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6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
War Diary - September 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
CAMBLAIN
L'ABBE
September
1
Weather showery. Upon arrival in Rest Area the Machine Gun Companies of the 2nd Cdn Division were organized into a Battalion called the 2nd Canadian Divisional Machine Gun Battalion under the command of the Divisional Machine Gun officer who is now called the DIVISIONAL MACHINE GUN COMMANDER. All returns being forwarded through his office. Company at drill as follows. Physical Drill and Range Practice.
2 Weather fine. Muster Parade held. [see Appendices for Letter read out at Parade] All Ranks present or accounted for. Company attended Church Parade.
3 Weather fine and very hot. Company at training as follows. Physical Drill, Gun Drill, Immediate Action, Section Drill and Lectures on M.G. Work.
4 Weather fine and very hot. Company at training as follows. Physical Drill, Map Reading and Company Route March. Major A. Eastham. O.C. was admitted to Field Ambulance Sick. Lieut. E.R. ROBISON assumed command of the Company. Lieut. William Beatty reported for duty on being attached from the Machine Gun Pool.
5 Weather fine and very hot. Company at Drill as follows. Physical Drill, Gas Helmet Drill and Gun Drill with Revolver Practice, Lectures and Immediate Action.
6 Weather fine and very hot. Company at training as follows. Physical Drill, Map Work, Gun-laying, Section Drill and Gun Drill. A kit inspection was also held.
7 Weather fine but turning showery. Company Route March in Full Marching Order during morning, afternoon to sports.
8 Weather fine. Company at Drill as follows. Physical training, Gun Drill, Gun laying, Indirect Fire, Gas Helmet drill and Lectures.
9 Weather fine and very warm. Company attended Church Parade at 11 a.m. in CINEMA HUT.
10 Weather fine and very hot. Company at drill as follows. Physical Training, Section Drill, Compass and Map Work and Immediate Action. [see Appendices for Divisional Order ref. Re-organization of Corps]
11 Weather fine but cloudy. Company at training as follows. Physical Drill, Squad Drill, Map Work, Gas Helmet Drill and Lectures. [see Appendix for Divisional Orders]
12 Weather fine and warm. Company training suspended for the day owing to the M.G. Battalion Sports held in Camblain l'Abbe.
13 Weather fine. Company at drill as follows. Company Route March in Full Marching Order.
14 Weather showery. Company at training as follows. Physical Drill, Company Drill, Gun Drill, Immediate Action, and Section Drill.
15 Weather fine. Company at drill as follows. Physical Drill, Gas Helmet Drill, Section Drill, Revolver Drill and Working of Compass.
16 Weather fine. Company attended Church Parade. Lieut. G.E. Bain proceeded on course to Corps Gas School.
MAISNIL
BOUCHE
17 Weather fine. Company moved from CAMBLAIN L'ABBE to MAISNIL BOUCHE. [O.O. No. 81 attached] [see also Divisional Order, Table & Appendix] Reveille at 4.30 a.m. Breakfast at 5 a.m. Limbers packed by 6 a.m. Company paraded at 6.40 a.m. Marched off at 6.45 a.m. arriving at MAISNIL BOUCHE at 7.40 a.m. Remainder of day fixing up billets and at Drill.
Corps Routine Order No. 1442 dated 14/9/1917 awarded the Military Medal to the following N.C.O's of this unit.
No. 73288  Sgt. R.D. BODDIE
No. 423395  Sgt. F. EUSTACE
No. 71230  Sgt. L.T. TINGLEY
No. 602326  Cpl. M. COILEY
No. 141861  L/Cpl. J. BURNIE
18 Weather fine. Company at training as follows. Physical Drill, Gas Drill, Gun Drill, Immediate Action and Revolver Drill. Lieut. W.L. HARDIMAN returned from course at First Army School of Instruction HARDELOT. During the afternoon the Company played a semi-final match at Base Ball with the 29th Cdn Bn on "Y" Grounds CAMBLAIN L'ABBE. Game was declared a draw at the end of the eleventh innings.
