Sir Francis Howard Inspects 161st Hurons

Battalion Diary – February 14, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

8:00am  Syllabus of training.

2:30pm  Battalion inspected while in training by Sir Francis Howard.

3:15pm  Battalion sports commenced but owing to the delay in starting due to the inspection was badly handicapped and many of the events were cancelled.

Four (4) N.C.Os went On Command, Drill Course, Bordon.

Two (2) other ranks taken on strength from the 4th Reserve Battalion.

One (1) N.C.O. struck off strength to the C.C.A.C. (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre)

One hundred (100) other ranks composing Firing Party completed training in Engineering.

17 Men on Mumps Quarantine

Battalion Diary – February 19, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

8:00am  Brigade duty Battalion. Every man was used on these duties.

Transport Section commenced 30-day course of instruction in Transport Work.

One (1) Officer and 8 other ranks went On Command, Crowborough to attend Trench Warfare School.

Seventy-three (73) other ranks returned from Ash Ranges and placed under Quarantine as Mumps contacts.

Three (3) men transferred to 17th Reserve Battalion.

Strength increased by 23 other ranks (Category A3) from the 25th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.

Note: Category A3 soldiers are those “casualties fit as soon as they were hardened by exercise.” This would include those recovering from wounds received on the battlefield, those affected by disease and medical conditions.1