This map was used by our late comrade George Hicks, MC and Bar, in his capacity as a transport officer for the Royal Newfoundland Regiment from Oct. 1917 until the end of the war. The map was issued in Sept. 1918 and shows the location of various supply dumps and the condition of the roads.
The Army Service Corps brought the supplies to the various forward dumps, (water, rations, ammunition, etc.) and the battalion transport sections, such as Capt. Hicks’, carried them the rest of the way forward, often right to the rifle company headquarters.
Transport section work was difficult and dangerous. Capt. Hicks’ predecessor Lt. Stan Goodyear was awarded the MC for his work as a transport officer and was killed in the course of his duties at the Broembeke in Oct. 1917. Capt. Hicks was awarded the bar to his MC for his service to the regiment and to 28 Brigade as transport officer.
The area shown was taken at enormous cost in the fall of 1917; the Canadian Corps sustained 15,600 out of the 250,000 casualties incurred. It was retaken by the Germans in their spring offensive of March/April 1918. At the time the map was issued, the Germans were in full retreat following the Australian/Canadian-led breakout from Amiens in August. As a result, the front lines were changing every day and were not plotted on the map.