George Ryan’s letter home dated 6 April 1917

George Ryan’s letter home dated 6 April 1917

 

Scouts Section,

1/9th Middlesex Regt

Ambala,

India.

6 Apl 1917

 

Dear Ma,

 

I have written to Mr Walker this week (about time too, I expect you’ll think) & asked him to send you what remains to my credit at the office, so that the monthly amounts will dis-continue. Please invest it in War Loan – you will know best which Stock – & let me know the particulars.

 

To-day, being Good Friday, we should have had a Church Parade but we’ve got a holiday instead, owing to the outbreak of measles.

 

Hoping you are all well &with best love & kisses from

Your loving son

George

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42nd Inf. Bde. Order 4 April 1917

V – W – X – Y – Z

SECRET

42nd Inf. Bde.

S6/117 B.M.

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5th Oxf & Bucks L.I.

5th Shrops L.I.

9th K.R.Rif.C.

9th Rif Brig.

42nd Machine Gun Company.

42nd Trench Mortar Battery.

No. V Group R.F.A.

 

  1. W day will be April 5thY             do           7th
  2. Z             do         8th
  3. X             do          6th
  4. The Artillery bombardment will be continuous on V, W, X and Y days, except for pauses given in paras 3 and 4.
  5. Pauses will take place during the bombardment on the whole Army front for the purpose of photography:-W day             10 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.             3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
  6. X day              10.30 a.m. – 11 a.m.            3 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.
  7. V day              11.30 a.m. – 12 noon          4.30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  8. During the preparatory bombardment the Brigade will send out patrols, each under an officer, at stated times during each period of 24 hours to investigate state of enemy wire and strength of enemy in his trenches. The G.O.C. Brigade will decide on the time at which these patrols will go out during each period of 24 hours, and points which they will reconnoitre.
  9. All patrol reports will be sent by Special D.R. to Brigade Headquarters as soon as they have been written and seen by the Commanding Officer, who will state in a covering letter the degree of accuracy which he considers that each report possesses.
  10. The work of these patrols is of great importance, more especially regarding the examination of enemy wire and the accuracy of their reports on its condition. Capt,42nd Inf. Bde.A Patrol under 2/Lt. Anderson capture and *** Machine G un.4th April 1917
  11. NOTE.
  12. Bde Major,
  13. B . Taget
  14. Officers in charge of patrols should be informed that the Offensives has now begun, and that all work in connection with it is of the highest importance, more especially as regards details such as preparatory patrolling.

56 Division Instruction re Tanks 2 April 1917

56 Division Instruction re Tanks 2 April 1917

 

SECRET                                                                                            56TH Divn. No G.A. 125

56 DIVISION INSTRUCTIONS

TANKS.

  1. Sixteen Tanks of “D” Battalion, 1st Brigade, Heavy Branch M.G. Corps will work with VII Corps. Headquarters “D” Battalion will be in ARRAS about G.21.a. (CONVENT de NOTRE DAME).
  2. Headquarters 1st Brigade, Heavy Branch M.G. Corps will be at MONTENESCOURT.
  3. 1 Section (4 Tanks) will be allotted to the 56th Division.
  4. Each half Section (2 Tanks) will be accompanied by 1 Section of Infantry to assist them in their advance where required. These Sections will be furnished by 169th Infantry Brigade.
  5. These two Sections of Infantry will no longer be required once the BLUE LINE has been reached.
  6. The 2 Section Commanders will meet Lieut. BELL (O.C. Section of Tanks working with the Division) at Divisional Headquarters at 10.45 a.m. on April 4th.
  7. The two Infantry Sections will undergo a preliminary training with the Heavy Branch Machine Gun Company.
  8. Details re attachment will be notified later.
  9. The C.R.E. will detail an Officer to meet Lieut. BELL at 11 a.m. on 4th April at Divisional Headquarters, and will be prepared to attach this Officer and 3 R.E. N.C.O.s to “D” Battalion, should their services be required.
  10. A Map is attached shewing approximately the Tank objectives and direction of routes to them.Dotted GREEN lines show lines of advance to 2nd objective.
  11. Continuous GREEN Lines show lines of advance to 1st objective.
  12. After the capture of the BLUE LINE the Tanks will act in accordance with the orders issued to them direct by VII Corps.
  13. If Zero is at dawn, Tanks will be able to move up during Z – 1/Z night to points as close up to our Front Line as is consistent with the safety of the Infantry.
  14. Tanks will move on to the BLUE LINE following up the leading infantry and will not proceed any great distance in front of them, otherwise the Infantry will not be in a position to take advantage of the opportunities that the Tanks may create.
  15. ACKNOWLEDGE.
  1. Pakenham

Lieut-Colonel, General Staff.

