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

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present - and after service he presented medal ribbons to those entitled to them. Went out for walk in afternoon with Bruche. Going though Officers essays on Field firing at AVELUY. (long trying task). July 16th Fine morning, wet after (showery). Interview with Capt SMITH. D.A.Q.M.G. re orders for him to leave Div for 2nd Div. He appealed to me as he considered it a reflection on his service, he stated that there was intrigues prejudicial to him & other Staff Officers going on in the Div. I afterwards saw Maj KING who also inferred a similar story. I told both I could not allow such imputations to be made & that I expected harmony in the Staff. Col. Bruche is the officer about whom the charges apparently are levelled. Saw Army Corps Comdr in afternoon & got him to allow Capt. SMITH to remain in his present position. I explained the whole situation to the G.O.C. Corps. Visited rest house AMIENS

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