The First World War
War Diary of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.

APRIL 1918

APPENDIX 9

Working Parties
TABOO - 7th April 1918.

Party Letter.Coy.Working Strength.Rendezvous.Time.Nature of Work & Where Working.Remarks.
RA25 ORsJunct LENS-ARRAS Rd & Red Tr.7.50 p.m.Wiring RED Trench North of LENS-ARRAS Rd.Guide from 9th F.C.C.E.
SA75 ORsTo carry under Battalion arrangements.Improving wiring RED Trench North of LENS-ARRAS Rd. and salvaging.
MB65 ORsJunct LENS-ARRAS Rd & Red Tr.8.00 p.m.Improving RED North of LENS-ARRAS Rd. and putting up wire.Guide from 9th F.C.C.E.
QB40 ORsSPIDER DUMP, approx S.12.a.3.9.8.00 p.m.Trench Wire Blocks and Knife Rests on Roads.Guide from 9th F.C.C.E.
BC35 ORsJunct RED Trench & Tram Line.8.00 p.m.Carrying Wire and pulling BlocksGuide from 9th F.C.C.E.
CC30 ORsJunct DORIS & HAYTER.8.00 p.m.Carrying Wire to HAYTER.Guide from 9th F.C.C.E.
FC15 ORsJunct BEAVER & CYRIL to carry on under Battalion arrangements.Clearing CYRIL forward of ADEPT.Trench Warden Party.
YD50 ORsJunct AVION ROAD and AVION TR. N.32.d.18.40.Carrying H.T.M. Ammunition.Guide from H.T.M. Battery.

Notes:-

  1. 1. Beginning evening 8th April 1918.
  2. 2. All working parties will invariably carry Rifle, Bayonet and 120 rds S.A.A.
  3. 3. If at any time, parties fail to be met by guides, or any other irregularity please report matter to Battalion headquarters immediately.

(signed)
M.F. Gregg
Lieut.
Asst. Adjutant Taboo Advance.

Working Parties
TABOO - 14/4/1918.

Party.Coy.Number of Men.Rendezvous.Time.Remarks.
1C7 men.Company H.Q.8.00 a.m.Permanent Party clearing ABSALOM.
2C1 N.C.O. & 10 men.Company H.Q.7.00 a.m.Salvaging Wire, Sapper reports Coy. H.Q. Permanent Party.
5C1 N.C.O. & 10 men.Junct ABSALOM & MAIN ST.8.00 a.m.Putting in Trench Mats.
3B3 Parties. 1 N.C.O. & 10 men each.CROW DUMP.7.45 a.m.Block Parties, ABSALOM-CAVALRY, ABSALOM-ALARM, ADROIT-AGUE.
4B1 Officer, 25 O.R's.CROW DUMP.7.45 a.m.Carrying Trench Mats.
6B2 Parties. 2 N.C.O's. & 20 men."A" Coy. H.Q. N.19.c.60.50.7.00 a.m.

Note:- Day Working Parties carry Haversack Rations.

(signed)
R.M. Millett
Lieut.
Adjutant Taboo Adv.

Working Parties
TABOO - 16/4/18.

Party.Coy.Number of Men.Rendezvous.Time.Remarks.
1B1 N.C.O. 7 O.R's.Corner ABSALOM where Lt. Ry. Crosses trench, M.24.c.20.50.8.00 a.m.Permanent Party Cleaning ABSALOM.
3B1 N.C.O. 10 men.CROW DUMP.8.00 p.m.Work on push truck (Permanent Party).
2C1 N.C.O. 10 men.A Coy. H.Q. AGUE TRENCH.8.00 a.m.Permanent party. Work on AGUE TR.
4C25 Working Strength.CROW DUMP.7.45 p.m.Work on AGUE TRENCH.

(signed)
R.M. Millett
Lieut.
Adjutant Taboo Adv.

Working Parties.
The R.C.R. - 17-4-1918.

Party.Coy.Number of Men.Rendezvous.Time.Remarks.
1B1 N.C.O. & 7 O.R's.Jct of ABSALOM where Light Railway crosses trench M.24.c.30.50.8.00 a.m.Clearing ABSALOM. Permanent party.
3B1 N.C.O. & 10 O.R's.CROW DUMP. M.22.b.70.15.8.00 p.m.Work on Push Truck. Permanent party.
4B3 8-hour shifts. 1 N.C.O. & 10 men each."A" Coy. Headquarters. N.19.c.60.35.4.00 p.m., 12.00 a.m., 8.00 a.m.Digging deep dugouts AGUE TRENCH.
21 N.C.O. & 10 O.R's."A" Coy. Headquarters. N.19.c.60.35.8.00 a.m.Work on AGUE TRENCH.
5C1 Officer & 20 O.R's.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.9.00 p.m.Pushing M.T. Mortar Ammunition.

