War Diary of 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade February 1919



From FEBRUARY 1st. – To FEBRUARY 28th.




RENAIX         1.2.19             Batteries having turned guns, technical stores, and vehicles at BAISEAUX returned to RENAIX with horses and harness leaving KAIN at 0900 hours and arriving at RENAIX at 13.30 hours.


  • Church Parade for R.C.s in Renaix Stone Church at 10.00 hours and for other denominations in Harmonie Hall, Grande Place, at the same hour. 9th Brigade CFA. supplies Town Picquet for four days commencing today.


  • Preliminary inspection of all harness and saddlery by Commanding Officer preparatory to handing in at 14.00 hours.


  • Central Store Room for all Brigade harness and saddlery selected in 31st. Battery CFA. Lines, 955 Rue Jean Nassau. Batteries all busy cleaning and oiling harness for turning in to Brigade Store Room.


  • Final inspection by Commanding Officer of all harness at 10.00 hours. In afternoon batteries turned in all harness to the store room. C.A. Smith was put in charge of all harness until called for by lorries.


6.2.19              Staff Captain ”Q” inspected harness in Brigade Store Room this morning; The Y.M.C.A. held a Cinema show in Harmonie Hall this evening.  First lot of fifty horses under Lieut. F.W. Case and Lieut. G.B. Alexander were sent to GHENT to be handed over to the Belgian authorities.


7.2.19              Part of the harness in the Brigade Store Room was taken away in two lorries at 09.00 hours.  9th Brigade Concert Party under Lieut. H.B. Devine gave first performance in Harmonie Hall at 18.00 hours.


  • Balance of harness was taken away in lorries to-day. 9th Brigade Concert Party gave second performance in Harmonie Hall at 19.00 hours. Second batch of fifty horses were sent to ALOST under Lieut. R.A. Gall and Lieut. A.D. Mason to be handed over to the Belgian authorities.


RENAIX           9-2-19           Church Parade for R.C.s in Renaix Stone Church at 10.00 hours and Other Denominations in Harmonie Hall at same hour


  • 9th Brigade Concert Party gave a third performance in Harmonie Hall this afternoon at 14.00 hours. M.C.A. gave a Cinema Show in the same hall this evening.


11-2-19            Details for the demobilisation of the balance of the Brigade arrived to-day.  Everybody busy packing and getting documents ready for the move.


12-2-19            First draft consisting of 1 Officer and 56 men per battery and 2 men from Headquarters left RENAIX at 06.30 hours by lorry to entrain at BAISEAUX for LE HAVRE.  190 All Ranks left RENAIX by lorry at 13.00 hours for KAIN where they will stay for the night and march to BAISEAUX tomorrow morning.


13-2-19            Leave party of 3 Officers and 104 Other Ranks left RENAIX for BAISEAUX by lorry at 06.30 hours.

Party at KAIN left there at 07.30 hours to march to BAISEAUX. Demobilisation train arrived six hours late.  Finally left BAISEAUX en route for LE HAVRE at 17.00 hours.  Party of 1 Officer and 40 Other Ranks per battery left in RENAIX to look after balance of horses until handed over.  They will proceed on leave when horses are finally disposed of.


14-2-19            Brigade on train en route for LE HAVRE.


15-2-19            Arrived at LE HAVRE at 06.00 hours, 22 hours late.  The trip was made in box cars but each car was supplied with plenty of straw and fuel.  The Y.M.C.A. had a box car in which they installed a Canteen, so that in addition to the rations the Unit was able to enjoy Canadian Fruit and Biscuits on the way down.


16-2-19            Day was spent in getting ready for embarkation.  Bath Parades were held, and documents completed for embarkation.


17-2-19            Brigade was warned for embarkation to-night but no boat was available.


18-2-19            Embarked at 21.00 hours and sailed *****


WEYMOUTH 19-2-19           Arrived at WEYMOUTH 09.00 hours and entrained for MILFORD Station at 11.00 hours.  Arrived at MILFORD Station at 16.30 hours and march to Witley Camp.


