Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.
Fine and warm. Co's carried on with Bayonet fighting, P.T. and platoon drill in the morning and did Bombing and a route march in the afternoon. Detachments worked as usual under their own officers. Recruits also as usual. The C.O. and all Co. Cmdrs. Attended a demonstration in STEENVOORDE by the Corps Commander how an attack should be carried out. In the afternoon all Transports in the Bde. Had a competition under the Bde. Tpt. Officer at our Transport lines. We won.
Cloudy. Some showers. Co's and Recruits carried on as per attached Syllabus. Detachments worked as usual.
Cloudy, some showers. Bde Church parade held in morning at 49TH Bn. H.Q. G.O.C. Division presented medal ribbons to any officers or other ranks who had received Honours or rewards (Lieut. J.S. WOODS was presented with M.C.) Lectures in STEENVOORDE in afternoon by officers from 2Nd Army on aeroplane photographs.
Showery all day. Bn. in attack practiced from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. stopped for heavy rain.
Rained all day, at times very heavily. Bn. practiced Bn. in attack (Trench warfare) from 9. a.m. to 12 Noon. Co. drill 2. p.m. to 3.30 p.m. and Bn. in attack at WINNEZEELE at 7. p.m.
Showery. Bn. practiced Bn. in attack (Trench warfare) from 9.30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Afternoon parade was for general cleaning up preparatory to move.
Fine and warm. Bn. paraded at 4. a.m. and marched via RYVELD, WORMHOUT and ESQUELBECQ to ESQUELBECQ station where it entrained. Left ESQUELBECQ about 10.15 a.m. arrived CONTEVILLE about 11. p.m. marched from CONTEVILLE to billets in CRAMONT arriving there about midnight.(Appendix 2.)
Fine and warm. Men rested almost all day, the only parades being for inspection and refitting under Co. arrangements.
Fine and warm. Regiment practiced the attack (Open warfare) advancing in all formations 9.30 a.m. to 12.45 p.m. half holiday in afternoon.
Fine and warm. Regiment moved to MALLOY-LES-PERNOIS Area, arriving about 3.45 p.m.
Fine and warm. Regiment marched to billets in HERISSART area arriving about 11.30 a.m.
Showery and cooler. Regiment marched to hutments in VADENCOURT AREA.
Lieut. NICHOLLS proceeded on special leave to England.
10 O.R. rejoined from Base.
Showery all day, at times raining quite heavily. Regiment marched to BRICKFIELDS Area, arriving there about 10.30 p.m.
Shelters were immediately drawn for all ranks.
Showery. Regiment rested. All day having a general cleaning up.
Cloudy and fairly cool. At about 9.15 a.m. Regiment received orders to parade at once and proceed to USNA HILL there to await further orders. This was immediately done. Regiment less certain officers, instructors and specialists left at BRICKFIELDS arriving at USNA HILL at or about 11. a.m. The Officers left behind were the 2nd i/c, Adjutant, two Co. Commanders, two Co. 2nd i/c, 2 Specialist Officers as well as two W.O. instructors, six N.C.O. instructors and 15% of Specialists. For further movements see Appendix No. 6.A.
See Appendix No. 6A.
See Appendix No. 6A.
Revised casualty list shows 264 O.R. Killed, Wounded and Missing.
110 O.R. joined as reinforcements, they were immediately put on square.
Showery and cool. Working parties amounting to 350 O.R. supplied from TARA HILL. Training of Draft carried on at BRICKFIELDS.
Showery and cool. Same working parties supplied. Training carried on as usual.
Rain. Same working parties supplied. 50 O.R. of draft sent out to give old men some rest.
Rain. Regular working parties. 60 O.R. of draft sent out.
Rain. Same working parties sent out. On account of early move proposed for 23RD inst., parties went in marching order to be brought back by bus.
Fine, warmer. Regiment moved from TARA HILL to billets in WARLOY, arriving there about 11.30 a.m. Draft of 145 O.R. joined from Base.
Fine and warm. Regiment moved to La VICOGNE, whole Regiment billeted in one farm.
Fine and warm. Regiment marched to excellent billets in CANAPLES, arriving about 11. a.m.
Lieut. GRAY joined from overseas.
Afternoon spent in cleaning up and refitting by Co's and Detachments.(Appendix 9.)
Fine and warm. In morning both drafts paraded at 9. a.m. for instruction. Detachments paraded at 10.30 a.m. for inspection by C.O. Staff parade at 11. a.m. Co's paraded for drill and refitting at 9. a.m. At 2. p.m. Bn. in attack was carried out.
Lieut. NICHOLLS returned from leave.
Cloudy, few showers. Regiment moved to VADENCOURT Area hutments, arriving about 2.45 p.m.
Two lorries carried mens' packs. 7 O.R. joined as reinforcements.
Rain most of the day. Regt. Moved to BRICKFIELDS. The roads were in bad condition, causing the Transport much trouble and making the march hard for the men. Arrived about 10.30 a.m.
Lieut. STRIDE and 3 O.R. proceeded on Lewis Gun Course.
In afternoon the Regiment with the exception of 15% specialists, seven instructors and eight officers moved to Billets in ALBERT.
Rain in morning. Showery in afternoon. 1 Officer and 24 O.R. proceeded to CHALK PITS on permanent working party.
Fine and cool. Working parties of 400 O.R. sent out for work on roads. Two parties of two went up to line to look over forward area.
Lieut. J.R. HORTON rejoined from overseas.
100 O.R. had a bath today.
Commanding The Royal Canadian Regiment.
Appendix 1 - Syllabus of training of R.C.R. for 2ND September 1916. Syllabus of training of R.C.R. (recruits) on 2ND September 1916.
Appendix 2 - R.C.R. O.O. 30 dated 6.9.16. R.C.R. will march from billets in CASSEL Area to ESQELBECQ on 7TH September, 1916.
Appendix 3 - R.C.R. O.O. 31 dated 9.9.16. R.C.R. will march tomorrow 10TH September 1916 to HALLOY-LES-PERNOIS Area.
Appendix 4 - R.C.R. O.O. 32 dated 10.9.16 R.C.R. will march from HALLOY-LES-PERNOIS to HERISSART Area on 11TH September 1916.
Appendix 5 - R.C.R. O.O. 33 dated 11.9.16. R.C.R. will march from HERISSART to VADENCOURT Area tomorrow.
Appendix 6 - R.C.R. O.O. 34 dated 12.9.16. R.C.R. will move to BRICKFIELDS tomorrow.
Appendix 6A - Narrative of events of R.C.R. on 15TH, 16TH and 17TH September, 1916.
Appendix 7 - R.C.R. O.O. 36 dated ? R.C.R. will march to WARLOY.
Appendix 8 - R.C.R. O.O. 37 dated 23.9.16. R.C.R. will move to LAVICOGNE.
Appendix 9 - R.C.R. O.O. 38 dated 24.9.16. R.C.R. will move to CANAPLES.
Appendix 10. - R.C.R. O.O. 39 dated 26.9.16. R.C.R. will move to VADENCOURT Area.
Appendix 11. - R.C.R. O.O. 40 dated 27.9.16. R.C.R. will move to BRICKFIELDS tomorrow.