Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
March 5th - Ground covered to a depth of 3" in snow this morning but day bright & clear later, & thawing. March 6th Fine day thaw continued great deal of aerial activity 4 of our machines brought down. Good deal of shell fire on our front line system & FLERS. March 7th. very cold raw windy day. Went to inspect new left Section as far as FACTORY CORNER. L'. Col Stewart accompanied me. 'X' 'X' Many of our unfortunate dead presenting ghostly sights still laying out in the open. This part of the area is where we have suffered a good deal in the past. It is where a certain O/C Bn sent an attack order down to an outpost. the runner lost his way & must have walked into the German lines strangley enough, the day before a German order with regard to an attack on our lines had found its way to us at the same locality & in the same manner. Looking from the GUEUDECOURT SPUR towards PORK trench I am at a loss to understand why the Bosche evacuated it to have taken it must have been a costly business for us - it is very strange. March 8th - Bitterly cold wind with storms of snow and [Page] 11.