WITLEY CAMP 20-2-19       First batch of documents received from Area Records Clearing House this morning.  Documentation commenced and men got ready for Medical Board.

21-2-19            First Lot of 260 men ready for Medical Board.


22-2-19            First 260 men Medically Boarded this morning.


23-2-19            Second lot of 46 men Medically Boarded this morning.



24-2-19            First 300 men boarded were sent on eight days Embarkation Leave.  Documents for 13 Officers completed and 10 Officers Medically Boarded.


25-2-19            Large batch of documents arrive from Area Records Clearing House.  Documentation of Brigade now almost complete.


26-2-19            Balance of men available sent on eight days leave to-day.


27-2-19            Last of men left at Horse Demobilisation Camp, RENAIX reported back from eight days leave.


28-2-19            Usual routine.  Documentation proceeding satisfactorily.



Commanding, 9th Canadian Artillery Brigade

The War Diary Ends here.







War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Feb 1919

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne Feb 1919




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




R.P February 8 1919.

155 Army Brigade R.F.A.




The above is my address. I have managed to get to Colonel Congreve’s Brigade, and at present I am commanding A Battery, but later I may go to C Battery.  I took three days on the journey here, and it was cold!  Now we have hard frosts and snow.  The Colonel is in bed ill, and is probably going away on leave soon.


February 13 1919

I am expecting orders to go to the 3rd Division in Germany as the Colonel has recommended me as a battery commander in the Army of Occupation.  This Brigade is being demobilized and the Colonel goes home on a month’s furlough.


It is a bit too cold here. Everything is frozen hard.


We are going out pig sticking on Saturday, which promises to be rather amusing. It is rather a shoot in the French manner, as the French here get them up, and go out armed with guns, knives, swords, revolvers, and trumpets.


February 21 1919

I am still with the 155, Brigade, but expect to leave at any time. I have been told to hold myself in readiness.


This unit is gradually being demobilized. Horses and men trickle away slowly but surely.  Today we handed in the guns and ammunition wagons.  Life her is very dull, and it is sad to see the unit being broken up.  Next Saturday there is to be a real pig-sticking with the men as beaters.


February 26 1919

Just a visit to Amiens.


Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919


S.O. 9th Div of Drifters

D “Northesk” II (91)


Feb 28/19

A.P. Office

H.M.S. “Europa”


The following small defects have developed in vessels in my Division, and it is requested they may receive attention before leaving for England: –

R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.


H.M.D. “Comely” No. 2387. (local No 96)

Engine defect: – Knocking in H.P. Valve covers require lifting.

Deck defects: – Compass requires refilling (very bad)

Hatch cover requires repairing as leaking badly through wear.


H.M.D. “Hopeful” No, 2386. (local No 95)

Engine defect: – Bilge valve at ship’s side is leaking & requires attention.







Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919



  1. “Northesk” II No 2022


Feb 28/19

A.P. Office

H.M.S. “Europa”


I beg to notify that no reliefs have been sent me for

  1. Smith Dk Hd

& S.J. Williams Tel

Who were discharged to H.M.S. “Europa” on Feb 14th.


It is requested that reliefs may be sent in order to complete complement.


I am without a signalman and am a W/T Operator short if these ratings could be sent me.


R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.


Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 28 February 1919




H.M.D. “Northesk” II No 2022

Feb 28/19

A.P. Office

H.M.S. “Europa”


The following changes in the personnel of crew of H.M.D. “Northesk II” have taken place: –


H.M.D. “Northesk II” N2022.


  1. Banham Dk Hd discharged to D. 2196.
  2. Reynolds     “ “ “    D. 2196.
  3. J. Daly           “ “ “     T.284.


all P.M. Feb 28/19


  1. Bailey   Dk Hd reported for duty on D. 2022.
  2. Perry       “ “ “      “     “ D.2022.
  3. Nichols     “ “ “       “     “ D.2022.


all P.M. Feb 28/19


R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.


