Witley, August 9, 1917

Thursday        Are supposed to be under orders for France so am busy getting guns and wagons ready. Weather inclined to be showery wrote [Janie] yesterday Am in the pink

Sir Richard Turner told the officers yesterday that though not “required in the Canadian Corps at present,” the artillery is to be “used as required in the line.” It will be reunited as a Divisional Artillery “when & if the 5th Canadian Divn: arrives overseas.” Meanwhile, they are to go overseas “at once.” (1)

The promised orders, however, have not yet come. “Telephone to London elicited information that orders would probably reach us in the course of a few days.” (1)

Duke of Connaught“At once” seems to mean a week or so: official notification does come today that HRH the Duke of Connaught will inspect the Divisional Artillery next Tuesday, August 14th.

It will be the fourth time Percy crosses paths with Queen Victoria’s son.

The postcard of HRH comes from the collection of Scott Burke.

(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 7 (August 1917): 3. Library and Archives of Canada.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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