War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1915

Confidential

War Diary

Of

18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Canadian Division

From 1st November To 30th November 1915

Volume 3

Place:

Date: Nov 1

Hour:

Battalion in Divisional Reserve at La CLYTTE.

Place:

Date: Nov 2

Hour:

Battalion relieved 19th Bn. In trenches and at Vierstraat – “B” + “D” Coys in Trenches.

Place:

Date: Nov 3

Hour: [Illegible]

Battalion at Vierstraat.

Place:

Date: Nov 4

Hour:

Battalion at Vierstraat “A” + “C” Coys relieved “B” + “D” Coys.

Place:

Date: Nov 5

Hour: [8 pm?]

Battalion at Vierstraat.

Place:

Date: Nov 6

Hour:

Battn. At [Vierstraat], in trenches.

Place:

Date: Nov 7

Hour:

-Ditto-

Place:

Date: Nov 8

Hour:

Battn. Went into Brigade Reserve at Ridgewood.

Place:

Date: Nov 9

Hour:

Battn. At Ridgewood

Place:

Date: Nov 10

Hour:

-Ditto-

Place:

Date: Nov 11

Hour:

-Ditto-

Place:

Date: Nov 12

Hour:

Battalion relieved 19th Bn. In trenches and at Vierstraat – “B” + “D” Coys in Trenches.

Place:

Date: Nov 13

Hour:

Battn. At Vierstraat. [“B” + “D” Coys in Trenches.]

Place:

Date: Nov 14

Hour:

-Ditto- [Battn. At Vierstraat. “B” + “D” Coys in Trenches.]

Place:

Date: Nov 15

Hour:

-Ditto- “C” + “A” Coys in trenches.

Place:

Date: Nov 16

-Ditto-

Hour:

Place:

Date: Nov 17

Hour:

Battn at La CLYTTE – Bgde [at] Reserve

Place:

Date: Nov 18

Hour: 8:30/10:30

-Ditto- [Battn at La CLYTTE] Inspection of equipment – 2 pm – 4 pm Foot inspection, bathing –

Place:

Date: Nov 19

Hour: 8:30/10:30

Gas helmet drill

Place:

Date: Nov 20

Hour: 8/11:30

Coy drill – Coy in attack, with use of smoke helmets – 2 pm/4 pm Route march

Place:

Date: Nov 21

Hour: 10 am

Divine Service

Place:

Date: Nov 22

Hour: 8:30/11:30

Coy + platoon drill. 4 pm Bn relieved 19th Bn in trenches – “D” + “B” Coys in trenches and “A” + “C” Bn reserve at Vierstraat.

Place: In Field

Date: Nov 23

Hour:

“A” + “C” Bn Reserve – “D” + “B” Coys in trenches.

Place:

Date: Nov 24

Hour:

“D” + “B” Coys relieved by “A” + “C” in trenches

Place:

Date: Nov 25

Hour:

“A” + “C” in trenches “B” + “D” in reserve at Vierstraat

Place:

Date: Nov 26

Hour:

Battn relieved by 19th Bn. 18th Bn go to Bgde Reserve at Ridgewood

Place:

Date: Nov 27

Hour:

Bn at Ridgewood

Place:

Date: Nov 28

Hour:

-Ditto-

Place:

Date: Nov 29

Hour:

-Ditto-

Place:

Date: Nov 30

Hour:

-Ditto-

Notes:

Note that the descriptive quality of this diary is lacking compared to the previous Battalion War Diary and the Medical Officer’s Diary. It may have been indicative that during that time the cost of fighting and dying was weighing on the now blooded soldiers of the 18th.

Note that the Diary has initials after each entry, possibly ESW.

The casualties (not including wounded) during this month in war dead were the following:

Surname Forename Initials Age KIA Rank Country Service No.
PIPER T J 40 04/11/1915 Lance Corporal Belgium 54167
SUMNER IRA WILLIAM I W 22 25/11/1915 Private Belgium 54320
CLARKE FRANK L. H. F L H 29 05/11/1915 Private Belgium 53092
SPOONER J 47 14/11/1915 Lance Sergeant Belgium 53878
KNIGHT GEORGE EBENEZER G E 17/11/1915 Private United Kingdom 53350
PRIESTLEY TRUEMAN T 17/11/1915 Private United Kingdom 53840
McMILLAN W 23/11/1915 Private Belgium 53143
RYDE WILLIAM H. W H 26 23/11/1915 Private Belgium 53278
GOODIER EDWARD E 32 24/11/1915 Private Belgium 53678

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