The Diary of Major H G Paris
Royal Garrison Artillery
6 - 9 September
10 - 15 September
35th Heavy Battery R.G.A. (aged 27 at time of writing)
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10th (this is the date which HGP wrote in his diary)
Anyhow, the order was for one section of the battery to march with the Advanced Guard - quite a new place for a 60 pounder (at last they are starting to realize our merits!) (They have since realised it very much more - Nov 3).
I got the order to take my section; my men rose to the occasion well and we got off in record time and by a little "bluff" got an infantry battalion out of the way and got to our place in the advanced guard just in time. We marched via Caupru - Marigny - Hussiars. The 3rd Division was marching parallel to us on our left. When we got to Hussiars a good deal of firing started on our left front and infantry were pushed up. Very soon we got the order to go up and we went up a steep hill into the village of Hautevennes under shell and rifle fire (the shells I'm afraid were very like English ones). The reason being that a lot of Germans had been surprised between the two divisions and both divisions were firing into them from either side. Some of the shells came right over us, eventually about 500 prisoners were taken.
We came into action just east of the village did some good work at about 7,000 yards on a German column trekking like blazes. We hurried them up all right and knocked out several vehicles. Later on in the afternoon the whole battery advanced to near Counticouat, south of Hennes and went into action to shell the village of Chouy, which an aeroplane had reported to be blocked with German transport. Left section put a dozen rounds of Lyddite and some shrapnel into the place. An aeroplane went to observe our fire, but we never got any report on it. Right section went off to a quiet corner and got rid of its Fuze 2, much to everybody&~039;s relief. We bivouacked for the night on the guns.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11th
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12th
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13th
* Note: HGP is referring to a map which presumably accompanied his diary for the original reader. They were in action in the place on the map where the "d" of Grande is written. He uses this technique quite frequently to explain to his reader where they are.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14th
Soon after coming into action, right section was ordered back to across river to take up position on ridge beyond Villarcy from where good observation was possible. This section came into action south of "G" in La Grande Roch. Left section remained in action and fired in direction of Braye. About midday an urgent order was received for the section to fire in direction of point 166 north of Chavenne as Germans were turning our left flank of Division. Switched quickly round and carried out rapid fire. Kept up till situation was relieved by cavalry and artillery from 1st Division. Both sections bivouacked on their guns. Left section had coal boxes falling pretty close all night.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15th
The battery stayed in this neighbourhood from this date till October 13th. I have kept no daily record of our target etc. but a summary with a sketch showing changes in position.Previous Entries
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