. Art. … 1

XV Corps memo to 21Div 17 June 1916

XV Corps memo to 21Div 17 June 1916

21st Div. Art.

Herewith 7 copies of Appendix I to my No 15 CA/10.23 dated 12.6.16. for distribution to Groups.
S.O. R.A. XV Corps


Each Bde

Herewith a list of strong points etc. Batteries must pay special attention to such of these points as are included in the areas allotted for special tasks.

15 CA/10/23
Appendix 1
(a) Front Line System.

Front and Support Trenches F.9.b.02.75. – 3.c.69.36.
Salient F.3.a.44
Salients X.26.d.78 and 98.
Trenches about X.27.c.39.
Salient X.26.b.82.
Salient X.20.d.72, both faces.

(b) Second System.

RED COTTAGE and trenches round.
Trench F.3.a.68 – b.18.
FRICOURT WOOD: re-entrant on N side and E end.
Trenches due E of POODLES
Trenches X.27. central
SHELTER WOOD (including dug-outs on E and NE edge).

(c) Points and trenches further back.

Trenches and Wood round X.29 central.
Corner of valley X.29.b.56

16th June 1916.

15 CA/10/23 Appendix 1.




16th June 1916.

15 CA 10/23
Appendix 1


15-6-16 X.15.b.80.00.
26-5-16 X.8.c.03.82. Telescope seen being used.
26-5-16 X.8.c.35.85.
10-5-16 X.14.c.50.75 & 75.60. Photo. 3.c9 shows dug-outs
12-6-16 X.14.d.85.98. Slot in bank, either M.G. or O.P.
9-6-16 X.16.b.85.20. (CONTALMAISON CHATEAU) is used as an O.P., and has two apertures in tower, one above the other.
20-5-16. X.21.c.6.3. Suspected
10-6-16. X.21.c.1.4.
8-5-16 X.21.d.5.6. In daily use.
(12-5-16 82.62 Loophole (suspected O.P) Now screened
(22-5-16 83.58 with bushes & brushwood.
12-6-16 7.6.
26-5-16 X.27.a.35.90. Periscope seen.
(23-5-16 X.27.a.47.75. Telescope in use W. of WILLOW PATCH.
(10-6-16 “ -“-
(12-6-16 X.27.a.40.80. -“-
6-6-16 X.27.b.25. Smoke seen.
8-5-16 X.27.b.45.95.
17.54. In Daily use (smoke seen issuing on 6-6- 16)
3.8 Screened with bushes & brushwood.
17-5-16 F.3.c.52.72.
30-5-16. F.3.d.02.68. House in FRICOURT. Telescope seen in hole in the roof.
2-6-16 F.5.d.8.8. Suspected O.P.
8-6-16 F.6.c.90.05.
10-6-16 35.40
17-5-16 F.9.b.8.6. Officer seen observing.
12-5-16 F.9.b.92.48. Observer seen with periscope.
25-5-16 60.30.
6-6-16 5.4. (SUNKEN ROAD TRENCH) Artillery Officer seen observing.
14-6-16 F.11.a.1.4. Sniper’s post or O.P. There is a slot 18” long and the place appears to be very strong.
8-5-16 F.3.d.9.7. O.P. suspected in FRICORT 2O left of Church. House with good roof; hole under roof.
18-5-16 S.14.d.6.5.
26-5-16 S.19.b.45.12. Men seen in tree, apparently observing with periscope.
4-6-16 S.25.b.5.3.
7-6-16 S.27.c.90.35. Telescopes used in roof of house in MONTAUBAN.
26-5-16 R.32.c.95.20.
12-6-16 A.1.d.05.50.
17-5-16 BAZENTIN LE PETIT CH Again in use.
20-5-16 House immediately S of POZIERES Church.
25-5-16 CONTALMAISON Inside roof, close to Chimney
VILLA stack in S.W. end of House.


16th June 1916.

Special Order by, Major General J.A.L. Haldane. C.B. D.S.O. 17 June 1915

Special Order by, Major General J.A.L. Haldane. C.B. D.S.O.
Commanding 3rd Division. June. 17th 1915.
The Major General Commanding cannot adequately express his admiration for the gallant manner in which the attack was carried out yesterday.
The dash and determination of all ranks was beyond praise and that some actually reached the objective in the first rush and remained there under most trying circumstances is a proof of their high superiority over the German Infantry.
That the captured could not all be held is disappointing more especially as the losses incurred were heavy. But these casualties have not been in vain.
The 3rd Division carried out a fine piece of work, and fought splendidly, and their Commander is deeply proud of them.
The bombardment of the Artillery was most effective but unfortunately, a slight mist and the smoke from the shells interfered with observation, and the Infantry flags could not be seen.
This combined with the pace at which the assault was carried out, made it impossible to keep our shells ahead of the advancing Infantry.

Sgd. A.F. Sillem Lieut Colonel.
A.A. and Q.M.G. 3rd Division.

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 17 June 1919

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 17 June 1919

Tynycoral Hotel
Corris R.S.Q.
June 17. 1919

My dear W. Laporte Payne,

I was indeed very interested to see the letter & photo you kindly sent to me, which were forwarded to me here. The letters are very touching knowing all we know. I am so glad & thankful that the lad is doing so well & seems to have such a nice mind. It is the very best thing that could have happened to him to find a home in Canada & to meet with a suitable girl for his wife. It is somewhat singular that he does not allude to his father, but perhaps he hardly remembers him. What a mercy it is that he is delivered from his mother’s influence!

I cannot feel sufficiently grateful to you, dear friend, who have so kindly & wisely helped us in what might have been an awkward situation for our family & probably for the boy. I am copying his letters, as my brothers may like to see them, & shall return them to you with the photo:-
I hope we may meet again sometime.
I was overcome rather & fled to this little fishing town for a week or two for change & rest.

Hoping you are quite well with kindest regards

Yours very sincerely
T.A.E. Williamson.

Letter to Miss Dillon 13 June 1919

Letter to Miss Dillon 13 June 1919

Intelligence Corps,

My dearest Lillie,
Many thanks for your letter of the 21st May I have already written to Anna and also sent a cable. I think she ought to be awfully happy. Of course you must come to India with me. I hope to be there by Xmas and if you are not allowed to come with me you could follow after in a couple of months. I am sending you a letter by hand today with Captain Bates an awfully nice fellow whom I knew in York a couple of years ago and whom I met here yesterday. He is with the Dardenelles Commission on the Admiralty Yacht “Triade”, I dined with him on his ship on the Bosphorus last night just opposite the Sultan’s Palace and had a glorious evening. It was a perfect Eastern night and we stood on deck for hours drinking in the beautiful night and then I returned in a motor launch to my billet. He is dining with me to-night at the Club. He will call to see you if he has any time in London on his way back to York and I hope you will see a lot of him as he is such a nice fellow. I have had great luck to-day about Roumania and G.H.Q. will send me on if Roumania will send someone here to relieve me. I am tremendously bucked as I might be off in a few days.
I also met Coke Harvey here, a youth whom I asked to come to that dance at Grosvenor Hall and who could not turn up owing to the ‘flu.

Will write more later.
Best love to you & Anna
from Willie

with cover to Miss de C. Dillon, M.T. RASC, No 1 Reserve Depot Grove Park, Lee, London S.E. 12 postmarked ARMY POST OFFICE Y 16 JU 19. Passed by Censor 179 signed W. Dillon Lieut.