Battalion holding same position in front line as on 30th. News arrived that Turkey has signed an armistice on favourable terms. All units busy preparing for tomorrows big show. Weather dull and cold.
On October 31st the Battalion was honoured by a visitation (unofficially) From H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Captain F.D. Raymond, M.C. who was in charge of the training, was presented to His Royal Highness by Lieut.-Colonel Millen, D.S.O. He in turn presented Captain D.J. More, M.C., Liieut. G.D. Woodstock and Lieut. D.K. MacDonnel. His Royal Highness talked with Captain Raymond for fifteen minutes and seemed greatly interested in the training and the welfare of the Battalion. The Battalion pays a high tribute to the valour and consistent service with the Battalion of the following non-commissioned Officers and Men who have laid down their lives in the discharge of their duty during the present month. [Follow the link for the full entry]
Training was today carried out according to Syllabus issued. Weather Unsettled. 12 Other Ranks joined as reinforcements 1-10-18: 8 Other Ranks joined as reinforcements 2-10-18: Capt. H.Taylor returned from leave, 4-10-18: Capt.P.C.Band granted one month’s special leave, 7-10-18: Capt. J. E. Barry, M.C., C.A.M.C. ceased to be attached to this unit. 6-10-18: Capt. P.J.O’Dwyer, C.A.M.C. attached to 2nd Bn., 4-10-18: Lieut. J.Levkey returned from leave, 5-10-18: Lieut. J.Milne, M.C. granted 14 days leave to U.K., 9-10-18: Capt. (A/Major) H.H.Hester rejoined from C.C.R.C.,8-10-18. Lieut. Col. L. T. McLaughlin, D.S.O., rejoined, 10-10-18: Lieut. A.Hewitt from leave, 10-10-18: Lieut. J.Maxwell granted 14 days leave to U.K.. 12-10-18: Lieut. A.J.Wall from leave, 12-10-18: Capt. P.J.O’Dwyer, C.A.M.C. ceased to be attached to 2nd bn., 11-10-18: Capt. F.M.Johnson, C.A.M.C. , attached to 2nd Bn., 11-10-18: Lieut A.McKinney joined as reinforcements, 16-10-18: Lieut. D.A.Cameron, M.C. to Rest Camp, 21-10-18: Major R.Vanderwater, D.S.O. granted 14 days leave to U.K., 21-10-18: Lieut R.H.Hopkins granted 14 days leave to U.K., 23-10-18: Capt. W.W.Murray, M.C. granted 14 days leave to U.K., 24-10-18: Lieut. J.H.Eastwood granted 14 days leave to U.k>, 25-10-18: Lieut.E.T.Douse joined as reinforcement, 25-10-18: Lieut. J. Maxwell, D.C.M from leave, 28-10-18: Lieut. D.A.Cameron, M.C. from Rest Camp, 31-10-18. Signed: Lieut.Col. McLaughlin, Commanding 2nd Cdn.Inf.Bde East. Ontario Regiment.
The twelve days rest and training period spent in Auberchescourt was most pleasant and the most beneficial experience by this Battalion. The billets were excellent and practically every man had the opportunity of renewing his acquaintance with a spring bed with real mattress on it. Many of the billets had pianos and each evening the whole area rang with music, classic and rag-time, which reminded all of happier days and some (the Veterans) of the marvelous change that has taken place since the arrival of the Battalion in France, more than three years ago. The training facilities were good and the Battalion Parade ground was just outside of the town area. A twenty target 200 yard range was constructed by Brigade about one kilometre distance. The training consisted of Physical Training, Ceremonial Marching exercises, Drill, Gas instructions, Musketry and Tactical schemes, and terminated with Brigade Staff Ride for the Officers and the firing of the Application, Grouping and Rapid Musketry exercises at the ranges on the 31st. During the training period the Battalion was visited daily by Lieut-Colonel L.H.Millen, D.S.O., Acting Brigadier and Captain H.M.Wallis, M.C. Brigade Major who, with the Brigade staff, did everything possible to assist the training.
Training as per Syllabus. During the afternoon organized sports were held. Weather: Fair.
38th Bn, CEF-Wednesday, October 30, 1918
Battalion holding same position in front line as on 29th. Lieut R.H. Cochran and Cpl. Newbold buried in Denain cemetery. This day set aside for decoration of graves of Canadians who had been killed in action, by civilians in this area. Weather fine.
On October 29th the Nursing Sisters of No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station were invited to dinner and eight were free to accept our humble hospitality, for of whom were old friends of the Battalion, having crossed with the Unit on the Metagram from Canada almost four years ago. Other guests were Capt H.M.Wallie, M.C., Captain T.C. Tidy and Lieut. O.Menpes, M.C. After dinner Bandmaster Huncey, who had just recieved some new music, favored the party with a series of Waltzes, Fox-Trots and One-Steps which were greatly appreciated. The strict orders of No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station were responsible for an all too early termination of the party.
Training was carried out today according to the Syllabus issued Classes were held for Officers and N.C.Os, in topography, by Lieut. G. Hunter. During the afternoon a football match was played between No. 4 Company, Canadian Engineers and 2nd Battalion teams. 2nd Battalion won, 2-0. Weather: Fair.
Battalion holding same position in front line as on 28th. Ration train came under very heavy shelling in La Sentinelles. Lieut R.G. Cochran and Corporal A. Newbold were killed. Casualties, Officers – Killed – 1 Lieut R.H. Cochran, One officer wounded – Lieut J.A.D. Elder. 1 O.R. killed, 4 O.R.’s wounded. All back areas heavily shelled with HE & Gas by Hun.
Battalion holding same position in front line as on 27th. Lord Brooke first Brigadier-General of the 12th Canadian Infantry Brigade, paid a visit to Brigade. Weather dull. Casualties 2 O.R.s Wounded.