Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. II (14 January 1916 to 31 January 1917)
my early hopes, & is always full of happy remembrances to me. It is a great trial for me to cheerfully leave all I love to engage again in this awful business of War.
Oct 4th HOOGGRAAF - Wet cheerless day - Reported to G.O.C. who is ill with colitis - then went to G.O.C.R.A. 1st Anzac & arranged to take up his work during his absence on leave in England for 14 days, from 5th inst. I am sorry I shall have to leave my present quarters & live in ABEELE. Oct. 5th HOOGGRAAF. (fine day) Inspecting H & M.T. Mortar emplacements with Ofs D.T.M.O. & O.C. 2nd F. Art Bde. Called on G.O.C. 1st Aust Div 9.30 a.m. & 6.15 p.m. Oct. 6th ABEELE (fine day) 'X' at 2.30 p.m. took over duties of Bgd Gen W. NAPIER, G.O.C.R.A. 1st Anzac, during his absence on duty & leave in England, probably a month in all. Attended conference at B.G.G.S. office to discuss re distribution Div Art. of 2nd & 4th Div consequent on the proposal to withdraw 1st Aust Div Oct. 7th ABEELE. (light Showers) Called on B.G.R.A. 1st Anzac re counter Batty Work & on C.R.A.S. 1 - 2, 4th Div re redistribution of Div Art. & also warn them of very small allotment of Ammunition during next 10 days. (from 8th) Oct. 8th ABEELE. (fine day) Went with Gen C.B.White to a Church Parade BUSSEBOOM near POPERINGHE, at which the Senior Chaplain Archbishop of Perth officiated (it was 2nd Infy Bde parade) attended Communion Service afterwards. Awfully glad to meet the dear old Archbishop again, he seems to have aged greatly. [Page] 86