Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)

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also O/C. Ist F.A. Bde. Special attention given to cooperation with navy in protecting right flanks & pointing out & assisting O/C 1st F.A. Bde. where to place his Batteries. left. SERAPEUM. 9.30 a.m. return. 5 p.m. dined on board VENUS. & returned to Camp. 9.45. following morning. Saturday 5th. 10.a.m. reconnaissance of left & center of our position with Os/C. 2nd & 3rd F.A. Bdes definately fixed positions of Batteries ret'd to Camp 4.15 p.m. Reg. Div Eng for Timber for marking out Battery positions & registration Points. G.O.C. authorized me to see Col Timbridge & Capts Madden & McGee re qualifying for promotion and to approve the first two opportunities for so doing. G.O.C. also authorized test of platform plates & expenditure of Ammunition native police to be warned & G.O.C. informed when test would take place. Returned by launch (5 p.m.) to ISMAILIA. dinner at Club. arrived Camp. TEL El KEBIR. 10 p.m. Very wet night from 5.15 p.m. Sunday 6th Engaged in Office Work writing up diary etc. In reply to Wire re list of names for rewards. I again sent on names already mentioned whose further good conduct called for Special Mention. Saw Col. G. Johnston & arranged for mutual Artillery protection & cross fire by Artillery on our adjoining flanks. Canal defences [Page] 7.