21st January 1917: Diary

Sun., Jan 21, 1917             A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather fine – cold.
10 AM Wind North East – Situation quiet.
3 PM Enemy trench mortars and artillery quiet.
5 PM At enemy signals, heavy trench mortar bombardment started all along Battalion frontage until about 5.15 P.M. Very little damage done to trenches – our casualties 7 wounded. Our artillery open fire on enemy positions with heavy calibre guns very effectively.
8 PM Situation Normal – Wind still North East.

 Battalion Operation Order by Major G.C. JOHNSTON – Commanding  2nd C.M.R. Battalion issued.

EXTRACT FROM BATTALION OPERATION ORDER NO. 36.

 In accordance with 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade Operation Order No.74 – the 1st C.M.R. Battalion will relieve the 2nd C.M.R. Battalion in R 2 sub-sector on January 23rd ,1917.
On completion of above relief, Companies and Sections of 2nd C.M.R. Battalion will proceed to Billets at MONT ST. ELOY – route will be via ANNIVERSAIR TRENCH and MAROEUIL.
Companies will assemble at  MAROEUIL.
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20th January 1917: Diary

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Sat., Jan 20, 1917              A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather fine – cold.
10 AM Situation quiet – Wind North East.
3 PM No hostile artillery or trench mortar activity.
6 PM Working party of 36 men engaged draining and repairing trenches.
8 PM Situation quiet – Wind still North East.

19th January 1917: Diary

Fri., Jan 19, 1917                              A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather fine – cold.
10 AM Situation quiet – Wind North East.
2 PM Enemy aeroplane – new type – flew over our front line at an altitude of about 250 feet, firing into the trench with rifle.
3 PM Hostile trench mortars slightly active. Hostile artillery quiet.
6 PM Working party of 28 men engaged on cleaning trenches etc.

18th January 1917: Diary

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Thu., Jan 18, 1917             A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather fine but hazy. Wind North East.
10 AM Situation quiet.
1 PM No hostile artillery fire. Hostile trench mortars slightly active.
3 PM Situation quiet. Wind still North East.
6 PM Working party of 92 men detailed on general trench repairs and draining.
10 PM Situation very quiet.

 

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Thu., Jan 18, 1917

No. 162. 3rd Canadian Division – SUMMARY OF INTELLIGENCE.   Confidential
FROM: 5.00 A.M. 17th to 5.00 A.M. 18th January, 1917.

 O P E R A T I O N S.

PATROLS – ECURIE SECTION.
Eight patrols covered the front of this Section during the night.
At 6.00 A.M., one of our Wiring Patrols observed an enemy working party of approximattely 50 men in front of Crater 25 – The location and size of this party was at once communicated to Lieut. Lewis of the 2nd C.M.R. Battalion, who proceeded with a LEWIS GUN and 8 other ranks to the above Crater and thence to within 75 yards of the enemy party without being observed. The Lewis Gun was mounted on the back of one of the men, and fire from the machine gun and 6 snipers was opened with excellent results. A number of the enemy were seen to fall and the remainder rushed over their parapet and disappeared. Owing to light conditions by this time, it was impossible to approach closer to secure indentifications.  On the return our party suffered two casualties from enemy snipers.

17th January 1917: Diary

Wed., Jan 17, 1917           A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather Dull and cloudy.
10 AM Wind North East – Situation very quiet. No hostile trench mortar activity.
4 PM Wind still North East – Situation quiet.
6 PM Working party of 56 men engaged on trench repair.

15th January 1917: Diary

Mon., Jan 15, 1917           A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather cold – freezing.
10 AM Wind North East – Situation quiet.
2 PM Snowing slightly.
6 PM Battalion Operation Order No. 34 by Major G. C. Johnston – Commanding  2nd C.M.R. Battalion issued.
6 PM Working party of 60 men engaged on general trench repairs.
10 PM Situation quiet.

 

EXTRACT FROM BATTALION OPERATION ORDER NO. 34

“A” Company – 2nd C.M.R. relieves “C” Company – 5th C.M.R. LEFT FRONT.
“B” Company – 2nd C.M.R. relieves “B” Company – 5th C.M.R. CENTRE
“C” Company – 2nd C.M.R. relieves “D” Company – 5th C.M.R. RIGHT FRONT.
“D” Company – 2nd C.M.R. relieves “A” Company – 5th C.M.R. SUPPORT.
H. Qrs Section           “                 “       H. Qrs Section         “ LILLE POST.

13th January 1917: Diary

Sat., Jan 13, 1917              A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather dull – some rain.
10 AM Wind North East – Situation quiet.
4 PM No hostile Trench Mortar or artillery activity.
6 PM Working party of 55 men engaged on ventilating dug-outs, draining etc.
10 PM Situation very quiet.

12th January 1917: Diary

Fri., Jan 12, 1917                              A.28b.7.8.

6 AM Weather cold – wind North East.
10 AM Situation quiet.
2 PM Enemy Trench Mortars slightly active on Front Line.
4 PM Situation Normal.
6 PM Working party of 92 men engaged on cleaning trenches – dug-outs etc.
8 PM Enemy Machine Guns more active than usual.
10 PM Situation normal.