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||8th Canadian Siege Battery
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Posting March 23, 2006
|On 1st March, 1916,
instructions were issued from Militia Headquarters at Ottawa
authorizing the organization of a Depot Battery, Siege, and
Heavy Artillery, at Charlottetown, P.E.I., with an establishment
of 6 Officers, 1 Warrant Officer and 152 Other Ranks for
supplying drafts to the 2nd Overseas Battery, Canadian Siege
Artillery from P.E.I. which was then overseas.
The command of the Battery was given to Major A.G. Peake, who
had returned from England.
The title of the unit was officially changed to No. 5 Overseas
Battery, Siege Artillery, by authority from Ottawa dated 12th
On 20th June, 1916, the Battery was warned to prepare for
overseas service, and on August 18th was notified to be ready to
proceed at short notice. It moved out of Charlottetown at full
strength on 25th September, embarked on board S.S.
"Southland" and sailed from Halifax on September 27th
en route to England. Arrived at Liverpool on October 7th and
went into camp at Whitley.
In England the Battery received its training at Whitley Camp,
Ewshott Camp, Aldershot, Lydd and Woolwich. It was equipped with
four 8" howitzers. In February, 1917, the unit was changed
from a four to six gun Battery.
On 15th October, 1916, the War Office ordered a change of name
to No. 272 Canadian Siege Battery and on 29th January, 1917, the
final designation, No. 8 Canadian Siege Battery was authorized.
The 8th Canadian Siege Battery left Woolwich for Folkestone on
31st March, 1917, and crossed to Boulogne on the following day,
going into action near Festubert on April 15th with XI Corps
Heavy Artillery. It operated in this area and at Fleurbaix and
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