War Diary of the 18th Battalion: May 1916

CONFIDENTIAL

WAR DIARY

OF

18th Canadian Battalion   2nd Canadian Division

From 1st May to 31st May 1916

Volume 9

Place May Hour Summary of Events and Information
1 Battalion in camp. Bath and clothing Parade. CAPT C.P. Laing returned from Hospital. 1 o.r. died. Fatigue party of 350 men out during night.
2 Battalion in camp. Routine. 5 o.r. returned from Hospital. Battalion rifle and equipment inspection.
3 Battalion in camp. 1 o.r. died of wounds. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. Part II orders show CAPT C.E.F. Ambery struck of strength on account of transfer to Canadian Record Office. Fatigue party of 400 men to front line on general works and improvements.
Camp 4 7 p.m. 7 pm Battalion moved to D camp. D.R.O. 2147 shoes CAPT A. CARLISLE (CHAPLAIN) attached to 18th Battalion. 3 o.r. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
D CAMP. 5 LIEUT. R.B. BARNES arrived as reinforcement. LIEUT. J.C. CULLEN admitted to hospital. . 3 o.r. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. CAPT C.P. LAING detailed to attending Officer’s course on sniping.
D CAMP. 6 LIEUT. G.V. NELSON arrived as reinforcement. D.R.O. 2167 shows S.M. AIKMAN to be Temporary Lieutenant. 11 o.rs. arrived as reinforcements. 1 o.r. wounded. 5 o.r.s admitted to hospital.
D CAMP. 7 9:30 AM Church parade. BRIG. GEN. RENNIE attended. . 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
D CAMP. 8 7 p.m. Battalion moved to Brigade Reserve at SCOTTISH WOOD and VOORMEZEELE. ‘A’ and ‘D’ coys garrison in VOORMEZEELE. LIEUT. R.H. SHEFFIELD temporarily appointed to command ‘A’ Coy.
BRIGADE RESERVE 9 8.30 pm. Battalion position as yesterday. MAJOR G.W. NELSON returned to Battalion.Battalion relieved 29th Can Bn in centre section, trenches 15-16-17-18 and 19. 21st Can Bn relieved 18th Battn in Brigade reserve. 9 o.rs. arrived as reinforcements 5 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
10 Position as yesterday. MAJOR G.W. NELSON relieved. CAPT. T.C. LAMB (paymaster) as Adjutant. 6 o.rs. wounded. 3 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 2 o.rs. returned from hospital. 20th Can Bn on our right. 19th Can Bn on our left.
11 9 pm ‘B’ and “c” coys relieved. ‘A’ and ‘D’ coys in front lines. LIEUT. W.K. FRASER arrived as reinforcement. Bn. has attended to trenches 15 to 20 inclusive. LIEUT. R.H. SHEFFIELD admitted to Hospital. LIEUT. T.S. AIKMAN proceeded on leave. LIEUT. R.H. MARTIN detailed to report to R.P.C. 4 o.rs. wounded. 2 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
12 Position as yesterday. 2 o.rs. Killed. 3 o.rs. wounded. 1 o.r. returned from Hospital.
13 9 pm 21st Can Bn relieved 18th Can Bn. 18th Can Bn moved into Brigade reserve at SCOTTISH WOOD. ‘A’ and ‘D’ coys garrison VOORMEZEELE. 4 o.rs. wounded. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
CORP RESERVE 14 10 pm Battn. relieved by 25th Can Bn. 18th Battn moved into Corp Reserve at I Camp. 11 o.rs. arrived as reinforcement.
I CAMP 15 MAJOR G.W. NELSON admitted to hospital. LIEUT. J.A. MACINTOSH [Most probably Lt. J.A. McIntosh] takes over duties as adjutant. LIEUT. HODGINS proceeded on leave. 1 o.r. wounded. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 3 o.rs. returned from hospital.
I CAMP 16 Bath and clothing parade. Coy inspection of equipment. CAPT. C.E.P. AMBERY proceed to Canadian Record Office London and struck off strength.
I CAMP 17 9 pm/2 AM Clothing and Bath parade. Rifle inspection by Brigade Armourer Sgt. Fatigue party 400 men working on general repairs, strengthening garrison and front line. LIEUT. W.J. BAXTER (Adjutant) returned from Hospital. 2 o.rs. returned from hospital.
I CAMP 18 10 AM Commanding Officers’ parade. LIEUTS. R.G. ELLIOT, J.S. BELL, T.S. AIKMAN returned from leave. 4 o.rs. admitted to Hospital. 2 o.rs. returned from hospital.
I CAMP 19 CAPT. G.C. HALE (MO) admitted to hospital. CAPT. R.F. FLEGG (C.A.M.C.) attached as M.O. 4 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 2 o.rs. returned from hospital. Fatigue party of 400 men to front line. MAJOR MILLIGAN proceeded on leave. MAJOR JONES assumed command.
I CAMP 20 9.30 AM Church parade. Holy communion 10 AM. LIEUT. J.S. BELL attached 2nd Canadian School of Instruction. LIEUT. BARNES appointed M.O. Officer. 4 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 4 o.rs. returned from hospital.
CORP RESERVE I CAMP 21 CAPT. LOGHRIN, LIEUT. GWYN proceeded on leave. 8 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 2 o.rs. returned from hospital. Fatigue part 400 men to front line during night.
I CAMP 22 Routine. 11 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 9 o.rs. returned from hospital.
I CAMP 23 9.20 AM Battalion muster parade. Routine. 3 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 7 pm Fatigue party 400 men to front lines.
I CAMP 24 Routine. 5 o.rs. admitted to hospital. 3 o.rs. returned from hospital.
I CAMP 25 9 AM Commanding Officer parade
I CAMP 26 Routine. MAJOR J.H. PORTER who has been attached to 18th Bn proceeded to rejoin his unit. . LIEUT. R.H. MARTIN seconded from 21st April 1916 under authority A/13394. C.S.M. [S.S. or J.J. ]RICHARDSON appointed Temp. Lieut.
27 Routine. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital – 2 o.r. ret’d from hospital.
28 Routine. Church Parade 9.30 am. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital & 1 o.r. returned.
29 Routine. MAJOR MILLIGAN returned from leave & resumed command of Battn. Appoint. of CAPT. R.F. FLEGG, C.A.M.C. to 18th Bn approved by G.M.O. [vice ?] CAPT. G.C. HALE [illegible] sick. LIEUT. A.S. ALLEN appt’d [illegible] officer. LIEUT. McCLINTON app’d Grenade officer. 2 o.r. admitted hospital & 4 o.r. ret’d.
FIELD 30 4th Can. Infy. Bgde. relieved 1st Bgde. See Battn operation orders attached. LIEUT GWYN ret’d from leave. 1 o.r. arr’d as reinforcement. 5 o.r. from Canadian Casualty Base Depot. 3 o.r. ret’d from hospital.
31 Position as yesterday. Capt. LOGHRIN ret’d from leave.

Notes:

  1. The May 15th reference to Lt. J.A. MACINTOSH is most probably a spelling error of Lt. John Alexander McIntosh.

 

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