Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)
as bad though still pretty sickening. 'X' Some wonderful work was done by our Sappers & Infantry in preparing the saps & galleries for the attack on LONE[ ] PINE the work done has been simply stupendous. It is most gratifying to find on my daily rounds how alert & cheerful our Gunners are. I always enquire about their rations etc. but it is very very seldom there is any grouse. August 20th
Practically little change that I can see but Troops & Stores constantly landing on our left at SUVLA BAY. I hear a move will be made within the next week or 10 days & that will decide whether we are stuck here in all probability for the winter or not. We are rapidly losing our officers from sickness or wounds it seems that either officers or men sent away with what one would regard as almost trivial wounds or sickness are sent or the men are allowed to go to England for treatment or change.
There is a decided spirit of pessimism among a good many officers. Some of them senior officers too - which I think is to be regreted especially when they are professional soldiers too. The changes in the dispositions of the Howitzer Batteries attached 91