History of the Brockville Rifles

War Diaries – 2nd Bn. CEF

2nd Bn, CEF-Monday, August 19, 1918

At different hours during the day Companies and Details were marched to Le Quesnel and bathed. Instructions were received from Brigade warning the Battalion that relief by the 2nd Bn., 55th Regt., 126th French Division would be effected at night. At 8.15p.m. the Battalion Band met parties of the Relief and played them in. During relief, which was completed by 9.30pm., great interest was taken by all ranks, and many comments passed on the equipment and transport of the French. The relief was notable – it being the first time the Battalion has been relieved by the French. In accordance with Operation Order No.42 the Battalion marched to location near Rosieres and bivouacked. Destination was reached at 11.05p.m.. Weather Fair.

War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Monday, August 19, 1918

The balance of Sunday and Monday were devoted to refitting, with pay parade on Monday morning. During the night enemy aircraft were active bombing in our rear areas. No bombs were dropped in our immediate vicinity. On the morning of August 19th, the battalion received orders to be read to move on very short notice. At 9.30p.m. the battalion moved via march route to Bowes. Where it rested in the fields adjoining the Railway Station.

War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Sunday, August 18, 1918

On Sunday the 18th the Chaplain, Captain R.J.Rannison, conducted a service, which the Brigadier attended at 10.00a.m. Following the service General Rennie spoke briefly to the Battalion congratulating it on its work during the operations, which commenced on August 8th. He spoke feeling of the death of our late Commanding Officer, Colonel Jones, and announced that Major Penne, who had assumed command of the Battalion, had been granted the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

War Diaries – 2nd Bn. CEF

2nd Bn, CEF-Sunday, August 18, 1918

Companies & Details paraded at 20 mins. intervals from 9.30 a.m. for Protestant Church Service held in the Field West of the Wood. Services were conducted by Capt. A.J.Emmet (Chaplain) who afterwards celebrated Holy Communion. Roman Catholic Service was held at 10.00 a.m. in the Field S. of the Beet Root Factory. Draft of 32 O.Rs. joined. Band concert in afternoon. Weather: Raining in the early morning, afterwards Fair.

War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Saturday, August 17, 1918

August 17th passed quietly and Bathing Parades for the Companies and Sections were carried out. In the evening the Battalion move to Guillaucourt, and Battalion Headquarters were established with companies distributed in the wood. On the night of August 17th the 4th Canadian Division relived the 2nd Canadian Division in the Battle Front. At 11.35p.m. the relief of the Battalion by the 44th Canadian Battalion was completed and the Battalion proceeded to the Area, North East of Caix, which they had occupied on the night of August 10th/11th. and relieved the 29th Canadian Battalion.