Many shells come over into Albert. I go up line for information.
Archives for September 2016
Rain. Busy on maps. Enemy shell the town. Few casualties.
Leave Vadencourt at 6:30 am for Albert. Ride on Motor Lorry alone from Warloy & go by way of Senlis, Englebemmer, Martinsart-Avelay. Arr Albert 9 am.
Brigade allotment of Billets are full up with men of the 2nd Can. Div. just out from trenches. Interesting yarns.
Leave Bonneville @ 7:30 am in Motor Lorry for Vadencourt. Pass through Canaples, Havernas, Flasselles, Villers-Bacage, Rubempre. Heavy bombardment on front. Canadians advancing rapidly. Thiepval captured by us.
Make maps of front line. Go to Warloy & get information from 3rd Div Hdqrs. Very busy. No definite knowledge of line the troops hold. Tis’ shelled out of recognition.
Hot & dry. Absolutely as busy as can be – flying thro’ space! Our troops making great advance capture Combles & Morval. Many Prisoners. Orders to leave tomorrow to Vadencourt. I make my maps, etc. in school room at Bonneville.
*Battle of Morval, Sept. 25th to 28th, 1916 – This battle was a collective attack by French, English, Canadian and Indian troops to drive the Germans out of Combles, Morval, Gueudecourt and Lesboeufs. In attacks starting on the 25th, the French troops suffered heavy bombardments but British Empire troops were quickly able to gain ground against the Germans. Rainy conditions made fighting difficult for both sides. The Germans were able to stabilize their position eventually, but lost a substantial amount of ground in the battle.
Hot & Dry. Up @ 8 & at work @ 9 am at the Town Major’s office. Staff Capt Colman calls to see if I am ok. The Brigade is stationed at Bonneville 8 Kilo’s away, the RCR are stationed here.
We leave Canaples @ 1:30 & arr. Bde at 2:30 PM just in time for conference with three Generals, many colonels and staff captains. Had tea & biscuits @ officer’s mess. Generals order much work of secret nature to be done.
Up @ 5:30 am. Leave for Canaples via Flesselles. Arr at Canaples & work on map at Town Major’s office. Sleep there at Night. Could not get the civilians to make us any tea or coffee, nor anything to eat, as the Australians had played the devil with the town & inhabitants.
Brigade left Albert for Warloy. I am left behind, as usual to make maps. Follow up and reach Warloy at 6 PM.
Very busy with maps