Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
'X' Sat for Capt LEIST the Div Artist to finish the portrait of myself for Commonwealth War Gallery. To 8th Bde. went with S. Capt. to Cement Works to see the arrangement for bathing men & also improving the accomodation of their billets at the Cement Works. The first Div appear to have cleared out with all the palliases Conference at 2.30.p.m. of Bgdr & all Bn Comdrs & Senior S. Officers & C/Os of Train Engineers etc. I discussed the various points of what had occurred while the Div was "in the line" & also care of the men in billets & points of discipline etc. etc I invited officers to bring forward any points of interest. Dec. 20th Fine day, cold foggy. To Div Office to clear up everything before going on leave. Left D.H.Q for BOULOGNE at 10.10 a.m. Capt HUNN & JEFFS with me. Gen HOWSE also on Board Boat left at 11.50 a.m. foggy in Channel. Slowed down several times arrived at Folkestone about 2.p.m. in London about 4 p.m. met at Victoria Station by Wife & Dorothy also Mervyn with Car. Called at A.I.F. HQs saw Col. GRIFFITHS, then went Home in car to Richmond arrived about 7.p.m. Dec. 21st Milder today commenced to thaw To St. Margaret's to see Sister. Dec. 22nd Fine day cold, bad vis With Nancy & Betty to MERTON Jany 9th I have had a very happy leave, the greatest event perhaps beyond my happy marriage & the births & deaths of my children happened when I learnt I had been given [Page] 144.