Batt in support line, Transport at Agny, weather dull. Orders were again issued for relief this evening, but there was a delay in sending out Advance Parties owing to uncertainty of events in the 3rd Brigade area. At 5 p.m. Guides took the parties forward and arrangements were made for relief. The Brigade moved to their area South of the Scarpe at 6.30p.m. Great delay was experienced owing to traffic congestion and relief of the 8th Battalion by the 38th Battalion proved a very unsatisfactory on owing to misunderstanding regarding guides, who were not sent to meet imposing Companies.
August 31st was devoted to re-organization and refitting. In the morning the following officers reported as reinforcements and were posted to “D”, “A’, “C” and “B” Companies respectively- Lieutenants J.H.Northey, W.F.Ferrier, M.M., J.G.O’Keefe, and I.R. McKenzie. The above officers, with Lieutenant Waters, were formerly N.C.O’s in the Battalion. Signed Lieutenant-Colonol H.E. Pense, Commanding, 21st Canadian Battalion.
The Battalion “Stood to” at day break, all ranks eager and alert, determined to break the expected counter-attack which, however, did not materialize. During the day under protection of barrage the work of consolidation was continued and by night a continuous line established with flanking units. During the afternoon orders were received that the 2nd Brigade would pass through our present Brigade frontage and would continue the advance until they come in contact with the enemy. Later the 8th Can.Bn. Passed through our line in extended order, and pursuant to orders from Brigade, the Battalion moved back to Reserve taking up the same quarters in the Wancour area vacated two days earlier. Weather: Fair. Lieut.P.B.d’Esterre granted leave to U.K. from 31st. Lieut.WF.Bynum joined as reinforcement 27/8/18. Lieut.R.N.Broad and 47 O.Rs. joined 28th and Liet.G.Hunter taken on strength 30/8/18.