War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1916

CONFIDENTIAL

WAR DIARY

OF

18th Canadian Battalion – 2nd Canadian Division

From 1st June to 30th June 1916

Volume 10

With appendices 1 – 2

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
Bedford House 1 Battalion in Brigade Reserve at BEDFORD HOUSE supporting 20th Canadian Bn ‘B’ Coy and Platoon of ‘D” Coy at BEDFORD HOUSE. 1 Platoon ‘D’ Coy at STRONG POINT 7. 2 Platoons ‘D’ Coy at Trench “31R”. ‘A’ Coy at “ECLUSE 8”. ‘C’ Coy at BLUFF TUNNEL. 3 o.r.s returned from Hospital.
Bedford House 2 Position as of yesterday. CAPT. S.M. LOGHRIN admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. 14 o.r.s arrived as reinforcement.
Bedford House 3 Position as of yesterday. LIEUT. H.A. COLTER admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. Killed in Action. 3 o.r. s wounded. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 3 o.r. returned from hospital.
Bedford House 4 Position as of yesterday. CAPT. C.C. HALE (MO) invalided to England and struck of strength (DA.AG) Part II orders #22 show 15 o.r.s struck of strength. MAJOR G.W. NELSON invalided and struck of strength. LIEUT. W.J. BAXTER appointed ADJUTANT.
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HONOURS

Battalion relieved 20th Canadian Bn. ‘A’ Coy in Trench 28 and Crater. ‘B’ Coy in Trench 29/30. ‘C’ Coy Trench 31 and ‘D’ Coy in Trench 32. 1st Canadian Div. on our left. 5th Brigade on our right. 5 o.r.s admitted to hospital (wounded).”The King has been graciously pleased on the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday to give directions to the following appointments for services rendered in connection with Military operations in the field.”“Distinguished Service Order” MAJOR R.J. BROOK 3rd Can. Bn. (Staff Chaplain 4th Can. Inf. Bde.)

“Military Medals” 18th Canadian Bn.

54290 Cpl. C.E. FINCH

53815 L/Cpl. A.H. JONES

53999 L/Cpl. J. BORLAND

54186 L/Cpl. E. LAWSON

54022 Pte. E. HANCOCK

6 Position as yesterday. Heavy evening bombardment of BEAN and POLLOCK and reserve trenches from 1 to 5 pm. Small party of enemy penetrated right junction of BEAN and POLLOCK consequent upon the destruction of the M.G. emplacement and Garrison at BEAN JUNCTION. Enemy was enabled to do so by means of an old communication trench but were driven out by remainder of Garrison at the BEAN under Cpl. ROUTLEY. They evidently hoped to find trench unoccupied. Garrison of the LOOP were called upon to “Stand To” by the sentry Pte. MONTGOMERY and rapid fire was opened as the BOSCHES retired. A wounded Hun was secured in front of POLLOCK.   10 o.r.s Killed in Action. 30 o.r.s wounded. 24 o.r.s arrived as reinforcements.
7 Position as yesterday. Under authority A/13734 A.Gs. Branch Sgt. W.F. Cole appointed Temp. Lieut. 2 o.r.s wounded. 2 o.r.s (sick) admitted to hospital. 4 o.r.s returned from Base hospital.
8 Position as yesterday. 5 o.r.s wounded. 10 o.r.s (sick) admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
9 Position as yesterday. 1 o.r. reported “Died of Wounds.” 3 o.r.s wounded. . 5 o.r.s returned from hospital.
10 Position as yesterday. 20 o.r.s arrived as reinforcements. 1 o.r. reported “Died of Wounds” 2 o.r.s wounded. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. Lieut. W.J. Baxter (Adj) proceeded on leave. CAPT. T.C. LAMB (Paymaster) takes on duties of Adjutant.
11 Night of 11/12th 18thth Can. Bn. relieved by 20th Can. Bn. 18th Bn. moved into Brigade reserve at DICKEBUSCH. 40 o.r.s arrived as reinforcements.
DICKEBUSCH 12 Position quiet – Fatigue parties 6 – o [officers], 280 – o.r. on wiring and carrying on front line. Late – 53646 Sgt. R. Cunningham awarded D.C.M., Late 54324 Pte. T. Jones awarded Military Medal. 2 o.r. returned from hospital. CAPT. F.M. LOGHRIN and LIEUT. H.A. COULTER returned from hospital.
13 Position as of yesterday. LIEUT. J.F. PERKINS arrived as reinforcement. 7 o.r. returned from hospital.
14 Position quiet. MAJOR L.E. JONES and LIEUT. J.J. RICHARDSON returned from leave. 8 o.r.s returned from hospital. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 11 pm times on all watches and clocks advanced 60 minutes.Extract from Signal Message, 4th C.I.B.The following received from the C. in C.

