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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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1918 Sept 29 Arras shelled last night. Heavy rain Briq Genl Paush CRA returned from leave

30. Very wet. B. Mess went forward

Oct 1. Heavy rain, Bright later. Went to Adv. Hqrs by every kind of transport. Roads very bad. Enveloping Cambrai with hard fighting.

2. Fine - Went to Aubigny. Col Spry moved forward . Lt Caldwell RAF (ex 2 CdnBn) came in having damaged his [illegible] . Very fine young chap. 56 Squar 13 Bde. This an SE6. Told offrs of how he had been protecting Haudley Paprs delivering supplies to American Div cut off beyond the Laval Tunnel.

4. Capt Phil Tidy came down

5. Col Mantagne, Maj Rispin visited us at Arras. I went forward to Adv Hqrs before I [illegible] les marquion to stay. Found Hqrs in camouflaged open trenches fairly comfortable but crowded. First Hqrs of the kind I have seen - Surface of the ground kept level & no trace of excavation. Chambers cut into sides of trench roofs with i[illegible] & all camouflaged - no connecting trenches. Saw Cambrai for first time. This has been built by Germans recently. Bulgaria capitulated.

BC Archives, MS-2879, Box 83, File 1 CREASE FAMILY, "Diary of the War", diary and scrapbook of Arthur Douglas Crease, 1915-1919.

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