Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Nov. 16. Dull occassional drizzle. A great deal of heavy gunning on our left all night & especially early this morning. At 10.a.m. went round with G.O.C 14th Infy Bde. & visited upper half of his area, including 3 Bn H.Qs. & Reserve line. In Afternoon visited A/G.O.C 8th Infy. Bde. at Bde H.Qs. NORTH MIDLAND. 14th Bde. relieves 15th Bde of small Sector on the left. they were holding by 8.30 p.m. last night. 3 men from our Salvage Corps appear to have stayed with Bosche lines yesterday. I am now puttng a guard wire right along our front. Nov. 17th Fine day bad visibility. Waited in to see Corps Commander obtained his consent to withdraw outposts form shell holes during day & he promised to order H.A. to "blow down" WARNETON Church Tower. In Afternoon visited L'. Col. STEWART Af G.O.C. 15th Infy. Bde at KEMMEL. all well. Nov. 18th Fine day dull, fair visibility Visited (with L'. Col. Clarke A/G.O.C 8th Infy Bde.) the right Sub Sector. Calling on 32nd & 30th Bn H.Qs. formed an excellent impression of the possibilities of defence for this Sector. Nov. 19th Fine, dull, fair visibility. To Corps. (1st Anzac) H.Qs. in afternoon to discuss defence of the area held by us & other matters. Capt. & 3 men who we feared had been captured by the Boche turned up after having been lying in shell hole for 2 nights & a day. Nov. 20th Fine day, fair visibility. In morning went with G.O.C. 14th Infy [Page] 131.