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WWI Diaries CEF ,Batt.#19 – May1-6, 1916,

May 1st, 1916 –

  • Appendix #1 – Casualties-nil, sick-1
  • From Dover to England 11:30 am- Casualties -nil, sick- 2, trench foot – nil, Ammunition expended – 4400 rounds, 13 officers, 460 ORs in Front line.
  • From Dover to England 3:45 pm – Situation normal, winds easterly
  • From Dover to England 5:02 pm – Artillery 10 am to 12 noon, 10 HE and shrapnel in rear of M3 and N trenches 12-3 pm, 5 HE toward trench O

May 2nd, 1916 –

  • Appendix #2 – Casualties- nil
  • 3:30 pm – From Adjt.#19th Batt. to OC -“A” Company – “A” Company will supply tonight the following working party *Party #10 3 platoons busses No 16th-18 inclusive with one officer * One platoon for Party #14 and one officer busses 27 and 28 “C” company will supply balance of this party. The place and to whom you will report will be notified later.
  • 3:30 pm – From Adjt.#19th Batt. to OC -“B” Company – “B” company will supply the following working parties tonigh * party #8 two platoons and one officer busses 12 and 13* one platoon and one officer for party #11 busses 19 and 20 * “D” company will supply balance of this party the plan and to whom you will report will be notified later.
  • 3:30 pm – From Adjt.#19th Batt. to OC -“C” Company – “C” company will supply the following working parties tonight – party #12 three platoons and one officer busses 21-23 inclusive one platoon of party #14 busses 27 and 28 inclusive “A” company are supplying one officer for this party. The place and to whom you will report wilb be notified later.
  • 3:30 pm -From Adjt.#19th Batt. to OC -“D” Company – “D” Company will supply the following working parties tonight. One platoon of party #11 busses #19 and 20. “B” compnay are supplying an officer for this party. Party #13 three platoons and one officer busses 24 to 26 inclusive. the place and to whom you wil report will be notified later.
  • 4:40 pm -From Adjt. #19th Batt. to OC “A,B,C,D” companies – Officers in charge of the following working parties tonight will report as follows
Party No. Engineer Officer Rendezvous Time
#8 LT. D.J.MILLER VOORMEZEELE – 9PM
#10 LT.GREENING VOORMEZEELE – 9PM
#11 LT. D.J.MILLER VOORMEZEELE – 9PM
#12 LT. B.J.MILLER VOORMEZEELE – 9PM
#13 LT. BISHOP CA/E BELGE – 8PM

May 3, 1916 –

  • From Adjt. 19th batt. to 4th CIB – Appendix #3 – casualties 2 – 56122 pte. E.J. KLINE, 402198 pte. W. SAPSWORTH back wounded. sick – nil

May 4, 1916 –

  • From Adjt. 19th batt. to 4th CIB – Appendix #4 – casualties – nil, sick – 1
  • 9:oo pm – From Adjt. 19th Batt.to OC ABCD machine gun,bomber, patrols –
    There will be an exhibition of lantern slides of the Craters of St. Eloi at 2:30 pm tomorrow afternoon at Div. hdqs. As many officers as possible will attend and 5 NCOs and men from company, all scouts, 10 bombers, 3 machine guns and bayonettes. NCOs and men will assemble at breif room at 2 pm

May 5, 1916 –

  • Appendix #5 – From Adjt. 19th Batt.to OC “A” Company -Party #3 commutiong of one officer and 3 platoon is allotted to your company tonight. attached copy will give necessary instructions. the officer to whom you are to report will be notified later.
  • From Adjt. 19th Batt.to OC “B” Company – Parties #8 and 11, consisting of 2 platoons each are allotted to your company for tonight.The attached copy will give necessary instructions. the officer to whom you are to report will be notified later. Please detail an officer to take cahrge of party #8 “C” company will detail any officers to take charge of party #11.
  • From Adjt. 19th Batt.to OC “C” Company – Please detail one officer to take charge of party #11 being furnished by “B” company. Party #12 consisting of one officer and 3 platoons is alotted to your company for tonight. The attached copy gives all the necessary instructions and to whom your party is to report will be sent you later.
  • From Adjt. 19th Batt.to OC “C” Company – Party #13 consisting of one officer and 3 platoons is allotted to your company for tonight. The attached copy gives all necessary instructions. to whom your party will reportwill be notified later.
  • From Adjt. 19th batt. to 4th CIB – officers in charge of parties tonight
    party#3 LT. PEPLER #8 CAPT. BAXTER #11 LT. COCKSHUTT #12 LT. HARMAN #13 LT. MACHEL
  • From Adjt. 19th batt. to 4th CIB – Casualties nil
  • 9:00 pm – From Adjt. 19th Batt.to OC “C” and “D” Companies – Please detach 1 NCO and 10 men per company as to have party to report at DIV. SCHOOL if instructions tomorrow at 8:30 am. Mid-day rations are to be carried and they will assemble at ? room at 8:00 am sharp.

May 6, 1916 –

  • From Adjt. 19th batt. to 4th CIB – Casualties nil, sick one
  • From Adjt. 19th batt. to 4th CIB – Reinforcements 13 ORs arrive today.


WWI Diaries CEF 19th Battalion Intro

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The WWI Diaries, Can. Exp. Forces, Battalion #19

I have been reading the First World War Diaries trying to discover where my grand-uncle, Pvte. Fleming Wesley Hines, Batt. #19, was at the time that he was wounded and later died. Before reading the diaries, I knew he died in the Etaples Military Hospital on Sept. 18th, 1916, but didn’t know whether he was wounded or died of an illness. Well, the army kept a daily record of how many men were sick, so I could find out whether it was likely or not.

Here is the War Diary and contents page:

The next three pages are the Intelligence Summary for the month of May:

The rest of the diary pages for the month are difficult to read and I will be transcribing them, one day at a time after today. For the first daily blog post I will be transcribing May 1-6, 1916.
I am hoping to post daily, throughout the months of May-October, which includes the Battle of the Somme. The posts will be linked for easy reference. Well, on to the first day…

May 1- 6, 1916

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