18th Battalion War Diary: December 1916

CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY

WAR DIARY
OF
18th Canadian Battalion – 2nd Canadian Division
from 1st December to 31st December, 1916

Volume 16

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
CALONNE II 1 18th Canadian Battalion in front line at CALLONE II sector. On the night of December 1/2 a minor operation was directed against enemy working party. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital.
2 Position as yesterday, nothing unusual. 1 o.r. returned from Base hospital.
3 18th Battalion relieved by the 20th Canadian Battalion. 18th Battalion moved into Brigade Support at CALONNE. Complete of relay in support notified by the code word “SMITH”.
4 Battalion in Brigade Support. Position quiet. LIEUT. H.R. GERRAD admitted to hospital sick. MAJOR G.F. MORRISON authorized to wear badges of rank of Lieut. Colonel.
5 Position as yesterday. 1 o.r. returned from hospital.
6 Position as yesterday. LIEUT. HODGINS returned from leave. 2 o.r.s returned from hospital.
7 Position as yesterday. Nothing unusual. LIEUTs. DONALDSON, G.E. LUCAS, J. McHARDY, and A.A. McLEAN arrived as reinforcements.
8 Position Brigade Support Calonne. LIEUT. J. McAMMOND admitted to hospital.
9 Church Service in Chapel Calonne. MAJOR L.E. JONES returned from leave.
MAROC 10 18th Canadian Battalion relieved 20th Canadian Battalion in the MAROC Sector. Completion of relief notified by code word “LAW”. 20 o.r. returned from Base hospital.
MAROC 11 Position as yesterday. CAPT. W.J. BAXTER and LIEUT. W.S. McCLINTON received move orders to Canada. Enemy quiet. Out T.Ms. [trench mortars] shelled enemy wire with effect.
MAROC 12 Position quiet. Patrol reports enemy frontage all quiet. 20 o.r. admitted to hosp.
13 Position as yesterday. Enemy aircraft active. Pte. De Manbey claims 1 Hun. Our artillery did heavy damage among enemy wire entanglements.
14 Position same. Our artillery very active, doing extensive damage to enemy trenches. Shocks of an explosion felt in MAROC. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital.
MAROC 15 Position unchanged. CPL. HUNT [soldier not determined at this time] shot one Hun who was observing with Field glasses. Out M.G.s [dispersed] two wiring parties. Enemy aircraft active.
16 18th Canadian Bn. relieved by 20th Battalion in CALONNE II sector. (MAROC) 18th Bn. moved into Brigade reserve at BULLY. LIEUT. E.R.V. LLOYD and H.D. DUNNETT proceeded on leave.
BULLY 17 Battalion in Brigade Reserve. Bath and clothing parades. Routine. LIEUT. BATES previously reported “missing” 15-9-16 now reported “Killed in Action”. CAPT. C.C. GWYN arrived as reinforcement.
BULLY 18 Position as yesterday. Company instructional parades. 2 o.r. admitted to hospital. LIEUT. H.R. GERRARD returned from hospital.
BULLY 19 Position as yesterday. LIEUT. G.S. BROOKS arrived as reinforcement. LIEUT. J.J. RICHARDSON D.S.O. returned from leave.
BULLY 20 Position same. Routine. Battalion pay parade.
21 Position same. LIEUT. G.V. IRWIN and L.W. GAY arrived as reinforcement. MAJOR J.A. McINTOSH to be Adjutant vice CAPT. W.J. BAXTER to Canada
22 18th Canadian relieved the 20th Canadian Bn. in the CALONNE II sector. Right front A Coy. Right support B coy, Left front C coy, left support D coy. MAJOR G.F. MORRISON from 19th Battalion to be LtCol and command 18th Battalion. Position quiet.
CALONNE II 23 Position as shown yesterday. Enemy busy repairing his trenches. Patrol under Sgt. Dougall covered frontage and reported all quiet.
24 Position as yesterday. 2 o.r. reported wounded. Patrols covered Battalion frontage and reported all quiet.
25 Position same. LIEUT. P.G. MIGHT admitted to hospital. Enemy seems to have much water in his trenches. Patrol reports all quiet.
26 9 pm A minor operation was carried out and Operation order attached. Report: A raiding party under LIEUT. EASTWOOD entered enemy line and worked down the trench. No enemy were encountered at all. A rifle was found in one unoccupied bay. Several dug-outs where bombed but no Bosches were seen. Our casualties were nil. LIEUT. H.H GARNER [not found as of date of post] arrived as reinforcement.
CALONNE II 27 Position as shown. Our artillery shelled enemy wire doing considerable damage. Enemy very nervous, using M.G.s [machine guns] frequently. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital.
28 18th Battalion relieved by 20th Battalion in CALONNE II sector. 18th Battalion moved to Brigade support in CALONNE. 1 o.r. admitted to hospital sick.
CALONNE 29 Battalion in Brigade Support. Lt. Col. J.J. JOHNTSON and MAJOR R.P. HALL [possibly Major R.T. Hall] attached for instruction. 5 o.r. admitted to hospital.
30 Battalion in Brigade Support. 1 o.r. wounded and 3 o.r.s sick admitted to hospital.
31 Position as yesterday, nothing unusual. 6 o.r. sick admitted to hospital. 1 o.r. reported “Died of wounds”.

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