Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
present G.Os.C. 15th 14th & 8th Infy Bdes C.R.A. G.S.O.1. O/C M.G. Bn & O/C the 57th 58th 59th & 60th Bns April 9th Dull, bad vis, little drizzle. To 3rd Aust Div to see Gen MONASH at St. GRATIEN with reference to his assistance in Attack operation on our front. this he willingly promised providing he was not himself engaged. Enemy put down heavy concentrations of fire along our front during early morning. O/C. 54th Bn Lieut Col McCONACHY seriously (I fear fatally) wounded lost Arm & leg, & the Adjnt. Lieut LOVETT killed ? wounded. Conference in Afternoon with G.Os.C. 8th & 14th Bdes & C.R.A. C.R.E with regard to intended operation of our front. Apl. 10th fine but dull, fair vis. To 14th Infy. Bde. H.Qs. with G.O.C. & C.R.A made reconnaisance of ground to rear of 14th Bde front. Then went on to 8th Bde H.Qs at CORBIE. discussed with both Infy. Bgdes & C.R.A. steps to be taken in connection with proposed operations. In Afternoon conference at D.H.Qs Gens Birdwood Monash & White C.R.As 3rd & 5th Divs G.S.O.1 5th Aust Div with ref. to propd operation. I explained my schemes & in the face of the alteration in situation & my mornings reconnaissance, stated I was in favor of & considered I could only safely undertake "Green line" scheme Gen BIRDWOOD agreed & Gen MONASH agreed to co operate as far as possible if the propd operation eventuated. later III Corps. Comdr Gen BUTLER called & stated that in view of the propd operations by the french south of HANGARD & of the cooperation by the 58th Div (on our right) he wished us for the present to strengthen & maintain our line only. Heard today of the new Boche offensive at GIVENCHY to (in?) MESSINES. 184.