On this day training was carried out as per Syllabus. In the afternoon the Battalion was paraded to a concert in Aniche, given by the 5th Canadian Divisional Concert Party, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The weather continued fine, though slightly overcast. Lieut. V. R. Ullman, M.C. reported to the Battalion for duty from rest camp.
On October 31st the Battalion was honoured by a visitation (unofficially) From H.R.H. The Prince of Wales. Captain F.D. Raymond, M.C. who was in charge of the training, was presented to His Royal Highness by Lieut.-Colonel Millen, D.S.O. He in turn presented Captain D.J. More, M.C., Liieut. G.D. Woodstock and Lieut. D.K. MacDonnel. His Royal Highness talked with Captain Raymond for fifteen minutes and seemed greatly interested in the training and the welfare of the Battalion. The Battalion pays a high tribute to the valour and consistent service with the Battalion of the following non-commissioned Officers and Men who have laid down their lives in the discharge of their duty during the present month. [Follow the link for the full entry]
The twelve days rest and training period spent in Auberchescourt was most pleasant and the most beneficial experience by this Battalion. The billets were excellent and practically every man had the opportunity of renewing his acquaintance with a spring bed with real mattress on it. Many of the billets had pianos and each evening the whole area rang with music, classic and rag-time, which reminded all of happier days and some (the Veterans) of the marvelous change that has taken place since the arrival of the Battalion in France, more than three years ago. The training facilities were good and the Battalion Parade ground was just outside of the town area. A twenty target 200 yard range was constructed by Brigade about one kilometre distance. The training consisted of Physical Training, Ceremonial Marching exercises, Drill, Gas instructions, Musketry and Tactical schemes, and terminated with Brigade Staff Ride for the Officers and the firing of the Application, Grouping and Rapid Musketry exercises at the ranges on the 31st. During the training period the Battalion was visited daily by Lieut-Colonel L.H.Millen, D.S.O., Acting Brigadier and Captain H.M.Wallis, M.C. Brigade Major who, with the Brigade staff, did everything possible to assist the training.
On October 29th the Nursing Sisters of No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station were invited to dinner and eight were free to accept our humble hospitality, for of whom were old friends of the Battalion, having crossed with the Unit on the Metagram from Canada almost four years ago. Other guests were Capt H.M.Wallie, M.C., Captain T.C. Tidy and Lieut. O.Menpes, M.C. After dinner Bandmaster Huncey, who had just recieved some new music, favored the party with a series of Waltzes, Fox-Trots and One-Steps which were greatly appreciated. The strict orders of No.1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station were responsible for an all too early termination of the party.
On October 28th, the undermentioned officers procced on leave of absence to England:- Capt R.J Renison (C.F.) Lieuts. A. Cockerman,D.S.O, R.L.Berry and S.T.Crooks. The following N.C.Os proceeded on this date to England to attend Cadet Course with view of qualifying for commission ranks:- 59918 C.S.M. R.H.Stewart,M.M, 412665 Sergt. F.T.Belyea, 15740 L/Cpl. A.S.Black.
A Brigade church parade was held on Sunday October 27th at which No.1 C.C.S. was represented by several Nursing Sisters. There was also a special Roman Catholic Parade at the Aniche Parish Church at 1000 hours which was conducted by Capt R.J.McDonald,M.C.,(C.F.).
Captain L.Fraser proceeded on leave of abscene to England from 25-10-18.
Routine Orders of October 24th announced the death of Lieut. H.M.Pattison on the 12th of wounds received in action.
During this period the weather remained fair and training was carried out by companies and sections. Capt.D.J. More, M.C. having arrived as reinforcement, was taken on strength and resumed command of “C” Company.
The Battalion moved to billets in Auberchecourt, arrived at 1230 hours and the Battalion Headquarters was established at 36 Charles Ducrest. Routine orders of the date announced the death of Lieut. W.H.MacKay on 5-10-18 of wounds received in action. Lieut R.A. Stewart returned from leave on this date and it was announced that Capt.N.J MacCrimmon had been award a bar to his Military Cross.