(signed)
R.M. Millett
Lieut.
Adjutant The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Working Party Schedule
The R.C.R. - 19-4-1918.

Party No.Co.Number of Men.Rendezvous.Time Reporting.Remarks.
1A1 N.C.O. & 16 men.. Hd. Qrs. AGUE Trench.12.00 m.n., 8.00 a.m., 4.00 p.m.Furnished from 2 Platoons in AGUE Trench. Permanent Party. Dug-out Work, 3 shifts, 1 N.C.O. & 16 men each. Sapper meets party.
5A1 N.C.O. & 10 O.R's.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.9.00 p.m.Pushing Party. Perm.
2A1 N.C.O. & 10 men.Co. Hd. Qrs. AGUE Trench.8.00 a.m.Maintenance. Permanent Party.
3A1 N.C.O. & 7 men.Junct ABSALOM & MAIN STREET.8.00 a.m.Maintenance. Permanent Party.
7D1 Off. & 25 O.R.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.7.45 p.m.Wiring and Trench Work. Permanent Party.
8D1 Off. & 20 O.R.CROW DUMP.9.00 p.m.Pushing T.M. Ammo.
9D1 Off. & 50 O.R.D Co. H.Q.8.00 p.m.Sapper reports Coy H.Q. For Wiring RED TRENCH.
10D1 N.C.O. & 10 O.R.April 20th (sic)Salvage Wire & dump Jct RAIMONT Support & Red Line.

(signed)
R.M. Millett
Lieut.
Adjutant The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Working Party Schedule.
The R.C.R. - 22-4-1918.

Party No.Co.Number of Men Required.Rendezvous.Time.Remarks.
1A3 shifts of 1 N.C.O. & 10 men.Co. Hd. Qrs. AGUE TRENCH.4.00 p.m., 12.00 m.n., 8.00 a.m.Taken from 2 Platoons in AGUE. Permanent Party. Work on Dugouts.
2A1 N.C.O. & 10 men.Co. Hd. Qrs. AGUE TRENCH.8.00 a.m.Maintenance. (Permanent Party.)
3A3 men.ABSALOM TRENCH.Maintenance. (Trench wardens.)
7A1 N.C.O. & 10 men.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.Carrying Wire and Stakes to "C" CO. H.Q. Under Co. arrangements.
4D1 Officer, 35 Working Strength.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.7.5 p.m.Wiring & Trench Work.
A1 Off., 20 Working Strength.
5D1 Offr. & 50 O.R's."D" Co. Hd. Qrs.1.30 p.m.Wiring RED Trench.
6D1 N.C.O. & 10 men.CROW DUMP.8.00 p.m.Pushing trucks (wiring material to CROW DUMP).

(signed)
R.M. Millett
Lieut.
Adjutant The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Working Party Schedule.
The R.C.R. - 23-4-1918.

Party No.Co.Number Required.Rendezvous.Time.Remarks.
1A3 shifts of 1 N.C.O. & 16 men.Co. H.Q. AGUE TRENCH.4.00 p.m., 12.00 m.n., 8.00 a.m.Taken from two Platoons in AGUE. Permanent Party. Dugout Work.
2A1 N.C.O. & 10 men.Co. H.Q. AGUE TRENCH.8.00 a.m.Maintenance. Permanent Party.
3A3 men.ABSALOM TRENCH.Maintenance. (Trench wardens.)
4 *A1 Offr. & 20 O.R.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.7.45 p.m.Wiring and Trench Work.
7A1 N.C.O. & 10 men.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.Carrying Wire & Stakes to "C" Co. H.Q. Under "C" Co. arrangements.
4 *D, [also annotated] B1 Offr & 35 O.R.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.7.45 p.m.Wiring and Trench Work.
5D, [also annotated] B1 Offr & 50 O.R."D" Co. Hd. Qrs.1.30 p.m.Wiring RED Trench.
6 (not ?? go on Party 4)D, [also annotated] B1 N.C.O. & 10 men.CROW DUMP. M.23.b.70.15.8.00 p.m.Pushing trucks (wiring material to CROW DUMP).

* A and D each conjointly furnish party 4.

(signed)
R.M. Millett
Lieut.
Adjutant The R.C.R.

Working Party Schedule.
The R.C.R. - [Date cut off.]

Party No.Company.Number Required.Rendezvous.Time.[Remarks column cut off.]
1C3 shifts of 1 N.C.O. and 16 men each.Co. Hd. Qrs. AGUE TRENCH.4.00 p.m., 12.00 m.n., 8.00 a.m.
2C1 N.C.O. And 10 men.Co. Hd. Qrs. AGUE TRENCH.8.00 a.m.
3C3 men.ADROIT TRENCH.

Day Parties carry Haversack Rations.

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