WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 16 May 1917
Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda
ON MAY 16th 1917 the Second Army consisted of the following CORPS:
- ANZAC. General Godley.
General Powell (R.A.)
May 15, 1917.
The weather has changed, and it is now dull and cold and threatening to rain. It turned for the worse quite suddenly, but we have had some glorious weather, so we must not grumble.
They have hauled us back into the line again, as I expected. We marched up here and arrived late last night. It is always a great business moving. It is very necessary to see that all the place left is left clean and in good order, or else we shall get a chit telling us all about it. There are a thousand and one things to see are not left behind. If there are someone is sure to appropriate them. My little unit consists of about sixty men, fifty horses, and ten vehicles.
On arrival at a camping place the first thing to do is to find out where the bivouacing place is and then how to get the column in. Then the horse lines have to be put up, with posts dug in and roped, the horses watered and fed and groomed. Places have to be found for the Harness, cooks, telephonists, forage, food, stores and sleeping places for the men. After that I can get something to eat and flop into my flea-bag. This has been the routine for the last few days.
I am sorry to say one of my horses died last night, in great pain, a good horse too. They are very hard to get now. It was one of the signaller’s horses, and got colic very badly. I hate having horses ill.
I am writing letters on a bully-beef box, and it is starting to rain. We have no furniture, and live in tents. The cooking is done in holes in the ground. It is a contrast to our chateau. I have found a shed of sorts for my own gees.
We have plenty of work to do here. It is very similar to last year on the Somme. Conditions are the same. I hope it will keep fine for a few weeks.
From May 16th 1917, the 175th Brigade R.F.A. was attached to the II ANZAC CORPS, and the 3rd Australian Division.
The Divisions were then as follows;
57th Division, transferred to the First Army, and was not included in the operations.
3rd Australian Division.
4th Australian Division.
New Zealand Division.
36th Division (Ulster)
THE 175th ARMY FIELD ARTILLERY BRIGADE R.F.A.
Headquarters Lieut Col. W. Furnival.
Lieut. A.G. Modlock. Adjutant.
Lieut A.A. Laporte Payne. Orderly and Signals Officer.
Lieut. F.H. Webb. Assistant Orderly Officer.
Captain W.J. McKeand, R.A.M.C.
Captain Mitten. A.V.C.
- Battery. Major J.W. Muse.
Capt. R.M. Stevens.
Lieut. D. Lowden. (sick in England.)
Lieut. H.E. Pitt.
2/Lieut. J.S. Carroll (Assistant Staff Captain II Anzac Corps)
2/Lieut. A. Twyford.
2/Lieut. T.S. Davis.
2/Lieut. J.G. Cooney.
- Battery. Major L.W. laT. Cockcraft, D.S.O.
Capt. G.F.T. Hopkins.
2/Lieut. A.B. Macdonald.
2/Lieut. J. Amour. M.C.
2/Lieut. L.F. Holt.
2/Lieut. F.L. Talley.
2/Lieut. W.A. Macfarlane.
2/Lieut. A.E. Dawes.
- Battery. Major H.A. Terry.
Capt. F. Steele Pilcher.
Lieut H.A.R. Gibb.
Lieut. T. Robley.
Lieut. H. Leigh.
2/Lieut. J.L. Allan.
2/Lieut. S. Glover.
2/Lieut. H. Griffiths.
- Battery. Capt. R.W. Ardagh, M.C.
Lieut. F.H. Webb.
2/Lieut. A. Roberts.
2/Lieut. E.J. Webber.
2/Lieut. B. Baker.
2/Lieut. W. Morrison.
BRIGADE AMMUNITION COLUMN.
Capt. V.G. Gilbey.
Lieut. E.L. Warren.
2/Lieut. C.A. Thomson.
2/Lieut. E.W. Hutton.
Other Ranks 1009.
On MAY 16th 1917.
Orders were received from the 3rd Australian Divisional Artillery that
Should be constituted as follows:
Commanding Officer. O.C. 175th Brigade R.F.A. with Headquarters at T.16.b.99.31.
I.1 A/175, at T.18.a.00.45.
I.2. B/175, T.17.b.14.20.
I.3. C/175. T.17.d22.99.
I.4. 45th T.17.d.36.73.) Batteries of the
I.5. 46th T.17.d.52.46) 12th Australian
I.6. 47th T.17.d.5.2.) Brigade, 4th Division.