Letter to F.W. Lanchester 20 February 1919

Letter to F.W. Lanchester 20 February 1919

On embossed Secretary of State for the Royal Air Force notepaper

Air Ministry
Strand W.C. 2.

20th February 1919


In the absence of Lord Weir I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 6th inst., and to state that it is regretted that owing to Lord Weir’s departure we are unable to trace copy No 4 of Mr. Titcomb’s Report. I am, therefore, forwarding to you copy No 5 for your retention.

I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
H.S. Neville
Private Secretary to Secretary of State.

F.W. Lanchester Esq.,
41, Bedford Square
W.C. 2.

Letter to Miss Dillon 17 February 1919


Letter to Miss Dillon 17 February 1919








17th February 1919


All further communications on this


subject should be addressed to – the Secretary


War Office


London S.W. 1


and the following number quoted.






            I desire to place on record my appreciation of the splendid services rendered by all officials and members of the Women’s Legion Motor Drivers during the War.


It is now nearly four years since your President, the Marchioness of Londonderry, first proposed that the services of women should be utilised in connection with the transport services.  The numbers have steadily increased, and to-day you form an important and for the present an indispensable part of the Military organization at Home.  There have been times when it would have been almost impossible to carry on without your valued and ungrudging service.  Knowing, as I do, what this has meant to the Army particularly and to the nation generally, it is a great pleasure to me to be the one to express your country’s appreciation.


I would take this opportunity of saying that in the state of transition from War to Peace conditions your help is still urgently needed, and I appeal confidently for a continuance of your loyal service, trusting that only very urgent grounds will induce you to ask for your release at present.


J.S. Cowans




Quartermaster-General to the Forces


To all Officials and Members


of the Women’s Legion Motor Drivers




GD1929    5000    2/19  HWV(P)  H3024


Report of Drifters off Mudros 14 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 14 February 1919



D “Northesk” II No 2022


Feb 14th 1919


H.M.S. “Europa”


The following changes in the personnel of crew of H.M.D. “Northesk II” No. 2022.

  1. Williams Tel discharged to “Europa”
  2. Smith O.S.             “ “ “Europa”


Both discharged A.M. Feb 14 1919.


R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.


Letter to H.A. Titcomb 5 February 1919

Letter to H.A. Titcomb 5 February 1919


Copies to be made for uncle HAT.


February 5th 1919

Sergeant Major H.A. Titcomb,

R.A.F. Repatriation Records,

43 St. Cross Road,



Dear Titcomb,


I saw Trenchard on Sunday and he expressed himself as amazed to hear of your history. He was not aware that you had been refused a Commission.  I have heard from him today and understand that you will get your release in a few days time.  If things should not go satisfactorily please let me know.


I understood from you that you do want to get out but are in no hurry; should the results of my efforts be more rapid than you anticipated do not be sufficiently quixotic to decline, because then you might stay there for years & years. I understand that the demobilisers have got to demobilise everybody and everything, including the regimental mascots, before their own turn comes.


Yours very truly,

Not named here.

Report of Drifters off Mudros 1 February 1919

Report of Drifters off Mudros 1 February 1919



D “Northesk” II No 2022


Feb 4/19

Fleet Paymaster




I beg to advise the following changes in the personnel of my crew;-

Wm. Gault   1st Engn. discharged to Tr. 391.  Oceanic II.

J.D. Stevens Trimmer         “         to Dr. 2505. “Favourite”

F.O. Curtis, Dk Hd Gr.       “         to Tr. 391 “Oceanic II”

  1. Mulligan Dk Hd             “ to “    “           “

L.J. Whittle Dk Hd Sig     “         to Tr. 288. Dinorah

  1. Robertson Dk Hd Hydro “       to Tr. 391 Oceanic II.

E.J. Soanes       “    “       “  “           to  “     “          “

S.G. Duke Tel                     “          to Dr. 748 “Floandi”

J.W. Lambourne Tel           “          to Tr   — Gillygate


All noon Feb 1st 1919


R.H. Palmer.

Lieut. R.N.V.R.