War Diary & Operation Orders
for the 50th Battalion

Censorship of correspondence from the front was extremely strict—as is usual in times of war—and consequently Ross’s letters reveal little about where he was or what he was doing. These supplementary documents, retrieved from the Library and Archives Canada website, help explain what was going on at the time Ross wrote his letters.

August 1917

Type Date Excerpt
Order 1917-08-29 to 1917-08-30 Battalion Orders for the 50th Bn. issued on Aug. 29 for action to be taken on Aug. 30, 1917. [It looks as though there should be another page to these Orders, but we don\'t seem to have it.] View this Order »
War Diary 1917-08-29 to 1917-08-30 War Diary of the 50th Cdn. Bn. for Aug. 28, 29 & 30, 1917. View this War Diary »
War Diary 1917-08-31 to 1917-08-31 War Diary of the 50th Cdn. Bn. for Aug. 31, 1917. View this War Diary »

September 1917

Type Date Excerpt
Order 1917-09-01 to 1917-09-02 50th Cdn. Bn. O.O. No. 54, Instructions dated 1st Sept. for relieving the 46th Battalion at VANCOUVER CAMP on 2nd/3rd Sept., 1917. [It sounds as though there was another order moving the time up; we don\'t seem to have this.] View this Order »
War Diary 1917-09-01 to 1917-09-05 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-09-06 to 1917-09-07 Orders issued on Sept. 6, 1917 for actions to take place on the night of Sept. 6/7, 1917. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-09-06 to 1917-09-10 War Diary for 50th Cdn. Bn. for Sept. 6 to Sept. 10, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-09-11 to 1917-09-11 50th Bn. O.O. No. 56 dated the 11th September, Instructions for 50th Bn. to move into Divisional Reserve at GOUY-SERVINS. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-09-11 to 1917-09-16 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Sept. 11 to Sept. 16, 1917. View this War Diary »
War Diary 1917-09-17 to 1917-09-22 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Sept. 17 to Sept. 22, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-09-19 to 1917-09-19 50th Bn. O.O. No. 57 dated the 19th September, Instructions for 50th Bn. to relieve 87th Candian Battalion in ALBERTA CAMP on Sept. 19. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-09-23 to 1917-09-26 War Diary for 50th Bn. for Sept. 23 to Sept. 25, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-09-27 to 1917-09-27 50th Bn. O.O. No. 58 dated 27th of September, Instructions for the relief of the 87th and 54th Battalions at the Front and in ZOUAVE VALLEY. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-09-27 to 1917-09-30 War Diary of the 50th Cdn. Bn. for Sept. 27, 28, 29 & 30, 1917. View this War Diary »

October 1917

Type Date Excerpt
War Diary 1917-10-01 to 1917-10-07 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-10-05 to 1917-10-05 50th Bn. O.O. No. 60 dated the 5th October, Instructions re move of 50th Bn. to ESTREE CAUCHIE on the 5th October. View this Order »
Order 1917-10-06 to 1917-10-07 50th Bn. O.O. No. 61 dated the 6th October, Instructions for move of 50th Bn. to OLHAIN on October 7th. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-10-08 to 1917-10-12 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Oct. 8 to Oct. 12, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-10-10 to 1917-10-11 50th Bn. O.O. No. 62, Instructions for move of 10th C.I.B. to STEENBECQUE on the 11th/12th Oct. View this Order »
Order 1917-10-12 to 1917-10-13 50th Bn. O.O. No. 63 dated the 12th October, Instructions for march of 50th Bn. on the 13th. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-10-12 to 1917-10-17 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Oct. 12 to Oct. 17, 1917. View this War Diary »
War Diary 1917-10-18 to 1917-10-22 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-10-19 to 1917-10-21 50th Bn. O.O. No. 64 [dated 19th Oct.], Instructions regarding move of 50th Bn. from present area on the 21st. and take over support Bn. of 148th Bde. View this Order »
Order 1917-10-20 to 1917-10-21 50th Bn. O.O. No. 65 [dated 20th Oct.], Instructions for relief of 11th Australian Bde. by 50th Battalion [on Oct. 21] View this Order »
Order 1917-10-21 to 1917-10-21 50th Bn. O.O. No. 65, Instructions for relief of 11th Australian Bde. by 50th Battalion View this Order »
Order 1917-10-22 to 1917-10-22 50th Bn. O.O. 66 dated the 22nd October, Instructions for relief of 4th/5th Y. and L. Bn. by 50th Bn. on the night 22nd/23rd. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-10-22 to 1917-10-25 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Oct. 22 (cont.) to Oct. 25, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-10-23 to 1917-10-23 Warning Order No. 15 Instructions regarding pushing forward our outpost line on the 23rd/24th View this Order »
Order 1917-10-24 to 1917-10-25 O.O. No. 68, change in disposition on night 25th/26th October View this Order »
Order 1917-10-26 to 1917-10-26 O.O. No. 68 A. Instructions for relief of 46th and 50th Bn. by 27th Bn. on the 26th April [presumably this should say October]. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-10-26 to 1917-10-27 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Oct. 25 (cont.) to Oct. 27, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-10-28 to 1917-10-28 50th Bn. O.O. No. 60 [should this actually be 69?] Instructions for relief of 50th Bn. by 72nd Bn. on the 28th. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-10-28 to 1917-10-31 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, 1917. View this War Diary »

November 1917

Type Date Excerpt
War Diary 1917-11-01 to 1917-11-04 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-11-02 to 1917-11-02 50th Bn. O.O. No. 70, Instructions for move of 50th Battalion to CAESTRE on the 2nd Nov. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-11-05 to 1917-11-10 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-11-11 to 1917-11-12 50th Bn. O.O. No. 71, dated the 11th November, Instructions for move of 50th Bn. POTIJZE on the 12th November. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-11-11 to 1917-11-14 War Diary for 50th Cdn. Bn. from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-11-15 to 1917-11-16 50th Bn. O.O. No. 72, dated the 15th November, Instructions for relief of 50th Bn. by the 2nd Bn. on the 15th November. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-11-15 to 1917-11-20 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Nov. 15 to Nov. 20, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-11-17 to 1917-11-18 50th Bn. O.O. No. 73, dated the 17th November, Instructions for move of 50th Bn. to LA POUPLIER on the 18th. [Is there an Appendix to this Order that provides the departure times, etc.? We don\'t seem to have it.] View this Order »
Order 1917-11-19 to 1917-11-20 50th Bn. O.O. No. 74, dated the 19th November, Instructions for move of Bn. to MARVILLE area on the 20th November. View this Order »
Order 1917-11-21 to 1917-11-21 50th Bn. O.O. No. 75, Instructions for move of 50th Bn. to L’ECLEME on the 21st November. View this Order »
War Diary 1917-11-21 to 1917-11-25 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Nov. 21 to Nov. 25, 1917. View this War Diary »
Order 1917-11-22 to 1917-11-22 50th Bn. O.O. No. 76, Instructions for move of 50th Bn. to BRUAY on the 22nd November. [We do not seem to have this document, but it is listed in the War Diary for the 50th Cdn. Battalion, 4th Cdn. Division, from 1st to 30th November, 1917, Vol. 16, in the list of all the Orders for the month.] View this Order »
War Diary 1917-11-26 to 1917-11-30 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, 1917. View this War Diary »
War Diary 1917-11-30 to 1917-11-30 War Diary for 50th Bn. from Nov. 30 to Nov. 31*, 1917. [*Nov. 31 is a non-existent date, but there is an entry for this day. It will be interesting to see if this is corrected in the December War Diary...] View this War Diary »