The First World War
War Diary of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.




The Royal Canadian Regiment
19TH August, 1916.

Co's and Detachments.

The following from the G.O.C. 7TH Cdn. Inf. Bde. Is forwarded for the information of all ranks:-

"Please convey to the Officers N.C.O's and men concerned in your recent raid my hearty appreciation of the splendid gallantry and tenacity of purpose with which they pressed their raid.

While I am proud of the courage displayed, I am prouder still of the fact that from start to finish a high state of discipline and training was evinced worthy of the best traditions of the Royal Canadian Regiment.

Whilst sympathizing deeply with you all in the losses incurred may I point out that if our losses were heavier even the most conservative estimate cannot fail to reckon the enemy's many times heavier.

A truly gallant deed is never lost even if not completely successful.

The knowledge of the facts of this raid will send a thrill of pride through every member or ex member of the R.C.R. and it will steel then heart of many a man to endure to the end when he remembers this deed wrought by men whose uniform he has the honour to wear.


Sgd. A.C. Macdonell. B.G.
7TH Canadian Infantry Bde.

(War Diary copy signed)
E.C. Snider
Adjutant The Royal Canadian Regiment


The Royal Canadian Regiment,
19TH August, 1916.

G.O.C. 7TH Canadian Infantry Bde.


I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your communication with the recent raid which the battalion carried out.

In behalf of the Officers, Non commissioned Officers, and men in the battalion I wish to thank you for your encouraging and inspiring remarks. I feel quite confident that these remarks from you will give us all courage and daring in any future operation which we are called upon to perform. A copy of your letter will be published as a special order to the battalion and your original letter will be added to other documents which we have in our Regimental History.

We are indeed sincerely grateful to you,

I have the honour to be
Your obedient Servant

C.H. HILL Lieut-Col.
Commanding The Royal Canadian Regiment

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