Witley, January 26, 1917

Friday     Weather the same as previous days Work is the same as usual feeling in the best

In other words, it was still raw and cold.

Looking back at these days of transition, the historian of the 55th Battery had this to say:

Major Kent.JPG“On January 22nd a general reorganization of artillery came into effect, splitting up the four gun units.  The right section and Signallers of the 56th O.A.C. [Ontario Agricultural College] Battery were added to the 55th, with Major V.J. Kent of the 56th as O.C. of the new unit. This caused a lot of heart burning at the time, but was never any cause for regret after the battery went into action. We were now in the 13th Brigade, C.F.A., comprising the 51st, 52nd, 53rd and 55th Batteries, all eighteen pounders excepting the 51st, which was a 4.5″ Howitzer.”(1)

(1) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. Toronto: H.S. Longhurst, 1919. 8. The image of Major Kent is from this book.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”



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