10th Battalion patch. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial
10th Battalion – August 1918
AUGUST 1 – HONDEGHEM [northern France]
Battalion moved in Motor Buses from V 15 b 8.3 to Heuringhem.
2 – HEURINGHEM [northern France]
Battalion cleaned equipment.
Church parade held .
Battalion bath at Coubronns. Afternoon, battalion parade.
Battalion marched to Wizernes and entrained for Pont Remy, arriving there at 5.30 on morning of 7th.
7 – CONQUEREL
Battalion marched from Pont Remy to Cocquerel, rested there during day, and embussed at 8.30pm at Fontaine-Sur Somme for Poulainville, arriving there at midnight.
8 – POULAINVILLE
Battalion marched to Harbonnieres.
9 – HARBONNIERES
Battalion moved forward and bivouacced [sic] there for night.
Orders were received that the advance was to be continued at 8am, with a view of capturing Blue Line.
Acting under above-mentioned orders Battalion advanced and took their objectives.
Battalion was relieved by 2nd Battalion and bivouacked [sic] in area.
Battalion relieved the right portion of Australian Imperial Force, holding line.
“D” Company was temporarily disbanded, half joining A Coy and the other half B Coy.
Battalion was relieved by 9th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force on night of 14th and removed to the new quarters.
15 – VAIRE [eastern France]
Battalion moved to Vaire.
Swimming parade. Battalion paid.
Change of clothing. Battalion rested.
Battalion parade. Water sports.
Battalion took part in Brigade water sports.
21 – HARBONNIERES
Battalion marched from Vaire to reserve area.
23 – PROYART [northern France]
At 1am, Battalion moved…During the morning A and B Company assisted 1st Brigade in clearing Luc Wood. They established a line on left flank of First Brigade, 500 yards in advance of Luc Wood.
Battalion headquarters took up new position.
[see Appendix 18 – “If you hear much artillery fire during the night do not be anxious.”]
25 – CAPPY
Battalion moved forward and established a line in front of Olympia Wood.
[see Appendix 23 – Transport Officer’s report…1 mule was killed during these operations, and 1 mule is missing. Two (2) light [draught horses] have since been received to replace casualties. Grazing has been carried out continuously during the month. All the animals are in good condition.]
Battalion moved forward beyond Chateau Orchard. At 2pm Battalion headquarters moved… At 4pm Companies again moved forward and established a line…Battalion was relieved by the 21st Battalion, the same night, and moved back.
27 – CERISY
Battalion moved back to Cerisy area.
28 – CERISY AREA
Battalion bath. And paid.
Musketry practice at rifle range.
Battalion employed clearing up camp and preparing parade ground. In the afternoon Battalion paraded to rifle range to receive a lecture by Brigade I.O.
Morning spent by Commanding Officer lecturing to his Battalion. In afternoon, clothing and recreational parade.