Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Afterwards I called on B.G.G.S. principally 'X' to ascertain if it was Corps policy for me to organize Raids so long as I could get identifications without. He said no, it was certainly unnecessary I also spoke to him on a settled & well thought out policy for protecting Huts etc from air raids, pointing out the waste of material & inefficiency of present methods. He promised to see Army on the subject.
Gen Wisdom & Mr. McCallum A.C.F. at Dinner. Nov. 30th Fine day, little drizzle during night. No 2 post rushed about 1.a.m after barrage & in a mist. (occupied by men 59th.) 5 casualties one man missing) no further details yet. Called on A/- G.O.C. 15th Infy. Bde. (this Bde finished relief of 14th last night) he could tell me nothing further so far no communication during daylight with post which had re established) Had a long talk with him on the defence & works & necessity of alertness of his men in defending his Sector. Attend Entertainment by Div Concert Party at our Theatre at KEMMEL. very good show. Maj King returned from leave today. 3rd Aust Div raided successfully Bosche [sic] trenches at 5.15. p.m. (& subsequently at 1.am.) with success estimated total killed 100 & 5 prisoners. Dec. 1st Fine, visibility bad, rain after 4. p.m. Visited center sub Sector of Div Sector with B.G.G.S. A/- G.O.C. accompanied us. visited 58th Bn H.Qs. & met O/C 60 Bn Dec 2nd Cold bright day, good visibility In morning to Church parade at KEMMEL of 14th Bde. G.O.C. Bde present (Holy Com Service after) Inspected 53rd Bn at RAMILLIES Camp Inspected 57 Bn ROSSIGNOL Camp
& Bde H.Qs at KEMMEL.