6th Bde CMGC War Diary - December 1917  
6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
War Diary - December 1917
Transcribed from National Archives of Canada, Records of the Department of Militia and Defence, RG9, Series III-D-3 (War Diaries), Volumes 4982 & 4983, 6th Canadian Machine Gun Company, February 1916 - August 1918; Microfilm Reels T-10813 & T-10814. © National Archives of Canada. Reproduced by Permission.
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Army Form C. 2118.
Place Date/Hr  Summary of Events and Information
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Sheet 36C
Coy Hdqrs
Weather showery with heavy wind. Company holding positions taken up on relieving 4th Cdn M G Coy night Nov 30/Dec 1st. (Vide O.O. No. 91 Nov Diary). During night 7000 rounds fired on targets as follows. Gun located at T.16.a.95.01 fired 2000 rounds on T.6.c.46.34. (Ottawa Rd) from 8 to 12 p.m. Gun located at T.22.b.45.95. fired 2000 rounds on T.5.d.30.38 (Mericourt) from 9 to 10 p.m. and from 1 to 2 a.m. Gun at T.22.b.46.90. fired 2000 rounds on T.12.d.40.74. (Montreal Rd) from 3 to 5 a.m. Gun at T.28.d.90.78. fire 500 rounds on Cross Roads T.13.c.30.15. from 8 - 9 p.m. Gun at T.22.c.21.80. fired 500 rounds on T.18.d.75.60. (Acheville) from 9 to 10 p.m. Situation fairly quiet during day. Gas shells were put over Coy Hdqrs Bushy and the Quarries during evening. During night 1/2nd December 9250 rounds fired on targets as above and T.12.d.20.42.
2 Weather fine and very cold. Situation Quiet. 1 O.R. wounded. Trench Mortars active from 4 to 6 a.m. near Ayr Position. Gas and M.G. fire at T.22.b.50.93. Junction of Oak Alley and Winnipeg Rd heavily shelled at 8 a.m. During night 2nd/3rd 9700 rounds were fired on above targets also gun at T.28.c.26.44.fired on targets located at U.13.c.30.15. and T.18.d.77.63. Fairly quiet during. Junction of Winnipeg and Alberta Roads heavily shelled.
Coy Hdqrs
3 Weather fine and very cold. Situation generally quiet. Gas shells fired into Quarries from 10 - 11 p.m. with Enemy M.G. fire at 10.30 p.m. OAK ALLEY heavily shelled during day. During night 3rd/4th 13250 Rounds fired on targets at T.16.d.30.20, T.12.a.44.47, T.13.a.34.10, U.13.c.39.23, T.24.b.95.82, U.25.a.24.11, U.25.c.52.42, U.25.a.54.12, Acheville, Light Rwy T.12.c. 10,000 rounds S.A.A, taken up from Transport Lines.
4 Weather fine and very cold. Lieut. J. Stonehewer returned from leave. Nos. 13, 14, 15 & 16 Crews in Gun Positions were heavily shelled with gas. Quarry positions heavily shelled owing to the fact that a car of wire was brought overland at 3 p.m. During night 4/5th 9550 rounds fired on targets located at T.12.d.64.16, T.6.c.42.36, T.22.d.87.37, T.28.d.85.90 and Acheville Square. Back areas bombed during night in vicinity of Transport.
Coy Hdqrs
5 Weather fine and very cold. Work done on O.P. in conjunction with 5th C.I.B. Dugouts at Acton and Aston Positions strengthened. Bristol new emplacement built. 500 Rds Anti-Aircraft fire during day. Enemy shelling intense around Quarry Positions at 3 p.m. Practice Barrage from Ayr Position from 4.45 to 5.15 p.m. caused Enemy M Gs to open up. 12,250 rounds fired during night 5/6th on targets as above.
6 Weather fine and very cold. Situation generally quiet. Heavy Gas Shelling during the night. Work on improving dugouts at Acton & Aston. The O.C. Capt. C.V. Grantham proceeding on 14 days leave to England Lieut. J. Stonehewer assumed command of the Company. 400 rounds A.A. fire during day. 15 100 rounds indirect fire on targets as above during night 6/7th.
7 Weather fine and cold. Enemy M.G. fire near Brighton & Quarries. Also some gas shells near quarries. Crews cleaning trenches which were in bad shape. 450 Rounds A.A. fire. 16 200 Rounds indirect on usual targets.
8 Weather cloudy and showery. 19 500 rounds fired on usual targets during night 8/9th. Positions heavily bombarded with gas shells. Enemy M Gs active around Acton and Aston Positions.
