Witley, March 3, 1917

Saturday         Throat is cleared & better E sub quarantined yesterday

As they languished in quarantine, it might have consoled Percy and his mates to know that their officers were very pleased with them. February’s training scheme “has been of great value,” says the War Diary. “Signs are obvious. All units have ‘come on’ noticeably  & the keenness of all ranks is unabated.” (1)

aen-initialsThe writer concedes that the re-organization had been “trying for everyone. Batteries which had enlisted together & were family parties were per-force broken up & many ties of comradeship were broken. But all ranks soon settled down.” His final assessment is that the Divisional Artillery is “second in smartness & efficiency to no Divisional Artillery that has left England for active service.” (1)

Like the rest of the entries in the diary, this one bears the initials of Major A.E. Newland who was Brigade Major of the new division, under its General Officer Commanding,  Brigadier General W.O.H. Dodds.

Dodds and Newland.JPG(2)


  • CMG-Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George
  • CFA-Canadian Field Artillery
  • DSO-Distinguished Service Order
  • RFA-Royal Field Artillery

(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery.Vol. 1 January 23, 1917 to February 28, 1917:6 (February 28, 1917).Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) War Diary. 6

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