31st March 1917: Casualty Summary

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Sat., Mar 31, 1917 Headquarters Billet No.6. VILLERS au BOIS.

Total Casualties for Tour March 21st to March 31st, 1917. :-
“Killed”         13  Other Ranks
“Wounded”     2   Officers.
“Wounded”   19  Other Ranks.
“Missing”        2  Other Ranks.
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31st March 1917: Officers

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The following is a list of the Officers on duty during the tour of the Trenches

LIEUT-COL. G. C. JOHNSTON – Comm’dg

MAJOR W.W. FOSTER – 2nd. I/C                    MAJOR L.W.MILLER – Adjutant.

LIEUT. R. C. SPINKS, Asst. Adjt.

“A” COMPANY.
Capt.     J.L. GRAY.
Lieut.    J.     FOORD.
Lieut.    F.    SMITH.
Lt-Col. N.     LANG. (Super’y)
“B” COMPANY.
LIEUT.  D. U. CAMERON.
LIEUT.  C. J.   LEWIS.
LIEUT.  J. K.   POTTER.
LIEUT.  H. M. GARDINER.
LIEUT.  J. M.   McKENZIE.
“C” COMPANY.
MAJOR. T.       GODFREY.
LIEUT.   W. J.  WILSON.
LIEUT.   J. H.   CHRISTIE.
LIEUT.   R. J.   DARCUS.
LIEUT.   R.       LEES.
“D” COMPANY.
MAJOR.  S. B. VAN KLEECK.
LIEUT.    P.      HEINIKEY.
LIEUT.    C. P. STEER.
LIEUT.    T. D. BROWN.
MAJOR.  W. J. SHORTREED. (Super’y).
LIEUT.     F. A. HEATHER
BOMBING OFFICER,
SCOUT OFFICER,
SIGNALLING OFFICER,
MACHINE GUN OFFICER
LIEUT. C. F. K. DOUGLAS.
LIEUT. P. J. MORAN.
LIEUT. A. G. PIMM.
LIEUT. A.H. ROWBERRY.

31st March 1917: Diary

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Sat., Mar 31, 1917 Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

3.12 A.M. On the night of 30/31st. March, a raid on the enemy trenches was carried out by this Unit under command of Lieut. F. Smith.  Forty-two other ranks took part, covering parties being under command of Capt. J.L. Gray and Lieut.J. Foord.

At 3.12 A.M. , Lieut Smith and 8 other ranks entered enemy trenches behind CHASSERY CRATER where they met with strong opposition from a large party of enemy bombers.

The purpose of the raid was primarily to make a thorough reconnaissance of this sector of the enemy front line and if possible to obtain identification. The former was accomplished in a completely satisfactory manner and valuable information obtained. Our casualties were Lieut’s Smith and Foord wounded and 7 Other Ranks, all being brought back to our lines.
Considerable enemy casualties were inflicted by our Lewis Gun, which opened up with good effect into party of the enemy going overland.

6.00 A.M. Weather – Cloudy and Cold.
10.00A.M. Our Artillery active shooting up selected targets.
5.00 P.M. Situation – Quiet. Gas Alert OFF.
10.30 P.M Relief commenced by 52nd. Battn. who relieved “D” Company in Front Line.
“A” Company was relieved by the 60th. Battn. in CENOT CAVE. Relief completed by 12 Midnight.The following congratulatory message was received from LIEUTENANT GENERAL HON. SIR JULIAN BYNG,”Please convey to all ranks of 8th. Brigade , my great appreciation of their repeatedly successful raids.”

30th March 1917: Diary

 Fri., Mar 30, 1917  Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

6.00 A.M. Weather – Clear. Situation – Quiet.  Wind East.
8.00 A.M. A practice Barrage was carried out at 8.00 A.M. on enemy Front Line and Support Systems.
10.00A.M. Enemy Artillery and Trench Mortars active.
4.00P.M. Our Artillery active, shooting up selected targets.
6.00P.M Situation – Quiet, Weather Cloudy and Dull,
Wind, EAST Gas Alert ON.

29th March 1917: Diary

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 Thu., Mar 29, 1917        Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

8.00A.M. Weather – Clear. Situation – Quiet.
10.00A.M. Slight hostile Artillery and Trench Mortar Activity.
2.00 P.M. Our Artillery active, shooting up selected Targets.
6.00 P.M. Situation – Quiet, Wind East, Gas Alert ON.
12.30 A.M Lieut. Douglas, with party of Bombers, carried out, and placed under the German Wire, on NORTH and SOUTH side of CHASSERY CRATER, 2 BANGALORE Torpedoes. These were fired at 3 A.M. and an Artillery shoot on Enemy Front Line system was carried out from 3.13 to 3.30 A.M.
Battalion Rifle Grenadiers bombed Enemy Saps with good results.The above operation being in the nature of a feint raid it is presumed that enemy manned their trenches and thereby suffered considerable casualties.
Our Casualties – NIL.

28th March 1917: Diary

 Wed., Mar 28, 1917      Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

6.00A.M. Weather – Dull, Cloudy.
10.00A.M. Our Artillery active, shooting up selected targets.
2.00P.M. Slight Artillery activity by enemy.
8.00P.M Lieut. T.D. Brown and party broke through lip of CHASSERY CRATER and established an Observation Post, putting in a Snipers Plate.
10.00 P.M. Weather – Dull, Situation – Quiet.

27th March 1917: Diary

Tue., Mar 27, 1917        Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

5.00P.M. “D” Company relieved “B” Company in Front Line.
6.00P.M Relief completed no casualties.
“B” Company proceeded to VILLERS au BOIS on being relieved, arriving about 11.00 P.M.
10.00P.M. “A” Company relieved “D” Company on CENOT CAVE. Relief completed at 10.30 P.M. No casualties.
Weather – Cold, Raining. Wind East. Gas Alert ON.
Situation – Quiet.

26th March 1917: Diary

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 Mon., Mar 26, 1917       Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

6.00A.M. Weather – Dull, Cloudy.
10 A.M. Wind – East. Gas Alert ON.
2.00P.M. Slight hostile Artillery and Trench Mortar activity.
6.00P.M Working part of 50 men detailed for Trench Repair.
8.00P.M. Situation – Quiet.

25th March 1917: Diary

 Sun., Mar 25, 1917        Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

6.00A.M. Weather – Clear.
8.00A.M. Wind EAST, Gas Alert ON.
10.00A.M. Enemy Artillery and Trench Mortars active.
3.00P.M. Hostile Artillery more active than usual about CENOT CAVE and CHASSERY DUMP.
4.00P.M. Situation – Normal.
Hostile aircraft patrolling most of day.  None crossing our lines.
6.00P.M Slight hostile artillery activity.
10.00P.M. Situation – Normal, Wind still EAST.

24th March 1917: Diary

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 Sat., Mar 24, 1917 Forward Hdqrs. Ross St. S27d4.3.

6.00A.M. Weather – Cold – Clear.
Situation – Quiet.
Wind still EAST and Gas Alert ON.
10.00A.M. Hostile Artillery slightly active on CHASSERY DUMP. Enemy Trench Mortars active on our Front Line.
2.00P.M. Our Artillery active all morning – Shelling enemy front line and rear positions.
4.00P.M. Considerable enemy Aeroplane activity during day.
6.00P.M Situation – Normal.