Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
at BLANGY. Then visited Bn H.Qs. near DAOURS of 59th & 60th Bns saw Col. LAYH everything satisfactory. Colonel CHARTERIS M.G. S.O. at 4th Army called. saw my Casemate plan etc. highly impressed with it. he stayed to lunch. Intreview with Capt. Greenlees Corps C.E.S. Office re. Casemate. Recd finished Drawings of Casemate at 5.30. p.m. & sent same? print copy to Army (4th) directed (as instructed by Aust Corps.) who sent them on to G.H.Q. May 11th Dull cold gloomy day, fair vis. Quiet night. With G.O.C. 14th Infy. Bde visited the four Bn HQs of the 14th Infy. Bde. All units seem very fine well & cheery. no grousing. X In Afternoon to Corps Workshops at POULAINVILLE to see test of M.G. Casemate (mine) Col. CHARTERIS (Army N.G. S.O.) O/C 5th M.G. Bn present. test quite successful We went on to Aust Corps. met Corps. Commander who gave me the news that he was to get an Army Command & might have to give up the appt of G.O.C. A.I.F. He spoke very highly of my services & said in anticipation of leaving the Corps he had written Australia stating that he considered either Gen MONASH, myself or Gen WHITE competent to command the Aust Corps. I told him how sorry I was for us he was going. Well has he been called the Soul of Anzac. I well foresee trouble ahead whoever succeeds the man who has done so much for us. met Bishop of Bachurst & Chap Gen of ? at Aust. Corps. The (sic) are housed in a beautiful old Chateau at BERTANGLES. - very quiet day - May 12th Dull hazy, inclined to drizzle Had a quiet night & very quiet morning. What is the Boche going to do. I wish he would get going the tension of waiting is very trying for those in responsible positions. In afternoon - to Aust Corps Workshops at POULAINVILLE to see Musketry test applied to M.G. Casemate (my invention) 199.