War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Thursday, October 3, 1918

As the weather continued fine much aerial activity was observed. The Commanding Officers, accompanied by Captain R.J. Renison, proceeded Forward to reconnoiter Battalion battle Position in event of hostile attack. At dusk the Battalion moved to a new location in X.19.o, on mile south-west, and was in position by 1930 hours. One of our R.E.8 planes was brought down under control by enemy aircraft at 2030 hours. Our artillery maintained at periods a heavy bombardment of the front. No casualties at “A” Echelon were reported for this date. On the morning of the 3rd the enemy shelled our Transport Lines at E.11.b and 12.a, resulting in the following casualties: One officer (Capt. K.S Sawell, M.C.) Wounded, Two O.Rs wounded (none at duty): eleven horses Killed and four horses wounded. At 1400 hour the transport and Rear Details moved to another Area (W.28.0). Capt. Sawell had only rejoined the Battalion the previous evening from hospital. He having been gassed on August 15th, 1918. A draft of 156 other ranks arrived as reinforcements this date. The majority of these men came from Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, while the balance were from Eastern Ontario.

Image: Canadians moving over the battlefield towards Cambrai. Advance East of Arras. October, 1918, Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

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