The First World War
War Diary of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Transcription by Captain Michael O'Leary, The RCR.

JULY 1917



25th instant.
1. Rations for the 25th instant will be issued on the 24th instant in the usual manner. In lieu of Meat, Sardines will be issued. HOT TEA will be issued on arrival, and will be served from Kitchens.
26th instant. 2. Rations for the 26h instant will be issued on arrival at COUPIGNY.
In case of an issue of Fresh Meat, it will be cooked and served in the shape of sandwiches.
HOT BREAKFAST will be served before departure and HOT TEA on arrival.

The above does not cover Officers' Messes, which will make their own arrangements.
3. All Equipment of Officers' Messes will be carried on Mess Cart, which should be loaded by 8.00 a.m. on the 25th instant, and half an hour before the Regiment moves off on the 26th instant.
Company Officers' Messes will be loaded on their respective Kitchens at the same hours as above.
DETACHMENTS. 4. Cooking utensils of Signallers, Band and Drums etc., etc. will be placed on front half of Kitchens.
  • Band and Drums. - 'B' Co.
  • Scouts and Signallers. - 'C' Co.
  • Runners and S'Bearers. - 'D' Co.
  • Pioneers and Transport. - 'A' Co.
PACKS. 5. N.C.O's and men's packs will be transported to Q.M. Stores at LAPUGNOY. They should be piled by Companies on the Road at Headquarters by 6.00 a.m. the 24th instant.
Each Company will detail one man to take charge of their packs, who should have 24 hours rations plus the unconsumed portion of days Ration.
OFFICERS' KITS. 6. Officer's Kits must be ready and at SOUCHEZ Road corner by 7.30 a.m. 25th instant.
The baggage wagons will move at 8.00 a.m. and will be inspected by O.C. Train, 3RD Canadian Division.
Attention is directed to Orders issued re weight of Officer's Kits.
They should not, in any case, exceed 35 lbs.
Officer's packs must go with packs of the 24th instant, otherwise rolled in Kit.
They must on no account be fastened to outside of bedrolls.
M.O'S EQUIPMENT. 7. Medical officer's Equipment should be loaded by 8.00 a.m. Maltese cart will be at SOUCHEZ Road Corner at 7.30 a.m.
ORDERLY ROOM. 8. Orderly Room Equipment will be moved under arrangements to be notified later.
LEWIS GUN LIMBERS. 9. Limbers for Lewis Guns, should as far as possible be loaded on the 24th instant.
Only Guns and magazines actually required wuill be kept by Companies.
These can be loaded at 8.00 a.m. on the day of move, at Transport Lines.
They will not be unloaded at COUPIGNY.
LEWIS GUN CARTS. 10. Lewis Gun handcarts will move under orders of Lewis Gun Officer.
They can be left at Transport Lines on the 25\4th instant and picked up EN ROUTE.
SIGNALLERS EQUIPMENT. 11. Signallers Equipment will be carried on No. 9 and 10 Limbers.
It must be loaded at Transport Lines by 8.00 a.m. 25th instant.
COMPANY Q.M. SERGEANTS. 12. Company Quartermaster Sergeants are responsible for having all kits, packs, etc. ready for loading, and will superintend the loading of same, also that rations are issued in time to make the necessary distribution.
SERGEANT COOK. 13. The Sergeant Cook will see that Kitchens are ready to move at the appointed hour and that meals are prepared on time.
LOADING. 14. All loading of vehicles will be carried out under the direction of a Transport N.C.O., who alone will be responsible for the actual loading and amount of load.
TRANSPORT MOVE. 15. Transport will be drawn up and ready to move from transport Lines at 8.00 a.m. it will join the Regiment at the Brigade starting point.
BRAKESMEN. 16. Officers' Servants, Cooks, etc., will not march with the Transport. The necessary brakesmen will be found from the Transport Section. All N.C.O's and men proceeding with transport section will do so in light marching order.
CHARGERS. 17. Chargers will be sent for all mounted Officers to SOUCHEZ Road corner at 9.00 a.m.
DRESS. 18. Dress for the march back will be Battle Order except that Caps will be worn and Steel helmets carried on outside of Haversack.

E.C. Snider,
Adjutant The Royal Canadian Regiment.

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