Preparing to move. Party of 160 O.R.’s and 4 N.C.O’s cleaning up obstacles in streets. Battalion moved off at 3.00p.m. full marching order via Frebain and Monchcourt. Arriching and Emerchicourt at 6.00p.m. BHQ in Chateau. Rained heavily all night.
Battalion moved off at 10.00a.m. full marching order. Surplus baggage left in store at Sauchy Lestree. Halted for dinner. Moved into village at 2.30. Battalion Headquarters in Aubencheul-au-Bac. Weather Fine.
At Sauchy Lestree. Weather Cloudy. Divisional Reserve.
At Sauchy Lestree,Major A.S. English and Lieut R.S. Cross reported to the Battalion. Weather cloudy. Divisional reserve.
Transport moved off at 7.30a.m. Battalion moved off in full marching order at 11.00a.m. Proceeded to Agnez les Duissans arriving at 12.00 noon. Had dinner at C.C.R.C entraining at 1.45. Arrived at Marquoin at 9.00pm and marched to Sauchy Lestree, some hun shells fell around Sauchy Lestree and near Canal Crossing in afternoon and evening.
Battalion making preparations to proceed into line. Reinforcements 127. Weather wet.
R.C. Church parade at 9.00a.m. Protestant church parade at 10.00a.m. Weather Fine.
Pay parade and Kit inspection in morning. Half-holiday in afternoon. Weather Fine.
Fine. Training – platoon and section drill, physical training, musketry and Lewis gun. Football match in afternoon between brigade sub-staff and 38th – result- tie. News of Lieutenants Burke’s death received in evening.
Rain all day. Route march arranged for cancelled.