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War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Wednesday, November 6, 1918

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.

War Diaries – 21st Bn. CEF

21st Bn, CEF-Monday, November 4, 1918

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.

War Diaries – 38th Bn. CEF

38th Bn, CEF-Monday, November 4, 1918

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.

War Diaries – 38th Bn. CEF

38th Bn, CEF-Sunday, November 3, 1918 it

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.