Assigned to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada on September 12, 1944.
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's) war diary reports on October 1, 1944:
Boekhoute, Belgium (Sunday)
This morning a battery of heavy Artillery moved into the 'De Knott' area, about six miles North-East of us and only a short distance from the coast at Terneuzen, Netherlands. Their objective was to engage shipping at Vlissingen, Netherlands across the Scheldt estuary, where the enemy had accumulated troops and supplies. They reported no known results of their shooting since the heavy Ack-Ack over Vlissingen made observation impossible. At 1430 hrs, "B" and "C" Companies pulled out and proceeded to their new area, along with the Carrier platoon. They were to 'hold' a front of about 4000 yards, stretching from the main cross-roads at Kerselaar, Belgium East to a point of about a mile from out former H.Q. The front between us and the Algonquins was taken care of by the New Brunswick Rangers. "B" Company was on the right and "C" Company on the left. Forward from their Company positions, along a dyke that ran parallel to the canal and about 300 yards from it, each Company established two outposts. Our role was still to be a relatively static one: to prevent the enemy from crossing the canal and to keep constant watch on his movements. After their luxurious quarters at Boekhoute, Belgie, Battalion Head Quarters descended to a barn and one barren room in the adjoining farmhouse. The"I"-Staff ejected a horse in order to take over his stall for an office. At 2000 hrs, "A" and "D" Coys left for Hulst, Netherlands to work with the South Alberta Regiment. By that time the entire change-over was complete and Tac H.Q. left to join the unit at Kerselaar, Belgium.
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