Army Form C. 2118.
||Summary of Events and Information
|Weather fine but cloudy. Crews cleaning guns and filling belts, also
carrying up ammunition 90000 rounds. Repairs to dugouts and trenches damaged
by shell fire. 11000 rounds fired on targets located at A12 a 6.7 to A11
a 9.9½, Balloon Avenue CT, A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c 4½.8
to A5 c 5.4.
||Weather cold with heavy wind. Heavy snow fall towards night. Crews
cleaning guns filling belts and carrying up ammunition 90000 rounds. Repairs
to dugouts and trenches damaged by shell fire. Building anti-aircraft positions
near V8 position. 11000 rounds fired on targets located at A12 a 6.7 to
A11 a 9.9½, BALLOON AVE CT, A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c
4½.8 to A5 c 5.4. and A12 a 9½.9¾ to A12 c 4½.9½.
||Weather fine with wind. Crews cleaning guns and filling belts. Carrying
up ammunition 14000 rounds. Repairs to dugouts and trenches damaged by
shell-fire. 7000 rounds fired on targets located as follows: Squares A5b
A6c and A11b.
||Weather fine. Crews cleaning guns and filling belts. Repairs to dugouts
and trenches damaged by shell-fire. The Company was relieved during the
night 4/5th April by the 4th and 5th Cdn M.G. Coys. [O.O.
No 51 attached] No 4 Coy relieving in Thelus Rt. Sub-Sector and
No 5 Coy relieving in the Thelus left sub-sector. Relief was complete at
1.30 a.m. April 5th when Company moved to hut billets in Mount St. Eloy.
The Company went into line for the tour of duty at full strength and had
five casualties all shrapnel wounds.
|Mt St Eloy
||Weather fine and very clear. Company resting. Thorough examination
of guns, equipment and spare parts.
||Weather dull and cloudy with heavy rain showers. Company resting and
preparing for coming operation.
||Weather fine but cold and cloudy with heavy wind. Company resting and
preparing for coming operation.
||Weather cloudy with wind and showers. Company moved into the line to
join in attack on Vimy Ridge as follows. [O.O.
No 52 attached] Nos. 1 and 2 Sections under Lts Waddington and
Stonehewer moved independently across country and took up Barrage Positions
along RHINE TRENCH. These guns formed complete Battery with Lt WADDINGTON
as Battery Commander. They were in position with guns laid at 12 midnight
night 8/9th. Nos. 3 and 4 Sections under command of Lts HARDIMAN and WILLIAMS
were attached to the 27th and 29th Bns respectively. These sections joined
the Battalions at Mt St Eloy at 8.30 p.m. and moved into assembly positions
with them. The OC and 2nd in Command moved to Bde Hdqrs in Zivy Cave early
in the evening.
||Major Eastham O.C. visited all the battery positions of his group,
that is 2 batteries consisting 8 guns M.M.G. Bde 8 guns 6th Cdn M.G. Coy
and 8 guns 13th M.G. Coy (British), at 2.30 a.m. and found every one in
place and guns correctly laid. At Zero hour these guns opened fire in accordance
with Corps Instructions and continued firing until Zero + 75 when they
ceased fire and proceeded to new position in the vicinity of Thelus from
which they were to cover the advance of the 6th Cdn Inf Bde. Lt Waddington's
guns passed safely through the barrage and were dug in with guns laid by
9 a.m. No casualties occurred while moving but shortly afterward No 2 Section
had Ptes French and Defayette killed and 4 men wounded by shell fire while
later in the day Ptes Lee and Relph were caught in fumes from gas shells
and were slightly gassed. Upon the 6th Cdn Inf Bde obtaining their objective
these batteries ceased fire and laid their guns on S.O.S. line in accordance
with Corps Instructions.
