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6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
War Diary - February 1917
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
Burbure February
1
Weather fine and cold. Company carried out training as per attached syllabus. Syllabus attd.  Lt. W.F.T. TUCKER proceded on map-reading course at PERNES.
2 Weather fine and very cold. Company carried out training as per attached syllabus.
3 Weather fine and cold. Company carried out training as per attached syllabus.
4 Weather fine and cold. per attached syllabus.  Company played the 6th T.M. Battery at Association Football, winning the game by the score 3 goals to 1.
5 Weather cold with snow showers. Company attended bathing parades. Company carried out training as follows: Gun Drill and Mechanism.
6 Weather cold and fine. Company was inspected by G.O.C. 2nd Canadian Division on Company Parade Ground (Map Ref. Sheet 36B C3B2.6.). Company played the 4th Company C.E. at Football (Association). Game awarded to 4th Coy on toss of coin.
7 Weather cold and fine. Company carried out training as per attached syllabus.
8 Weather fine and very cold. Company carried out training as per attached syllabus.
9 Weather cold and fine. Company carried out training as per attached syllabus.  Lt. TUCKER returned from map reading course PERNES.
10 Weather fine and cold. In accordance with operation order (O.O. No 42) the company commenced its move to the line. Headquarters and No. 1 Section with the necessary transport were attached to the 31st Bn. and moved from Burbure to Houdain via MARLES-LES-MINES and PLACE A BRUAY. Section paraded 8.20 a.m. and moved off at 8.30 a.m. meeting 31st Bn guides at 8.50 a.m. and arriving HOUDAIN at 2.15 p.m. No. 2 Section with necessary transport was attached to 27th Bn. and marched to MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ. Section paraded at 8.20 a.m. and moved off at 8.30 a.m. meeting the 27th Bn at 9.05 a.m. and arriving MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ at 2.45 p.m. Nos 3 and 4 Sections remained in Rest Billets at BURBURE.
11 Weather fine and cold. No 1 Section with Company Headquarters and necessary transport attached to the 31st Bn marched from HOUDAIN to the TRANSPORT LINES ECOIVRES via RANCHICOURT, REBREUVE, GAUCHIN-LEGAL, ESTREE-CAUCHY, LES 4 VENTS and CAMBLAIN L'ABBE. Sections paraded at 8.20 a.m. and joined 31st Bn at 8.40 a.m. arriving at ECOIVRES at 1.45 p.m. No 2 Section with necessary transport from MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ to ESTREE-CAUCHY via REBREUVE and GAUCHIN-LEGAL. Section paraded at 8.55 a.m. and joined 27th Bn at 9.05 a.m. arriving ESTREE-CAUCHY at 12.35 p.m. No's 3 and 4 Sections remained in rest billets at BURBURE. Lieut. STONEHEWER proceeded on Map-Reading Course to PERNES.
Coy Hdqrs
(A21 d 60.95)
12 Weather cold and dull. No 1 Section relieved a section of the 8th Canadian Machine Gun Company in the line in the following positions LOUNGE (A22 a 10.20), HIPPODROME (A21 b 45.30), LABYRINTH REDOUBT (A21 b 32.70) and SPOONER (A15 d 93.35). Section left Transport lines at 9.00 a.m. and proceeded via MAROEUIL and ANZIN ST. AUBIN to positions. Guides met Section at. Relief was completed at 1.30 p.m.
No 2 Section relieved a section of the 8th Canadian Machine Gun Company in support in the following positions SAUSAGE REDOUBT (A21 c 30.30) and COMPANY HEADQUARTERS (A21 d 60.95). Section left ESTREE-CAUCHY at 6 a.m. and proceeded via ECOIVRES, MAROEUIL and ANZIN ST. AUBIN. Section was met by guide at ANZIN ST. AUBIN CHURCH at 11 a.m. Relief was complete at 1.20 p.m.
No 3 Section, accompanied by necessary transport left REST BILLETS BURBURE attached to 28th Bn. marched to HOUDAIN via MARLES-LES- MINES and BRUAY leaving BURBURE 9.30 a.m. arriving HOUDAIN at 2.45 p.m.
No 4 Section with necessary transport attached to 29th Bn proceeded to MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ via MARLES-LES-MINES and BRUAY leaving BURBURE 9.05 a.m. and arriving MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ at 2.50 p.m.
13 Weather fine and cold. The O.C. accompanied by 2nd-in-Command inspected positions in line and support. No 3 Section attached to 28th Bn moved from HOUDAIN to transport lines ECOIVRES via RANCHICOURT, REBREUVE, GAUCHIN-LEGAL, ESTREE-GAUCHY and CAMBLAIN L'ABBE leaving HOUDAIN 8.40 a.m. and arriving at ECOIVRES 2.00 p.m.
