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Arthur Douglas Crease Letters, Diaries and Scrapbooks

Letters from Arthur Douglas Crease of Victoria to his brother Lindley Crease and his mother Sarah Crease; instructions for the offensive of July 26, 1917; a regimental notebook, diaries and scrapbook. Learn more.

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BC Archives MS-0055BC Archives MS-2879



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(a) No. 12. Company, “D” Battalion, Heavy Branch M.G. Corps, has been detailed to assist the 2nd Canadian Division with two sections of 4 Tanks each.

(b) The Southern Section will co-operate with 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade, and Northern Section with 13th British Brigade.

(c) The two sections will be assembled under cover prior to ZERO at a starting point in ELBE TRENCH between REITZ and DENIS LA ROCQUE C.T’s.

(d) The two sections will leave their starting point at ZERO and advance to RED LINE, which they are timed to reach at ZERO plus 4 hours. The Southern Section advancing stride NEUVILLE-THELUS ROAD, and Northern Section astride GRENADIER GRABEN.

(e) The advance from the RED LINE will be made in line with the Infantry following immediately behind the barrage.

The Southern Section will send two tanks round the Southern Edge, and two tanks round Northern Edge, of TEHKUS. As soon as the village has been taken, this section will move to the vicinity of THELUS WOOD and await orders.

The Northern Section will send two tanks against point A.6.a.8.3, and two tanks against point A.6.a.9½.9. (N. Corner COUNTS WOOD) in THELUS TRENCH. After crossing this trench, each half section will advance astride one of the lines of wire and trench running S.E. along Hill 140 as far as the BlueLine; thence whole Northern Section will rejoin Southern Section near THELUS WOOD and await orders.


CABLE. Battalion Signalers of the 28th and 31st Battalions will lay a lateral line to the 29th Battalion HQ. in TURBO GRABEN Trench. From this point forward, “D” Coy. will lay a D.1 cable to position of “D” Coy. Headquarters in BROWN LINE.

“A”, “B” and “C” Cos. will attach laterals to this line as their Headquarters are established.

PIGEONS. “D” Coy. will also carry two pigeons, which will be used in case of emergency.

VISUAL. A Brigade Visual Station will be established about PHILLIP GROUP, A.10.b.3.3., and all Battalions will establish Visual communication with this Station as soon as they reach forward headquarters. Flappers and Lamp will be carried by Battalion Headquarters for this purpose.

When Brigade Advanced Report Centre is established at A.11.a.4.8½., all messages and reports will be made to this point. A second Brigade O.P. will be established at about A.5.d.1.5., and will act as Receiving Station for Visual Signals.

All companies will carry flappers and flags to be used as opportunity offers, and in case telephone communication fails.

RUNNERS. Runners will be held in reserve, and will be used when other means of communication fail.

SPECIAL LIGHT SIGNALS. On the capture along the whole Company front of the THELUS TRENCH and BROWN objective, white Very lights in groups of three will be sent up under the personal direction of the O.C. of the Assaulting Companoes at these objectives. On the capture of the BLUE LINE at the crest of the hill, O.C. “C” Coy. will put up two groups of three gold and silver rain rockets simultaneously with the Company of the 13th British Brigade on his left flank when this objective has been made secure by these Coys.

BC Archives, MS-0055 Box 15 File 7 / CREASE FAMILY / Miscellaneous records, Arthur Douglas Crease, 1915 - 1918.

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