On 23 October 1917, orders were received to prepare to move to an unknown destination.
Commander in Chief Sir Douglas Haig inspected the Division at Leulinghem on 31 October. (See the War Diary entry for 31st October)
On 6th November the Division, including the 9th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment entrained for the lengthy move by rail to
Today, 11th November 1917 the Division arrived in Italy and started on the long march to the front line.