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6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
War Diary - October 1916
Transcribed from National Archives of Canada, Records of the Department of Militia and Defence, RG9, Series III-D-3 (War Diaries), Volumes 4982 & 4983, 6th Canadian Machine Gun Company, February 1916 - August 1918; Microfilm Reels T-10813 & T-10814. © National Archives of Canada. Reproduced by Permission.
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Army Form C. 2118.
WAR DIARY or INTELLIGENCE SUMMARY
Place Date/Hr  Summary of Events and Information
Bailiff Wood October
1
Weather fine. Capt. T.A.H. Taylor visited O.C. 5th Cdn. Machine Gun Coy. to arrange relief. Company marched off complete with transport and sixteen guns at 6.30 P.M. No. 1 Section being attached to 27th and 28th Cdn. Inf. Battalion in the line. No. 2 and No. 3 Sections were in indirect fire positions near SUGAR TRENCH. No. 4 Section in reserve near Brigade Headquarters. Relief completed by 11 P.M.
2 Weather fine. Indirect fire kept up during day on rear of German Lines and most likely avenues of approach. Approximately 15.000 rounds fired.
3 Weather showery. During night and morning indirect fire carried out. Approximately 10.000 rounds fired. O.C. arranged with O.C. 9th Cdn. Mach. Gun Coy. for a relief at 3.30 P.M. However owing to late arrival of relieving Company relief was not complete until 3.00 A.M.
Sausage Valley
Warloy
4 Weather cold and showery. Company parade at 11.20 A.M. Moved off at 11.30 A.M. marching to ALBERT where we met Brigade and proceeded to WARLOY arriving there about 4.45 P.M.
Warloy 5 Weather fine. Crews spent day in cleaning guns, and were issued with new clothing.
6 Weather fine. 6th Cdn. M.G. Coy. remained in WARLOY in reserve. We moved from our camp to billets in the village. Remainder of day spent cleaning guns and filling belts.
7 Weather showery. Company parade 10 A.M. Rifles, gas helmets inspected. Crews spent remainder of day filling belts etc. Afternoon company resting.
La Vicogne 8 Weather wet in morning and forenoon. Received orders at 11.30 A.M. to move back to LA VICOGNE thereby being pulled out of reserve. Company parade at 2 P.M. Marched off at 2.05 P.M. reached LA VICOGNE at 6 P.M.
9 Weather fine. Movement orders cancelled. Muster Parade. All ranks accounted for. Capt. T.A.H. Taylor visited Brigade Headquarters at BONNEVILLE.
Bretel 10 Weather fine. Company parade 9.30 A.M. and marched off at 9.34 A.M. to BRETEL, marching via BEAUVAL & DOULLENS, and joined Brigade there.
Barly 11 Weather fine. Company parade at 8.30 A.M. and marched off with Brigade.
Gouy 12 Weather showery. Company marched with Brigade from BARLY to GOUY via ARBRES, REBREUVETTE, WAMIM and MAGNICOURT.
La Comte 13 Weather showery. Company marched independently from GOUY to LA COMTE, leaving GOUY at 8.42 arriving LA COMTE 12.30 P.M.
14 Weather fine. Crews spent day filling belts and cleaning guns.
Barlin 15 Weather fine. Company marched from LA COMTE to BARLIN, leaving the former place at 8.30 A.M. and arriving in later at 11.33 P.M. Lt. HARDIMAN and Coy. S.M. BAIN proceeded to arrange relief with 63rd British Machine Gun Coy.
Aix Noulette
(R22.A3½-3½)
16 Weather fine. Company marched from Barlin to Transport Lines at FOSSE 10 (R8 C3-5). From there Company complete with sixteen guns and transport for same proceeded to Company Headquarters at AIX NOULETTE (R22.A3½-3½) and relieved 63rd British Machine Gun Company in the line. Relief completed by 4.30 P.M.
17 Weather fine. Capt. A. Eastham visited all gun positions in Left Sector and Capt. T.A.H. Taylor guns in Right Sector.
18 Weather showery and cold. Capt. Taylor visited guns in Left Sector and Capt. A. Eastham in Right Sector.
19 Weather wet. Capt. T.A.H. Taylor and Capt. Eastham visited various positions on Left Sector with a view to having four Vickers guns relieved by Battalion gunners, so that the Vickers guns can take up indirect fire positions.
20 Weather fine but cold. Nothing else to report.
21 Weather fine but cold. A heavy white frost during night.
22 Weather showery. The Battalions in Brigade took over seven machine gun positions, three of our guns moving into indirect fire positions in Left Sector, No. 1 Section coming back to reserve at Coy. Headquarters in Aix Noulette.
23 Weather wet. Capt. T.A.H. Taylor and Capt. A. Eastham visited positions on Lorette Spur.
24 Weather cold and windy. Nothing to report.
25 Weather still cold. Nothing to report.
26 Weather very showery. Lt. ROBISON O.C. No 4 Section caught a German Carrier Pigeon with a message attached.
27 Weather fine in morning and forenoon, later very wet. No. 1 Section relieved No. 4 Section on Lorette Spur. No. 4 Section moving back to reserve at Coy. Hdqrs. in Aix Noulette. Capt. A. Eastham proceeded on leave to England.
28 Weather showery. Sentry reports our aircraft active during early part of night
29 Weather still windy. Nothing else to report.
30 Weather very showery. Nothing to report.
31 Weather fine but windy. Capt. T.A.H. Taylor and Sgt. Mjr. Bain visited various positions held by 6th Canadian Machine Gun Coy. in the Line.
[Signed] Thos. A.H. Taylor Capt.
O.C.
6th Cdn. M.G. Coy.
31/10/16
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