August 4th in Boutiliere, a small village 2.5 miles South East of Amiens. 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters was situated in the South East portion of Amiens. The Battalion were billeted in an old munitions factory in which, at that time a party of French troops were working to evacuate the machinery. A number of the officers of the Battalion, including the Officer Commanding, were billeted in the convent at Cagny, which at that time was still inhabited. The Commanding Officer, attended, in the afternoon a conference in Brigade Headquarters. After his return a meeting of Company and Section Commanders was held and verbal information regarding impending operations was given. At 9.00p.m. the Battalion moved to Bois L’Abbee relieving the 16th Australian Battalion in Brigade Support by 3.35a.m
Day spent in rest. Marched from Heucourt at 8.30pm to Boygainville arriving about 2.00am. Owing to experiences of other warfare, men were kept down to a shadow. There were a few exceptions, but only in the cases of the Field Officers, to whom deserved privileges were extended. On arrival at Bougainville it was discovered that someone had made accommodations, but the end result was that there were no billets and we were foolishly told by them that we “really were not expected”. The Colonel and Lieutenants worked hard and as a result good shelter was obtained.
Battalion detrained at 1030am just off Nesle Station and after a short rest, march to Aumatre where billets were allotted, arriving at 3:00pm. Weather was fair.