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6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
War Diary - March 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
Coy Hdqrs
A21 c.30.30
1 Weather fine but cold. No 1 Section relieved No 4 Section in support at SAUSAGE REDOUBT (A21 c.30.30).  [O.O. No 45 attached]  After relief by No 1 Section No 4 Section relieved No 3 Section in the line.  No 3 Section then moved to Details Camp ECOIVRES.  Relief complete by 3.15 p.m. 8000 rounds were fired from 7 p.m. to 11.45 p.m. on targets at following localities A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½, A18 a 1.6, A18 a 1½.9, A23 a 5½. 9½.
2 Weather fine and mild. Crews engaged in cleaning guns and filling belts.  Alternative emplacement built at LABYRINTH CRATER positions A21 b  22.70. Work on anti aircraft position at SAUSAGE REDOUBT (A21 c.30.30).  Details camp moved from ECOIVRES to Mt. St. ELOY. 2000 rounds fired from  7.15 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. on following localities. A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A18 a 1½.7½.
3 Weather fine but dull. Crews engaged in cleaning guns and filling belts. 4000 rounds fired from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 6000 rounds from 6.25 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on following targets A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½, A18 a 1.6, A18 a 1½.7½, A23 a 5½. 8½.
4 Weather fine and cold. Crews engaged in cleaning guns and filling belts. Also engaged in minor repairs and cleaning of trenches. 20 000 rounds of ammunition brought up to positions. 2000 rounds fired from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on following targets A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½.
5 Weather dull with snow. 9000 rounds fired on enemys trenches from 4.30 a.m. to 7 a.m. before and during raid by 1/6 Gordons Highlanders 51st Division. Zero hour being 6.10 a.m. Raid was successful. 6000 rounds were fired from 9.00 p.m. to 11.40 p.m. on targets as follows A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½, A18 a 1.6, A18 a 1½.7½, A23 a 5½. 9½.
6 Weather fine but cold. 2000 rounds were fired from 6 a.m. to 6.30 a.m. on enemys communication trenches (A17b - A17d). Crews cleaning guns and filling belts. Minor repairs to trenches. 6000 rounds were fired from 6.45 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on usual targets. A17 a 2.6½, A17 a 3.5, A17 a 5½.3½, A18 a 1.6, A18 a 1½.7½, A23 a 5½. 9½.
Mt. St. Eloy 7 Weather dull and cold with heavy wind. The Company was relieved in the line and support by the 2nd Cdn M.G. Coy.  [O.O. No 46 attached]  Relief was completed by 2.15 p.m. After relief Nos 4 and 1 Sections moved to lines in MOUNT ST. ELOY.
Petit Servins 8 Weather dull and cold with heavy wind and snow showers. The Company with the transport necessary to carry guns, blankets and stores moved to PETIT SERVINS via the VILLERS AU BOIS wood. [O.O. No 47 attached] Company paraded at 9.10 a.m. in full marching order and moved off at 9.14 a.m. accompanied by 8 Limbers.  Company arrived at PETIT SERVINS at 11.35 a.m. The Transport with details  remained in Lines in the BOIS DES ALLEUX.
9 Weather dull and cold. The Coy joined the Brigade on Parade Ground about W10b S.E. of MAISNIL BOUCHIE and was inspected by SIR ROBERT BORDEN accompanied by the HON ROBERT ROGERS and the HON J.D. HAZEN. Company paraded at 10.15 a.m. and marched off to Review Ground at 10.20 a.m. The O.C. and 2nd in Command attended Conference of CO's and adjutants at Brigade Hdqrs.
10 Weather dull and stormy. Officers went over marched COURSE in TRAINING AREA. Sections attended lectures on Areas involved in coming offensive and fired 6000 rounds on ranges.
11 Weather dull but warmer. Company attended Church Parade in vicinity of billets. Lectures were given on coming action. Nos 3 and 4 Sections went over marked course in TRAINING AREA.
12 Weather fine and warm turning dull with rain towards night. Lieut J. WADDINGTON departed for PERNES to attend special course in Map Reading. Nos 1 and 2 Sections went over marked course. Nos 3 and 4 Sections fired 6000 rounds on ranges.
13 Weather dull and stormy. No 3 Section went over marked course in Training. Crews cleaning guns and putting guns in condition. Lectures to Sections on Offensive Action.
14 Weather dull but mild. Nos 2 & 4 Sections went over marked course in Training Area. Nos 1 and 3 Sections fired 6000 rounds on range in practice.
15 Weather dull and mild. Sections attended lectures on Marked Course in Training Area, Offensive Action and First Aid by Section Officers. Nos 1 and 4 Sections fired 4500 rounds on range.
16 Weather fine but chilly. Nos 3 and 4 Sections took part in a Practice Attack over marked course along with the rest of the Brigade. O.C. attended Conference at Brigade Headquarters. Nos 1 and 2 Sections at drill.
17 Weather fine and warm. Nos 3 and 4 Sections took part in the Practice Attack over marked course. Nos 1 and 2 Sections at training, for offensive action.
18 Weather fine but chilly. Company attended Church Parade.
19 Weather fine turning stormy with heavy wind. Company took part in Practice attack over marked course in fore noon. O.C. attended Conference at Bde Hdqrs. Company at Lectures on Offensive Action by Section Officers in afternoon. Lt J W V DICKIE proceeded to Machine Gun School CAMIERS.
20 Weather stormy with rain and snow. Company at Lectures on offensive oction.
  Lieut WADDINGTON returned from Map Reading Course at PERNES.
