War Diary of the 18th Battalion: August 1916

CONFIDENTIAL

WAR DIARY

OF

18th Canadian Battalion – 2nd Canadian Division

From 1st August to 31st August 1916

Volume 12

With appendices 1

[1] Corrected from CRYOTA to CHRYSTAL. Original transcription was incorrect.

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
ALBERTA CAMP 1 Battalion in reserve at ALBERTA CAMP. Pay and Bath parades. 20 o.r.s arrived as reinforcements. 16 o.r.s returned from Base hospital.
ALBERTA CAMP 2 Routine. Clothing parade. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital. Lieut. D.S. WIGLE S.O.S. of this Battalion on being invalided to England 30-7-16.
ALBERTA CAMP 3 Battalion route marching in heavy order. Sgt. W.J. MORRIS granted a commission as Temp. Lieut. 1 sick admitted to hospital.
ALBERTA CAMP 4 Routine. Company parades. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital.
ALBERTA CAMP 5 Brigade on Route March and maneuvers. MAJORS BARBER, FAIRBANK and CAPT. GANDER arrived as reinforcements. Lieut. RAYWARD proceeded on leave. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital.
ALBERTA CAMP 6 Battalion Church parade 10 AM. Part II order #30 dated 31-7-16 shows 1 officer and 20 o.r.s struck of strength of the Battalion. 3 o.r.s returned from hospital.
ALBERTA CAMP 7 LIEUT. W.H. WILLARD returned from hospital. LIEUT. B.J. BATES and H.W. SMITH arrived as reinforcements. 2 o.r.s discharged unfit and sent to Base. 3 o.r.s returned from hospital.
8 The 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade relieved the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade in VIERSTRAAT sector. 18th Canadian Battalion moved into Brigade Reserve at LACLYTTE. LIEUT. W.O. BROWN accidently killed. 14 o.r.s wounded.
LACLYTTE 9 Company parades. General inspection by MAJOR GEN. TURNER and BRIG. GEN. RENNIE.
LACLYTTE 10 Position as yesterday. 20 o.r.s arrived as reinforcements. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
LACLYTTE 11 Battalion Pay parade. Part II order #31 shows 30 o.r.s struck off strength of Battalion. LIEUT. H.D. DUNNETT admitted to hospital sick. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital. LIEUTS. J.P. CHRYSTAL [1] and A.E. COOK arrived as reinforcements.[NOTE: Need to find these officers.]
LACLYTTE 12 Battalion Pay and Bath parades. 3 o.r.s returned from hospital. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. D.R.O. #2648 shows 6 o.r.s appointed to Commissions from 18th Can. Bn.
LACLYTTE 13 Battalion in Reserve. 3 o.r.s admitted to hospital. Extract from London Gazette;- LIEUTS. J.A. McINTOSH and D.E.A. RISPIN [to] be Temp. CAPTAINS. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
LACLYTTE 14 Routine. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital. 3 o.r.s returned from hospital.
15 18th Battalion relieved the 19th Battalion in the line. ‘C’ and ‘D’ Coys in trenches M and N. ‘A’ and ‘B’ Coys in Battalion reserve at VIERSTRAAT. 1 o.r. arrived as reinforcement.
TRENCHES 16 Position quiet. 4 o.r.s to Base, considered unfit by A.D.M.S., 2nd CAN. DIV. 1 o.r. sick admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. 1 o.r. “Killed in Action.”
17 Position as yesterday. Enemy artillery active. 53648 Pte. A. FORRESTER awarded the Military Medal. 4 o.r.s sick admitted to hospital.
18 Position as yesterday. Part II orders #32 shows 8 o.r.s S.O.S. 18th Battn.
19 ‘A’ and ‘B’ Coys relieved ‘C’ and ‘D’ Coys in front line. LIEUT. W.J. MORRIS proceeded on leave. LIEUT. T. KIRKHAM admitted to hospital. 5 o.r.s returned from hospital.
20 Position as yesterday. MAJOR H.L. MILLIGAN granted permission to wear badges of rank of LIEUT. COL. LIEUT. A.S. ALLEN awarded MILITARY CROSS. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital.
21 Position as yesterday. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. 30 o.r.s arrived as reinforcements. Nothing unusual.
22 18th Canadian Battn. relieved by 46th Can. Battn. 18th Can. Bn. moved into Kenora Camp.
KENORA CAMP 23 Battn. resting. Bath and clothing parades. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital. Commanding Officer’s parade.
24 5 AM Battalion parade full marching order for march to STEENVOORDE. 4th Canadian Brigade group move as a whole. Arrived at Billets 10.30 a.m. Battalion resting.
STEENVOORDE 25 Battalion in billets. Commanding Officer’s parade and inspection. Full marching order. Part II #33 shows 22 o.r.s S.O.S. of Battalion.
26 Reveille 3.30 a.m. Battalion marched through CASSEL to Billets in NOORDPEENE.
27 Battalion marched to Billets at MILLAIN. 2 o.r.s admitted to hospital.
28 “Fall in” 6.30 a.m. Marched to billets at TOURNEHEM through WATTEN and NORDASQUES. LIEUT. R.H. MARTIN S.O.S. from 24-8-16 posted to R.F.C.
TOURNEHEM 29 Battalion on Route march and maneuvers. 24 o.r.s arrived as reinforcements. LIEUT. W.F. COLE admitted to hospital while on course. 1 o.r. returned from hospital. Pay parade.
30 Battalion issued with LEE-ENFIELD rifles in place of ROSS MARK III. Battalion Pay parades completed. “WATTEN” placed “Out of Bounds” for troops of 2nd Can. Division.
31 8 am Battalion parade for training as per Brigade orders.

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