Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)

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Engaged in Office most of the day but walked round through Bernafy Wood late in the afternoon the place which only 3 weeks ago was such a hive of bustle is now uncannily quiet & the Roads deserted March 26 - A brute of a day. rain bitterly cold. I visited Gen Elliott at FREMINCOURT his Bde has successfully carried out their part in covering the 7th (2nd Div) Bde attack on LAGNICOURT. (taken with 28 prisoners) the 7th Bde were at noon screaming for help which to resist an attack on the Road (LAGNICOURT DOIGNES) which one of my Bde already held with posts. Enemy movements very threatening all afternoon we were driven by heavy artillery fire from one of our Outposts & the "Farm" (Specially warned all concerned to be ready to repel an attack at dawn.) Found some thousands of rounds of 18pd Amm exposed to weather & some laying in the mud at BAULENCOURT Saw Gen Browne about it on my return & rallied very severely to him on the want of fore thought on somebodys part for not making proper preparation in store Amm. am assured steps have now been taken to properly store it. This has been one of the worst days [Page] 22