Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
losses our front & BULLECOURT are strewn with dead. It is now evident he proposes to retire on the QUEANT - DROCOURT line pivoting on QUEANT. There has been very little Artillery fire from him all day & I think many of his guns have been withdrawn already. Patrols from the Division on our left have advanced well to the front & find his Infantry have withdrawn. Our casualties yesterday were 71 killed (no Officers) 260 wounded. The 54 Bn distinguished itself under Maj Leclery. In morning went round right front with Gen TIVEY past LAGNICOURT & back to VAULX up the valley the German attack developed on Apl. 15th last. May 17th Dull damp day bad observation The night passed quickly except that the Bde of the 58th Div in BULLECOURT have succeeded in clearing the Village now entirely of Germans. 10 am Went to see Gen HOBKIRK Comdg. 14th Infy Bde. with reference to various matters connected with relief of his Bde. wiring Dug Outs & Reinforcements. Afterwards with him visited Bde. O.P. to view as far as possible his front. General Birdwood called & saw me on his return from visiting 8th Bde H.Qs. May 18th Very fine day good visibility 'X' The Vicinity of our D.H.Qs. is continually shelled night & day. today my motor car was riddled. - Our own Guns are emplaced in the Village of VAULX & an Austrian Battery & of course draw a good deal of fire [Page] 49.