January 1914 – Ben Murray joined the Royal Canadian Dragoons (Att)

4 August 1914 – Canada declares war on Germany

5 August 1914 – RCD arrive at Valcartier to prepare Expeditionary Force camp

15 August 1914 – Rest of Regiment arrive at Valcartier

26 August 1914 – Ben Murray’s medical examination @ Valcartier (Att)

20 September 1914 – CEF reviewed by Prime Minister

24 September 1914 – Joined Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force @ Valcartier (Att)

29 September 1914 – RCD men depart on SS Laurentic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 October 1914 – RCD horses depart on SS Laconia, arriving 20 October

17 October 1914 – RCD arrive in Plymouth heading for camp on Salisbury Plain

30 October 1914 – RCD horses arrive in England

5 November 1914 – Canadian Cavalry Brigade inspected at Salisbury by King George V

January 1915 – Regiment moved to Macsfield (?) camp in Sussex

April 1915 – Kitchener requests CCB to go to France unmounted

4 May 1915 – RCD leave Buxted, Sussex by train for Folkestone/France

18 May 1915 – Regiment commences march to the Front

24/5 May 1915 – Arrived at Festubert – first casualties

26/7 May 1915 – Pulled back into Divisional Reserve – moved to Givenchy

15 June 1915 – Division commenced local assaults on Las Bassee

Late June 1915 – Unit moved to Ploegsteert (BM mentioned p190)

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December 1915 – Unit in Reserve for Christmas

24 January 1916 – RCD to be remounted

26 January 1916 – left for Waincourt – billeted in Allency (A), Friaucourt (B) & Tully (C, HQ & m/g section)

March 1916 – Horses completed arrival

26 June 1916 – Regiment left on a night march to Hangest

Remainder 1916 – Held in Reserve

19 March 1917 – Regiment left billets for 3 day march to Bois de Buire (PERONNE)

23 March 1917 – Took up position in front of Ytres

24 March 1917 – “A” Squadron charged the woods at Ytres

26 March 1917 – “B” Squadron into Longavernes/Villes Faucon; “C” Squadron into Lieramont/Guyencourt & Saulcourt

9 July 1917 – CCB into Reserve – transferred to YPRES

9/14 October 1917 – reconnaissance of front near Passchendaele

Late October 1917 – withdrawn to Henricourt 20 November 1917 – Regiment left bivouac (CAMBRAI)

21 November 1917 – Dragoons ordered forward (Marcoing, Masnieres), entered Les Rues Vertes

November 1917 – withdrawn to Reserve

30 Nov 1917 – Ben Murray serving with the RCD in France (RCD p212)

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RCD War Diary for 30th November 1917

At 9:15am order received to be in readiness to move at half hours notice. At 9:20am order received for Brigade to concentrate immediately at X-roads E of ESTREE-EN-CHAUSEE. It was learned that the Germans had attacked and broken through and reached GOUZEACOURT. Exact details not known.

Regiment reached point of concentration 10:35am and followed Ambala (?) and SRC’bad (?) Brigades. Marched via ROISEL – VILLERS FAUCON to JACQVEENE copse in W.29. At 3:30pm Brigade advanced with RCD as advanced guard and “C” Sqdn as advanced Sqdn. Advanced Sqdn came under fire in W.18.d and dug-in in front of infantry line there.

“A” Sqdn was sent to advance via VAUCELLETTE FARM and finding ridge in X13 and 14 occupied – dismounted and took up a position around farm.  “B” Sqdn took up dismounted position behind in W.18.d.  These positions were held during night.

Casualties – 1 OR wounded & missing. 5 Ors wounded. 2 horses killed, 3 wounded.

LSH are on our left. FGH in reserve”

December (?) 1917 – Brigade withdrawn into Reserve, Roisel then Mohlecourt

 January 1918 – RCD back inline at Le Verguier (40m E of Amiens)

26 January 1918 – Regiment took over a section of trenches

February 1918 – Regiment rotated between frontline & Reserve

18/20 March 1918 – Regiment working on rear defences at Estrees

21 March 1918 – German drive for Amiens – Regiment move to Villeselve

26 March 1918 – Regiment gathered at Sempigny

27 March 1918 – Regiment marched via Compiegne to Arsy – “C” Brigade ordered to Bois de Goyencourt

30 March 1918 – RCD stood to/attached Moreuil Wood – relieved by British Infantry, moved back across the Avre to regroup

31 March 1918 – unmounted attack on Rifle Wood April (?) 1918 – training resumed

6 August 1918 – Regiment move to concentration area at Amiens

August 1918 – CCB cross the Luce at Ignaucourt

9 August 1918 – Regiment off-saddled

August/September 1918 – two months training & refitting

October 1918 – Brigade moved over ground west of Masnieres – Beaurevoir

8 October 1918 – Regiment assembled near Joucourt – attacked by Richthofen Circus

9 October 1918 – RCD leave Maretz – held in Reserve – then told to man high ground overlooking le Cateau

10 November 1918 – RCD ride North, crossing into Belgium at Tournai

11 November 1918 – at 10:55 halted at Meslin L’Evesque for ceasefire then moved to Bigecq

December (?) 1918 – Division marched to Ramet on the Meuse

30 January 1919 – 30 men struck off strength & returned to Canada

End February 1919 – RCD marched to Bere

12 March 1919 – RCD Memorial tablet dedicated at Amiens Cathedral

13 April 1919 – RCD travel to Le Havre/England

April/May 1919 – stationed at Bramshott for one month

21 May 1919 – Trained to Liverpool, RMS Carmania for Canada