Head Qrs. 56th Divn. 2nd April 1917.    P.T.O.

 

Copies to –

167th Infantry  Brigade.                                                       56th Div Train

168th Infantry Brigade.                                                        Div. M.G. Officer.

169th Infantry Brigade.                                                        Div. Gas Officer

VII Corps                                                                                D.A.D.O.S.

“   ”    Artillery.                                                                     4th Aust. Div. Supply Column.

“   ”   Heavy Artillery                                                          No. 2 Ammn. Sub Park.

“   ”   M.G. Officer                                                              G.O.C.

14th Division                                                                          A.D.C.

30th Division.                                                                         A.D.M.S.

C.R.A.                                                                                                “Q”

C.R.E.                                                                                                War Diary.

1/5th Cheshire Regt.                                                                        File

A.P.M.

193rd Div. M.G. Coy.

56th Div. Signals.

1st Bde. H.B. M.G. Corps.

“D” Battalion

Lieut. BELL c/o “D” Battalion.

 

 

 

Preliminary Instructions for the Offensive NO. 7. 2 April 1917

SECRET

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42nd Inf. Bde.

S 6/105 B.M.

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PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE OFFENSIVE NO. 7.

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  1. PRELIMINARY MOVES. As far as is known at the present the following will be the locations and movements of Units on “W to Z Days”.                                                ) In the Trenches) behind the Old Support Line G.35.d.10.95.5th Oxf & Bucks L.I.              ) In DUNEDIN CAVE.5th Shrops L.I.                       ) DAINVILLE. Ditto Y Day 42nd T.M. Battery                   ) and partly in ARRAS.‘Y’ Day                                                ) In the Trenches.                                                ) the Old Support Line G.35..10.95.                                                ) Battalion H.Q. in HOP ALLEY.                                                ) Three Companies in Old Reserve Line in                                                 )                                          ( dugouts at M.5.b.65.60.                                                )                                          ( 9th K.R.R.C. Battn H.Q. 42nd T.M. Battery                   ) and partly in ARRAS.Night of ‘Y/Z’) In Assembly Position in Advance of Old5th Oxf & Bucks L.I.  ) Battalion H.Q. in the Old German Front Line                                    9th K.R.Rif.C.             ) German Front Line System.) Line System M.5.b.83.95.                                    ) In Old German Front Line System.                                    )System at G.35.d.50.05                                    ) In our Old Firing & Support Lines. And Reserve Lines.                                    ) 2 Companies in Old Reserve Line.                                    ) the Old Support Line G.35.d.10.95.                                    ) In their Assembly Position in the Old German42nd M.G. Coy           )Reserve Guns and Teams in Dugouts in Old German                                    )H.Q. Company in dugout in the Old German Front                                     ) West of HALIFAX                                    ) Factory G.34.b.95.70.                                    ) In the Factory G.34.b.95.70. on W. X. Y and ZBrigade H.Q.             ) A Staff Officer will be in the Command Post in                                    ) Y and Z Days.
  2.                                     ) Old German Second Line about M.5.b.55.90. on
  3.                                     ) Days
  4. 42nd T.M. Bty             ) H.Q. of Battery at Advanced Brigade H.Q. in the
  5.                                     ) In dugouts in our Old Reserve Line immediately
  6.                                     )Line System to be allotted later.