19 Company at drill as follows. Physical Training, Gun Drill and Map Work. Weather fine.
20 Weather fine. Company at drill as follows. Physical training, Immediate Action, Map Work and Gun laying.
Coy Hdqrs
S22 c 63.00
21 Company moved to transport lines near BERTHONVAL FARM. Company paraded at 8.55 a.m. moved off at 9 a.m. and arrived at destination via VILLERS AU BOIS at 10.45 a.m. The company rested here until 4 p.m. when they moved off and proceeded to relieve the 5th Cdn M.G. Coy in the SUPPORT LINE. [O.O. No. 82 attached] [see also Divisional Order & Appendix] Relief was complete by 7 p.m.
Coy Hdqrs located at S22 c 63.00. [Map Ref. Sheet 36C SW] No. 1 Section (4 Guns) located at S22 d 45.95 No. 2 Section (4 Guns) located at S22 c 55.15. No. 3 Section (4 Guns) located at S23 c 35.20. No. 4 Section (4 Guns) located at S22 b 90.10. Company came into line slightly under strength (15 men) and with 32 O.R's attached as Carrying Party. At 5 p.m. the Company played the 29th Cdn Bn at Baseball on the R.N.A.S. Grounds Mt. St. Eloy. Game was called during 6th Innings on account of darkness and the game was awarded the Company. Score 13 to 6.
22 Weather fine. During night 22/23 Party under LIEUT BROADBRIDGE consisting of 32 O.R's 6th Cdn M G Coy and 32 O.R's 14th C.M.G. Coy established a Dump at T8 a 10.45 and placed in it 500 Boxes S.A.A. [see Appendix for Divisional Order] Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. G.E. Bain returned from Corps Gas School.
23 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. J.D. WALLBRIDGE proceeded to CAMIERS to attend a Machine Gun Demonstration. Owing to the inability to obtain cars on the Light Railway no ammunition was handled during the night.
24 Weather fine and very warm. Company holding positions taken up. During night 500 Boxes S.A.A. were placed in Dump at T8 a 10.45 by Carrying Party under Lieut. BROADBRIDGE.
25 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Notification was received in Divisional Routine Orders that Lieut. W.F. TUCKER had been awarded the Military Cross.
26 Weather fine but cloudy. 250 Boxes S.A.A. placed in dump in Square T14b. Lieut. J.D. Wallbridge returned from M.G. demonstration CAMIERS.
Coy Hdqrs
BADGER
T20 b 10.85
27 Weather showery. Company holding positions taken up. During afternoon 27th the Company was relieved in Support positions by the 14th Cdn. M.G. Coy. [O.O. No. 83 attached] [see also Divisional Order] Relief was complete by 6.30 p.m. Upon completion of relief the Company marched into forward area and relieved the 5th Canadian Machine Company in the forward area. Relief was complete by 12 midnight. 250 rounds fired at low-flying planes. 4000 rounds indirect fire on selected targets. Lieut. G.E. Bain proceeded on leave to England.
28 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. Robison O.C. reported to the G.O.C. 6th Cdn Inf Bde which was holding the area in which Company was located. The O.C. and the 2nd in Command Lieut. Hardiman inspected all gun positions. The O.C. also visited all Battalion Commanders in the Forward Area. 250 Rounds fired on targets : Railway Line from N34 c 05.80. to N34 d 10.10., Overland Route from N34 d 10.10 to N34 Central, Cross Roads T5 a 10.85 and Overland Route from N34 c 20.70 to N34 b 30.60.
29 Weather fine, foggy in morning. Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. W.F. Tucker proceeded to Camiers on M.G. Course. 200 rounds fired at low-flying planes. 16,000 rounds on Indirect Fire on targets of 28th Inst.
30 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. 250 rounds at low-flying planes. At 4 a.m. alarm of gas in left sector.
During month Casualties were Nil. Lieuts. G.E. Bain and W. Beatty were posted to the Company, while Major A. Eastham and Lieut. C.V. Williams were invalided to England.
Appendix A.  Laudatory
Appendix B.  2nd Cdn Divl M.G. Bn Letters and Orders
[Signed] E.R. Robison. Lieut.
O.C. 6th C.M.G.Coy.
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