The C.M.R. transport are blown up by shells.
Battn moves to Bde reserve via Kruystraat [sic]. Ypres at 5 PM at Zillebeke (sanctuary woods).
Rained a drizzly rain & all troops wet thru. Lost our way. Back to village of Zillebeke. Entered long line of trenches halted in middle. Boys tired (10 PM) laid down in mud. Rain beat down on faces, bullets flying everywhere also shells. Company absolutely fed up. Many fell down shell holes. Enter very small dugouts at 10:30 PM. Sleep with knees up all night out there. Dugouts for 2 had to take 4. Absolutely rotten management.
Our battalion open up with terrific bombardment.
*Sanctuary Woods – Just east of Ypres, the wood was named by British soldiers in 1914 as it was used to shelter troops. Canadian troops were stationed here during 1916 and the woods were defended by Canadians from the Germans during the Battle of Mount Sorrel.