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

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Oct. 15th fine day, little frost during night Enemy violently bombarded our right Bn front from 5/30 p.m yesterday all through the night with all calibres of gas shell. So far as I can find not a great many casualties. G.O.C. 15th Bde thought Enemy going to attack early (about 5.15 am) I warned D.A. H.A. adjoining Divs & asked for an aerial reconnaissance at daylight which was done, but no sign of Enemy Infantry movement. In morning went to see G.O.C. 15th Infy. Bde. found they had had a very trying night had gas masks on for 3 hours. Shelling still pretty bad. I nearly got hit with a shell splinter & was also slightly gassed 'X' Capt. Hearn with me. Oct. 16 Fine day, bright & cold. Fairly quiet night. 15th Infy Bde patrols pushed out about 800 X on front yesterday afternoon & last night. captured 5 prisoner, sanitary Sect & 2 3rd Guards Fusiliers. Went to see G.O.C. 14th Infy Bde at HALFWAY HOUSE Shelling pretty severe on our Batteries gas shell also being used. over 90 of our men gassed last night but very few severe cases. IInd Army Commander called to see me at 2. p.m. Oct. 17th Bright fine day. Our Div front severely bombarded during night. In morning went to forward Bde H.Qs. near KIT KAT thought shelling lighter than usual. Saw Gen Elliott G.O.C. 15th Infy Bde who stated his men were very well. Gen TIVEY called to see me with Col. PURSERS reply to his letter. [Page] 118