9 Weather showery. Situation fairly quiet. Men cleaning out trenches. 14 500 rounds fired on usual targets during night 9/10th.
10 Weather showery turning fine. 2400 rounds at E.A. One E.A. apparently being driven back by fire from Basingstoke position. 20 250 Rds S.A.A. expended during the night 10/11th on usual targets. Situation throughout the day fairly quiet.
11 Weather cloudy turning fine. Very quiet during the day. Work on dugout at T.28.c.80.90. 14,500 rounds S.A.A. expended on usual targets during night 11/12th.
Coy Hdqrs
12 Weather fine. Enemy M.G's. Active on Right Sector. Situation generally quiet. 100 rounds fired on enemy aircraft. 18,350 rounds fired during night 12/13 on usual targets.
13 Weather fine but turning cloudy. Situation quiet. 18,500 rounds expended on usual targets.
14 Weather fine and very cold. Situation fairly quiet. 17,000 rounds expended on usual targets.
15 Weather cloudy. Heavy enemy shelling around positions. 21,500 rounds expended during night 15/16th on usual targets. 100 rounds at enemy air craft.
16 Weather cloudy, turning colder and snowing at night. Situation fairly quiet. 19,500 rounds fired on usual targets.
17 Weather cloudy, clearing and turning cold. Situation normal. 17 900 rounds fired on usual targets on usual targets during night 17/18th.
18 Weather cloudy. Situation very quiet. 150 rounds at hostile aircraft during day and 16 500 rounds on usual targets during night 18/19th.
Aux Rietz 19 Weather cloudy. During the night 19/20th December Company was relieved in the line by the 94th (Imperial) M.G. Coy. also by the 10th Cdn M.G. Coy and 16th Cdn M.G. Coy. in the positions. [O.O. No. 92 & 93 attached] Relief was complete by 10 p.m. and Company moved to the transport lines Aux Rietz.
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Sheet 36A
Pippemont 20 Weather cloudy and cold. In accordance with 2nd Cdn Divl M.G. Bn O.O. No. 70 Company prepared to move to Nedon by lorries. Company paraded at 9.35 a.m. to embus at 10 a.m. Lorries did not arrive until 12 noon when the Company proceeded via Camblain L'Abbe, Gauchin Legal and Houdain to Nédon. On arrival at Nedon it was found that billets were unavailable and a search was commenced for same. Several hours were consumed in looking for billets, which were at last found in Pippemont in the Flechin Sub-area about 9 p.m. Company was settled in billets by 10 p.m.
Pippemont 21 Weather cold and cloudy. Company resting in billets and cleaning up generally.
22 Weather cold and cloudy with slight snow showers. Company resting in billets and cleaning up guns and equipment.
Nedon 23 Weather fine and cold. Company moved to the billets reserved for Company at Nedon. Company paraded at 10 a.m. and arrived at Nedon at 12.15 p.m. Company was located in billets by 3 p.m. Capt. Grantham returned from leave and reassumed command.
24 Weather cold and cloudy. Company resting in billets, cleaning guns, equipment etc. Physical training was carried out.
25 Weather cold with heavy fall of snow. Day observed as a holiday. At 5 p.m. men of the Company sat down to a Special Christmas Dinner in the Ecole Communale and a very enjoyable time was spent.
26 Weather cold. Company at Drill, Physical Training, afterwards cleaning up generally.
27 Weather cold and cloudy. Company engaged in training and cleaning equipment.
28 Weather cold and cloudy. Company at training and cleaning equipment.
29 Weather cold and cloudy. Company cleaning up arms and equipment. The O.C. Capt. C.V. Grantham appointed Acting Major.
30 Weather warmer. Company at training. Squad drill, Gas helmet inspection and Gas Drill, Gun Drill and adjusting equipment. Lt. S.E. Sacks proceeded to 1st Army School of Instruction HARDELOT.
31 Weather cloudy with tendency to rain. Company at training as follows. Physical Training, Squad Drill, Immediate Action, Stripping and Assembling. The O.C. A/Maj. C.V. Grantham awarded the Military Cross. (D.R.O. 3961 of 29/12/17). The G.O.C. 2nd Cdn Div visited the Company and watched it Drilling from 9.30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Decorations to N.C.Os. and men during month.
71196 Sgt. Murray, W.
Military Medal
79728 Cpl. Donald, J.M.
412861 Pte. Wolfenden, T.
Bar to the M.M.
424444 A/Sgt. Bierd, E.C.
423395 Sgt. Eustace, F.
[Signed] C.V. Grantham
Major, O.C.
6th C.M.G. Coy.
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