  7.                                     ) Front Line.
  8.                                     )Front Line System.
  9.                                     )Battalion H.Q. in HUNTER STREET behind
  10. 9th Rif Brig                 ) 2 Companies in Firing & Support Line.
  11. 5th Shrops L.I.          ) Battalion H.Q. in Old German Front Line
  12.                                     ) Battalion H.Q. in the Old German Front
  13.                                     ) In Assembly Position in Advance of Old
  14.                                     ) System M.5.b.65.60.
  15.                                     ) German Front Line System.
  16. 42nd M.G. Company             ) Partly in the Trenches
  17. 9th K.R.Rif.C.                         )                                        ( in dugouts at M.5.b.63.95.
  18.                                                 ) In DUNEDIN CAVE.     (
  19. 5th Oxf & Bucks L.I.              )                                          ( 5th O.L.I Battn H.Q.
  20.                                            ) dugouts between HOOGE and HUNTER STREET.
  21. 5th Shrops L.I.                       ) One Company in dugouts in Old Support Line.
  22. 9th Rif Bde                             ) Battalion H.Q. in HUNTER STREET behind
  23. 42nd M.G. Company             ) Partly in the Trenches
  24. 9th K.R.Rif.C.                         ) DUNEDIN CAVE
  25. 9th Rif Brig.                            ) Battalion H.Q. in HUNTER STREET
  26. W and X Days.
  27. DISTINGUISHING BADGES.The following distinguishing badges will be worn by all Battalions and will be put on forthwith.Necessary material has been issued from Brigade H.Q.RUNNERS……………………..RED.MOPPERS UP…………………WHITE.
  28. CARRIERS…………………….YELLOW.
  29. Regtl & Coy SIGNALLERS …..BLUE.
  30. SCOUTS……………..………….GREEN.
  31. They will be sewn on round the sleeve of the left arm between the elbow and the shoulder.
  32. WATER.
  1. Water in Tanks will be stored in the Trenches as follows, to enable every man to have a full water bottle at ZERO. In reckoning the amount required, the allowance of ONE gallon for FOUR men has been made.
  1. TWO EIGHTY FIVE gallon tanks in the Old German Front Line one on either side of the ARRAS WAY, about G.35.d.50.05. and G.35.d.65.15.
  2. The 42nd Trench Mortar Battery and the 42nd Machine Gun Company will fill water Bottles from these on Y/Z night. The remainder will form a reserve for use in case other tanks get knocked out.
  3. TWO SIXTY gallon tanks one on either side of the ARRAS WAY in Patrol Trench about G.35.d.15.45. and TWO SIXTY gallon tanks one on either side of the ARRAS WAY in Support Line about G.35.c.88.72. and G.35.d.20.55.
  4. These are reserved for the sole use of the 5th Shrops L.I. who will fill water bottles from them on Y/Z night.
  5. ONE EIGHTY FIVE gallon tank in the A.D.S. in the shaft off HUNTER STREET about G.35.d.05.85.
  6. These are reserved for the wounded.
  7. FOUR SIXTY gallon tanks in the Reserve Line, two on either side of the ARRAS WAY about G.35.a.50.25. and G.35.a.60.30.
  8. These are reserved for the sole use of the 9th Rif Brig. who will fill water bottles from them on Y/Z night.
  9. ONE FOUR HUNDRED gallon tank at Advanced Brigade H.Q. in the Factory at G.34.b.95.70.Water will not be drawn from here without sanction from Brigade H.Q.
  10. This is a reserve for use as required.
  11. The 5th Oxf & Bucks L.I. and the 9th K.R.Rif.C. will fill their water bottles from the water supply in DUNEDIN CAVE, before leaving the CAVES on Y/Z night to occupy their positions of Assembly and the men should not be allowed to drink from their water Bottles again till after ZERO.
  12. These two Battalions may make use of the reserve supply of water (a) above in case of emergency, but only on the authority of the O.C. Battalion who will inform Brigade H.Q. without delay, stating approximately amount drawn from (a) for his Battalion.
  1. In addition to the water supply in Tanks there will be 350 500 petrol tins each holding 2 gallons, distributed as follows:-
  1. 100 150 tins at the Advance Brigade Dump in the ARRAS WAY about M.6.a.00.35.
  2. These will be issued to Units on the personal or written demand of the O.C. any Unit, only by the N.C.O. in charge of this Dump after the Assault, and in a fair proportion to each Unit.
