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

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At 9 p.m. attended conference at Div H.Qs when G.O.C. explained we were taking over front in front of POZIERES tomorrow night. Artillery to protect the Section from 9 a.m. on the 20th. At 6 p.m. had conference at DIV ART 1 & 2nd Bdes Comdrs & O/C Flying Corps who explained means of communication once we were on the move again. Slept at Farm House. day, gloomy, very wet underfoot. July 19th SENLIS Went with B.G.R.A. to B.G.R.A. 'X' Corps there got instructions that Div Art to take over from 19th Div Art in front of POZIERES - relief to be completed by 9 a.m. on 20th. Went on to ALBERT & arranged the taking over. 19th Div Art Guns & wire to be left by them in situ. At noon met all Bde D.A.C. & Batt. Comders gave them instructions about the move which was practically accomplished by 9 p.m. opened new Div Art. H.Qs at ALBERT at 1700 - Went to TOUTENCOURT with B.G.R.A. 1st ANZ in connection with demand by 19th div for our wire to replace that taken over. M.G.R.A. stated we were to keep ours. fine day - July 25th Recd reports from all Bde Comdrs & D.A.C. that they are ready to take over at 9 a.m. ( SENLIS) reported to G.O.C. met C.R.A. 19th Div & formally took over from him at 11 a.m. (could not see him before) Bg Gen MONKHOUSE. At conference at D.H.Q. re attack on POZIERES to be made on night 21/22 present Gen GOUGH, Com III reserve army, Gen Birdwood, Gen Moorland, own G.O.C. Gen White, etc. [Page] 67