Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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9.15 am. followed by celebration of Holy Communion in our Mess Hut so strange this solemn service with Guns booming & ordinary conditions of war & battle going on all round one. Chaplain WARD of the 15th Infy Bde. (late of DUNTROON) officiated an excellent man who has done much for the Troops. Inspecting Camps of 54. 55. 57. 58. Bns. D.A.C. & other units also called on G.O.C. 14th Infy. Bde. at THILLOY Apl. 9th Violent wind rain hail & snow squalls up to midday. bright afternoon. The big push started this morning very early. the bombardment was very violent from the direction of ARRAS. up to 1 pm. we have heard that over 7000 prisoners have been taken by the IIIrd Army & the Canadians have taken VIMY Ridge Our 1st Div this morning early captured HERMES [sic]) BOORSIES and DERMICOURT & about 120 prisoners. 'X' 'X' Following message from Army Commander rec'd today. "Best congratulations on operations for the capture of BOURSIES. HERMES and DERMICOURT. they were skillfully planned & gallantly carried by 1st Div. Throughout the advances since the end of Feby. the enterprise tactical skill & gallantry of the whole of the Anzac Corps has been remarkable" Gen BIRDWOOD brought Surg Gen N. P. HOWSE & Bgd. Gen McANDERSON to see me this morning. In the Afternoon I went with the C.R.E to inspect the Road working [Page] 30