Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Feby 26th Bright clear frosty morning good visibility. This should be a good day for our airmen the air is alive with them it's only 9.am. 'X' bad luck night before last. a Minnie got one of our posts & blew out the whole garrison 7 N.C.O. & men. To H.Qs 14th Bde. picked up Gen HOBKIRK visited Bn H. Qrs of 55th & 53rd Bns went through their defence arrangements etc (as per my list in Book.) & talked over the proposed raids. In Afternoon Capt. BECKWITH SMITH S.SG II from G.H.Q called. Young Frank LEEDS came to lunch. Feby 27th dull still morning mild good vis. To 15th Infy Bde. with G.O.C. 15th Infy Bde to Right Bn H.Qs (57th Bn) & Left Bn H.Qs (58 Bn) Right Sub Sect. spoke about arrangements for raids & other matters in my Book.) Feby 28. Showery, cold, light showers sleet during day - good vis. To 15th Infy Bde. H.Qs went with Gen ELLIOTT to 59th Bn H.Qs went through list of test questions with him, then through Reserve S.Ps. in ORANGE & OUSE trench. to 60th Bn H.Qs L'. Col MARSHALL out, but saw MAJ. TRICKEY & put test questions to him. all appeared satisfactory but I spoke to Gen Elliott & Trickey of the necessity of keeping works & trenches in possession of platoons in proper order. L'. Col. PURSER came to say good by to him I told him he had to his best done very well. mentioned to him state of disrepair & unsatisfactory condition of wire where he had been holding line March 1st Cold blustery day, windy indif vis. some sleet. In afternoon - To KEMMEL to give lecture to Junior Officers on the duties & responsibilities of Junior Officers- Bgdr Gen TIVEY & A.A. & Q.M.G. & about 150 others present. 9.45. p.m. Boche put down a barrage [Page] 164.