Perhaps no individual loss in the whole of the Canadian Corps has been more universally lamented than the death of our Commanding Officer., who died when his Battalion had accomplished a completely successful attack. Colonel Jones was one of the original officers of the Battalion. An old Brockville boy, where at the beginning of the war he gave up his law practice and returned to his old provinces. He was a veteran of all Canadian Battles since the Battalion came to France. He was badly wounded at Vimy and recently had thoughts of rest, but was very loaded to leave his comrades. At about 7.30 a.m., while on the high road, through the cornfield, beyond the lone trees, about half way to Marcelcave, we was struck by a machine gun bullet through the right lung, and died in a few minutes. He was a very perfect gentle knight and of the best of Canada’s Sons.
At Zero hour, 4.20a.m., our barrage opened and the Battalion formed up prepatory to moving off and final instructions were given to Company Commanders. At 5.20 a.m., Zero plus 60 minutes, the Brigade moved from their position of assembly, the 28th Battalion being the left leading Battalion. Owing to there being no enemy barrage, companies moved in file and advanced in this formation in rear of the 3rd Division, crossing the River Luc at Damuin and proceeded to the assembly position for the afternoon advance on the rising ground west of Demuin. The advance during the morning had been carried out without opposition and the Battalion suffered only a few slight casualties from shells. Orders were received at 11.30 a.m. that the second phase of the attack would commence at 12.10p.m.
Zero Hour having been set at 4.20a.m., The Battalion was reported in position at 5.20a.m. The enemy apparently noticed unusual activity in our forward areas, and opened a heavy bombardment on our lines with 4.1’s and 5.9’s. We sustained no casualties. Without any preliminary bombardment our attack opened at 4.20a.m. [Follow the link for the full entry]
Early in the morning the assembling of the Battalion was reported complete, and later the Battalion attacked. Reinforcements of 1 officer (Lieut. S.D. Whaley) and 35 other ranks were taken on strength. Weather was fair.