“Please convey to the Canadian Corps my warm congratulations in their gallant and successful attack.”

15 Position as of yesterday. 1 o.r. wounded. 6 o.r.s (sick) admitted to hospital. 5 o.r.s returned from Base hospitals.
16 Position as of yesterday. CAPT. E.H. SHUTTLEWORTH proceeded to England. 4 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 3 o.r.s returned from hospital.
17 18th Canadian Bn. relieved 20th Canadian Bn. in front line. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s wounded. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital. LIEUT. R.O. Mitchell returned from hospital.
FRONT LINE 18 Position fairly quiet.12 o.r.s wounded. 1 o.r. (sick) admitted to hospital. 4 o.r.s returned from hospital.Extract from 4th C.I.B. message.”The G.O.C. 2nd Canadian Division approves of the following officers of wearing the badges of rank of Captain. LIEUT. J.A. McINTOSH, D.E.A. RISPIN.”
19 Position as of yesterday. CAPT. T.C. LAMB (Paymaster) who has been acting Adjutant proceeded on leave. LIEUT. W.J. BAXTER returned from leave. 1 o.r. “Died of Wounds”. 4 o.r.s wounded + 1 o.r. admitted to hospital.
20 Position as of yesterday. LIEUT. H.H. SYKES, J.C. MEWBURN, F.C. MAUND, and H.D. DUNNETT arrived as reinforcements. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. LIEUT. T.S. AIKMAN admitted to hospital (wounded).
21 Position as of yesterday. Nothing unusual. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. 5 o.r.s wounded. 4 o.r.s sick admitted to hospital.
22 Position quiet. LIEUTS. W.F. COLE and J.F. PERKINS proceeded on leave. 6 o.r.s wounded. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital. 2 o.r.s Died of Wounds.
23 Position as of yesterday. Enemy shelling heavy on Reserve line. 2 o.r.s Killed in Action. 1 o.r. “Died of Wounds.” 2 o.r.s returned from hospital. 2 o.r.s Died of Wounds.
RESERVE 24 20th Battn. relieved the 18th Battn. in front line. 18th Can. Bn. in [reserve] at Bedford House. ‘C’ + ‘D’ Coys at BEDFORD HOUSE. ‘B’ Coy in TUNNELL. ‘A’ Coy at ECLIPSE 8. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. CAPT. R.F. PLEGG (M.O.) admitted to hospital. MAJOR A. CAMPBELL (C.A.M.C.) takes on duties of M.O.
25 Position as yesterday. Nothing unusual. 4 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 3 o.r.s returned from hospital.
26 Position as yesterday. 2 o.r.s wounded. 2 o.r.s sick admitted to hospital. 6 o.r.s returned to Battalion from Woodcutting. LIEUTS. E.R.V. Lloyd and N.H. Russell arrived as reinforcements.
27 Position as yesterday. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. Part II orders #25 shows 32 o.r.s struck off strength of Battalion. LIEUT. S.L. GUNN (sick in England) struck off strength.
28 Position quiet. CAPT. R.F. FLEGG (M.O.) returned from hospital. MAJOR S. CAMPBELL returns to 5th Field Ambulance. 3 o.r.s wounded. 2 o.r.s sick admitted to hospital.
29 8 pm 18th Can. Bn. relieved 20th Can. Bn. in front line. LIEUT. R.H. SHEFFIELD returned from hospital. 2 o.r.s wounded. 2 o.r.s sick admitted to hospital. 10 o.r.s returned from hospital.
30 Position as yesterday. 1 o.r. ret’d from hospital. CAPT. T.C. LAMB and LIEUT. W.F. COLE returned from leave.

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