War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1919

Confidential
War Diary
of
18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION

From 1st

February 1 1919 to 28th February 1919

Volume 42
With appendices 1 – 28

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
Fosses I.35.75 1 Map for Reference: Namur 8 1/100,000

Battalion training as per Appendix No. 1 attached. In accordance with instructions re. Return to England of Supernumerary Officers, Lieut. C.D. Smith proceeded to England this date. Capt. C.P. Laing (Paymaster) and Capt. T.A. Girling (Veterinary Officer) and 16 O.R.s attached from 4th C.I.B.

2 Church parades were held as per syllabus attached. Lieut. G.J. Spencer returned from duty as Gas Officer with 5th C.I.B. 3 O.R.s attached to 2nd Divl. M.T. Co’y for Course of Instruction in Motor Mechanics. 1 O.R. proceeded to England to return to Canada on compassionate grounds.
3 Battalion training as per Appendix No. 3 attached.
4 Battalion training as per appendix attached (Appendix No. 4.). 3 O.R.s proceeded to England for duty at a demobilization camp.
5 Battalion training as per Appendix No. 5 attached. 1 O.R. returned from duty with 2nd. Dvl. Train.
6 Commanding Officers Inspection was held this morning on Battalion Parade Ground. Dress; Full Marching Order. 1 O.R. on leave. 1 O.R. to hospital. 1 O.R. attached to 6th Fld. Amb. as ambulance driver. Lieut. J. McMillan returned from hospital. A very successful dance was given to-night in the Hotel de Ville by the W.O.S., N.C.O.s and Men of Battalion “Hqrs.” About 30 couples were present. The music was supplied by the Regimental Band. Suitable refreshments were provided by “HQ” Officers.
7 Battalion training as per Appendix No. 7 attached. 1 O.R. returned from leave. 1 O.R. to hospital. Sergt. Drill Instructor attached from C.C.R.C. returns to his Unit, 27th Cdn. Inf. Battn.
8 Battalion training as per Appendix No. 8 attached. The C.O. lectured to all N.C.O.s of the Battalion in the Town Hall this morning. The subject of the lecture was “Discipline”. 5 O.R.s from leave. 2 O.R.s to hospital.
9 Church parades were held as per Appendix No. 9 attached. 1 O.R. returned from leave. 1 O.R. from duty at 4th C.I.B.
10 Battalion training as per Appendix No. 10 attached. Battalion Pay Parades were held in the afternoon. 4 O.R.s returned from leave. 4 O.R.s from 2nd. Cdn. Divl. Guard.
11 Battalion training and educational courses were as per Appendix No. 11 attached. Lieut. C Cook proceeded to PARIS for the purpose of purchasing books for the Battalion Library. Lieuts. G.J. Spencer and F.L. Goodman proceeded to England to continue their studies in the University there. 3 O.R.s attached to 2nd. Divl. M.T. Co’y for one weeks course of instruction in Motor Mechanics. 8 O.R.s returned from leave.
12 Battalion training as per Appendix No. 12 attached. Lieut. J. Morgan returned from leave. Capt. W.S. Michell arrived as reinforcement. 1 O.R. to hospital. 5 O.R.s from leave.
13 Battalion training as per Appendix No. 13 attached. The Battalion Soccer team placed the 20th Battn. team on the Y.M.C.A. Grounds this afternoon. The score was 2 – 0 in our favor. Lieut. S.G. Stokes proceeded to England to continue his studies in the University there. 1 O.R. attached as interpreter from Forestry Corps returned to his Unit. 1 O.R. from hospital and 16 O.R.s from leave.
14 Battalion training and educational courses were as per Appendix No. 14 attached. Capt. T.A. Girling ceases to be att’d from 4th C.I.B. on evacuation to hospital. Capt. W.S. Michell assumes duties of Town Major of Fosses. 1 O.R. attached for duty to Town Major. 1 O.R. to hospital. 1 O.R. att’d. from 4th. Cdn. Sanitary Section. 3 O.R.s proceeded on and 9 O.R.s returned from leave. 1 O.R. arrived as reinforcement.
15 Battalion training and educational classes were as per Appendix No. 15 attached. The “Q.M.” Stores were victors over “A” Co’y. in a football game played on the Y.M.C.A. Grounds this afternoon. The store being 2 – 0. Lieut. J.T. Taylor and 44 O.R.s of “C” Co’y. proceeded to SCLAYN to relieve the 1st. Cdn. Div. Guard on the stores there. Capt. J. Leavitt and Lieut. J. McAmmond proceeded on leave to NICE.
16 Church parades were held as per Appendix No. 16 attached. Lieut. J. Boyd and 8 O.R.s returned from leave. Lt. W.K. Rooney returned from Cdn. Inf. Base Depot. 3 O.R.s to hospital. 8 O.R.s to 4th. C.I.B. Hdqrs. as a Guard. 16 O.R.s returned from leave.
17 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 17 attached. In connection with demobilization, Lt-Col. Jones addressed prospective farmers in the Battalion this morning. 2 O.R.s on Signalling Course. 3 O.R.s to hospital. 1 O.R. from leave. Lt. C. Cook returned from Paris.
18 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 18 attached. A Battalion Library and Reading room was opened to-day. 8 O.R.s from leave. 3 O.R.s attached to 2nd. Divl. M.T. Co’y for one weeks course of instruction in Motor Mechanics.
19 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 19 attached. Lt. A.H. Jones and 4 O.R.s proceeded on leave. An additional 20 O.R.s were despatched to Sclayn for Guard duty.
20 C.O.s Inspection was held at 09:00 hrs. this morning on the Battalion Parade Ground. Dress: Full Marching Order. In the afternoon the Battalion Soccer team played the 19th Battn. team on the Y.M.C.A. Grounds. The score was 4 – 1 in our favor. 1 Officers and 8 O.R.s att’d. To 4th. Battn. C.E.s for construction of Ovens. 8 O.R.s proceeded and 1 O.R. returned from leave. 2 O.R.s returned from Signal Course. 2 O.R.s to hospital.
21 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 21 attached. A dance was given to-night by Battn. “HQ” at the Hotel de Ville. This dance was even more of a success than the inaugural one. Transport Details held a Euchre drive to-night. 8 O.R.s proceeded on and 6 O.R.s returned from leave. 4 O.R.s to hospital.
22 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 22 attached. Officers of the Battalion played a game of Indoor Baseball on the Y.M.C.A. Grounds this afternoon. Major J.S. Bell and 1 O.R. returned from leave. 2 O.R.s to hospital.
23 Battalion Church Parades were held per Appendix No. 23 attached. Voluntary Church service was held in the Cinema to-night. 1 O.R. returned from leave.
24 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 24 attached. Pay parade was held in the afternoon. All public gathering places for Troops were placed  out of Bounds from to-day on account of the epidemic of influenza. Heretofore a nightly entertainment has been given to the Troops at the Battalion CINEMA. 3 O.R.s to hospital.
25 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 25 attached. “A” & “B” Co’ys held Bath paraded this afternoon. Good warm water showers and clean change of clothes were available to the men at the Public Baths FOSSES.

