Private Diary J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 18 September 1918

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J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen


Wednesday Sept 18.  Hot stuffy day.  Letters from DD – d/7 July & 29 Aug.  Gina – Willie & Percy B.  Played tennis 10-11.  Got Red Cross parcel No 129.  Went for walk 2-4 p.m. by ‘Grose Stein’, very hot indeed.  Comdts Mozin, Collard & de Heidelburg Belgian Army left 9 p.m. for Heidelburg en route for Switzerland.  They were all captured Aug 14 at Liege.  Read Balfour’s speech on Austrian Note.  Fear Laundry has given me “Dhobi’s Itch”.  Must be chemicals used.  Am treating with Zinc ointment.  Others have it as well.  40 E.F. parcels arrived from Rotterdam.


Private Diary J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 17 September 1918

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J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen


Tuesday Sept 17. Another fine day.  Played 3 rounds golf with H in the morning – quite good scores 31, 31, & 29.  Tennis 2-3 & 4-5 p.m.  Cloudy & very thundery after tea.  Franz has left canteen for the front!  Lippens & Kerchof went to Berlin to see oculist & buy music for Orchestra, which I fear only consists of 3 so far.  It will be hard to get anything going with so few performers in camp.

Report on Operations 17 September 1918


In support of 4th C.C.M.Rs


OBJECT         To establish posts on the West side of the Canal on our Brigade Frontage.


Our barrage opened up at 12.20 a.m. and was reported by the Infantry to have been most satisfactory in keeping down M.G. fire from each side of Canal bank.  Infantry advanced meeting with very little opposition and succeeded in establishing posts according to plan.


When our barrage opened up enemy retaliated about 400 or 500 yards West of the Canal his fire was fairly heavy and scattered along this general line 77 and 10.5 being principally used.  Time between the opening of our barrage and the commencement of the enemy’s barrage 4 minutes.  It took the enemy nearly 15 minutes before his barrage became heaviest.


Infantry casualties 2 killed and 2 wounded.


Initialled. Unreadable


for Major

A/O.C.9th Canadian Artillery Brigade

Private Diary J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 16 September 1918

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J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen


Monday Sept 16.  A Real fine sunny day.  Wrote letters after tea.  Letter from A. Ella, clothing parcel d/20 Aug.  Played tennis 10-11, 12-1, & 2-3 p.m.  Wrote letters after tea.  Time changed 1 hour & got up hour too soon in consequence.  Tennis hours altered to 8.30 – 9.30, 10 – 5 p.m.  Somewhat indisposed after lunch!

Letter to Miss Dillon 16 September 1918


Embossed Government notepaper with Coat of Arms.

c/o British Embassy


16th Sept 1918


My dearest Lillie,

I hope you are both flourishing. This has been a charming day- no heat – and I would feel kindly disposed towards everyone if only my pay would begin to come in.  I am due £100 in allowances alone from the Admiralty at the end of this month!  I am beginning to wonder if I shall ever get it, and I am sending out ultimatums and S.O.S. in all directions.  My Bankers have been very decent in allowing me to draw up to the amount of the pay I am legally entitled to get (exclusive of allowances) and they are doing their utmost to get the War Office to pay up the arrears of my salary.  My allowances should come from the Admiralty.  Of course it will be settled one day and then I ought to get a handful of money.

I left my Hotel about a fortnight ago and took a room near the Villa Borghese. I get my meals provided in my room.  The whole thing costs only 8 ½ lire a day.  That is very cheep for Rome.  Prices are shocking here now.  It did not matter to us as long as the lire was worth about 6d but whereas in May we used to get 45 lire for the £1, we now only get 30 lire for the £1, and the prices of commodities remains the same.  I am going to try to be transferred to the Military Mission soon, as the work should be more interesting, and there would not be so much difficulty about my pay &c.  my position at present is so anomalous, it is very difficult to get things settled, as the Admiralty have got to get the approval of the W.O. for everything, and it takes ages to get things done.  I am afraid this letter is very uninteresting, but I like to tell you how things stand.  Of course I am very happy and enjoying every moment of my stay in Rome.

Write soon please

Best love to you & Anna

from Willie



With cover in On His Majesty’s Service envelope postmarked ARMY POST OFFICE L.8 17 SP 18. Addressed to Miss de C. Dillon M.T. ASC No 1 Reserve Depot, Grove Park Lee London S.E. 12. Redirected to c/o Mrs Creagh, 3 Ormond Terrace, Dalkey Co Dublin Ireland.


Censor mark No 253 signed W. Dillon

Private Diary J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 15 September 1918

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J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen


Sunday Sept 15. Warmer day. Austria’s Peace note published in German Papers.  Worked all morning on golf course with H & played a round.  Tennis started again at 2 p.m.  Fine warm afternoon & was able to sit out.  Played 36 holes golf after tea.  Lippens came & read papers after dinner: the next few days ought to be most interesting.

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



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.