Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
on the VILLERS BRETONNEUX Road. At 7.40 pm. recd orders from Corps Comdr to "stand fast" on the order for attack on the morning of the 27th inst. Augst. 26th Fine clear day, cool after rain during night. In morning to Aust Corps H.Qs at GLISY to receive instructions. Order to attack a given yesterday cancelled but order to relieve part of 1st Aust Div. to hold. this will be done tonight on a one Bde front by 8 Bde. Informed all concerned. Gen BIRDWOOD called in Afternoon to see me & the staff. Augst. 27th Fine day, good vis. In morning inspected & addressed 58th & 59th Bns near VAIRE. very good turn out. Afterwards saw a few men who wished in compliance with my invitation to see me if they had complaints to make in complaints made in connection with administration most of them were that they felt unable to soldier further in the line owing age etc I afterwards visited G.O.C. 15th Bde & warned him to have the Bde in readiness to move at short notice In afternoon visited G.O.C. 8th Bde near LA FLAQUE & gave him instructions to now push on his attack to FOUCACOURT everything appeard (sic) to be going well. On return to D.H.Q saw three men convicted by B.C.M. for desertion & commuted & suspended their sentences G.O.C. Aust Corps called about 6 pm. & discussed the situation & gave me instructions with regard to the advance on the SOMME. Good progress made this evening 1 Off & 42 O.R. captured 12 M. Guns. Augst. 28th LIght showers fair vis. In morning to 8th Bde H.Qs. & on to FOUCACOURT gave G.O.C. 8th Bde & Aust? orders to press on the advance. XX While I was out this morning G.S.O.1 Col PECK who was with me had 51.