War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1918

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

From 1st November, 1918 to 30th November, 1918

Volume 39
With appendices 1 – 26

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information
ANICHE

G.6.a.7.3

1 Map for reference: 51.A 1/40,000 VALENCIENNES 12 and NAMUR 8 1/100,000, & MARCHES 9 attached. Appendix No. 24, 25, and 26.

Battalion Training as per Syllabi attached, appendix No. 1. 9 O.R’s on leave.

2 Battalion Training as per Syllabi attached, appendix No. 2. Lieut. J.N. Mowbray & 8 O.R’s on leave. 2 O.R’s returned from leave. Lieut. J.H. Barkley and 2 O.R’s returned from Courses at 1st Army Musk. Camp. 1 O.R. on course to Cdn Corps School. 3 O.R’s returned from Rest Camp. 1 O.R. arrived as reinforcement. 14 O.R’s returned from hospital. 1 O.R. admitted to hospital. 1 Sgt. attached from C.C.R.C. as L.G. instructor.
3 Battalion Church Parade at 10.00 a.m. on Battalion Parade Ground. Anticipating a move on the 4th inst. Preparations were made in the afternoon re. loading of Lewis Guns etc. Warning order attached, appendix No. 3.
4 Battalion embussed at 17.00 hours and moved to HERIN via ABSCONDENAIN. Lieut. R.R. Hartry and 2 O.R’s returned from Course. 1 O.R. admitted to hospital. Appendix No. 4 attached.
HERIN

D.10.c.15.20.

Map 51.A.

5 Battalion resting in billets in HERIN awaiting orders to move forward. Lt.-Col. L.E. Jones on leave to U/K. Major J.S. Bell D.S.O. M.C. assumes command of the Battalion. Lieut. W. Burns arrived as reinforcement.
6 Battalion marched in heavy rain via VALENCIENNES to ST. SAULVE arriving at destination at 15.00 hours. The entire Battalion billeted in a Convent formerly used by the Germans as a Military Hospital. 12 O.R.s on leave. 2 O.R.s returned from leave. 14 O.R.s arrived as reinforcements. 1 O.R. to hospital. Appendix No. 5 attached.
ST. SAULVE

E.4.d.85.95

Map 51.A.

7 Battalion moved off at 12.00 hours by march route via ONNAING to QUIEVRECHAIN arriving there about 15.00 hours. Civilians heartily welcomed and cheered the Battalion on its arrival especially when the Band formed up in front of Battalion Hdqrs and struck up the LA MARSEILLAISE. Every effort was made by the people to make things comfortable for the men. Lieut. C. Cook proceeded on Course to 1st Army Infantry School. Lieut. J.N. MacRae and 1 O.R. returned from leave. Lieut. E.G. Barrie and 13 O.R.s attached to 2nd Div. Burial Officer for duty. Appendix No. 6.
QUIEVRECHAIN

I.2.c.05.75.

VALENCIENNES 12.

 

8 Battalion moved off at 09.00 hours and crossed the Belgian boundary at QUIVERAIN, a village 2 kilometers further on. Battalion rested here until about 12.30 when it moved on to ELOUGES which it reached about 15.00 hours. Here again the civilians, free again after 4 years of bondage, expressed great joy on the Battalion’s arrival. The music of the Band when it played LA MARSEILLAISE and LA BRABANCONNE was drowned out by the cheering of the people who crowded the streets, dancing up and down to the tune of the music. Appendix No. 8.
ELOUGES

J.2-04.85

VALENCIENNES 12.

9 The Battalion moved off in Fighting Order at dawn over jumped over the 25th Canadian Battalion between ELOUGES and WASMES and met no opposition as they moved along to FRAMERIERES where Battalion Hdqrs., was established. Rear details moved off at 10.00 hours and marched via DOURPETIT WASMESPATURAGS to FRAMERIERES. The people along the route overjoyed to be free again, cheered the troops as they passed along, loading them down with flowers and victuals of all kinds. During the night the Battalion pushed forward and established a line of posts through NORCHAIN. 1 O.R. arrived as a reinforcement. 1 O.R. from hospital.
CIPLY