  3. 100 tins at Advanced Brigade H.Q. in the Factory at G.34.b.95.70.
  4. 250 tins at the Transport Camp in the CITADEL to be sent up on pack ponies, if required.These will be filled at a tank which is being filled up over at the spring at that place.
  5. N.B. It is important that all empty petrol tins should be returned either to the Advanced Brigade Dump (a) above, for return to Advanced Brigade H.Q. or by pack ponies to the Transport Camp, so that they may be re-filled ready for re-issue.
  6. Petrol tins for carrying up water by pack animals will be stacked on the Moat of the CITADEL at G.26.d.4.3.
  1. CARRYING PARTIES.
  2.  
  1. The party of One Officer and 80 men of this Brigade at present attached to ‘C’ Coy. 11th King’s Regt (Pioneers) will be employed under Brigade arrangements to :-
  1. Carry between Advanced Brigade H.Q., in the Factory at G.34.b.95.70. and the Advanced Brigade Dump in the ARRAS WAY about M.6.a.00.35.
  2. Work the trucks on the Tramway up HALIFAX.
  3. Furnish guards over the water tanks.
  4. Furnish personnel for Brigade Dumps.
  1. Battalions will arrange to provide carrying parties between the Advanced Brigade Dump and their captured objective, assisted, if the tactical situation permits, by carrying parties from the Battalion in Brigade Reserve.
  2. The Officer or N.C.O. in charge of each carrying party will be furnished with a chit showing –
  1. Articles and amount of each to be carried by his party.
  2. Destination of carrying party after loading up.
  1. DUMPS.
  1. Stores to equip Battalions as laid down in Tables A.B. & C. issued to Units under this Office S 5/135 B.M., dated 19/2/17 will be dumped as follows:-i.In DUNEDIN CAVE to be drawn before marching off for their Assembly Positions on Y/Z night.   Meat and biscuit rations to be carried on the man. Water.           Sandbags      Tools.Bombs.     Rifle Grenades.        Ground Flares.5th Shrops L.I.9th Rif Brig.N.B. There will be a separate and clearly marked Dump for each Company of the 5th Oxf & Bucks L.I. and 9th K.R.Rif.C. both in the CAVES and at Advanced Brigade H.Q. Detailed orders regarding times for drawing stores at Advanced Brigade H.Q. will be issued later.
  2.      In Reserve Line near The ARRAS WAY.
  3.      In dugout in Old German Front Line near Battalion H.Q.
  4. Very Cartridges both coloured and white.
  5. ii. At Advanced Brigade H.Q. in the Factory at G.34.b.95.70. to be drawn on route from the CAVES to Assembly Positions:-
  6. 5th Oxf & Bucks L.I., and 9th K.R.Rif.C.
  7. The Stores shown in Table D issued to Units under this Office S 5/135  For Two Battalions.For Two Battalions.N.B. After ZERO all Battalions will draw stores from the Advanced Brigade Dump, which will be replenished under Brigade arrangements form the Dump at Advanced Brigade H.Q.
  8. At Advanced Brigade H.Q. in Factory at G.34.b.95.70.
  9. In the Advanced Brigade Dump in Dugouts in the ARRAS WAY about M.6.a.00.35.
  10. B.M. dated 19/2/17 will be dumped as follows:-
  11. S.A.A. for 42nd Machine Gun Company and Stokes bombs for the 42nd Trench Mortar Battery will be stored at Advanced Brigade Dump and replenished from the Dump at Advanced Brigade H.Q..
  12. A Dump for R.E. Stores will be formed by the 61st Field Company R.E. at the junction of ARRAS WAY and Old German Front Line G.35.d.55.10.
  13. All Units will draw R.E. Stores from here.
  1. TRAMWAY.O.C. 61st Field Company R.E. will be responsible for the maintenance and control of the Tramway.No one is allowed to use HALIFAX except men pushing trucks, and the maintenance gang. Capt, Bde Major,2nd April 1917.
  2. 42nd Inf Bde.
  3. J.B. Paget
  4. The Tramway will be used exclusively for moving stores forward from Advanced Brigade H.Q. and for evacuation of the wounded from the A.D.S. at G.35.d.05.85.
  5. All trucks proceeding EAST to have the Right of way over trucks proceeding WEST.
  6. The Tramway runs from the R.E. Dump on the RUE du COMMANDANT DUMETZ (G.28.d.60.15.) to Advanced Brigade H.Q. in the Factory G.34.b.95.70., thence up HALIFAX to the RUINED FARM at G.35.c.90.80., thence along ARRAS WAY to the Old German Front Line at G.35.d.55.05. Personnel to work the trucks and traffic controls will be provided under Brigade Arrangements.

