Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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Feby 20th Frosty morning dull bad vis. Wet from noon onwards. Gen BIRDWOOD rang me up & warmly congratulated me on the success of the minor enterprise last night. posted letters, No 17 Wife, L'. Col NEWMARCH. To 54th Bn with G.O.C. 14th Infy Bde. Saw L'. BATES & 20 O.Rs who composed the raiding team last night & thanked them for their most successful & neatly planned raid. Also congratulated L'. Col McCONACHY Comdg the Bn on their success. Visited 5th Pioneers at PECKHAM & SPY Fms also Reg transport. Saw O/C Bn Feby 21st Bright clear sunny day cold visibility good. To Aust Corps H.Qs. to bid good by to Gen Sir H. RAWLINSON who is leaving 4th Army to go to Allied Command at VERSAILLES. To 8th Bde. H.Qs to see Gen TIVEY & that all was in order for tonight's relief of the 8th by the 15th Bde. posted this morning. Wife letter No 18 Seeway Weld Club & W. J. W. Forbes. Feby. 22nd Windy dull & gloomy bad vis. posting of letters in small letter dispatch Book in future 15th Infy. Bde successfully relieved the 8th Bde in the line by 10.p.m last night. 14th Bde. relieved itself. (2 Bns in line) the night before without trouble or loss. Went to a lecture on food & fodder economy at ABEELE (A.A. & Q M.G with me.) by Major Gen CARTER Q.H.Q. Director of Supplies. Feby 23rd Mild dull, bad vis. Captured two prisoners (15th Bde last night To 15th Bde. H.Qs saw Gen ELLIOTT on various matter in connection with his command & asked him to prepare as early as possible a scheme for raids. Afterwards inspected back area of centre sub sector of line held by us, with regard to movement of wheeled [Page] 161