L.2.33.97

10 At 04:00 hours the Battalion pushed forward and established posts in CIPLY and HYON meeting very little opposition. Rear Details moved up from FRAMERIERES and reached CIPLY about 10.00 hours. There was considerable scattered shelling of village and vicinity till 15.00 hours, when the enemy guns were silenced by our batteries. 4 O.Rs proceeded on leave. 3 O.R’s returned from leave. 1 O.R. retd from hospital. 10 O.R’s wounded, 1 O.R. Killed in Action.
11 At 07.25 hours a wire was received from Brigade stating that hostilities would cease at 11.00 hours that day and for the Battalion to stand fast at the line reached at that hour. The Battalion forward post at the cessation of hostilities was at Q.19.d.30.40. (Sheet 45.) A Battalion parade was held at 11.30 hours. Major Bell congratulated the Battalion on its fine work during recent operations. As an appreciation, the Maire, on behalf of the village of CIPLY, presented the Battalion with a Belgian Flag. Lieut. A.T. Fergusson and 2 O.R’s retd from leave. 1 O.R. retd from Course. 13 O.R’s retd from hospital. 1 O.R. Wounded-Gassed.
12 Battalion resting in billets at CIPLY. 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 1 O.R. retd from leave. 1 O.R. retd from hospital.
13 Training as per syllabi attached. Lieut. R.E. Rouse and 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. Appendix No. 10.
14 The Battalion was inspected by the G.O.C. 4th C.I.B. at 9.30 hours on Battalion Parade Ground. Transport was inspected 14.30 hours at Transport Lines. Lieut. E.G. Barrie and 13 O.R’s returned from Div. Burial Officer. Lieut. A.J.R. Craig and 1 O.R. returned from 4th T.M. Battery. Lieut. J.T. Taylor and 3 O.R’s arrived as reinforcements. 10 O.R’s retd from hospital. 7 O.R’s proceeded on leave.
15 Battalion training per syllabi attached. Lieut. R.R. Hartry and 6 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 2 O.R’s arrived as reinforcements. 7 O.R’s retd from hospital. Appendix No. 12.
16 Battalion training per syllabi attached. Bathe parades were held during the afternoon at Q.25 central, a large mine building near CIPLY Station. 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. Appendix No. 13.
17 Battalion Church Parade held on Bn. Parade Ground at 10.30 hours. On receipt of information that the Battalion would move on the 18th instant, all possible preparations were made. 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 3 O.R’s retd from leave. 3 O.R’s arrived as reinforcements. 8 O.R’s retd from Courses. Lieut. J.A. McMillan and 2 O.R’s admitted to hospital.
VILLE-SUR-HAINE

Map – NAMUR 1/100,000. A.1.75.75

18 The Battalion moved off in Full Marching Order at 06.15 hours and marched via HYON – MONS to VILLE-SUR-HAINE arriving about 12.00 hours. This was the first days journey toward Germany as the army of occupation. 4 O.R’s on leave. 2 O.R’s retd from leave. 1 O.R. admitted to hospital. Appendix No. 14.
19 Battalion training per syllabi attached. A Dance was given by the villagers at night in the Town Hall to the members of the Battalion. The Regtl. Band provided the music. Appendix No. 15.
20 Battalion training per syllabi attached. 20 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 8 O.R’s retd from leave. 4 O.R’s admitted to hospital. 1 O.R. retd from hospital. Appendix no. 16.
CHAPELLE-LES-HERLAIMONT,

Map NAMUR 8

D.1-43.66

21 Battalion moved off at 08.50 hours in Full Marching Order via HOUDING – AIMERLES – LA LOUVIER and JOLIMONT through CHAPELLE-LES-HERLAIMONT, arriving there about 15.30 hours. 14 O.R’s retd from leave. Appendix No. 17.
22 Battalion training per syllabi attached. Lt.-Col. L.E. Jones, Lieut. J.H. Barkley & 17 O.R’s retd from leave. 1 O.R. arrived as reinforcement. 1 O.R. retd from Course. Appendix No. 18.
23 During the day all possible preparations were made for the move on the 24th inst. Bathe parade held in afternoon at baths in mine buildings. 17 O.R’s admitted to hospital.
24 The Battalion moved off at 09.00 hours in Full Marching Order and marched via COURCELLES – MOTTE – RANSART – to FLEURUS arriving at 19.30 hours. 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 2 O.R’s retd from leave. 15 O.R’s admitted to hospital. 1 O.R. retd. Appendix No. 19.
FLUERUS

G.1-63.80

Map – Namur 8

25 The Battalion in Full Marching Order, left FLEURUS and marched via KEUMIEEVELAINE – and JEMAPPE to MOUSTIER (on the river SAMBRE) arriving 15.00 hours. Shortly after the arrival of the Battalion a civilian Brass Band & Bugle Band played through the streets. Lieut. C.A. Whittle and 12 O.R’s retd from leave. 9 O.R’s admitted to hospital. Appendix No. 20.
MOUSTIER

I.1.-36.59

26 The Battalion rested in billets in Moustier. 5 O.R’s admitted to hospital. 1 O.R. arrived as reinforcement.
27 At 09.00 hours the Battalion moved off in Full Marching order for JAMBES via MORNONT – ST-SERVINS – and through the historic city of NAMUR, across the bridge over the MEUSE to JAMBES. The city of NAMUR was gaily decorated and the streets were filled with happy civilians and Allied repatriated prisoners of war. 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 2 O.R’s returned from leave. 1 O.R. arrived as reinforcement. 5 O.R’s admitted to hospital. Appendix No. 21.
JAMBES

K.1.-45.47.

28 Battalion resting in billets in JAMBES. 3 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 4 O.R’s returned from leave. 4 O.R’s admitted to hospital.
JAMBES

NAMUR 8 & MARCHE 9

1/100,000

29 The Battalion moved off at 08.00 hours for COUTISSE via VIGNERCUL – KINAUX – CAYET – STRUD and ST.BEGGE, arriving at destination about 15.00 hours. 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 2 O.R’s returned from leave. 1 O.R. admitted to hospital. Appendix No. 2.
COUTISSE

B.1.-35.59.

Map – MARCHE 9

1/100,000

30 The Battalion moved off in Full Marching Order at 11.00 hours for MEAN via CHEY – EVELETTE and HAVERLANGE-VERLEE arriving at destination at 21.00 hours. 4 O.R’s proceeded on leave. 3 O.R’s returned from leave. 3 O.R’s admitted to hospital. Appendix No. 23.

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