No 4 Section attached to 29th Bn moved from MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ to transport lines ECOIVRES via REBREUVE, GAUCHIN-LEGAL, ESTREE- GAUCHY and CAMBLAIN L'ABBE leaving MAISNIL-LES-RUITZ 9.20 a.m. and arriving transport lines at 3.00 p.m.
Coy Hdqrs
(A21 d 60.95)
14 Weather fine and cold. The O.C. visited positions in line and support. Reserve crews carried a supply of ammunition to forward positions. Remainder of No 3 and 4 Sections at rest in Billets.
15 Weather fine and cold. Sections at transport lines carrying out training as follows:Gas Helmet Drill, Indirect fire and Gun Drill. The O.C. inspected all gun positions.
16 Weather fine turning dull and milder towards night with showers of rain. Nos 3 and 4 Sections carrying on with drill as follows. Mechanism. Immediate Action. Gas Helmet Drill. The O.C. inspected gun positions in line and support.
17 Weather dull and mild making trenches wet and almost impassable in places. No 3 Section relieved No 2 Section in support positions. After relief by No 3 Section No 2 Section relieved No 1 Section in the line. No. 1 Section then proceeded to transport lines ECOIVRES.
Sausage
Redoubt
(A21 c.30.30)
18 Weather dull and mild. Headquarters and half of No 3 Section moved to SAUSAGE REDOUBT. Sections at rest engaged in Drill as follows. Gun Drill. Indirect Fire and Gas Helmet Drill.
19 Weather dull and mild. O.C. attended conference of Machine Gun officers at PERNES. Crews engaged in carrying ammunition and stores and making minor repairs to Dugouts. Sections at rest engaged at Drill as follows. Mechanism. Gun Drill and Indirect Fire.
20 Weather mild with rain all day. Crews cleaning and draining trenches. Sections at rest attended lectures by Section Officers on Indirect Fire, Gas Attacks and Mechanism.
21 Weather dull and mild with slight showers of rain. Crews repairing and draining trenches with minor repairs to Dugouts. 750 rounds fired on roads and tramways leading to German front line.
22 Weather dull and mild with heavy rain. O.C. inspected front line positions. Crews engaged in cleaning trenches. Sections at rest attending lectures. Lt. C.V. WILLIAMS proceeded on Map-Reading course at PERNES.
23 Weather dull and mild with mist. Carrying parties moved 25000 rounds ammunition to SAUSAGE REDOUBT. No. 4 Section relieved No 3 Section at SAUSAGE REDOUBT. After relief by No 4 Section, No 3 Section relieved No 2 Section in the line in the following positions. LOUNGE (A22 a 10.20), HIPPODROME (A21 b 45.30), LABYRINTH (A21 b 32.70) and SPOONER (A15 d 93.35). After relief, completed at 4.30 p.m., No 2 Section moved to Transport Lines ECOIVRES. O.O. No 44 attached.
24 Weather dull and raw with heavy mist. No 3 Section fired 1000 rounds on Dumps at A17a. Crews engaged in cleaning trenches and completing latrines at SAUSAGE REDOUBT. Sections in reserve at drill as follows. Range Practice. Indirect and night firing and gas Helmet Drill.
25 Weather dull but clearing. Conference of C.O's at Brigade Headquarters was attended by O.C. and 2nd in Command. No 3 Section fired 4000 rounds on dumps and railway at A17{a 2½.6½ ; a 3.5 ; a 5½.3½} and at A18 a 1.6. Sections at rest and transport details engaged in preparations for move to new billets.
26 Weather fine turning dull and misty. Sections at rest and transport details moved to BOIS DES ALLEUX. Guns on anti-aircraft duty fired 750 rounds at low flying German plane, evidently doing some damage as plane turned back. Guns were located at SAUSAGE REDOUBT A21 c 30.30. 6000 rounds were fired at dumps roads railways and trenches located at A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½, A18 a 1.6, A18 a 1½.9, A23 a 5½. 9½.
27 Weather fine turning dull towards night. Guns on air-craft duty fired 750 rounds on German planes at 7.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. turning one plane back at 7.30 a.m. 6000 rounds were fired between 6 p.m. and midnight on targets located at A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½, A18 a 1.6, A18 a 1½.9, A23 a 5½. 9½. An anti-aircraft gun position was built at SAUSAGE REDOUBT 150 sandbags of earth being used.
28 Weather mild and dull. Crews cleaning guns and ammunition and filling belts. Minor repairs to dugouts and trenches. Carrying parties bringing up ammunition. 6000 rounds were fired between 6.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on following targets A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½, A18 a 1.6, A18 a 1½.9, A23 a 5½. 9½.

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