The First World War
War Diary of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.

JULY 1917


7TH Canadian Infantry Brigade.

B.M.S. 1428/1.

42ND Battalion.
49TH Battalion.

Reference 7TH Canadian Infantry Brigade

1. The Brigade Starting Point will be road junction at D.26.d.7.1.

2. Units will pass the starting point in the following order at probably 20 minute intervals:-

3. The R.C.R. and P.P.C.L.I. will move to Starting Point via road in D.26.a. and c. running along West edge of BOIS DES DAMES and not by MARLES LES MINES.

4. For practice, and in order to see how long it takes Battalions to assemble ready to move off from their billet a priority message "Practice Assembly", will be sent out within the next few days from Brigade. In this wire being received each Battalion will turn out at once and assemble ready to move off in marching order without packs. Waterproof sheets will be carried and great-coats if desired.

Battalion transport will also turn out. Rations will not be issued, but arrangements should be considered for the quick issuing of a haversack ration in event of necessity.

When a Battalion is assembled a wire will be sent to Brigade Headquarters stating, "Battalion assembled at _____ " and then the Battalion will be dismissed under orders of its Officer Commanding.

It is suggested the men be inspected before they are dismissed, so that iron rations, equipment, etc., can be checked.


A.C. Meredith
Brigade Major,
7TH Canadian Infantry Brigade

[Handwritten message sheet.]

To: The R.C.R.

Sender's Number: BR/2

Day of Month: 30th

Reference 7TH C.I.B. 1428/1 para. 1. D.26.c.7.1. is in the woods and not on road running along the WEST side of the BOIS de DAMES AAA para. 3. and NOT by MARIE LES MINES AAA Yet it gives route through this town. See assembly area R.1. AAA Which route will he follow please. AAA Did you want Bn starting point at D.20.c.80.45

From: Scouts

Time: 11.15 a.m.

Signed: H.C. Barker, Lt

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