18th Battalion War Diary: December 1915

Confidential

War Diary

Of

18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Division

From 1st December to 31st December 1915

Volume 4

 

Place:

Date: Dec 1

Hour: 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 off strength

 

Place:

Date: Dec 2

Hour:

Battn. Position same – 4 other ranks struck off strength + 17 others joined the battalion – Lieut J.[F?]. Campbell and Lieut H. Abbot attached for instruction.

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Place

Date: Dec 3

Hour:

Battn. In same position – 3 other ranks sent to hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 4

Hour:

“A”-“C” Coys relieved “B”-“D” Coys in trenches – Major R. Emmerton went to hospital sick also 3 other ranks.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 5

Hour: 4:30

Battn relieved by 19th Can Bn. 18th Bn in divisional reserve at LA CLYTTE – Major Sale returned from hospital.

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Place:

Date: Dec 6

Hour:

LA CLYTTE – Companies practice Smoke Helmet drill. “B”-“D” Coy paid.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 7

Hour:

Ditto [LA CLYTTE] – “A”-“C” Coys paid – feet inspections by companies.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 8

Hour:

Ditto [LA CLYTTE] – Training for specialist bombers. Mach [machine] gun [illegible] – 5 other ranks sent to hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 9

Hour:

Ditto [LA CLYTTE] – Gas helmets inspected and feet inspected.

PH Helment: Introduced July 1915 and very probably similar to what the 18th Battalion wore.

PH Helment: Introduced July 1915 and very probably similar to what the 18th Battalion wore.

Place:

Date: Dec 10

Hour: 6 pm

Relieved 19th Battn at VIERSTRAAT. “A”-“C” Coys in Trenches. “B”-“D” Battn reserve – 1 other rank returned from hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 11

Hour:

Battn in trenches and at VIERSTRAAT – 1 other rank returned from hospital and 6 other ranks admitted to hospital – Position very quiet.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 12

Hour:

Battn as yesterday. Lieut [illegible] Wigle appointed orderly officer to 4th Cdn. Inf. Bgde. (B.R..O 1570) 2 other ranks admitted to hospital – 10 other ranks returned from hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 13

Hour:

Battn as yesterday. Everything quiet and no casualties.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 14

Hour:

“B”-“D” Coys relieved “A”-“C” Coys in trenches. Lieut CD [Kess] and Lieut RD McKay, Lieut [illegible] Burton joined the battalion. Artillery has been active today on both sides.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 15

Hour:

Battn as yesterday – 9 other ranks struck off strength – 17 other ranks joined the Battn from 36th Reserve Battn.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 16

Hour:

Battn relieved by 19th Bn. 18th Bn. Went to Brigade reserve at RIDGEWOOD.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 17

Hour:

Bn. At RIDGEWOOD. – 6 other ranks admitted to hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 18

Hour:

Ditto [RIDGEWOOD] – 2 other ranks admitted to hospital. Pte H [illegible]aich proceeded to England on leave. – 7 other ranks sent on woodcutting course.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 19

Hour:

RIDGEWOOD – A gas attack was attempted this morning on an Imperial Division (49th) on our left flank about YPRES. The battalion ‘stood-to’ from 4 am until 9-30 am. The gas was not thick on our front but sufficient to make the eyes irritable – nothing troubled our front – 4 other ranks returned from hospital – 3 – O.R. admitted to hospital.

 

The effects of phosgene gas.

The effects of phosgene gas.

The green area of the map shows the area covered by the combined chlorine and phosgene gas released by the Germans.

The green area of the map shows the area covered by the combined chlorine and phosgene gas released by the Germans.

Place:

Date: Dec 20

Hour:

RIDGEWOOD – everything quiet – 1 O.R. returned from hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 21

Hour:

Ditto [RIDGEWOOD] – Major R. Emmerton returned from hospital also 2 – O.R. – 2 O.R. admitted to hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 22

Hour:

Relieved 19th Bn. At VIERSTRAAT and trenches – 11- O.R. struck off strength having been transferred to England – “A”-“C” Coy in trenches – “B”-“D” in Battn Reserve.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 23

Hour:

Bttn in trenches at VIERSTRAAT – 2 – O.R. admitted to hospital – 2- O.R. returned from hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 24

Hour:

Battn as yesterday – Machine Gun section detached for [Bgde?] M.G. Coy – Lieut C. E. Am[illegible: actually Clayton Everett Ambery] appointed new M.G. Officer. 5 –O.R. sent to hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 25

Hour:

Battn as yesterday – Everything very quiet tonight and all day. Very little firing but no liberties where taken by either side.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 26

Hour:

“B”-“D” Coys relieved “A”-“C” Coys in trenches – wishes for Xmas and the new Year were received from H.M. the King, H.R.H. The DUKE OF CONNAUGHT and Major General SAM HUGHES – Pte Newlands _ Pte C. Carthey killed in action [Note: confirmed names and details CWGC web site] – 3 – O.R. admitted to hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 27

Hour:

Battn as yesterday – Pte Storing killed in action – 3 – O.R. sent to hospital.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 28

Hour: 5 pm

Relieved by 19th Bn – 18th Bn went to divisional reserve at LA CLYTTE. Lieut McKeough attached to 3rd Div. for instruction.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 29

Hour:

LA CLYTTE – Feet inspection in morning + inspection of kit in afternoon. Officers went to WESTOURTRE to study plan of attack. Shelled in which we lost 2 men.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 30

Hour:

La CLYTTE [entire line illegible possibly a reference to training for the upcoming attack mentioned Dec 29.]

 

Place:

Date: Dec 30

Hour: 5 pm

Do [LA CLYTTE] [March] men to WESTOUTRE for practice attack.

 

Place:

Date: Dec 31

Hour:

Returned at 5 pm.

 

The Sacrifice

Last Name First Name Intitial Age KIA Rank Service # Family Information
CARTHY E 19 26/12/1915 Private ‘54209’ SON OF JOSEPH AND HARRIET CARTHY, OF 7, NELSON AVENUE, KITCHENER, ONTARIO.
GERBIG JOHN J 28 20/12/1915 Private ‘53918’ SON OF MR. AND MRS. CONRAD GERBIG, OF 29, BRUBACHER ST., KITCHENER, ONTARIO.
HISLOP J 29/12/1915 Private ‘54341’
HOLLAND M 29/12/1915 Private ‘53345’
NEWLANDS P 26/12/1915 Private ‘53712’ BROTHER OF ANNABELLA NEWLANDS, OF AUCHTERARDER, SCOTLAND.
RUCKER B A 22 04/12/1915 Private ‘54234’ SON OF 0. C. AND JUANITA M. RUCKER, OF BEDFORD, VIRGINIA, U.S.A.
STORING WILLIAM WESLEY W W 21 27/12/1915 Private ‘53394’ SON OF JAMES E. AND ROSABELL STORING, OF PEMBROKE, ONTARIO. NATIVE OF RENFREW CO., ONTARIO.

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