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

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about 800 a day rest - wrote letters etc. & about 200 to 250 a day are treated by A.M.C. staff there for prevention of Venereal disease June 27th Fine day. Showery Evening 9.am - with G.S.O 1 to CORBIE (fine interesting old Town) to inspect Div Engineers 'X' Was taken from CORBIE bridge in 8 oar pontoon to ground where men were ready for inspection after Inspection two bridges one about 180 ft. long were thrown over dead water & two over running Canal. very fine performance in good time the whole of the transport & personnel then moved over them all very satisfactory - lunched with C.R.E. Col. CAREY. At 4 pm left to attend 5th Pioneer Sports. Their competition for best turned out platoon very good. Sports had to be postponed on account of Rain June 28th Showery heavy thunder storm in evening. To 8th Bde Area. visited Rifle Ranges 32nd Bn H.Qs. etc. (Saw Dudley NAPIER C. Coy) Gen BIRDWOOD & C.R.A called to see me midday - In afternoon inspecting ground suggested as manoeuvre Area between REBUMPRE & CONTAY not very good. Crops interfere too much, but woods serve to training in Wood fighting [Page] 65