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

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to protect Gun when run back sights should always be removed when Gun is abandoned by reason of heavy shelling. Sept. 28th. Had a very interesting chat today from naval officer from H.M.S. CORNWALL when she engaged the LEIPSIC in the Falkland Island fight. He says the meeting was quite good luck, & never planned our ships were coaling when Germans came. He also says Admiral Craddock had asked for reinforcements 'before his disastrous action - twice'. Sept. 30th. G.O.C. Gen Walker had a shell in his dug out yesterday - it was nearly a wash out for him - his "Dug Out" was wrecked & he was buried in the debris [ ], but was practically unharmed. 'X' Our units are melting - some of our detachments are reduced to a bare sufficiency to man the Guns - so far no definate information of reinforcements. Oct. 6th. Little has occurred since last entry. the news from Europe is much more reassuring - the health of our men the Artillery remains about the same but we all badly need a change. I feel very much "done up" personally. The 1st F. Art Bde 106