Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
backwards. I came off over his tail no harm done) Apl. 15th Commenced to drizzle this morning about 7.a.m & from 9.am rained all day cold & raw. 'X'[?] The Bosche attacked the line held by the 1st Aust Div soon after daylight this morning. He got in to the N-E of LAGNICOURT & pushed back 2 coys of the 3rd Infy Bde & captured the 2nd F. Art. Bde in rear of the the Village- The 3rd Bde however soon counter attacked & drove him out, but not before he had destroyed 4 18 pds & 1 - 4.5" Gun & How. It is said the Bosche has left over 600 prisoners in our hands & his losses in dead are about 1350. he was caught on his own wire in going back by the Artillery who all through especially PHILLIPS Bde have done splendid work. I got the call about 6.15 am & immediately assembled the 14 Infy Bde as Div Res Bde. & manned the 2nd Corps defensive line with 2 Bn of 8th Bde & on left & 2 Bn of 15th Bde on right. The 29th & 30th Bns were sent on to MORCHIES & BEAUMETZ to reinforce the 1st Div Troops at these places. At 8 a.m at Gen WALKERS (G.O.C. 1st Aust Div) desire I went to his H.Qs to assist if possible. By 9 am. the attack had been squelched & I was able to order all our Troops except 29th & 30th Bns to return to their Camps & Billets. In the first instance the attack [Page] 33.