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

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We hear that the Bosche offensive is to commence tomorrow. Not much expected on this front but I have given the necessary cautions. An Oxford professor was lecturing at KEMMEL yesterday to our people & stayed the night with us. How out of joint it all seemed. I sent our 'X' officers up with him to near Messeries & Kemmel this morning but I don't think the professor enjoyed it much from what I saw of him at WYSCHAETE. I opened the fine Y.M.C.A. Cinema Show near WOLVERGHEM last night. March 10th - Beautiful day. frosty early. bad vis. To church parade 31st Bn. & details at KEMMEL. Interview with D.A.Q.M.S. Corps at D.H.Qs. re working of A. Branch. In afternoon to WULVERGHAM to inspect Quarters of 30th & 32nd Bns former not satisfactory from sanitary point. G.O.C. 8th Inf Bde with me. Our patrol (58th Bn). Captured 1 Off. 1 O.R. early this morning but officer died from wounds before he could be examined. 'X' We are hourly expecting the big Boche offensive so much talked of to commence, everyone cautioned & all precautions taken. March 11th Another beautiful day but indiff vis. A good deal of gunning on both flanks of Corps. early this morning, quiet on our front. Visited 15th Bde H.Q.s with C.R.A. to see that everything was in order in connection with tonight's raids & to confirm the arrangement I had made for further artillery support on both flanks of entry, also to arrange for Artillery support for raids on night of 13/14. With C.R.A. inspected 13th Bde. F. Arts 'X' 'X' At 10/30 p.m. raids were made by the 57th & 59th Bns former resulted in capture of 3 prisoners & at least 19 Boches killed. Our casualties 4 wounded & 2 killed. 59th Bn very successful. 3 prisoners our casualties nil. March 12th. Beautiful day - indiff vis. In morning to 15th Bde the with G.O.C. 15th Bde. [Page] 168