Training as per syllabus. Musketry for Platoon Competition held at the ranges during forenoon. Weather: Fine
History of the Brockville Rifles
The weather remained unsettled with occasional showers as on the day previous. The 21st Canadian Battalion moved forward at 0900 hours to Baisirue (S.18.0) and occupied billets in the village. Owing to the enemy having shelled this place the day before, many of the civilian population were found to be suffering from the effects of the gas. Before our arrival many had already succumbed but the Medical Officer of the Battalion did much to alleviate the suffering of these who were yet alive. Shortly after leaving Blanc Misseron (0915 hours) the 21st Canadian Battalion crossed the frontier into Belgium. It was twelve months since this unit last marched in Belgian territory. At 1800 hours on this date the Battalion moved to Elouges in accordance with Operation Order No. 240. Owing to continued rainfall the roads were in a very bad state but on arrival at our destination the Battalion was accorded a most sincere and hearty welcome by the inhabitants of the village.
Battalion cleaning up. Pay parade in afternoon. Weather dull.
Baths were allocated the Bn. At Pecquencourct from 0800 hours. Bn. Bathed by companies and received a clean change of underclothing. Training, when not engaged in bathing carried out. Major R. Vanderwater, D.S.O. returned from leave. Weather: Fair.
Preparations were made for the move forward and at 1140 hours the 4th Brigade move order arrived. The 21st Canadian Battalion then proceeded to the new location in 8.9b.70.80 near Quiévrechain. The roads were in a very bad state due to the shelling of the day previous and the enemy’s demolition. Several times en route the Battalion was held up to allow the Engineers to make the necessary repairs which enabled traffic to be returned. The destination was reached at 1540 hours and the Companies and sections occupied billets reserved for them. The village of Blanc Missiron bore evidence of the enemy’s shelling of the day before. At 2250 hours a warning order of the next day’s move was received from the 4th Brigade headquarters.
Battalion billets in Anzin. B echelon moved from 23 Rue de Mons, Valcenciennes and joined rest of Battalion at Amein. B.H.Q. at 98 Rue de Conde. Battalion resting and reorganizing. Weather dull.
Syllabus of Training issued. Training by Companies and details at intervals. Weather: Showery.
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.
Battalion in billets at Onnaing. Relieved in evening by 22nd Canadian Infantry Battalion and marched to Anzin, arriving at 6.30p.m. B.H.Q. at 236 Rue de Conde, Amien. Weather dull and raining.
Owing to inclement weather the Platoon Competition postponed. Lectures and indoor training carried out.