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

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Our 4th Div are also engaged. The Army Staff are having a bad time & seem very weary & worn. I have been very seedy all day. March 28th Dull gloomy day wet from about 4 p.m. quiet night, but didn't sleep too well very little happened during night. Troops arriving. Gen ELLIOTT reported last night. later both Gen Tivey G.O.C. 8th Bde & L'. Col. STEWART comdg. 14th Bde reported this morning. our troops thanks to the excellent work of my staff both G. & Q are getting into their billets in the surrounding Villages of ACHEUX, BUS et ARTOIS, BERTRANDCOURT, VARENNES, LOUVERVILLE & LEALVILLE & the concentration should be complete by to night. 'X' There is every evidence that some people got the wind up the way this School 5th Corps. (fifth) all sorts of valuable material maps etc have been left here. Yesterday I was much amused to see the retirement of the Steam Rollers, some under their own Steam some being towed 10.p.m. Situation has not changed much, but if anything seems to have improved today the Boche has been definately checked. the Guards gave him a nasty knock near ARRAS & a Bde of our 4th Div hit him up at DERNACOURT & took about 100 prisoners. There are nasty rumours floating round about the faintheartedness & neglect of some people, 'X' also of stragglers breaking into Houses abandoned by fleeing civillians & Estaminets & looting & defiling. The people down here both civilians & soldiers were very pleased to see our men whom they seemed to think were going to save the situation [Page] 176