Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)
of Shells, most of it 5.9" into mud during this last few days -
June 1st Met Mr Hughes & Mr Fisher who inspected 3rd Infy Bde, 7 & 8th Batts. Mr Hughes made good speech near CRUSEOBEAU to men. Fine day. June 2nd Arranging at H.Qs R. Group retaliation Shoot on N. 9-C. 1-1. Weekly conference in afternoon. fine day. June 3rd Attended weekly conference of Bgdrs 1st Aust Div at Chateau in morning. Inspecting Billets & Horse lines & Gun parks 3rd F.Art Bde at CRUSEOBEAU in afternoon. 'X'
It is simply wonderful to see the endless number of Motor Lorries taking Supplies & ammunition to the troops. the war goes on now just as smoothly as business usually does in civil life.
June 4th SAILLY With Lieut General Comy A & N.Z. Army Corps inspecting Wagon lines & Billets 1st & 3rd F. Art Bdes & 24th Batt. A.F.A. fine day. June 5th With Engineer Office O/C Art R. Group & S.O. & T.M. Batts - engaged in pointing out positions for heavy trench mortar Batteries R. Group [Page] 51