One of the Best Looking Men: Lieut. Clarke at St. Eloi

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES* At one of our Reunion Dinners some years ago, one of he speakers mentioned Lieut. John Clarke[ii], but placed him in the wrong Company. Lieut. Clarke was the Officer in charge of Thirteen Platoon. The other “D” Company Officers were Lieut’s Ambery, McIntosh, and Dillon. Lieut. Clarke, … Continue reading One of the Best Looking Men: Lieut. Clarke at St. Eloi

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1918

Confidential War Diary of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION - 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st February to 28th of February, 1918 Volume 30 With appendices 1 – 6 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information HILLS CAMP (Neuville St. Vaast) 1 Battalion in Reserve at Hill Camp near Neuville St. Vaast. Company parades and training. Specialist … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1918

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: July 1917

Confidential 18th Canadian Battalion War Diary Original Copy   July 1917 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information BARLIN 1 9 am Brigade Church Parade at HERSIN-COUPIGNY Sports ground. Divine service conducted by Maj. Gen. Simms, C.S.D. Chief Chaplain of British armies in the Field. 2 Canadian Corps sports at Camblain-le-Abbe[i]. 18th Canadian Battalion … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: July 1917

99 Years Ago: The 18th Battalions Attack at Vimy Ridge

At Zero hour[i], vis 5.30 a.m., the advance was made. Simultaneously with the opening up of the Artillery Barrage the Battalion left the “Jumping-off” trenches[ii] and attacked the German front line. Very little opposition was met with whilst capturing the first line system of trenches. The enemy barraged “No-man’s-land” for about 15 minutes, after which … Continue reading 99 Years Ago: The 18th Battalions Attack at Vimy Ridge

“Silent Death”: The Canadian Style of Trench Raiding

In a recent book I found at the California University Digital Library entitled Sniping in France - With Notes on the Scientific Training of Scouts, Observers, and Snipers by Major H. Hesketh-Prichard D.S.O., M.C. there was an interesting reference: "For instance, there was the"Silent Death," as it was called, invented by the Canadians, who, under … Continue reading “Silent Death”: The Canadian Style of Trench Raiding