In the morning of August 30th, Lieutenant W.T.Bredin proceeded to England on leave of absence and Lieutenant E.B.Smythe, M.C. reported back from leave of absence. At 1.15p.m. the Battalion moved to St.Quentin where it was located in hutments. (See Operation Order no.212 attached) Lieutenent A.T.Waters reported to the Battalion and was post to “D” Company.
Early in the morning the enemy bombarded the area on our immediate left. Preparations were made by Companies and Sections for a move to the forward area. The Commanding Officer attended conference at the 4th Brigade Headquarters at 0900 hours and at 2015 hours. Throughout the day enemy aircraft was quite active. Routine orders of this date announced the follow awards:- Bar to M.C., Capt F.D. Raymond, M.C., Lieut A.W.May, M.C.; The M.C., Capt. N.J.MacGrimmon, Capt.L.Fraser, Lieuts.D.McK.Goudy, W.A.Stewart, H.D.Wightman; The D.C.M., R.S.M., T.F. Jordan 59530, C.S.M. S. Thomas, 59969, Sergt. J.Packer, 59768, L/Cpl.A.R.Fenwick 1093048, L/Cpl. J.C.Long 144933, Pte. A.McPhee 633512. The recipients were congratulated by the Commanding Officer and their friends through the Battalion. From this Date 59969 C.S.M. S. Thomas temporary assumed the duties of R.S.M.
August 1st found the Battalion in Fluy with A and B Companies in Seux, a distance of 1.5 miles from Battalion Headquarters which were located in the old Chateux, Fluy. At 9.00a.m. the Battalion proceeded to the Tank Demonstration Area near Picquigny, a march of 6.5 miles from Fluy. Arriving there at noon and having lunch in the field. At 2.00pm a lecture was given by the officer commanding No. 14 Tank Battalion giving general description of co-operation between Infantry and Tanks in Action…
Immediately after the relief of the 18th Canadian Battalion patrol were sent out to cover our front. These patrols had nothing of special interest to report upon their return to our lines. Enemy artillery was fairly active during the afternoon resulting in the area about Battalion Headquarters being heavily shelled. Lieutenant J.H. O’Keefe and ten other ranks patrolled our frontage the night of September 17th/18th.