At 12.15p.m. August 20th the Battalion entrained.
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.
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.
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.
In the afternoon the brigade was ordered to advance its line East as far as the Railway in conjunction with the 1st Canadian Division on our right. This action commenced at 4.30p.m. Our Battalion supplied the evacuation party for this operation. In this operation the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade were successful in capturing the village of Fransart, after strong opposition, sustaining only moderate casualties. The troops found to be opposing us in this operation were the 2nd Jaegars of the Alpine Corps. Troops supposed to be equally as good as the renound Brandenburg Cockchaffeurs.
The Battalion arrived in new area, after relief, about 4.00p.m. August 15th, but on account of concentration of gas shellings on this area for the previous two hours, the Battalion was moved again through the trenches to new positions. The Gas shelling continues as “A” Company and some of our details passed through the village of Foquescourt, was extremely effective and we were unfortunate in sustaining the following casualties: – Officers: 6, Other Ranks: 36. During the day the enemy heavily shelled the villages of Maricourt, Chilly and Foquescourt. The aircraft of both sides were active. At night the enemy shelling increased and his bombing aircraft continue active.
Instructions were received from Brigade that at a time and date to be notified later the attack would resume. But afterwards postponed. Enemy harassed front and back areas with overhead shrapnel during part of the day which was otherwise normal. Aircraft were very active and had good visibility. Lieuts J. Milne and A.Hewitt returned from 1st Div 1. Wing C.C.R.C also 12 O.Rs. were taken on strength. Weather: Fair.
At 8.45p.m. August 13th, the Battalion moved forward and completed the relief of the 46th Canadian Battalion by 1.40a.m. August 14th.
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.
This attack operation commenced about 8.00am, August 10th. The enemy resistance had, by this time, been greatly strengthened, particularly on the Australian Corps Front, North of the Amiens-Roys Railway. Although the 4th Canadian Divisions were able to exploit the gains of the 2nd Canadian Division to the extent of capturing Hallu, they were forced to evacuate this village, on account of its making such a pronounced salient, and by the night of August 10th, the 4th Canadian Division were holding an approximate line South to East of Chilly and line from South to Foquescourt. We also found that the 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade had made a great capture in enemy rolling stock. In fact there were three live engines on the tracks and the trucks with the enemy water tanks were appreciated by thirsty troops.