Capt. R.G. Elliott and Lieut. J. MacRae proceeded on leave to ITALY. 1 O.R. on leave. Capt. J. Leavitt and Lt. J. McAmmond returned from leave to NICE. 2 O.R.s from leave. Capt. G.F. Hodgins returned from 5th. C.I.B.

26 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 26 attached. Baths were open to “C” & “D” Co’ys and “HQ” Details to-day. 1 O.R. att’d. Town Major, Fosses as clerk. 1 O.R. att’d. to Battalion from Belgian Mission as interpreter. 8 O.R.s returned from guard duty at 4th. C.I.B.
27 Battalion inspection held at 09:00 hors. This morning on the Battalion Parade ground. Dress: Full Marching Order. Educational work was carried out as usual. 8 O.R.s on leave. 4 O.R.s att’d. 2nd. Cdn. Divl. Train. 1 O.R. to hospital. 1 O.R. to prison.
28 Battalion training and educational work were as per Appendix No. 28 attached. The Battalion soccer team played a team of the Canadian Engineers at GODINNE to-day. Four motor lorries were supplied to carry the team from the Canadian Engineers to  and from the game. The score was 4 – 1 in our favor. During the month 3 days leave has been granted to men desiring to visit BRUSSELS. 3 Days leave was also granted to men desiring to visit Ciply, Mons, Cahpelle les Herliement, and other towns in the vicinity where the Battalion was billeted on the march to Germany.

During the latter part of December, in connection with the “Khaki University” educational classes were inaugurated while the Battalion was stationed at Hennef, Germany. These classes are for the purpose of preparing the men for entry into civilian life on return to Canada. They consist of courses in Agriculture, Business, Motor Mechanics, and Elementary Work. The Elementary class is designed especially for the benefit of men who have not had Common School Education, and consists of classes in Primary Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. The classes in Agriculture, Business, and Motor Mechanics give instruction both in theory and practice of the subjects named. The services of experienced teacher in the above subjects were available in the 4th. C.I.B. and valuable work has been carried out by them. One hour each day is given to educational Work in the syllabus of training and men attending classes are excused all parades and duties which might prevent their attendance. So far, this scheme has received the enthusiastic support of all ranks and much valuable progress has been made.

Lt-Col. L.E. Jones proceeded on leave. 2 O.R.s to hospital.

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