Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
July 1st Fine day good vis. The raid by the 58th Bn last night was succesful against Enemy trench W of DERNACOURT. Two prisoners were captured & it is thought a good many casualties caused by Boches running away & running into our M.G. & S. MORTAR fire. In morning Inspected 8th F. Amb. C/O L'. Col Clayton at PONT CANON - very satisfactory (Kelsey from Perth was present) afterwards called on G.O.C.58th London Div at BEAUCOURT but he was out. In Afternoon Corps Comdr called to discuss arrangements for our share in the operations for the 4th inst. propd new Bde H.Qs Group Dug Outs etc. July 2nd - perfect day. Quiet night. In morning to 8th Bde H.Qs at FRENCHENCOURT. Bde Comdr went with me to inspect his Bns in trench systems of LA HOUSSOYE FNANVILLERS & BONNY. viz. the 30 31 & 29th Bns respectively. Saw O/Cs all seemed satisfactory & no complaints. X The Aust. Prime Minister Mr. HUGHES Mr. Joseph COOK Gens BIRDWOOD & MONASH came to lunch here at St GRATIEN with us. After lunch I had a most earnest & confidential talk with Mr. HUGHES on the question of the higher administration & command of the A.I.F. & I think impressed him with my view except perhaps with regards to the retention of Gen Birdwood as G.O.C. A.S.F.
I was very much impressed with Mr. Hughes. it is amazing to me considering how handicapped he must be by his deafness & ill health. that he is able to maintain the high position he now occupies.
July 3rd Beautiful day, fair vis To 15th Bde. saw Gen Elliott & went into details of his minor operation to take place tomorrow & [Page] 23