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

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1st & 2nd Bdes being relieved tomorrow 3rd & 21st about 3rd Augst. Notice our Heavy Batteries are creeping forward & 60 pd & 4-7s are now across head of SAUSAGE VALLEY. Handed over to C.R.A. 2nd Aust Div at 6 p.m. July 31st Called on G.O.C. 2nd Aust Div & C.R.A. to see if I could give them any further help or information. G.O.C. thanked me for what we had done & both stated they perfectly understood the Situation, which I left with a clean Slate - except a few hundred rounds of Shrapnell to fire against Enemys wire in front of O.G.1 & O.G. 2. This finished our part in this important battle. I have been thanked by & from General GOUGH & Gen Birdwood downwards for the work of the Div Art & our Infy Bgdes are enthusiastic with the help they received everything has gone splendidly our cas. have been about 9 Killed - 40 wounded - we fired one day over 18000 T.S. & 2300 4.5. Shell - Communications had to be by Runners, & we were always first to be able to give information to D.H.Q. Several of our cas. were caused by 60 pds & 4.7 in rear of us, & many of our pits were more strongly covered in rear than in front. Our Liaison Officers were a great Success & the M.T. Mortars did gallant work. Left ALBERT at 10/30 a.m. lunched at AMIENS, reported at D.H.Q to G.O.C. at CARNAPLES at 4 p.m. & arrived at billet at St LEGER at 5.20 p.m. Very comfortable billet, one of the best, perhaps the best of all that [Page] 73