April 9th is the Anniversary of the Start of the Battle for Vimy Ridge.
Here is what is recorded in the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry’s (PPCLI) war diary:
9th April 1917
4.30 a.m. Rum issue to all Coys.
5.30 a.m. Artillery opened and leading wave commenced to climb up our lip of craters.
7.10 a.m. Message No.1 received from Lieut. R.L. Haggard O.C. No.1 Co, stating that his Coy had reached FAMINE TRENCH with few casualties and that he was in touch with R.C.R. on right and No.3 Coy on left. Prisoners taken belong to 262 Regiment.
8 a.m. Major McDougall went from Bn. HQ and established Advanced HQ in FAMINE TRENCH……………