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

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Pigeons. These birds are wonderfully well trained & looked after & have done invaluable work during the War. often they have been the first & only means of conveying information from the front line. about 70 or 80 in a travelling loft. Among many & varied duties as Div. Comdr I have had to deal with Chaplains who have failed in their duties (such as Rev. SINGLE 10/12/17) on complaint of C/O F. Amb. & such matters as Laundries - de lousing - bathing clubs etc. Military Training. From my 3 1/2 years experience of War I am certain that Troops should be trained in hulled? Camps as far as possible removed from the demoralizing influence of towns & Cities. Even during periods of service in other trenches in the Winter (Messines Wyschaete Sector Nov. Dec. 1918) our casualties from Sickness were less than when the Division was in rest & training in Billets (RUBEMPRE & also BLARINGHAM) in June, July & Augst. The training of Citizen Soldiers from my war experience could really be made a refining hardening period in a young mans life, instead of a demoralizing effect. The use of blasphemous & obscene language could be & should be stopped. Feby 1918 Had to deal with two R.M.O. for ungentlemany (sic) conduct in connection with their acceptance of hospitality (through the Countess of Harrowby) while on leave in England.