“Preliminary Instructions for the Offensive”. 2 April 1917

SECRET.

42nd Inf Bde.

S 6/105 B.M.

5th Oxf & Bucks L.I.

5th Shrops L.I.

9th K.R.Rif.C.

9th Rif Brig.

42nd Machine Gun Company.

42nd Trench Mortar Battery.

8th Inf Bde.

9th Inf Bde.

41st Inf Bde.

43rd Inf Bde.

14th Division

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Herewith No. 7 of “Preliminary Instructions for the Offensive”.

 

Please acknowledge receipt.

 

On account of the very secret nature of these Documents. The G.O.C. directs that none of the information contained in them should be circulated in writing to Companies and that they be kept under lock and key.

 

J Paget

Capt,

For Bde Major,

42nd Inf Bde.

2nd April 1917

 

WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne April 1917

WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne April 1917

 

Extracted from

 

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

Correspondence

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APRIL THE FIRST, 1917.

The Colonel is out with the Corps Commander, and I am alone in the office. The weather is just as bad, cold and wet, and there is nothing very exciting to report.  I spent the morning visiting O.Ps and this afternoon in the office.

 

This note-paper is perfectly awful to write on. It is the sort of paper the French would use.  The florid decorations are getting on my nerves. (of the house)  I wonder if there is a perfectly plain house in France.  We have got a lot of new records.  Some of them are quite good.  The Colonel spends a deal of time playing them.

 

April 1917. (undated).

The 175th Army Field Brigade, R.F.A. was for ten days in the line as Left Group, New Zealand Division at Neuve Eglise.

 

April 3, 1917.

I may be able to get leave next week. If I don’t get away then I don’t know when I shall be able to do so, as leave will soon be stopped.  The weather is still abominable, thick snow yesterday.  We have to get our leave warrants from Corps, and the Colonel signed mine last night.

 

I am just off to the line to observe for a bombardment and I am keeping two officers waiting for me, and I have only half an hour left to get down there. We had a gas alarm last night, but it was a false one.

 

April 21, 1917.

Leave all over, and now only a dream. Nine days!  I got engaged.  I arrived this evening after two long days on the way.  Everything is as usual here.  We are still in the same place.  The horses are looking fit, but the Boche have dropped shells too near the stables.

 

It seems an age since I left on Thursday evening. I stayed the night at the Grosvenor Hotel, and was up at 6 a.m.  After breakfast I wandered into the station early hoping to get a corner seat, and quite forgot my usual precautions.  I had hardly got into the station when a creature wearing a major’s crown and a brass hat accosted me, and said rudely “Leave or duty?”  Like a fool I stammered “Leave”.  Whereupon he continued “I want you”, and gave me a paper.  I knew what that meant.  It informed me I was in charge of two to three hundred men for the journey across.  I was furious.  My party was detailed to go by the second train leaving about three quarters of an hour after the first by which I should have travelled.  Another officer and I travelled alone in a Pulman cursing our fate.  I had visions of marching miles to a rest camp outside Boulogne.  At Folkestone we arrived just in time to see the leave boat going out with the first train load, and that meant a day in Folkestone.  I marched the men to the Rest Camp, which was a tin enclosure surrounding a large number of houses on the  Lees.  Happily it was close to the pier.  There I left the wretched men, retained there like prisoners.  So does our staff treat its heroic soldiery!  I went into the town and called on a parson man who was at Cambridge when I was.  (Offer).  I had lunch with him.  I then called on General Marsh and family, whom I had not seen for a long time.  I found one daughter just married to a soldier, another ill, and one a war widow.  After that I went to tea with Mrs. Sherbrook, a dear old lady, the mother several officers, one of them a colonel of 29 years.  She was entertaining some wounded to tea.  One young fellow was wounded near us on the Somme, and had lost a leg, and was only just recovering from blindness, the result of shock.

 

I returned for my men at 5.15 p.m. The boat left about 6.30 p.m.  We had dinner on board, and I read “The Morals of Marcus Odeyne” by Locke.  At 8.45 p.m. we arrived at Boulogne, and I stayed at the Metropole Hotel with another fellow I knew.  Luckily I was able to hand over the men to some simpleton on the pier at Boulogne, so I did not have to march miles, and was free.  We started next morning at 9.45, a.m. and travelled via Calais, where we had two hours for lunch, St. Omer, Hazebrouck to within ten miles of my destination, and then rode up to Headquarters, arriving here at 8 p.m. this evening just in time for dinner.  The Colonel professed himself pleased to see me back.  He is in fairly good form, except for a cold.

 

Yesterday was a glorious day. I thought it would be fine as soon as I came away, but I don’t mind because I could not possibly have had a better time.  And now for another half year out here.  I wonder what it will bring forth.

 

R.P. April 22, 1917.

I arrived here quite safely last night in time for dinner at 8 p.m. I have had really a delightful few days at home with you all, and it was not at all pleasant having to return after such an enjoyable time.  It was the longest leave I have had for years, and it was good, giving me fresh energy to carry on for another few months.

