Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Very fine view from the O.P. there. Artillery Observer did not know Comdg & had not been instructed by 55th Btty for whom he was observing. Map very old & hard to read - I reported this to C.R.A. this evening, & insisted on action being taken to prevent recurrence. Fire steps lacking in S.P. passed through men chopping up Firewood with bayonet why dont Senior Officers notice these things for themselves. 'X' Visited O/C. 53rd Bn gave very good report of his Bn & front. told me Lieut Lang was shot by our own men while he was on patrol through not replying to sentry's repeated challenge. (very sad but it appeared his own fault. board of Inquiry to report) Visited Pioneer Bn on A/c of seeing their men working in water without Gum boots. The camp at SPY FM. well arranged good drying Room. About 4/30 p.m. Visited B.G.G.S. at 1st Anzac, told him some of the woes of a Div Comd. He agreed to me using my judgement in withdrawing advanced posts to within 80 yds of Picquet line, & told me not to do so much going about in front areas. 'X' I have been very unwell, & feeling quite incapable of the long walks I have been doing this last week. pain in my side again. 'X' Got news from prisoner captured at 6.30 p.m. The post No 11 garrisoned by 5 of our men was taken by party of 1 officer 1 N.C.O. & 26 men, of whom 1 was killed & 8 wounded by our men the 3 captured were all wounded. Nov. 25th Very rough night, strong westerly wind, but fine. L'. Col. CAREY C.R.E leaves today to join 47 Div. I lose an excellent man who has done splendid work with this Div he is replaced by L'. Col. STURDEE a young DUNTROON man. In Afternoon went to see A/. G.O.C. 15th Infy Bde. at RAMILIES Camp, & explained the situation so far as the area his Bde is taking over is concerned [Page] 134.