War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Friday, October 18, 1918

Very misty weather set in and an inter-company relief was effected to allow the two forward companies to bathe. The enemy withdrew on our front so the relief of the 19th Canadian Battalion by the 21st Battalion was cancelled. Routine orders for this date announced the following promotions :- Temporary Captain (Acting Major) G.S.S. Bowerbank, M.C. to Temporary Major from 10-6-18. Temporary Lieut. H.T. Deane, M.C. to be Temporary Captain. Temporary Lieutenant (Acting Captain) L. Fraser to be Temporary Captain.

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21st Bn, CEF-Thursday, October 17, 1918

The weather continued fine and conditions were normal. The Commanding Officer visited the 19th Canadian Battalion to arrange for a relief. Bathing was carried out by “B” and “D” companies at the baths at Eswars. On this date Liet. D.McGoudy was slightly wounded by shell-fire. Lieut-Colonel H.E.Pense, D.S.O.,M.C. proceeded on leave to England from this date. During his absence Major G.S.S. Bowerbank M.C. assumed command of the 21st Canadian Battalion.

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21st Bn, CEF-Monday, October 14, 1918

The Battalion left Eswars at 1800 hours and proceeded to take over Suport Area of the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade northeast of Iwuy. The relief was complete at 2115 hours and the night remained quiet. No casualties were reported. The dispositions of the companies were as follows:-“B” Company, right front, “D” Company left front. “A” Company right read. “C” Company, left rear. Lieut E.W.Edwards on returning from attachment to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade was posted to Battalion Headquarters. The Battalion Transport and Rear Details remained at Eswars.

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21st Bn, CEF-Sunday, October 13, 1918

The day was spent quietly by the Battalion which rested in Eswars. Routine Orders of the date announced the following decorations:- Bar to Military Cross Capt H.G. Deane, M.C.; The Military Cross Lieut.V.R.Ullman (Order of St.Stanislaus), The Distinguished Conduct Medal: 675739 Sergt. K.H.Draper 675360, Sergt. D.F. Garlick. The Recipients were heartily congratulated by the Commanding Officer and their many friends in the Battalion.

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21st Bn, CEF-Saturday, October 12, 1918

During the night of October 11th-12th the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade was relieved by a Brigade of the 51st Division, the 6th Gorodons relieved the 21st Canadian Battalion. Relief was complete at 0245 hours and the Battalion proceeded to billets is Escadoevres. Our casualties during the advance of the day were Officers, killed, 3, died of wounds, 1, wounded, 6, wounded at duty, 2 gassed, 1, Other Ranks, killed, 39, wounded, 272, Missing 2. he Guns of this Battery were very effective during the operation, in support of our companies, and co-operating with our Lewis Gunners against the enemy’s tanks.. [Follow the link for the full entry]

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21st Bn, CEF-Thursday, October 10, 1918

In accordance with the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade, O.O.No.23 of October 10th, the Battalion assembled at 0545 hours on October 10th preparatory to attack of the Brigade through Haves across the Broglie River if the objective was gained by the 18th Canadian Battalion. The Battalion advanced in artillery formation at zero (0600 hours) to the area north-west of the railroad. Owing to the advance of the 18th Canadian Battalion being held up east of Erolin River by heavy hostile machine gun fire from their left, the 21st Battalion remained for the day. At 1500 hours the two support companies crossed to the south-eastern side of the railway. Battalion headquarters was established. Our Casualties were Officers: wounded, 1. – Other Ranks: Killed 1, wounded 16. Brigade was kept in touch with the situation by telephone and also by liason. Lieut.H.W.Powell was the only officer casualty on the 10th. He, with Lieuts. Waters, Northey, O’Keefe and Grant had recently joined the Battalion. They had all been promoted from the ranks.

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21st Bn, CEF-Wednesday, October 9, 1918

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.