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    How NOT to use blogs

    By keithmroberts

    This area is not for queries but for ongoing blogs. if you want to ask for help, please go to the appropriate sub-forum in the main part of the GWF. You have been asked to make your first post in a specified location. Once you have done that, your query can be raised in the various sections of the forum. If you previously posted a request for help or information in this area, it is likely to be deleted at some point in the next few weeks or months. So if you have a reply, please make a note o
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1st June on the march again this time to Fort Hirson.

Saturday 1st June 1918   Up at 4am and partaking of coffee and black bread we marched off again, this time under the charge of a guard of stalwart but rather old Prussian Guards mounted on very pristine horses who continued to trot backwards and forwards along the column keeping a very sharp eye on all that happened.   Getting on for about noon this day, the column were passing through a series of small villages, and by this time, we were again in no fit state to marc

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

28th May the march to Lislet and a couple of days there.

Wednesday 28th May 1918   At 5:30am the rouse came again, and with another drink of flour and water we were turned into a large field just over the other side of the hill. When this was done Fred 1 said ‘I wonder what they are going to do now Bill.’ ‘God knows, and he won’t split.’ say I.   So sitting for a short while we watched Jerry’s movements, until Fred 1 said ‘Billy if you want to keep anything you value get it smuggled quick because they are searching every ma

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

The battle behind us, the road ahead and so ends my first day of captivity.

One incident which happened goes to prove some of the almost unbelievable atrocities which the enemy committed during the war and a few of our boys being almost in the rear of the column witnessed it without being able to give a helping hand so just had to bear it and keep moving.   It was when their Red Cross men were coming over the ground passing our killed and wounded and not offering to give a hand to relieve their sufferings in the least. (I might mention before going any fur

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

The Battle of Aisne, my capture, 27th May and march off.

27th May 1918   There were very few casualties considering the shell fire, but the main part had been dumped on the front and support lines, the wind blowing gently from the direction of the enemy lines reeked of powder and the sickly tang of gas.   By this time about 3am our gas masks were in a bad state, the glasses were dimmed with perspiration and the waterproof bag covering was sticking to our faces and very wet, but we dare not move them owing to the  risk of ge

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Leading up to the battle of Aisne 5th May - 26th May 1918

Sgt. Thomas William Chisholm (POW), Giessen, Darmstadt, Lager 3A, Barrack 126, Lamsdorf O/Sch., Germany. The Sgt wrote:   Somewhere in the vicinity of the 5th May 1918, I with many others was chosen to go in advance as assistants to our G.Q.M.S. (Company Quarter Master Sergeant). We were supplied with service bicycles which are the most unwieldy article in the service, together with F.M.O and rifles, and extra rations to last us about two days, with orders to meet

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

Sgt Thomas William Chisholm

 

Saturday, 30th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 13

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 13. Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F. [ 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th

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Friday, 29th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 12

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 12. Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.   L

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Thursday, 28th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 11

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 11. The transport Aquitania docks at Halifax harbor, the first ship to arrive carrying troops from the battlefields of Europe, Thursday, 28th November 1918.  Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.  

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Wednesday, 27th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 10

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 10. Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.     16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.  

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Tuesday, 26th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 9

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 9. Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.  

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Monday, 25th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 8

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 8.   The barn of Villers Abbey is burned to the ground, accidentally, by the 60th Canadian Field Battery on a cold, wet day, Monday, 25th November 1918.   Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.

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Sunday, 24th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 7

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 7. Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.   Lt

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Saturday, 23rd November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 6

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 6. Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.   14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.   Lt

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Friday, 22nd November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 5

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 5.   The march is still halted by supply line problems while police headquarters in Berlin is attacked by revolutionary masses, Friday, 22nd November 1918.    Canadian Corps   13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)   14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)   15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.   16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.

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Thursday, 21st November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 4

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 4.   The 61st Field Battery shifts from Camron St. Vincent to Brain-le-Comte, inspected G.O.C. 1st Canadian Division, General MacDonnell enroute, Thursday, 21st November 1918.   Operation ZZ (Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet): The largest gathering of warships in one place, on one day in history, occurred when the German High Seas Fleet surrendered en masse to the British Navy, Thursday, 21st November 1918. Nine German

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Wednesday, 20th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 3

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 3.   The march grinds to a halt as a serious accident on the railway delays supplies.  The men take this first setback in stride, spending their time cleaning harness and vehicles, Wednesday, 20th November 1918.   Spartacist Revolution Funerals, 20 November 1918.  A funeral procession arrives in eastern Berlin at the Graveyard of the Fallen of March (Friedhof der Marzgefallenen), where the victims of The Spartacist Revolution,

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Tuesday, 19th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 2

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 2.   After staying in Thulin for over a week, men of the 61st Field Battery depart for Cambron St. Vincent at 03h30, arriving at 14h00 after being inspected enroute by the G.O.C. 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade.  Weather reported as damp, foggy and very cold (this will be a staple of the march over the next four weeks).   The March to the Rhine, First Period (courtesy 60th Fld Bty)   Canadian Corps   13th

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Monday, 18th November 1918 - March to the Rhine Day 1

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 1.   Several men will be focused on during The March to the Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany, beginning with Canadian Corps Commander Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie.   Lieutenant Abner Gladstone Virtue, adjutant for the 61st Field Battery, who has been suffering from the Chinese Flu for some time now, and will not be participating in the march (he remains in daily contact with the battery).  Lt Virtue will eventu

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Sunday, 17th November 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 102

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 102.   Today shall mark the last day of Canada's Hundred Days for tomorrow, The March to the Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany begins, Monday, 18th November 1918.   Forward units of the Cavalry will secure the bridgeheads at Bonn and Cologne twenty-five days later on 12th December 1918, with G.O.C. of the British 2nd Army Field Marshal Herbert Plumer saluting the troops of the Canadian 1st Division at Cologne, while the Cana

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Saturday, 16th November 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 101

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 101.   Lt-Gen Sir Arthur Currie spends his day in the office planning for the advance to the German Frontier while the troops rest and clean up.  The instructions for Advance to German Frontier No. 1 are issued later in the day, Saturday, 16th November 1918.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., C.D.A., C.E.F.   Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery No entry        

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Friday, 15th November 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 100

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 100.   Elements of the 5th Canadian Divisional Artillery (C.D.A.) attend a birthday celebration mass for King Albert I at the church in Thulin, Belgium.  In the morning, Lt-Gen Sir Arthur Currie attends the official entry of the Army Commander (General Horne) in Grand Place, Mons, after which he attended an "At Home" given by the 3rd Canadian Division in the afternoon, Friday, 15th November 1918.   This version of Canada's Hundred Days

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Thursday, 14th November 1918 - Canada's Hundred Days - 99

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 99.   As Canada's Hundred Days is about to end, troops have already begun to march to assembly areas for the March to the Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany.  Formal ceremonies for the Canadian Corps are to be held in Grand Place, Mons tomorrow.  Allied POWs are released and begin to reach the former front lines, Thursday, 14th November 1918.   61st Field Battery, C.F.A., C.D.A., C.E.F.   Lt Virtue 61st Field Ba

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