Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Rode over the Support & Reserve lines at AUBIGNY & FOUILLY. Settled points referred to me about defence of CHALK PIT etc etc. Saw G.O.C. 15th Infy Bde. told him my decision Also visited Camps 59 & 60th Bns & Tanks (2) May 3rd fine morning good vis Engaged in morning on Casemate met Gen SMYTH G.O.C. 2nd Div who came here. showed him models of Casemate he is most favorably impressed In Afternoon to Corps. Saw B.G.G.S. then Army Comdr. Sir H. RAWLINSON who thoroughly approved of my Casemate invention & said he would help it in every possible way. Also saw Gen BIRDWOOD & Sir LAWRENCE C.G.S. from G.H.Q. Gen Birdwood told Gen Rawlinson about my action at VILLERS BRETONNEUX Gen R. spoke highly of our Action & especially of the part played by the 14th Bde in holding fast the line. Went to Capt. GREENLEES to see how drawings for Casemate were progressing made various alterations & additions. Saw Bgd Gen FOOTTE. May 4th Rain during night fine morning fair vis. Quiet night. Visited Bde. H.Qs of 14th & 8th Bdes. & Bn H.Qs of 32nd Bn. beautifully situated in the valley of the SOMME. I also visited Div O.P. X Gave explicit instructions to Gen TIVEY & to O/C 32nd Bn to pay special attention to the defences on the flat on both sides of the SOMME both with regard to wire & M. Guns. X Gen WISDOM came to lunch at D.H.Q. has just retd to France after being away with bad eyes for over two months. May 5th Drizzling, mild bad vis. Fairly quiet night but Boche put a lot of 8" & 11" stull into area close to DAOURS. dont (sic) think he did much harm though. Intreview with Colonel COURAGE Comdg. Tank Bde in this area 9 Tanks under my control in the 196.