In the morning of August 30th, Lieutenant W.T.Bredin proceeded to England on leave of absence and Lieutenant E.B.Smythe, M.C. reported back from leave of absence. At 1.15p.m. the Battalion moved to St.Quentin where it was located in hutments. (See Operation Order no.212 attached) Lieutenent A.T.Waters reported to the Battalion and was post to “D” Company.
The weather was still unsettled and rain fell at intervals all day. The 21st Canadian Battalion moved to St. Sailve in accordance with Operation Order 251, leaving Petit Foret at 1000 hours and arriving at destination at 1500 hours. The Battalion was billeted in a large billet in the town together with the remainder of the 4th Brigade unit. At 1900 hours a warning order was received from the 4th Brigade on the following day. Lieut-Col. H.E. Pense D.S.O.,M.C. attended a conference at Brigade Headquarters at 2200 hours when the move forward on the following day was disposed.
The Battalion moved to billets in Auberchecourt, arrived at 1230 hours and the Battalion Headquarters was established at 36 Charles Ducrest. Routine orders of the date announced the death of Lieut. W.H.MacKay on 5-10-18 of wounds received in action. Lieut R.A. Stewart returned from leave on this date and it was announced that Capt.N.J MacCrimmon had been award a bar to his Military Cross.
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.