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

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were never informed of the intended attack & were under the orders & control of the C.R.A. N.Z. from 2100 on the night of the 6/7. Re the two 3 pdrs owing to their unsuitability 'X' (they are obsolete) I have not been able to emplace them before I left - one has however been given to the N.Z. Art. & we have their consent to emplace the other on WALKERS Ridge against the JOLLY. 'X' Owing to the lack of Ammunition we have had to restrict our fire this last 4 or 5 days - it has been the same nearly all through. The Infantry & others continually asking urgently for Artillery support that I could not properly give on account of the shortness of Amm & the lack of Aeroplane assistance in spotting for us. Sunday August 29th. A delightful peaceful day on the hospital ship FORMOSA. on proper food, now so delightful - very quiet little to be seen on deck of the sick & wounded - nearly 300 on board. One gallant fellow a N.Z. shot through the abdomen passed out last night. 3 other such cases on board. Monday Augst 30th. 8 p.m. arrived at Alexandria but unable to leave ship until A.M.C. people state what is to be done with me. About 11 they decided despite my protests to send me to No.21 General Hospital Commd. Col. P.M.O. I have been treated with the greatest kindness & courtesy but am told kindly but firmly they cannot allow me to leave here 'X' & my illness. 97