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6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
War Diary - January 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
France
Sheet 36A
Nedon January
1
Weather cloudy. Day observed as a holiday.
2 Weather cloudy and slightly milder. Company at training. Physical Drill, Squad Drill, Map Reading and Gas Helmet Drill.
3 Weather fine and milder. Company at training. Physical training, Squad Drill, Company Drill, Immediate Action, Gas Helmet Drill. All guns tested by Divl. Armourer Sgt. Major. Lt. H.J.L. Pearce and C.S.M. L.R. Laister proceeded to Pernes on M.G. Course.
4 Weather fine and turning colder. Company at drill as follows. Physical training, Battalion Parade, Company Parade, Gas Helmet Drill, Immediate Action.
5 Weather cloudy. Company at Drill as usual.
6 Weather cold. Company attended Church Parade. Lt. W.G. Broadbridge admitted Hospital sick. Lt. C.G. Frost proceeded to Corps Gas School.
7 Weather mild and thawing. Company drilling by Sections. Physical training, Gas Helmet Drill, Range Practice, Stoppages.
8 Weather colder with heavy fall of snow. Company drilling in billets. Immediate Action, Mechanism and Gun Drill with Respirators adjusted.
9 Weather mild and thawing. Company at usual drill.
10 Weather mild and thawing. Company at usual drill.
11 Weather cloudy with rain. Thawing. Company at usual drill.
12 Weather cloudy and mild. Company at usual drill.On traffic being lightened on adopting "Thaw Precautions, 8 limbers reported to Divl. Train for duty.
13 Weather fine. Company at usual Drill. Transport inspected on parade ground Nedoncelle by Brig. Gen. H.D.B. Ketchen.
14 Weather cloudy with heavy snow fall. Transport moved off at 9 a.m. and proceeded to Estree Cauchie. Company paraded at 1.30 p.m. in full marching order and proceeded to Nedoncelle where it was inspected by G.O.C. 2nd Cdn. Div. Company took 2nd place. Lieut. W.F. Tucker proceeded on 14 days leave to England.
Aux Rietz
A.8.c.9.5.
Sheet 36B
15 Weather raw with heavy rain. Company paraded at 12.45 p.m. Marched to Pernes via Aumerval and entrained. Moved by rail to Ecurie Railhead detrained and move to Aux Rietz Corner. Hdqrs and the transport were located in old M.G. Camp. Sections were located in Hanson Camp. Move was complete by 8 p.m. Transport moved by road from Estree Cauchie and arrived at 1 p.m.
16 Weather cold with heavy rain. Company in billets preparing for line.
17 Weather cold with heavy rain. Sections moved from Hanson to Cellar Camp.
Coy Hdqrs
S.23.b.65.50
18 Weather cold with rain. During night 18/19th the Company relieved the 16th Cdn M.G. Coy. in Support positions MERICOURT SECTOR with Hdqrs at S.23.b.65.50. [O.O. No. 94 and Appendix attached] Relief was complete by 8 p.m. Lieut. G.E. Bain proceeded on 14 days leave to England.
19 Weather showery. Company holding positions taken up. Situation fairly quiet.
20 Weather showery. Company holding positions taken up. Situation very quiet. Details at Transport lines rebuilding camp.
21 Weather showery. Company holding positions taken up. Situation quiet. Sections repairing positions and dugouts and clearing trenches.
22 Weather showery. Company holding positions taken up. Situation quiet. Sections repairing positions and dugouts & clearing and revetting trenches.
23 Weather showery. Company holding positions taken up. Situation quiet. Sections repairing positions and dugouts and clearing trenches.
24 Weather showery. Company holding positions taken up. Situation quiet. Sections repairing positions and dugouts. Work progressing on Camp at Transport lines.
25 Weather fine and warm. Company holding positions taken up. Situation quiet. Sections repairing positions and dugouts. Cleaning guns and ammunition. Filling and overhauling dumps. Lieut. J.D. Wallbridge admitted Field Ambulance sick 1000 rounds fired at Hostile aircraft.
26 Weather cloudy. Company holding positions taken up. Situation normal. Enemy shelling nil. Crews at work on emplacements, dugouts and trenches. Work on huts in rest billets.
27 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Crews completed shelters for belt-filling purposes. Work on transport and rest billets.
28 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Crews clearing up around positions and dugouts. Work on transport lines and rest billets.
29 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. Crews clearing up trenches and positions. Work on dugouts & latrines.
Ascot
Coy Hdqrs
30 Weather fine. Company holding positions taken up. During night 30/31st the 6th Cdn M.G. Coy. relieved the 5th Cdn M.G. Coy. in the forward area of the Mericourt Sector. [O.O. 95 attached] Relief was successfully completed by 9 p.m.
31 Weather cloudy with heavy fog and cold wind. Company holding positions taken up. Lt. W.F. Tucker returned from leave.
[Signed] J. Stonehewer.
Lt. O.C.
6th C.M.G. Coy.
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