Witley, June 20, 1917

Wednesday         cleaned up after the bivouac. very hot today cooling off toward evening Went to a Whist drive tonight won the 3rd prize a pipe, spent a pleasant evening I am in the best Wrote [Janie] today

Perhaps Percy’s self-imposed ban on “cigarettes and other things which effect [sic] the body & mind” did not include pipe-smoking.

82 During one of the battles around Witley crop.jpgIt’s the turn of the 14th Brigade to be inspected in action today. “Work was on the whole good,” (1) notes the War Diary, and Fox concurred with this assessment:

“The work of the Batteries generally in occupation of a position was satisfactorily carried out and communication quickly opened up. This was tested both by telephone and visually by flag.
“The drill of Batteries was good and quiet.
“In some cases the procedure of the wagons on change of position was incorrect and “Battery leading is a point which requires constant practice. These and other points which arose were discussed at the conclusion of operations each day.
“The turn out of horses and harness was good.” (2)

(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 5 (June 1917): 2. June 20, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) War Diary, 5. Appendix 1.

The photograph is from Percy’s small album. Its caption reads “During one of the battles around Witley.”

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”






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