Siegburg, January 19, 1919

Sunday    No church parade this a.m. did not go riding, lame from yesterdays fall, took a little gallop this afternoon 5 of us Cough little better

It is a half holiday for the 13th Brigade, apart from the “usual morning parades.” (1)

32 Resting the Horses Siegburg January 1919 crop.jpg

The 14th Brigade, batteries and headquarters, are now establishing themselves in their new Belgian billets, in villages some 27 km (16 miles) to the north of Namur. They had been in this area at the end of November on their way to the Rhine. Some of the billets are better than others: “It was a pleasant contrast to find some place in Belgium which still had copper utensils and ornaments left, and where the people could still sleep between linen sheets. (2) Rations are short, however, and fuel scarce — a problem since the weather is considerably colder than it had been in the Rhine Valley. (3)  Supplies of clothing are not good, either, with the result that some men have to depart for their much-anticipated leaves wearing old clothing. (4)

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The photograph from Percy’s large album has the caption “Resting the Horses, Siegburg, January 1919.”

(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 24: 7. January 19, 1919. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) 60th C.F.A. Battery Book, 1916-1919. [1919]. 145.
(3) War Diary of the 14th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 24: 6. January 18, 1919. Library and Archives of Canada.
(4) War Diary of the 14th Brigade, CFA. Vol. 24: 6. January 19, 1919.

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