A message today follows up yesterday’s instructions to hold the 54th and 81st Batteries in readiness: they are to entrain tomorrow at Milford for Southampton. (1)
Since one section of the 81st Battery (Percy’s) was in quarantine, a section of the 55th Battery was transferred to the 81st. (2) Percy’s gun (No. 5453) belonged to the Battery, not to the section, so it was going to France in the care of the section from the 55th drafted in.
The Canadian mail, by the way, was not getting through to anyone. As Gordon Brown told his mother, “If I did not know that nobody was receiving any Canadian mail, I might be worried a little, but of course, it is just held up somewhere and one of these days we will likely be getting a big mail.” (3)
(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 2 March 1917. Appendix 3:5. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. Toronto, 1919. 8. This report says that the 12th Brigade went to France with a section of the 55th drafted in, but the writer is mistaken; it was the 16th Brigade.
(3) Brown, Robert Gordon. Letter to his mother, March 18, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
The photograph, labelled “An 18pdr” is from Percy’s large album.