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

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Invited to Dinner at Gen Birdwoods quarters & stayed talking with Archbishop until nearly midnight - Oct. 9th ABEELE. fine day. Engaged in Office all day - went for long walk in evening with Gen Lebeniere. In afternoon called on B.G.R.A. & G.O.C. 1st Aust Div to complete details for Art Instructions in connection with Emergency Operations HILL 60. 'X' 'X' Oct. 10th ABEELE fine day - Prepared & handed to B.G.G.S. Art Instructions (prepared by Gen Napier & amended by me for Emergency Operations HILL 60, & for redistribution 2 & 4th Div Art. Consequent on withdrawal of 1st Aust Div. Visit Art School at OUDERDON under L'. Col. Anderson. 10th nothing of importance fine day Oct 12th With Col. Bessell Browne inspected 4, 5, 6,102, 7, 8, 9.103 Batts, Horses & Harness in Wagon lines - fine. Oct. 13th ABEELE. fine day. Went to 1st Aust. Div Art. School with Gen White who was very pleased at what he saw. Oct. 14th ABEELE. fine day wagon With Archbishop, - inspected Wagon lines of 2nd F.A. Bde & also 8th Batt & 1st Aust Div Amm dump, & 6th Batt in line. Oct. 15th Church parade 1st Aust Div Art. Archbishop officiated - (fine day) Oct. 16th - Abeele. fine day. Oct. 17th Abeele Met Gen Franks at RENNINGHELST. - fine day. Oct. 16th & 17th. At Abeele, little to do. fine generally with light rain. Oct. 18th Wet day To POLINCOVE (through ST OMER & TLQUES [TILQUES],to 1st Aust Div Art to make sure their Amm was right. [Page] 87