Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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too cheerful. Oct 25th. The last 4 or 5 days has been cold bleak & a little rain & very much like what it was stated to be like in the circular . (Peninsular Press) I have been feeling very unwell this last week. Yesterday I was quite ill - I do not feel I am likely to get better without complete rest & change, but that is out of the question, at all events for a long time to come. An Indian Orderly sleeps just outside my Dug Out every night, so that he can give the signal immediately star shell fire is reqd from Mountain Gun. 'X' I have just got the 12pd Anti 'Air' Craft Gun emplaced, fired the first experimental round today. it promises to be quite a success. 'X' My scheme for Sanitary Service of the Division for the Winter has been appd so far as ANZAC is concerned. I have now given orders to O/C Bds of the Divs. to push on with the digging on the lines shown on my sketches for "bomb proofs". I had anticipated Lord Kitchener's order to "dig", & I feel sure it is necessary. We are pretty certain to get a good [?] before long. It is most difficult to get some things here - although a Typewriter is an absolute necessity, I cannot get one, the one we have was purchased from our own pockets. Again our communication is now much bigger than the signal Corps Service, & I have asked for a 110