No 3 Section under Lt. Hardiman advanced about 8.30 a.m. in Rear of
"D" Company 29th Bn. 2 gun temas under Lt. Tucker on the right of D Coy
and 2 gun teams under Lt. Hardiman on left flank. The teams advanced through
consolidation lines until enemies wire was reached at B1 c 7.4. From this
point Lt. Hardiman with two guns took up position covering advance of D
Coy to the Bois de Ville. Whilst these covered advance Lt Tucker with two
guns entered the wood, dug in and got into action firing heavily upon enemies
artillery with good results until ammunition began to run short when men
were sent back to carry up supply. As soon as D Coy had dug in Lt Hardiman
and guns moved into the Bois des Ville on the left of the two first guns.
Owing to the fact that D Coy 29th Bn had 8 Lewis guns in the wood and that
the field of fire in the wood was poor these 4 guns were withdrawn
150 yards from the wood which gave them a much greater field of fire.
No 4 Section advanced under Lt Williams in rear of D Coy 27th Bn. The
final objective was reached without casualties. Two guns being placed in
unfinished German Trench in front of 2nd line of wire on crest of slope
and one gun on each flank of 27th Bn. Weather was stormy with snow, rain
||Weather stormy with showers of snow and rain. The barrage guns under
Lt Waddington were informed that hostile troops were massing North of Willerval
and were ordered further forward so as to sweep area in question. [O.O.
No 53 attached] Shortly after battery opened fire the enemy retired.
No 3 Section received the same information and fire was brought to bear
by all 4 guns. A German gun captured by the Section was brought into action
by Lt Hardiman assisted by Ptes Halstead and Climie. Hostile parties were
dispersed and heavy casualties inflicted. Late in the afternoon the 27th
and 29th Bns advanced strong patrols towards the Sunken Road and Railway.
The left advance of 29th Bn was covered by a barrage from these guns and
captured German gun 10 000 rounds being fired.
On the afternoon No. 4 Section under Lt Williams pushed forward a party
with 1 gun in front of FARBUS in order to protect the flank of the 27th
Bn STATION WOOD. During this advance Sgt McGirr captured six Germans and
a machine gun in a dugout. This gun was immediately placed in position
and both guns with those in rear kept up a steady fire on advancing infantry
and artillery. [Special Brigade
Order attached] Lts Waddington, Williams, Tucker and Hardiman
rendered exceptionally good services throughout whole of the operations
as did Sgts McGirr and Eustace, L/Cpls Olmstead and Rust, and Ptes Woodean,
Climie and Halstead. The Company went into action 12 under strength and
the total casualties were 3 killed 12 wounded and 2 gassed.
Late in evening the order was received to move to Support Lines.
||Company arrived in support lines and position in old German front and
support lines about 3.30 a.m. Day spent in cleaning guns ammunition and
re-arranging crews. Orders received at 11 p.m. to move to Mt St Eloy next
day. [O.O. No 54 attached] Weather
wet and stormy. 5 O.R's reinforcements arrived.
|Mt St Eloy
||Weather fine with wind. Company moved off from position at 9 a.m. arriving
at 1 p.m. Remainder of day spent in resting.
|Mt St Eloy
||Weather fine but cloudy. Muster parade held. Company cleaning guns,
filling belts, cleaning ammunition and equipment. Crews and Sections reorganized.
LT DICKIE returned from M G School CAMIERS. Lts ROWLAND HUGH LOCK and JOSEPH
DUDLEY WALLBRIDGE reported for duty from BASE DEPOT. Lt HUGH BAKER CARTER
reported for duty from G.H.Q. CADET SCHOOL.
||Weather fine. Company cleaning guns, checking spare parts and filling
belts. Company moved to Neuville St Vaast and took up support positions.
[O.O. No 55 attached] Movement
complete by 8 p.m. Transport moved to AUX RIETZ. Lt Williams visited 5th
Cdn M G Coy preparatory to relief.
