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

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Caught half Riggals Batty in Clover field. told him I should make him pay damage personally for neglect of orders. (Showery) Augst 14. To D.H.Q. at RUBEMPRE - & G.O.C. R.A. 1st ANZAC CONTAY & C.R.A. 4th Aust. Div TARA HILL re 1st Aust moving into line on 16th inst reported result to G.O.C. on return at D.H.Q. Augst 15th Showery The 2nd Anniversary of leaving my Home in W Aust for Active Service preparing address on Discipline etc for distribution to Officers of Div Art. 3rd & 21st Bdes left here ST LEGER for the "line" Augst 16. Moved to TARA HILL & took over from C.R.A. 4th Aust Div command of right group covering our right front. All Bdes & D.A.C. in action & zones allotted by 5 p.m. 'X' In a Dug Out again 30 feet below the surface dark moist & uncomfortable, but Shell proof - mess in old Gun pit - comfortable - Office in HUT fine, wet afternoon. Augst 17 to G.O.C.R.A. 1st ANZAC re reinforcing Art. with 2 Bdes 2nd Div Art - this decided on our task now confined to covering our right Bde, front. Augst 18. TARA HILL Inspected 2nd F Art Bde in position & tried to see new positions being prepared but Shelling too heavy to go far - 'X' Had pretty narrow escape today at 5th Batt from Enemys Shells - Issued orders in support of our attack on German trenches between MUNSTER ALLEY & BAUPAUME Rd. Augst 19th TARA HILL. Up nearly all night 18/19 as Art engaged in supporting attack on MOQUET FARM - & Trenches [Page] 78