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

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men have never been there yet. No wonder the War as we wage it costs millions a day- (mention G.S. Wagons - they still continue to arrive I believe same pattern) Saturday 27th Nov Inspected the Div Artillery Arms Columns & Bde details at CAMP at the OASIS. The Horses appeared to be in very good condition & the arrangements made for Horse lines & Camps for men were quite satisfactory. The Tents of the 3rd Bde were satisfactory but the 2nd & 3rd left much to be desired in the method of preparing for Inspection & the lines were untidy. I called the attention of all concerned to this. The Wagon Wheels (G.S.) are still a source of considerable trouble, the tires having to be continually cut or shut. I saw the Guns & had the arrangements made for training explained to me, they seem satisfactory. I arrived for the Inspection at 10/30 a.m. & left at 12.45 p.m. This afternoon I saw Col Howse to see what they propose doing with me. I want to know, one way or the other if I am going to England or not. I could get no definate answer, but Col Howse & Col Maudsley are going to examine me on Monday & will then decide. Met General Legge now on sick leave & Col Fetherstone at Continental Hotel. 122