Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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June 10th A fairly quiet day except early in the morning when the enemy lobbed a good deal of Shell along the BEACH. blew hard all day- everything covered with dust & muck. Went usual rounds but felt so seedy could hardly walk back. June 11th Very seedy today. let Anderson take my usual round. He sent Doctor. Col. HOWSE to see me who advised rest & put me on diet for Diarrhea. beastly sore throat now developed. Blowing again today & Enemy nearly got some shell into our "Dug Outs" here at DIV. ART. HQs most disappointed no letters. June 12th Usual rounds - very done up after it. A good deal of firing today. Am issuing special order to Artillery & am doing all I can to try & keep them from falling into the almost general slackness that is becoming to my mind rather apparent in & about the trenches & supports. Lt. Col. JOHNSTON left on a weeks sick leave today. Major Bessell BROWNE takes over. Asked General CUNLIFFE OWEN if he could not[ ] get us a 60 pdr or two to engage enemys columns of troops & transport that passes us daily, going to & from the [Page] 57