Arrived in Boves Wood about 2am – Orders and instructions, and further explaining to the officers and men. Marched out at 8pm for the Assembly Point, which as in the vicinity of Gentelles Wood. All ranks showed great enthusiasm of the mere prospect of having a snack at the halls and of proving their availability for open warfare. On arriving at the Assembly Point the Battalion bivouacked in the fields, behind the cemetery and West of the village of Gentilles.
Marched out from Bougainville about 9pm and arrived at Boveiles about midnight after a force march.
Day spent in rest. Marched from Heucourt at 8.30pm to Boygainville arriving about 2.00am. Owing to experiences of other warfare, men were kept down to a shadow. There were a few exceptions, but only in the cases of the Field Officers, to whom deserved privileges were extended. On arrival at Bougainville it was discovered that someone had made accommodations, but the end result was that there were no billets and we were foolishly told by them that we “really were not expected”. The Colonel and Lieutenants worked hard and as a result good shelter was obtained.
Battalion detrained at Longpre about 4am and after enjoying light refreshments marched out at 515am to Heucourt – arriving about 8am. D. Company was billeted at Crocquolsons. Billets were fairly good for the men, but a bit lacking for officers. Eggs, fried chips and beer were readily obtained and the men who had received their pay enjoyed themselves. All ranks were kept under cover as much as possible to lessen chances of enemy obtaining our information about the Canadians being on the march path. Mystery and Luck are nature. Weather – Fine.
Lines moved from Waverly Camp in the Garrison to Cliff Camp – Battalion marched out at 1pm by Cross Roads to Douai Road Arras-St Pot, whence the men proceeded by trucks to Savvy, arriving about 3.30pm – Entrained at 7.30pm with great excitement as destination was unknown. Secret orders controlling the move. Jury was – are we going North or South? Are we to attack on merely defend?
Battalion in Gampoux Area being in support of the railway embankment with A. Company at Point du jour, relieved by English troops in the course of the night 1-2. Proceeded by light to Cliff Gaut, arriving about 3am, 2nd.