35th Heavy Battery R.G.A.
(aged 27 at time of writing)
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21st - fine, misty
6 a.m. Joined 2nd Division column on Ypres - St. Jean road. Long delay starting and long halt near St. Jean. Infantry moving forward to attack. About 11 a.m. Battery went up road passed Wieltsk and came into action just south of H. in Hannebeck, west of Zonnebeke. No good observation station - country too flat and enclosed. A little could be seen from roof of farm buildings. At dusk guns were withdrawn into bivouac south of St. Jean.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 22nd
5 a.m. Marched from bivouac and resumed former position by daylight. Back to same bivouac at dusk.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23rd
5 a.m. Moved off left section to same position as previous day. Right section moved round via Potijze to the chateau on the west of main Zonnebekk - Ypres road and took up position in the outskirts on the garden to cover country in direction of Becelarre and Cheluvelt.
3 p.m. Left section moved via Frizenberg to the main chateau and whole battery bivouacked in chateau grounds and farm close by.
Day's march: Right section 1 and a half miles. Left section 5 miles.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24th
Right section in action as previous day. Left section in action in position prepared for French battery in field just north of chateau. Same bivouac.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 25th
9 a.m. Battery came out of action at chateau and marched via Frizenberg and Ekternest to new position just north of River in Ekternest. Battery came under shell fire after passing cross roads at Ekternest. One man killed by high explosive splinter. Shell fire continued while digging. One man (B Jones) severely wounded in right arm. Teams on edge of wood on left flank of battery. Cover at night obtained in two cottages close by.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 27th to FRIDAY OCTOBER 30th
In same positions as previous day.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 31ST - Fair
Wood around which teams were kept shelled with high explosive. Two drivers killed and three horses wounded. 10 horses killed. Orders received for one section to move to Dickebusch at once and report to O. C. 36 Brigade R.F.A. (Order brought by Lieut. Shedden who then returned to headquarters). Left section marched off via Westhoek - Hooce - Ypres. Very heavy attack going on and heavy shell fire all along road. While passing Hooce chateau, two heavy explosive shells passed over the section and burst in chateau grounds (Headquarters 2nd Division). Learnt later that these shells killed Lieut. Shedden, also Gunner Marchant (bicycle orderly) and wounded Gunner Richardson (mounted orderly).
2 p.m. Left section halted on Ypres - Bickebusch road just short of 3 kilometre stone.
3 p.m. Section in action 100 yards south east of cross road. Opened fire on Holebeke Chateau and Zandvoorde.
Bivouacked on guns. Right section was rather heavily shelled during afternoon.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1st
Orders received for left section to return and join battery. Left section marched back by same route as it came. Arrived Westboek and went into action north of right section. Right section in action by the 5 of "50" just west of Ekternest cross roads (squares K 3d, K 4c). Left section arrived back from Bickebusch and joined up at Ekternest. Both sections went into action west of Ekternest cross roads about 300 yards apart.
During afternoon shell fell near right section and B.S.M. Hoddinott and Gunner Righ were killed by a splinter. Wagon line and horses about half a mile in rear. Men bivouacked in barns near guns and officers in cottage along side right section.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 2nd to TUESDAY NOVEMBER 10th
Guns in same positions
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