Behind Vimy, April 14, 1918

Sunday   A very cold wind sprang up during the night and continued thru’out the day. Attended communion service this morning, worked as usual on the wagons, this afternoon went into a nearby village was very cold, wrote field cards tonight, am well

At the wagon lines work continues as usual, though it seems Percy has the afternoon off. At the gun positions, the goal is to provide “shell & gas proof dugouts for personell [sic].” Although the sector is described as quiet, “each battery is now firing about 200 to 300 rounds per day & in consequence are hauling ammunition about each second night.” (1)

Communion service was almost certainly conducted by Captain the Reverend William 5_moorhead_sm.jpgHenry Moorhead, an Irishman who had studied at Bishop’s University in Québec before being ordained priest in 1912. Attested in February 1916, he sailed to England later that year and has been in France with the 13th Brigade since last August. Moorhead will return to Canada after the war and will have a distinguished career in the church, becoming Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and, in 1939, Bishop of that diocese. He was remembered in the diocese for his “genial approach, his kindness and his impatience with any kind of formality which would set him apart from his people” – qualities good for a chaplain as well. (2)

(1) War Diary of the 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery. Vol. 15: 6. April 14, 1918. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) Harding, Lyman N. Citizens with the Saints: A Brief History of Anglicanism in New Brunswick. 1994. Chapter 5 “Irish Wit and Wisdom” is an account of Bishop Moorhead and is the source of the photograph.

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