At 0315 Hours October 9th, the 21st Canadian Battalion proceeded from its location and assembled in the Marcoing Lin at 0500 hours. The personnel totaled 24 officers and 582 O.R.s “J” Battery, 2nd Canadian Machine Gun Battalion, was attached. Canadian Infantry Brigade to proceed to S.23.d., and the Battalion assembled in the Sunken Road at that location at 1700 hours. The enemy observed the move and shelled the Unit en route. At 1810 hours the Battalion crossed the Canal De L’Escaut over Bridge and occupied billets in Escaudoeuvres. Battalion Headquarters was established.
Training carried out in accordance with Syllabus. N.C.Os. Class formed, and training as laid down carried out from 1400 to 1600 hours. Weather: Fine, cool. All S.B.Rs. Tested.
Acting Brigadier General holds conference of all officers of the Battalion in Headquarters Messa at 11.30. Bathing Parade in afternoon. One officer reinforcement, Lieut W.E. French, DCM.