Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
for all. the camp was constructed to take a Corps H.Qs. 'X' The place has generally speaking been left in a dirty state by the 4 Aust Div quantities of Bread wasted Tins of Beef lying about & lots of waste food refuse. This Camp is situated in the first portion of the shell torn ground taken from the Enemy near FRICOURT & BECOURT last July. how very different it looks now to then when I saw it early in July while the battle was proceeding. it is all very desolate not a tree or House left on the battle field but the grass is feebly trying to grow. This afternoon I visited the 14th Infy Bde at BECOURT Camp. they are all very comfortably fixed up. afterwards visited the old Horse camp near BECOURT WOOD & the cemetery near there that I knew so well last July & Augst. (WINNING arrived today.) April 22nd Fine clear generally sunny but cold wind. 10.30.a.m. Attended Church Parade of 14th Infy Bde The Army Corps Comdr also present. Afterwards the Bde marched past & the Army Corps Comd inspected some of the Huts etc In the Afternoon I visited Gen Elliott at 15th Infy Bde. H.Qs. (the Bde is at MAMETZ CAMP. then on to Gen TIVEY at his H.Qs at DARWIN CAMP. his other Bns are close round him except 31st Bn at MONTABAUN. All are comfortably settled. Apl. 23rd Bright & Sunny but cold wind 10.30. am. Went with Maj KING to Div School at MOTONVILLERS. Inspected Officers, N.C.Os. & Aspirants in training & addressed them afterwards very pleased at what I saw there. beautiful day. came back through AMIENS. [Page] 37.