Arrived in Boves Wood about 2am – Orders and instructions, and further explaining to the officers and men. Marched out at 8pm for the Assembly Point, which as in the vicinity of Gentelles Wood. All ranks showed great enthusiasm of the mere prospect of having a snack at the halls and of proving their availability for open warfare. On arriving at the Assembly Point the Battalion bivouacked in the fields, behind the cemetery and West of the village of Gentilles.
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.
In the afternoon the Brigade Commander and his Staff visited Battalion Headquarters informing us that we would possibly be relieving elements of the 4th Canadian Division. Advance parties were sent forward and had difficulty in locating the Headquarters of these Battalions. Eventually at the Headquarters of the 78th Canadian Battalion we were notified that our Battalion would relieve the 46th Canadian Battalion, only owing to arrangements for guides and not being completed before dark.