Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)
I think more ought to be done to make men take cover during bursts of Enemys fire. I am certain that large nos of our casualties result from careless way both Officers & men expose themselves. Daily expenditure of Ammunition for last week averages about 250 rounds per day. May 18th The Howitzer opened fire this morning from position selected but only fired 3 rounds as a trial, which I thought satisfactory. Went to HUGHES Baty in morning & Howitzer Emplacements on covered way. Enemy shell fire pretty bad at intervals all through the day. Mervyn spent a few hours at my "Dug out" & had lunch & Afternoon Tea with us - recd letters from Wife & Dorothy.