Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
to this part of the line & possibly end matters. in front of the 14th Infy Bde. Gen TIVEY to report. The 15th Infy Bde was relieved by 7.30.a.m. (when by responsibility also passed to 7th Div.) by 173rd Bde Gen FRIBURG V.C.D.S.O. Enemy has heavily shelled our front & back areas searching for Batteries our losses much less than one would have expected. Interview with Gen ELLIOTT at D.H.Qs but very little information forthcoming beyond what I already know. May 14th Thunderstorms during night fine morning wet afternoon & evening. Sent in report on reduction of Horses to 1st Anzac. Went to see G.O.C 14th Infy Bde at NOREUIL. (Village intersting old place but nearly all ruined) to see if Troops holding line could be thinned etc. Bgdr. Gen HOBKIRK of opinion that it could not be. asked me for 150 men to assist in preparation of Gas Attack arranged for 16 inst. Constant air fighting going on over our lines & constant shelling all over the area we hold. Not much chance of a decent night's rest. Saw Bgdr. Gen JOHNSTONE last night about alleged short shooting which was proved by production of shell cases which showed by [...] band condition that Guns were badly worn. Gen Johnstone assured me Guns responsible had been sent away. May 15th Beautiful Spring day. 'X' 'X' Enemy heavily shelled our Batteries & line with gas & other shell. about 4 pm he put up an intense bombardment the heaviest I think I have yet heard. He rushed [Page] 47.