Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
stration platoon. then rode over to RAMBURELLES to see O/C 5th M.G. Bn with regard to Officers selected for Grantham & other matters with regard to forthcoming march into Germany. In Afternoon Conference which all Bde. Comdrs C.R.A. C.R.E & Os/C other units & Staff attended at D.H.Q. I explained the advance into Germany & the part the Div was to take in it & urged the necessity of most thorough preparation in every respect. Nov. 17th Fine morning dull later very cold In morning attended Thanksgiving Services. 8th Bde at RAMBURELLES
14th " near MARTAINVILLE 15th " " HUPPY.
& addressed the Troops after each empasizing (sic) the points to be observed in the forthing (sic) coming march to Germany. I lunched with the curé [French for 'priest'] at OISEMONT another vicar & two R.C. padrés & Mass were present. it was a typical french vicars lunch. At 1415 I attended the lecture where three Empires meet by Col. Sir Francis Younghusband at the Maire. The Colonel is staying 2 days with us & is a most interesting nice man. the Lecture illustrated by lantern slides was much appreciated. At4 p.m. I attended solemn thanksgiving service at the R.C. Church on 8th Bde band was present & helped to making the service more impressive ( the verger caused some amusement by his efforts to keep the decorations above the Altar taking fire from the illuminations of candles provided for this special occassion. (sic)) I was rather the center of attraction on the occassion (sic) & was most warmly thanked by the curé for attending he spoke in his address awfully well of the gallantry & good conduct of Aust. & the Div specially. 89.