Larkhill, January 9, 1917

Tuesday   Stayed in today windy & dry breaking into snow & becoming cold

Altogether Percy and his crew had fired their gun on the Lark Hill ranges four times. The battery history’s version of this period says

“By January 1st, 1917, we were ready to go to Salisbury Plains for ten days’ firing practice, which was duly carried out to the complete satisfaction of the inspecting officers in spite of mud, wind and rain. It is a matter of high dispute as to whether the 81st Battery (old 48th) [Percy’s battery] or the 56th headed the Division for shooting record.” (1)


This photograph from Percy’s large album is dated January 1917, and is labelled simply “Gunners.” I’m inclined to think that the figure in the foreground is Percy, but he is never identified in any of the photographs.

(1) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. Toronto: H.S. Longhurst, 1919. 8

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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