The battalion had taken over positions allotted, by 3.50a.m. Much movement was noticed on our front during the day, especially at Sunken Roads and in the neighbourhood of the Hindcourt-Dury Road, also enemy artillery was active on our front and support trenches and in the neighbourhood of Battalion Headquarters where about 15 casualties were caused. Early in the afternoon the massing of enemy troops in his forward area suggested and attack, and about 6.30p.m. a general forward movement of enemy had developed. Fearing that our advanced posts, which consisted of two platoons, would be overrun…. [Follow the link for the full entry]
On September 1st the Battalion was located in huts at Wanquentin. The day was very fine and church parade was held in the clearing adjacent the Battalion Headquarters, in the morning. The afternoon was devoted to bathing at Biencourt. Some other ranks arrived as reinforcements and were post to “B” Company.
Companies and Details reported shelter and dugouts by 7.30a.m. After a hot meal being served the remainder of the morning was spent in resting. Early in the afternoon a conference of Battalion Commanders assembled at Brigade Headquarters. Events moving rapidly, the Battalion was ordered to prepare for action for the following day. The O.C. held a company Commanders meeting during the evening and the scheme of operations schedule to take place was outlined. Meanwhile deficiencies in battle equipment was made up. Weather: Fair and cool.