T26 a 7.4
||Weather wet and stormy. Company relieved 5th Cdn M G Coy in the line
as follows. [O.O. No 56 attached]
No. 1 Section under Lt Waddington in outpost line with Hdqrs at THE QUARRIES
T22 a 6.6. Nos. 2 and 3 Sections in FARBUS VIMY Railway Embankment from
T26 a 3.9½ to T26 c 7.7. No. 4 Section at BONNEVILLE RAVINE S29
d 7.4. Relief complete 6 p.m.
T26 a 7.4
||Weather wet and stormy. Owing to relief of the left flank 6th Cdn Inf
Bde the 4 forward guns moved to the right in accordance with altered front.
This change was not completed until 6 a.m. 17th inst by which time the
guns were again dug in.
||Weather showery. Major Eastham O.C. and Lt Waddington went over the
whole outpost area in order to pick most suitable positions for guns in
outpost line, and also selected indirect fire positions. After dusk 2 guns
No. 3 Section under Lt Hardiman took up positions in advance of outpost
line and and kept up an intermittent fire throughout the night on ACHEVILLE
and tracks and roads on which movement had been observed through squares
T18, U13 and U19.
||Weather showery. 2000 rounds fired at low-flying planes. 4 guns of
the 14th Cdn M.G. Coy under Lt DICK reported at Hdqrs for indirect fire
work. At dusk these guns took up position near QUARRIES and fired throughout
the night on selected targets as also did No. 3 Section. 12 000 rounds
were fired. Ptes Eckford and Williams were killed by shell in gun position.
||Weather showery. 3000 rounds at low flying planes. No. 2 Section under
Lts Dickie and Carter relieved No. 1 Section on outpost duty at dusk. Indirect
fire continued throughout the night. Enemy much annoyed and he shelled
nearby. 12 000 rounds fired.
||Weather showery. 2500 rounds fired at low-flying planes. No. 8 Crew
No 2 Section under Cpl Hunn became casualties by shell hitting position.
Cpl Hunn's conduct after being wounded is worthy of the highest praise.
Crew was replaced 3 hours later. Direct and indirect fire on enemys wire
and and rear country 14 000 rounds fired.
||Weather fine. 2000 rounds fired at low-flying planes. Company was relieved
by 4th Cdn M.G. Coy. [O.O. No 57 attached]
Relief complete by 2 a.m. 22nd. Casualties for tour were 2 killed and 6
wounded. Reinforcements for same period were 15 O.R's.
||Weather fine. Company arrived in Rest Billets near Aux Rietz at 4.30
a.m. Company resting cleaning guns belts and equipment.
||Weather fine. Muster parade held. All ranks accounted for. Company
cleaning guns filling belts checking spare parts. 4 O.R. reinforcements
||Weather fine. Company resting. Men paid, bathed and issued with stores.
At 12 noon Company was shelled out of billets. Some damage being done to
vehicles. Billets moved to point near Mt St Eloy - LA TARGETTE ROAD.
||Weather fine. Company resting. Gas Helmet Drill. Moving stores. Carrying
parties moving ammunition into dumps.
||Weather fine but cold. Company moved into Support position relieving
5th Cdn M.G. Coy. [O.O. No 58 attached]
Company moved off at 4 p.m. Relief complete by 9 p.m.
||Weather fine. Company in support position moving to positions in observation
line as follows. [O.O. No 59 attached]
Nos. 1 and 2 Sections in observation lines at A6a (Roclincourt Sheet),
Nos 3 and 4 Sections in Farbus-Vimy Rwy Embankment and relieving Sections
of the 5th Cdn Machine Gun Coy. Move was complete at 11 p.m.
||Weather fine. Company in position in observation line.
||Weather fine. Company in positions in observation line. Lieuts GEORGE
PERCY DOWNING and THOMAS ARTHUR POTTS and 28 O.R's reported from Base.
||Weather fine. Company in observation line positions. Carrying Parties
placed 30 000 rounds S.A.A. in dumps.