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

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of liqueur fame badly shelled in fact in ruins here - very Wet & sloppy. miserable weather. Billet quite comfortable though at SAILLY lots of cemeteries of our Soldiers all over the place - The Church at SAILLY is in ruins & it was deliberately set on fire by the Germans in Nov. 1914 & was burnt with their own & English & french wounded. Apl. 20th Went to A.N.Z.A.C. at LA MOTTE to see B.G.R.A. re sending Batteries to practice Camp at CALAIS - & in connection with my proposals for portable Bridges for F. Art. Batteries. In afternoon took O/C 1st F.A. Bde to H.Qs 2nd F.A. Bde & to see Batteries of this Group. fine day 'X' Apl. 21st Went with O/C 2nd F.A. Bde to inspect O.P.S. especially new one selected by Capt MANTON on our right.- Agreed with 2nd Div Art. Comndr to hand over 102nd How Batt. for his right Groups - he to take all responsibility. - --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 'X' Our first losses in France today - a Coy of 9th Bn were shelled in their billet at ROUGE DE BOUT, losing 1 Officer & 24 O. Ranks, & about 30 wounded losses principally incurred through walls falling on the wounded [Page] 38