Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
'X' 4.p.m. Have just received the dreadful news that the A.D.M.S Col W. HEARNE has been killed by a shell splinter at one of the forward Bn R.A.P.S. - the Bn M.O. Maj MINTY was with him but escaped without injury. Col. HEARNE was one of the bravest & best of men I have ever met self sacrificing energetic & able. he rendered invaluable service to this Division. it will indeed be hard to fill his place. He was a loyal & true friend & comrade. His loss is the hardest knock I have had during this war. Oct. 18 Some rain during night fine all day. Went to see G.O.C. 8th Infy Bde at HALFWAY HOUSE everything satisfactory. Went to poor HEARNES funeral at DICKEBUSCHE this afternoon Gen BIRDWOOD & many members of the Corps & Divisional Staffs present. it is all very sad. Gen Birdwood called to see me today about 2.p.m. We are to continue to hold the line until the 27th inst. it is trying work, our losses average 100 per day killed wounded & sick. The shelling is still at times intense & a good deal of gas shell. Oct. 19th Showery, thunder storm very misty & unpleasant. The Bosche [sic] has bombarded our whole area nearly since about 4.a.m. it is now 7.pm it has been pretty bad for the last week. he evidently has brought up a good many more [Page] 119.