Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
been living in. Everything in a most disgusting state of mud & slush owing to the thaw & wet weather. Feby 22. mild misty. Went with G.S.O.1 to H.Qs 8th Inf. Bde. to see Gen TIVEY about attack on SUNRAY TRench. Inspected camp on the way. Feby 23rd mild misty. To Gen Hobkirk G.O.C. 14th Infy Bde Feby 24th frosty morning misty. Inspected portions of trenches Dug Outs etc in 2nd Intermediate & Reserve (Rise) lines About 7. pm. recd information Enemy vacated? MIRAMONT & PYS. also MAZE Gave instructions to 8th & 14th Bdes to push out patrols & to 8th Bde to occupy SUNRAY trench. (which they did on 500 yds of it in N.22.c by midnight. Made all arrangements with C.R.A. & C.R.E for an immediate advance turned in 1.15. am. Feby 25th fine day not good for observation Good deal of speculation on cause of Enemy retirement to ATOM. TILL LINE trenches. pushed patrols up towards HEAVEN. ATOM & BARLEY trenches to find out how far they were occupied. in touch with enemy all along our front. Captain Collins & Col. Buckley called this afternoon & had Tea. Took over at noon portion of Sector lately held by 4th Aust [Page] 7.