 

I managed to get a bed at the Grosvenor Hotel and had breakfast at 6 a.m. then I got  a comfortable seat in the train, a corner one, and quite forgot my usual precautions with the result I was caught by the Railway Transport Officer, horrid man, and put in charge of 200 men returning to France. I had to give up my corner seat, and travel by Pulman in the second train with another officer, similarly caught, to Folkestone.  We managed to arrive there just in time to see the leave boat going out to sea.  Luckily the Rest Camp is not far away, and there I deposited my men, poor devils, until 5.30. p.m.  this is how a grateful country treats its heroes.  I had lunch with Offer, whom I knew at Cambridge, visited General Marsh and family, and had tea with Mrs. Sherbrook who was entertaining some wounded men.

 

We left at 6 p.m. It was a calm and uneventful crossing.  We arrived at Boulogne at 8.30 p.m., and I stayed the night at the Metropole, after I had handed the men over to someone else on the quayside.

 

The next morning I came up by train, lunching at Calais, where we had two hours.  I rode the last ten miles, and arrived just in time for dinner.  The Colonel said he was glad to see me back, again and certainly he is in good form.  It is probably the prospect of some exciting work soon.

 

We are still in the same place, but go out “to rest” in a day or two – the first time for over a year, and it probably means the same thing as it did then.

 

The weather is now beautifully fine, and my horses are looking fit and well, so what more can a fellow want.

 

April 26, 1917.

Now we are in the midst of a move, which I expected. I am going forward to do the billeting for the Brigade.  It is much better than travelling with the guns at a walk.

 

The weather is cold and dull here. Great trouble last night.  The Colonel’s horse broke loose from the stables over night, and can’t be found.  I have dozens of men out looking for the beastly thing.  The old boy is in a great rage.  Of course it is my fault.  When it is found he will be as quiet as a lamb until this evening he sees his mess bill, which I have just made up.

 

The Colonel has just come in, and one of my search party also returned with the news that the missing horse has been found. That will put him in a good temper.

 

I am just off to ride round the batteries, which are at present scattered.

 

The Boche had started shelling the place again, but he has not done much damage. The news will not be uninteresting long.

 

April 26, 1917.

We are on the move, and the next few days will find us in various places.

 

April 29, 1917.

Three days ago I went off in charge of a billeting party of six officers and twenty men with twenty six horses. All one day we travelled, found lovely billets for the Brigade and the next day waited for the batteries to turn up, which we expected would be about 4 p.m.  We waited until 6 p.m. when an orderly came to say the move was off and we were to return at once.  I had to see the Mayor, cancel the billets, get food for the horses and men, for we had relied on the Brigade coming up.  That was no easy thing at that time of day.  We were ready to move off about 8.30 p.m.  I phoned through from a town we were passing through to get permission to stay the night, and so save the horses and men a night journey, which was quite needless.  The horses were very tired.  The Colonel refused leave, and we had to push on.  We did about thirty miles, and arrived at 2 a.m. this morning.  I got up at 6 a.m. after less than four hours sleep, to get ready to move elsewhere.  It is now none o’clock, and we are just off.

9th Canadian Artillery Brigade Operation Order No 68

SECRET COPY NO.
Map Ref: VIMY 1/10,000
ROUVROY do

9TH CANADIAN ARTILLERY BRIGADE Operation Order No 68
By
Lieut. Col. H.G. Carscallen Comdg

30.4.17
INFORMATION 1. The second stage of the operation detailed in O.O. 66 will be carried out at an early date. The objective will not include the village of ACHEVILLE but will run approximately as follows:-From C.1.b.6.5 (inclusive to XIII Corps) to C.25.central to U.19.a.0.4. to T.23.b.7.3. to T.17.d.5.5 (Junction of the 2nd and 3rd Canadian Divisions).

2. Owing to existing conditions the attack will again take place at dawn.
In accordance with orders received from H.Q. Canadian Corps, a creeping barrage will be established every morning at about dawn throughout the extent of the Canadian Corps front, with the object of deceiving the enemy. The barrage to be distributed so as to simulate an attack from the Southern Corps boundary to MERICOURT and also on the enemy’s line opposite the 4th Canadian Division.

FEINT BARRAGE 3. Feint barrages will be established on the 1st and 2nd of May in accordance with Barrage Table attached

Zero Hour on 1st of May will be 4.20 a.m.
Zero Hour on 2 of May will be 4.25 a.m.

4. Watches will be synchronized with this office one hour before zero.

H.G. Carscallen
Lieut. Col
Comdg CARSCALLEN’S GROUP
Issued at p.m.

To All Batteries