“As Christmas time approaches…”: Memories of Christmas 1915

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* As Christmas time approaches, do you ever think of the first Christmas Day we spend in Flanders? Two of our Companies were in the front line, the M & N trenches, while the other two companies were in reserve at Ridgewood and Veerstraat[iii] [sic] which were about … Continue reading “As Christmas time approaches…”: Memories of Christmas 1915

Somewhere in Flanders: A letter from Captain Samuel Monteith Loghrin

This letter was written in the trenches in Flanders. The 18th Battalion had been at RIDGEWOOD in Brigade Reserve up until January 15, 1916 when it relieved the 19th Canadian Battalion at VIERSTRAAT. On the 16th of January a compatriot, Lieutenant Ambery was promoted to Captain that day but Major Sale was killed by rifle … Continue reading Somewhere in Flanders: A letter from Captain Samuel Monteith Loghrin

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1916

Confidential War Diary of 18th Canadian Battalion  2nd Canadian Division From 1st February to 29th February 1916 Volume 6 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information VIERSTRAAT Feb. 1 “B” and “D” Coys in trenches “M” + “N”. Lt. Col. E.S. Wigle acting Brigadier 4th Can. Infy. Bgde. Lieut. RISPIN went to 1st Infy. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1916

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: January 1916

Confidential War Diary of 18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Canadian Division from 1st January to 31st January 1916: Volume 5 With appendices 1-2 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information LA CLYTTE Jan. 1 Battalion in LA CLYTTE in Divisional Reserve – “B” and D Companies were paid other Companies conducted training in specialists. Officers … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: January 1916

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: December 1915

Confidential War Diary Of 18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Division From 1st December to 31st December 1915 Volume 4 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information   1 4:30 PM Battn. Relieved 19th Battn a VIERSTRAAT- “B” . “D” Coys in trenches and “C” . “A” Coys in battalion reserve – 6 other ranks struck … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: December 1915

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1915

Confidential War Diary Of 18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Canadian Division From 1st November To 30th November 1915 Volume 3 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information 1 Battn in “D” trenches – [Wulverghem] 2 -Ditto- 3 6 pm Bn relieved by 19th Bn – “C” Coy remained at R.E. Farm in reserve – Bn Went to Div. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1915

Medical Officer’s Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1918: October 1915

Place: R. E. Farm [E of Dranutre?] Date: Oct 1 Hour: Very [illegible]: 54321 Pte G. RUSHMERE [Rushmer] shot himself through left heel while cleaning rifle, + 53057 L.Cpl. O’DWYER shot himself through fore [arm?]. Both cases seemed accidental. Place: Date: Oct 2 Hour: Lieut. F. G. Newton in a shocking condition as a result … Continue reading Medical Officer’s Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1918: October 1915