Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
G.O.C. 14th Infy. Bde. some S.Ps. in Reserve line. find some very badly sited, & some (especially one at WYSCHAETE) H. Art. O.Ps are simply absurd nothing but cock shys for the Boche. another instance of waste effort & valuable material (cement etc) being absolutely wasted & fire drawn on other Troops through some bodys ingnorance (? Corps. C.R.E) Presented Shield for best drilled Coy. in Div Won by 55th Bn last July at HENNENCOURT [Hénencourt] to the Bn at IRISH Fm Posted letter No 9 to Wife Feby 13th Wet day, bad visibility. posted letter No 10 to Wife Engaged in Office all day. Defence Scheme etc 'X' Commenced the first of Daily Conferences with my staff at 5.30 p.m. Told both Gen Hobkirk & Gen TIVEY we must have prisoners. have also told Bgdrs Comdg. Infantry Bdes to train raiding parties in every Battalion. Feby. 14th dull cheerless day, bad visibility. Posted letters Wife No 11 also E. H. Gliddon, Perth, C. Matthews, Perth, V. Matthews, A.F.A. (3072) Gd) G. K. McNEIL, MERVYN, L'. Col DAVIES (of W.A) J. Hurst. To 8th Bde. & 14th Infy. Bde H.Qs. to see Gens Tivey & Hobkirk respectively - about raiding parties training with each Bn - thinning the line ("[Die?...] hard" posts) & selecting men for holding front system in event of a general attack, scouts, patrolling etc. also told them necessary to secure prisoners at once. Feby. 15th Dull, raw cold, indifferent visibility. Posted letters Wife (No 11) M. Marrie, L'. Col. C. Mason Interview with Gen WHITE from Aust Corps in morning about the probability of having to attack the Bosche on our front, & also about getting identifications, the role of the Artillery, etc, etc. In afternoon rode over to 15th Bde. but G.O.C. out. Saw B.M. & went into several matters with him in ref. to possible occupation of reserve zone etc Feby 16 Fine bright frosty day clear. Hard frost last night. Posted Wife No 13 letters to Darbyshire [Page] 159.