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.

Shuffles In 161st Command

Battalion Diary – March 12, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

Captain C.G. Vanstone being On Command, Captain Town took over the duties of Acting Adjutant.

Captain D.G. Ross and Captain A.P. Malone transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.

Lieut. J.K Mair and Lieut. R.A. Cluff returned from Officers’ Course, Crowborough.

Lieutenant D.S. Scott Left for London

Battalion Diary – February 28, 1917

Location: Witley Camp, North Surrey

Lieutenant D.S. Scott proceeded to London for discharge to Canada as “Permanently unfit for any service.”

By the transfer of 9 draft horses from the Remount Depot, the Battalion Transport section is complete for personnel of men, animals, and equipment.

Preliminary Musketry Party carried on work during the afternoon and the remainder of the Battalion carried on with Sports.

The Musketry Party was inspected at 2:30pm in training by the General Officer Commanding (G.O.C.), the highest ranking officer, of the 5th Canadian Division.