The Battalion in Brigade Reserve. Day spent in re-organizing and resting. Weather: Fair. During the month the following officers proceeded on leave: – Lieut. A.W. Aseltine to Paris. Capt. H.Taylor to U.K. Lieut.J. Leckey. Lieut.A.Hewitt. Lieut.A.J.Wall, M.C. Capt.H.Smith, M.C., M.M. From Leave: Lieut.P.B.d’Esterre, Lieut.A.W.Aseltine.Lieut.D.A.Cameron. Major R.de.Waller, M.C. from Can.Corps School. Signed: Major R. Vanderwater, O.C. 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, East. Ontario Regiment.
September 30th was very quiet and the battalion rested. In the afternoon a message from 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade warned the battalion to be ready to move at two hours’ notice. This move did not take place during the day. The ration strength of the battalion on September 30th was: – Officers ……..28, Other Ranks……..821. Signed Lieutenant Colonel H.E. Pense, D.S.O.,M.C.
The 11th Brigade passed through and attacked, and the 38th Battalion moved into support in Marcoing Line where it reorganized. Weather was fine through the operation after zero hours September 27th.
Battalion in reserve. Re-organizing and reequipping proceeded with. Operation Order No.52 Issued, and in accordance with, The Battalion occupied positions vacated by 3rd Can. Battalion. Relief was reported complete at 8.30p.m. Weather: Fair & Cool.
On the afternoon of September 29th, the rear details, who had remained at the area near Relnocourt joined the battalion.
The battalion was in position of assembly at 5.40a.m. At 5.30A.m. Captain W. Vernon, MC, Adjutant, made a reconnaissance of our frontage. The battalion attacked after a 20 minute barrage at 6.20a.m. B, C, and D companies in front and A Company was support. Hd Qrs. were established at pill box just outside a village. The battalion passed over and crossed the Douai-Cambrai road in face of intense shell and machine gun fire and progressed some 250 yards when held up by very heavy MG fire from Railway Embankment. We were unable to connect up on either of our flanks. Companies held their positions but were unable to advance. The 28th Can. Inf Battalion in support attempted to reinforce us but was unable to reach the Douai-Cambrai Road. During this period Lieut F.H. Barnes made a reconnaissance of utmost value under most trying conditions, enabling companies to gain touch and to communicate with Hd. Qrs. During the night companies moved to west side of Douai-Cambrai Road.
On the afternoon of September 28th the battalion moved to Hindenburg Support Line. This move was in conjunction with the moves of the 2nd Canadian Division, due to operations by the Canadian Corps in the area. Our division was held in Corps Reserve having held the line up to a day before zero.
Battalion moved forward at 6.30a.m. C and D companies in front with A and B companies following at 500 yards distance. The Arras-Cambrai Road was reached without casualties. Several batteries of field guns were passed by. The Battalion was very heavily shelled all afternoon and had about 15 casualties, including 2 officers, Lieut-Col S.D, Gardiner and Lieut R.C. Gaisford. [Follow the link for the full entry]
At 6.00 a.m. troops of the 4th Canadian Division passed through our Outpost Line and continued the attack. The day was spent in re-organizing and equipping. Transport E. of Inchy. Weather: Little rain but mostly fair.
During the 26th and 27th September the Battalion remained in Bivouac area. The 26th September, was devoted to refitting and completing the kits of all other ranks. Bathing parades were carried out at the Divisional Baths, Hendecourt on September 27th. Lieutenant H.M. Pattison reported to the battalion as a reinforcement and was posted to “A” Company. 805158 Corporal H.H. Turner and 805693 Private D.N. Duffy proceeded to England to attend Canadian Training School, with views to obtaining commissions.