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

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11. The way the men swim & Bathe under shell fire & the heavy toll exacted in life for it. Should it not be stopped? 12. Arriving. When Torpedo Boat coming in to new Jetty is shelled by enemy, to hear men cheer as the Boat misses Shells often by a few feet only. 13. A Tommy in trenches was Bomb throwing - fuze would not burn properly so he blew it with his mouth - it did go then & blew his head off - His pal in telling the story said Jim's Gone, but before he went, blimey, I did laugh. Jim looked so darned funny & got such a shock when the b. thing went off. 14. Another man illustrating how to throw a bomb extended his arm backwards & then commenced arguing with another man - a third thought it a great joke to quickly light the fuze - result, first man's arm (fore) blown off- 15. One Tommy to another after the descent of a very steep hill path near my Dug Out. Blimey, the slowest man got to hurry down that Hill. 16. From one of Athol's letters - I hope Mervyn is quite alright - we can feel alright about you - as we know you won't get much into the firing line, if you do at all.