21 Weather dull and cold. Nos 3 and 4 Sections took part in practice attack over marked course. Nos 1 and 2 Sections training for action.
22 Weather dull and cold. The O.C. went to Army Hdqrs to examine maps of area to be attacked. The 2nd in Command with Lieuts HARDIMAN and WILLIAMS went into the line to examine positions company would take over.
Coy Hdqrs
Neuville
St Vaast
23 Weather fine but Dull. The Company moved to the BOIS DES ALLEUX at Mt St ELOY via the VILLERS AU BOIS road. [O.O. No 48 attached] Company paraded at 8.50 a.m. and marched off at 9 a.m. arriving at the BOIS DES ALLEUX at 10.45 a.m. No's 3 and 4 Sections remained with the transport in the wood. No's 1 and 2 Sections relieved corresponding sections of the 5th Cdn M.G. Coy in the line and in support in the NEUVILLE ST VAAST sector in the following positions No 7 (A4 c 4.4), No 8 (A4 c 4.5), No. 1 (A4 c 4½.9), No 2 (A4 a 1.1½), No 1 Reserve (A2 d 6.2½), No 2 Reserve (A3 d 1.5), No 10 (A9 d 2.9), No 11 (A3 d 2½.5½). Relief was complete at 1 a.m. 24/3/17.
24 Weather fine and warm. Nos 3 and 4 Sections relieved corresponding sections of the 4th Cdn M.G. [O.O. No 49 attached] Coy in the night sub section in positions located at A9 b 2½.1½. by 11 p.m. 7000 rounds were fired on THELUS and LES TILLEULS.
25 Weather fine and warm. 500 rounds fired at low-flying planes. Owing to hostile shelling the transport lines details were compelled to move from the BOIS DES ALLEUX to LE PENDU. 9000 rounds fired at targets as follows. Road and trenches from A11 a 9½.9 to A12 a 6.5. Tracks running E and W from A12 a 0.5½ through A12c and A12d to A11 c 3.1, and Lille Rd A5 c 6.9 to A11 a 9½.9 also kitchens in THELUS Area A11c and A12a. Emplacements built at A4 c ½.0. Crews also cleaning guns and filling belts. The O.C. inspected all positions.
26 Weather dull and cloudy. Crews cleaning guns and filling belts. Also working on emplacements at A4 c ½.0. and carrying ammunition. 15000 rounds fired on targets as follows. A12 a 6.7 to A11 a 9.9½. BALLOON AVENUE C.T. A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c 4½.8 to A5 c 5.4, A12 a 9½.9¾ to A12 c 4½.9½.
27 Weather cloudy and cold with rain and snow showers. 250 rounds fired at low-flying planes. Crews engaged in cleaning guns and filling belts. Also in carrying up ammunition both for use and to fill Reserve dump. Work on emplacements at A4 c ½.0. O.C. inspected positions. 18000 rounds fired on targets at following positions A12 a 6.7 to A11 a 9.9½, BALLOON AVENUE, A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c 4½.8 to A5 c 5.4, A12 a 9½.9¾ to A12 c 4½.9½.
28 Weather fine but chilly. Two guns of No 2 Section fired 4000 rounds in support of raid by the 27th Canadian Bn at A4 a 72.92 which took place at 4 a.m. [O.O. No 50 attached] Crews engaged in cleaning guns, filling belts and carrying ammunition. The O.C. attended Conference with the D.M.G.O. at Divisional Hdqrs. Work on emplacements at A4 c ½.0. 18000 rounds fired on targets as follows A12 a 6.7 to A11 a 9.9½, A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c 4½.8 to A5 c 5.4, A12 a 9½.9¾ to A12 c 4½.9½.
29 Weather wet and stormy. The 27th Bn raided enemy's trenches at A4 a 72.92 about 3.53 a.m. Company fired 4000 rounds in support of raid. No prisoners taken but several of enemy were observed running overland into M.G. barrage. Crews cleaning guns and filling belts, Carrying up ammunition 144 000 rounds. Building emplacements at A4 c ½.0. Minor repairs to dugouts and trenches damaged by enemies shell fire. The 31st Bn raided enemy's trenches at A10 b 3¼.6¼ and A10 b 6¾.8¾. The Company fired 6000 rounds on flanks of area raided. Two prisoners were captured. 18000 rounds were fired on targets located at A12 a 6.7 to A11 a 9.9½, BALLOON AVENUE, A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c 4½.8 to A5 c 5.4, A12 a 9½.9¾ to A12 c 4½.9½.
30 Weather fine but cloudy clearing towards evening. Emplacements completed at A4 c ½.0. Repairs to trenches and dugout damaged by shell-fire. 1000 rounds fired at low-flying planes. Minor Repairs to road at Coy Hdqrs. 12,500 rounds fired on targets located at A12 a 6.7 to A11 a 9.9½, BALLOON AVENUE C.T., A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c 4½.8 to A5 c 5.4, A12 a 9½.9¾ to A12 c 4½.9½.
31 Weather fine but cloudy. Emplacements wired at A4 c ½.0. Crews engaged in cleaning guns and filling belts. Carrying up ammunition 90 000 rounds. 12500 rounds fired during night on targets located at A12 a 6.7 to A11 a 9.9½, BALLOON AVENUE C.T., A6 b 6.½ to A10 b 6.3., A5 c 4½.8 to A5 c 5.4, A12 a 9½.9¾ to A12 c 4½.9½.
[Signed] E.R. Robison  Lt. for
Major O.C.
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