Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
At 10.30.am. I handed over the command of the Sector to Maj Gen WALKER Comdg. 1st Aust Div. who with most of his staff expressed their warm thanks & appreciation of what had been done for them in the area. at 12.30 p.m. I met Gen BIRDWOOD at Corps H.Qs. on the following matters Sentence of 10 years P.S. on L/C & four men for deserting their posts Charge of cowardice left for me to deal with - as they were under a young & inexperienced N.C.O. I think & propose to severely reprimand them all the men bear excellent characters & have done good war service. Re L'. Col. Hughes political speech with regard to Referendum on conscription - I am to find out what he said & obtain further evidence from Officers present & report to 1st Anzac. present survey of 2nd line area of Sector we have been holding & statement of work done. I also discussed the Bgdr & am to let the Gen know if I wish to retain Gen HOBKIRK & if Gen ELLIOTT is to go (wishes or will go) back to Aust for 6 mos. The G.O.C. expressed his appreciation of the work done by this Division, & his perfect confidence in me. Had lunch with G.O.C. - & left for SAMER at 2.30 p.m. arrived about 5.p.m. Excellent quarters in a well furnished Chateau owned by an English gentleman (is about ½ a mile out of SAMER.) Very cold night been snowing. hard but good fire & cosy bedroom no guns or chances of Attack to night. [Page] 142.