War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1916

Confidential War Diary

of

18th Canadian Battalion  2nd Canadian Division

From 1st February to 29th February 1916

Volume 6

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
VIERSTRAAT Feb. 1 “B” and “D” Coys in trenches “M” + “N”. Lt. Col. E.S. Wigle acting Brigadier 4th Can. Infy. Bgde. Lieut. RISPIN went to 1st Infy. Bgde. On Staff. 2 other ranks admitted to hospital. 2 other ranks reported missing. Failed to return from patrol.
2 5 pm Relieved by the 19th Can. Bn.. 18th Bn. went to Brigade Reserve at RIDGEWOOD. 2 other ranks admitted to hospital. 1 other rank returned from hospital.
RIDGEWOOD 3 Routine. 4 other ranks struck off strength of Battalion.
Do [Ditto] 4 -Ditto- [Routine] 2 other ranks admitted to hospital. 70 reinforcements arrived.
Do 5 -Ditto- [Routine] 2 other ranks returned from hospital.
Do 6 -Ditto- [Routine] Communion service was held at 11 a.m. CAPT. HALE proceeded on leave.
Do 7 Routine. LIEUTS. F. LAWSON and R.H. MARTIN arrived as reinforcements. CAPT. KENNY of 5th Ambulance attached to relieve CAPT. HALE (M.O.)
8th 5 pm Relieved 19th Can. Bn. at VIERSTRAAT. “A” + “C” Coys in trenches “M” + “N”. LIEUT. C.P. LAING promoted to CAPTAIN to date from 30th Dec. 1915. CAPT. T.C. LAMB admitted to hospital.
VIERSTRAAT 9th Nothing unusual. 4 other ranks admitted to hospital. 1 other rank returned from hospital.
Do 10th MAJOR NELSON returned from leave. 2 other ranks admitted to hospital.
Do 11th “B” + “D” Coys relieved “A” + “C” Coys in trenches at 6.30 pm.
Do 12th “B” + “D” Coys in trenches. 4 other ranks struck of strength of Battalion.
Do 13th Church Parade was held at 9.45 A.M. at VIERSTRAAT for Companies in Reserve. MAJOR JONES and CAPT. LOGHRIN proceeded on leave.
14th 11 pm Battalion relieved by 19th Can. Bn. Relief was delayed on account of heavy shell fire in BOIS CARRE Communication Trench. Battalion in Div. Reserve at LA CLYTTE. 2 other ranks returned from hospital. MAJOR NELSON admitted to hospital.
LA CLYTTE 15th Coys held clothing, bath, pay parades – CAPT. HALE returned from leave.
Do 16 -Do- [Coys held clothing, bath, pay parades.] 6 p.m. Fatigue party for wire laying of 500 men. 20 other men arrived as reinforcements. 2 other ranks admitted to hospital. 2 other ranks returned from hospital.
Do 17th Battn. received inoculation for Para typhoid. 5 other ranks returned from hospital.
Do 18 Inoculation completed. 3 other ranks returned from hospital.
Do 19 Battalion resting after inoculation. CAPT. T.C. LAMB returned from hospital.
VIERSTRAAT 20 Battalion relieved 19th Can. Bn. in trenches “M” + “N”. “A” + “C” Coys in trenches. CAPT. EMERY and CAPT C.P. LAING proceeded on leave. MAJOR EMMERTON admitted to hospital.
Do 21 Position of Battn. as yesterday. 2 other ranks admitted to hospital.
Do 22 -Do- [Position of Battn. as yesterday.] 2 other ranks returned from hospital.
Do 23 6 pm “B” + “D” Coys relieve “A” + “C” Coys. LIEUT. GWYN arrived as reinforcement.
Do 24 Position as yesterday. MAJOR JONES takes over duties as Commandant of Trench Warfare [Sheffield].
25 6 pm Battn. relieved by 19th Can. Bn. 18th Bn. in RIDGEWOOD in Brigade Reserve. LIEUT. DILLON (wounded) admitted to hospital. 6 other ranks struck off strength of Battn.
RIDGEWOOD 26 Position as yesterday.
27 -Do- [Position as yesterday.] LIEUT. KERR transferred to artillery. LIEUT. FORBES-MITCHELL transferred to Bgde. Machine Gun Coy.
RIDGEWOOD 28 Battalion relieved 27th Battn. in S.P. Trenches. “A” Coy in reserve at RIDGEWOOD. 1 other ranks killed. 2 other ranks wounded.
Do 29 Position as yesterday. CAPT. EMERY & CAPT. C.P. LAING returned from leave.

The Butchers Bill

Last Name First Name Age KIA/DOW Rank Service No. Details
BRODIE JAMES BENJAMIN 42 25/02/1916 Private 53776 HUSBAND OF ESTHER BRODIE, OF 2, ANTRIM ST., ST. THOMAS, ONTARIO. NATIVE OF LONDON, ENGLAND.
COLVIN D 24/02/1916 Private 54223
HADLEY J 28/02/1916 Private 412764

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.