Zero hour was arranged for 10.15 a.m. and proceeded by Tanks, the leading Battalions moved off followed by the support Battalions at about 800 yards distance. The advance through Rosieres-en-Santerre was carried out without incident, but an emerging on the East of this Village, we came under machine gun fire and light artillery fire. The 85th Battalion suffered considerably from this cause, and upon arrival at the Meharicourt-Lihons Road had lost both their acting Battalion Commander and acting Second in Command of the Battalion. [Follow the link for the full entry]
On the evening of the 3rd September, the Battalion was withdrawn from the trenches and bivouacked in a trench system in the front line, with Battalion Headquarters at Schutdtrohls. Enemy active with shelling and bombing. Weather Fair. One other rank reinforcement joined Battalion.
At Zero hour, 4.20a.m., our barrage opened and the Battalion formed up prepatory to moving off and final instructions were given to Company Commanders. At 5.20 a.m., Zero plus 60 minutes, the Brigade moved from their position of assembly, the 28th Battalion being the left leading Battalion. Owing to there being no enemy barrage, companies moved in file and advanced in this formation in rear of the 3rd Division, crossing the River Luc at Damuin and proceeded to the assembly position for the afternoon advance on the rising ground west of Demuin. The advance during the morning had been carried out without opposition and the Battalion suffered only a few slight casualties from shells. Orders were received at 11.30 a.m. that the second phase of the attack would commence at 12.10p.m.