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

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& AIRE & reached BLARINGHAM[after] at 10/30 p.m. after two delightful days. the best I have spent I think in France. Augst 11th Threatening & Showery all day engaged in Office work. Gen BIRDWOOD called about lunch time. later Gen CARRUTHERS & L'. Col. called & had Tea. I visited Gen TIVEY [ ] G.O.C. 8th Infy. Bde about 6.30 pm. Augst 12 Fine day. In morning at Church Parade near WARDRECQUES 31st & 32nd Bns G.O.C 8th Infy. Bde present. Then saw Gen HOBKIRK re. his Bde Major who had recd a bad report from course he had lately attended. I asked Gen HOBKIRK whether he desired a change but he preferred to let DICKESON carry on as he was improving - did his best & although falling short of what was reqd was probably better than someone else who might be sent him. I told Gen HOBKIRK I propd to remove Maj. SPIERS Comg. his M.G. Coy on account of the unsatisfactory state of his command. Gen HOBKIRK also spoke to me about the comd. of the 54th Bn & expressed the hope that a new comder might be found for it as L'. Col. MIDGELEY[ ] did not possess the necessary qualifications. In Afternoon saw C.R.A about difficulty in providing N.C.Os. in Corps Artillery. he suggests a distinct training Batty. for 5th Div Art. I am to see Army Corps Comdr about it. Augst 13th Dull cloudy day. Posted letters to Leeds & Forbes In morning inspected 14th & 15th F. Coys C.R.E. accompanied me. [Page] 86