Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
G.O.C. 30th Div at DRANOUTRE. The D.H.Q. is almost luxurious - exceptionally good accomodation. G.O.C. Maj Gen WILLIAMS most anxious to give us a good hand over - for we are relieving this Div & 1 Bde. of the 33rd Div on their right. Went with Gen Williams to see forward area, from Div. O.P. saw Dug Outs "etc" & A.D.S. very good one at WYSCHAETE also saw Pioneers quarters at SPY & PECKHAM Fms The saw Theatre they have made & other acccomodation at KEMMEL VILLAGE the camps at RAMILIES & DAYLIGHT had an excellent lunch, then visited splendid F. Amb. quarters near DRANOUTRE. Nov. 8th Fine till afternoon rained about 5.30 p.m. cold wet night Visited with G.S.O.II G.O.C. 33rd Div at RAVELSBERG. (very good H.Qs) we are to take over a Bde Sector in front of MESSINES from this Div. I got particulars all I could from Major Gen WOODS. Instructed my C.RE to at once get in touch with C.R.Es. 30 & 33rd Div to ascertain for certain amount of work done in forward areas. Called at H.Qs 14th Bd at VERVE BERQUIN but Gen HOBKIRK not in Went (rode) over to CORPS H.Qs in afternoon, but Gen BIRDWOOD not in Saw OFFICER & left word. all well with Div. Mr. Leist Div Artist to Dinner. Nov. 9th bright morning Wet rest of day. Had a good day with Enemy planes yesterday 10 down only 2 of ours missing. Very quiet night all along front. Inspected Reg. transport of the whole of the 15th Infy. Bde. satisfactory. Also visited Bde H.Qs. saw L'. Col Stewart acting Bgdr. also visited Bn HQs each Bn of Bde. In Afternoon vistied G.O.C. 1st Anzac & discussed question of Deserters - G.SOII am promised Maj. Worton B.M. 9th Bde [Page] 127.