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

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In Afternoon went to see L'. Col PHILLIPS comdg. 14th A.F.A. near MARICOURT WOOD & then on to Gen TIVEY comdg 8th Infy Bde. Bgdr. Gen JOHNSTON receivd news this evening that his brother in law Capt. HOBSON who was wounded a few days ago with his Batty near NORIEUL is dying. I am very sorry for them both. Hobson is a gallant fellow. Have been seedy this last 36 hours think I was slightly "gassed" yesterday morning. Providing the wind is favorable we are making a heavy gas bombardment on QUEANT at 2.a.m tomorrow morning followed by an Art bombardment. It is very hard to get a night's rest with the continual gunnery going on. May 19th Fine day. In afternoon Maj Gen Sir Newton MOORE called. Afterwards I went to H.Qs 15th Infy. Bde. who are holding YTRES BEUGNY Line. Gen ELLIOTT was not in but I ascertaind from Bde Maj. that the work of wiring etc was proceeding satisfactorily. The Bosche heavily shelled NOREUIL & NOREUIL VALLEY about 7.p.m. the unfortunate Gunners at this place have had a very thin time of it. May 20th Beautiful day visibility fair Gen Birdwood called in morning with Maj Gen Sir Newton Moore. Rode along BEUGNY YTRES line of defence to inspect work done [Page] 50