War Diary of the 18th Battalion: July 1916

CONFIDENTIAL

WAR DIARY

OF

18th Canadian Battalion – 2nd Canadian Division

From 1st July to 31st July 1916

Volume II

With appendices 1 – 4

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
Front Line 1 Battalion in trenches at BLUFF INTERNATIONAL TRENCH, BEAN and POLLOCK. 2 o.r.s. Wounded, 2o.r.s.sick, admitted to hospital
2 Position as yesterday. Enemy artillery action 3 o.r.s. “Killed in action.” 6 o.r.s. wounded. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s. returned from hospital. Lieut. W.K. FRASER admitted to hospital (sick). Lieuts. W.H. WILLARD, W.O. BROWN, W.F. HUYCKE arrived as reinforcements.
3 Position as yesterday. 1 o.r. “Killed in Action”, 2 o.r.s. sick, 1 o.r. admitted to hospital.
4 Battalion relieved by 31st Can. Bn. 18th Battalion in reserve at QUEBEC CAMP. Nothing unusual.
QUEBEC CAMP 5 Clothing Parades and Routine. 3 o.r.s. returned from base hospitals. 2 o.r.s.(sick) admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s. returned from hospital.
QUEBEC CAMP 6 Pay Parade. Part II orders #26 shows 41 o.r.s. struck off strength of Battalion. 8 o.r.s. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
QUEBEC CAMP 7 Battalion rifle inspection by Brigade Armourer Sgts. DICKEBUSCH FATIGUE party replaced and officers relieved. Lieut. R.H. SHEFFIELD proceeded to ENGLAND under more orders
QUEBEC CAMP 8 Routine. 2 o.r.s. sick admitted to hospital. Lieuts P.C. PEPPIATT and J.C. [J.M.] CHISHOLM arrived as reinforcements.
QUEBEC CAMP 9 Church parade 10 am. 1 o.r. reported “Died of Wounds” 6-7-16 C.C.S. 2 o.r.s. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. Lieut. A.P. ROSS arrived as reinforcement.
QUEBEC CAMP 10 Parades as per syllabus attached. 3 o.r.s. admitted to hospital.
QUEBEC CAMP 11 Parades as per syllabus attached. Battalion as gas demonstration 2.30 pm. CAPT. T.C. LAMB admitted to hospital. Part II orders shows 24 o.r.s, 1 officer struck of strength of Battalion.
QUEBEC trCAMP 12 Parades as per syllabus attached. LIEUT. C.E.B. CO.R.BOULD (wounded) reported transferred to England,
QUEBEC CAMP 13 Parades as per syllabus attached. 100 o.r.s. arrived as reinforcements. 3 o.r.s. admitted to hospital.
QUEBEC CAMP 14 Battalion parade for Pay. LIEUTs. E.R.V. LLYOD and H.D. DUNNETT proceeded on leave. CAPT. C.H. EMERY takes over duties of paymaster. 2 o.r.s. admitted to hospital.
QUEBEC CAMP 15 7 pm Battalion moved to front line and relieved 22nd Can. Bn. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s. returned from hospital.
TRENCHES 16 Position as shown in operation orders. 3 o.r.s.(sick) admitted to hospital. 3 o.r.s. wounded.
TRENCHES 17 Position as yesterday. Enemy artillery very active. 2 o.r.s. killed in Action. 9 o.r.s. wounded. 3 o.r.s. sick admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s. returned from hospital.
TRENCHES 18 ‘A’ and ‘B’ coys relieved ‘C’ and ‘D’ coys in front line. Part II orders #28 shows 2 officers and 14 o.r.s. struck off strength of Battalion. Enemy shelling heavy to rear of line. 5 o.r. sick admitted to hospital
TRENCHES 19 Position as yesterday. LIEUTS. A.R. MACKEDIE and R.O. MITCHELL (wounded) admitted to hospital. 10 o.r.s. wounded. 4 o.r.s. sick admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s. returned from hospital.
TRENCHES 20 Position as yesterday. LIEUT. N.H. RUSSELL proceeded on leave. 1 o.r. Killed in Action. 1 o.r. Died of Wounds. 2 o.r.s. reported Died of Wounds in hospital.
TRENCHES 21 Position quiet. LIEUT. J.C. CULLEN returned from hospital. 1 o.r. Killed in Action. 1 o.r. wounded. 3 o.r.s. sick admitted to hospital.
TRENCHES 22 Position as yesterday. Nothing unusual. Enemy artillery action. 5 o.r.s. wounded. 2 o.r.s. sick admitted to hospital, 4 o.r.s. returned from hospital. C and D coys relieved A and B coys front line.
TRENCHES 23 Position as yesterday. 1 o.r. reported “Died of Wounds” #10 C.C.S. 20-7-16. 1 o.r. killed in action. LIEUT. W.H. WILLARD and 3 o.r.s. wounded and admitted to hospital. 49 o.r.s. arrived as reinforcements. LIEUTS. E.R.V. LLYOD and H.D. DUNNETT returned from leave.
TRENCHES 24 Position as yesterday. Part II orders #29 shows 17 o.r.s. struck off strength of Battalion. 8 o.r.s. sick. 2 o.r.s. wounded, admitted to hospital. 3 o.r.s. returned from hospital.
TRENCHES 25 Position as yesterday. 4 o.r.s. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. Reconnaissance of Enemy wire made by patrol in view of a raid.
TRENCHES 26 10.30 pm Position as yesterday. 2 o.r.s. sick 6 o.r.s. wounded admitted to hospital.Scouts and bombers made raid on enemy trench.
TRENCHES 27 A and B Coys relieved C and D Coys in front line. 1 o.r. reported “missing”, 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
TRENCHES 28 Position as shown yesterday. LIEUT. W.K FRASER returned from hospital. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital.
TRENCHES 29 Position quiet. SGT. T RAYWARD appointed Temp. Lieut and posted to ‘D’ Coy. 2 o.r.s. wounded.
TRENCHES 30 Position as yesterday. 30 o.r.s. arrived as reinforcements. 2 o.r.s. admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
TRENCHES 31 Battalion will be relieved tonight in front line and move units Reserve at ALBERTA CAMP.

 

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