Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)

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over 40 feet below the Surface. The Scene of destruction wrought by Shell fire on QUARRY HILL is indescribable. Conference in Evening with C.Os of Div Art on the employment "in the Open" in the forthcoming advance - Had Tea (very nice Tea too) yesterday & today in AMIENS on way back from FRICOURT. July 14th HAVERNAS Received orders that as our line had been pushed forward by taking BYZANTINE - PETIT - BYZANTINE LE GRAND - LONGEAUVAL LOELVILLE WOOD, the 1st Aust Div must be ready to move at six hours notice. I was on my way with Cols Brown & Anderson to FRICOURT, but turned back asked G.O.C. for portable bridge to practice crossing - also to have two F. Art Bdes at BOURDON brought forward at - 1530 recd orders to bring 1st & 2nd F. Art Bdes to FLESSELLES - D.A.C. to VIGNACOURT. 1700. Inspected 3rd & 21st F. Art Bdes. Gloomy sort of day - but no rain am sick rather of being tied up here doing little or nothing - G.O.C. authorized me to Send 2 18 pds away to be put in order this morning - I am quite comfortable at this the CHATEAU, a great big modern Stone House standing in its own Grounds & Shrubberies - it is occupied by the Countess of the owner & her children. July 15th (HAVERNAS) fine day. Saw G.O.C. at FLESSELLS, [sic] & inspected 1st & 2nd F. Art Bdes. afterwards inspected D.A.C. at VIGNACOURT - all Horses pretty well are fit & [Page] 64