The weather was still unsettled and rain fell at intervals all day. The 21st Canadian Battalion moved to St. Sailve in accordance with Operation Order 251, leaving Petit Foret at 1000 hours and arriving at destination at 1500 hours. The Battalion was billeted in a large billet in the town together with the remainder of the 4th Brigade unit. At 1900 hours a warning order was received from the 4th Brigade on the following day. Lieut-Col. H.E. Pense D.S.O.,M.C. attended a conference at Brigade Headquarters at 2200 hours when the move forward on the following day was disposed.
Battalion in billets at Onnaing. Relieved in evening by 22nd Canadian Infantry Battalion and marched to Anzin, arriving at 6.30p.m. B.H.Q. at 236 Rue de Conde, Amien. Weather dull and raining.
Owing to inclement weather the Platoon Competition postponed. Lectures and indoor training carried out.
Two companies moved forward in support of 8th Battalion at 10.00a.m. Remainder of companies and Battalion Headquarters moved forward to Queaing at 3.00p.m. Casualties: one other rank wounded. Weather dull.
It rained steadily all day and the Battalions rested in billets. A concert was given in the afternoon by the Battalion brass band which was largely attended by all ranks. At 2300 hours a move order was received from the 4th Brigade for the 21st Canadian Battalion to proceed forward to St. Sailve.
Lectures and indoor Lewis gun training carried on during the forenoon. Lieut.V.T.Hewer procced on 14 days leave to U.K. Weather: Raining.
The battalion moved forward in accordance with Operation Order 236 leaving Aniche at 1700 hours and arriving at Petit Fort at 2345 hours. The Battalion was billeted in the village and Battalion Headquarters was located at D.5.b.30.30. The transport Section left Aniche at 1250 hours and arrived at destination at 1700 hours. The battalion was convoyed to the new location in water busses. The weather was fair and turned decidedly colder at night. Lieut-Col H.E Pense, D.S.O.,M.C., returned from leave of absence on this date and resumed command of the Battalion. Captain D.J. More, M.C. was admitted to hospital due to illness.
Training carried out in accordance with Syllabus. During the afternoon Bn. Paraded by Companies and were paid. Lt-Col. L.T. Mclaughlin took over command of 1st Can.Inf.Bde. In the absence of Brig-Gen.W.A. Griesbach, C.M.G., D.S.O. Weather: Fair, windy.
No change in disposition. Battalion advanced to its objectives – the sunked road in front of Brickfield at A.25.a.35.75. Heavy opposition from many machine guns and artillery was encountered. At 11.00a.m. Enemy planes flew over our lines, dropping bombs and firing machine guns for about fifteen minutes. At night battalion was relived by 8th Battalion and moved in support at St. Saulve. Casualties Other ranks – 22 wounded and 2 killed. E Echelon moved from Wavercahir Sur Denain to Valenciennes. Weather fair.
Morning spent in reorganization in preparatory to attack in afternoon. At 2.30p.m. with Companies in the new order, the Battalion went forward into attack. Only occasional opposition was met with and at dusk a line was taken up from X. 26.c.05.10 to about M.26.d.5.0. Orders were received for the Battalion to again attack at 6.00a.m. on the 4th. Casualties Other ranks – 4 wounded and one missing. Weather Dull.