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

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with Bosche long range Guns getting fairly near our camp, & then coming over & bombing alround us. Then I hear we didnt really have anything like the success we had hoped for yesterday, or were told we had achieved. In Afternoon I went with C.R.A & A.A. & Q.M.G. to H.Qs. of 15th Infy Bde at HALFWAY HOUSE. I found Gen ELLIOTT in a big Dug Out Electric lighted but water running all over the ground, in some places it is over the Duckboards, but everbody cheerful. The walk there & back through the mud & slush very fatiguing & caused the old pain in my weak side. Everything quite satisfactory & going well with the 15th Bde. Gen Birdwood called at midday & brought with him a U.S. Div Gen. named CLEMENTS, an elderly man, who was seeking knowledge. Oct. 11th Fine day, some rain during night. I slept well in my dug out in the ramparts of YPRES, but had a bit of a head it is rather stuffy & not nice after the fresh air I have been so used to. I had a quiet night anyway. Bgdr. Gen G. H. JOHNSTONE called to say good by, he is going back to Australia - well he has done his bit & can hardly be blamed. I felt a bit sad we had served together a long time & he was the first service officer of my command I met over 3 years ago when I went. [Page] 115