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6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
War Diary - February 1918
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
Ascot
T.15.a.65.90
February
1
Weather cloudy. Company holding positions taken up. During night 15 000 rds expended on idirect fire on targets T.12.a.26.42 and T.5.a.10.53 from 6 - 11 p.m. and 4 to 6.30 a.m.
2 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. 16,500 rounds fired on targets located at T.5.a.70.90, T.12.a.20.00, T.5.a.20.35, T.5.c.95.85 and T.13.a.36.10 during night 2nd/3rd.
3 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. S.E. Sacks returned from Course at 1st Army School. 2150 Rounds fired at Hostile Aircraft from Aberdeen, Bedford and Picton Positions. 16,500 rounds indirect fire on usual targets. Situation quiet.
4 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. 24,000 rounds expended on targets located at T.5.a.20.35, T.5.c.95.85, U.13.a.36.10, T.12.d.64.16, T.12.d. 20.80, T.11.a.93.35, T.5.c.70.90, T.12.a.20.00.
5 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. At  4 p.m. 400 rds expended on hostile aircraft. 15,500 rounds on usual targets. Six guns laid on box barrage to assist contemplated raid by 25th Cdn. Inf. Bn. Raid did not take place.
6 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. George William Harold Millican reported and assumed the duties of 2nd in Command. 17,500 rounds expended on usual targets. Situation normal.
7 Weather cloudy. Company holding positions taken up. 16 000 rounds expended on following targets. N.35.c.25.15, T.12.a.20.00, T.5.a.20.45, T.5.a.40.35 and T.12.a.26.42. Situation normal.
8 Weather cloudy. Situation normal. Lieut. H.J.L. Pearce and C.S.M. Laister returned from M.G. Course Corps School Pernes. 20 500 rounds expended on usual targets.
9 Weather cloudy. 15 000 rounds fired on usual targets. Enemy artillery and M.Gs. active during night apparently searching for our indirect fire positions especially Abdulla position T.16.a.15.50.
10 Weather cloudy. Lieut. T.H. O'Rourke proceeded on 14 days leave to Ireland. 15 000 rds indirect fire on usual targets.
Coy Hdqrs
S.23.b.60.50
11 Weather fine. During night 11/12th Feb. Company was relieved in the forward area by the 5th Cdn. M.G. Coy. [O.Os. 96 & 97 attached] On completion of relief Company moved to Support Area previously occupied by 5th C.M.G. Coy. Relief was complete by 9 p.m.
12 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Situation quiet.
13 Weather wet. Heavy showers during day. Company holding positions taken up.
14 Weather wet. Company holding positions taken up.
15 Weather showery turning fine and cold. Company holding positions taken up. Situation quiet.
16 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. H.J.L. Pearce proceeded on 14 days leave to England.
Sheet 36B SW
Carency
X.16.c.60.40
17 Weather fine. Transport and details moved from Aux Rietz to Carency. [O.O. No. 98 attached] Leaving at 9.15 a.m. and arriving new camp at 10.20 a.m. During night 17/18th Feb the Company was relieved by the 9th Cdn M.G. Coy in the Support Positions. Relief was complete by 8.30 p.m. and Company moved by Light Railway to Transport Lines CARENCY reaching destination by 10.45 p.m. Lt. C.G. Frost returned from leave. Total Casualties for the Tour of Duty 1 O.R. wounded.
Sheet 36C SW
Coy Hdqrs
M.23.d.45.90
18 Weather fine. Company cleaning up guns etc. in billets. During night 18/19th Feb. Company relieved the 11th Cdn M.G. Coy in the LENS Sector. [O.O. No. 99 attached] Relief was complete by 9 p.m.
19 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Enemy MGs & Trench Mortars active during night 18/19th. 20 000 rounds during night 18/19th on following targets N.20.b.05.95, N.20.b.10.80, M.18.d.95.47, N.15.c.00.70. 17 500 rounds fired on above targets and also N.15.d.10.10 during night 19/20th  Enemy projected gas on N.9.a & c.
20 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. 20 000 rounds expended on usual targets.
21 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Lieut. Arthur Bransby White reported on being posted to Unit 18/2/18. (Auth. Cdn. Corps A/1633 of 18/2/18). 19 000 rounds expended on targets N.14.d.50.95 to N.15.a.30.20, N.21.a.16.90, N.13.c.00.70 to N.15.c.20.88 and N.15.d.00.10.
22 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. 19 000 rounds expended on targets N.20.b.47.93, N.21.a.18.92 and N.14.c.42.50. Lt. G.W.H. Millican AC&R appointed A/Capt. whilst employed as 2nd in Command of Unit with effect from List No 174 20/1/18. [AC&R List No 174]
23 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Situation normal. 23 000 rounds expended on targets N.15.c.18.86, N.14.c.42.50, N.21.a.18.92, N.20.b.47.93, N.27.b.10.30.
24 Weather showery with high wind. Company holding positions taken up. 26 000 rounds expended on following targets N.15.c.20.88, N.14.c.45.20, N.21.d.32.99, N.21.a.76, 56, N.21.c.22.75, N.20.b.73.04. 1 O.R. wounded (gassed).
Tpt Lines
Coy Hdqrs
X.16.c.60.40
Sheet 36B SE
25 Weather showery turning fine and cold. 2750 rounds fired at targets located at N15.c.20.88, N.14.c.45.20, N.27.b.10.30. During night 25/26th Coy was relieved in forward area by the 14th Cdn M.G. Coy. [O.O. No 100 Attached] Relief was complete by 9 p.m. when Company moved to billets in Transport Lines Carency which were reached by 11 p.m. 1 O.R. was wounded (gassed) during day. Making total Casualties for Tour of Duty 2 O.Rs. Wounded (Gassed). 53 O.Rs. attached for duty from 2nd Divl. Wing C.C.R.C.
Carency
X.16.c.60.40
26 Weather fine turning showery. Company cleaning guns and stores. Gas Helmet Inspection, also clothing and bathing parade. Capt. Millican and Lts. Tucker, Forst and Sacks attended Lecture in Camblain l'Abbe by General Byng on CAMBRAI offensive.
27 Weather fine with showers in evening. Company cleaning guns, Gas Helmet Inspection and Drill, Route March (1 hour). Lieut. T.H. O'Rourke returned from leave.
28 Weather showery. Coy. at P.T. Kit Inspection and Muster Parades held. All ranks present or accounted for.
[Signed] C.V. Grantham
Major, O.C.
6th Cdn. M.G. Coy.
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