Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Dec. 7th. Fine, mild, indifferent visibility Inspected Batteries in the line of the 13th & 14th F. Art. Bdes. (except 3 forward Sections.) D.A Bde Major accompanied me. result very satisfactory no complaint from men who all appeared cheery & well. Late in Afternoon went to 15th Infy Bde H.Qs. & saw Bgdr. Gen ELLIOTT who returned yesterday from leave Gen White called. Major KING G.S.O.II left for appointment as G.S.O.II XV Corps. Dec. 8th Fine mild day, indt visibility Went to SAMER to see G.O.C. 1st Aust Div re that area to which we are going on relief from this. G.S.O.III with me. Appears very good rest & training area but G.S.O.1 out & could not get a great deal of information 'X' Went on to BOULOGNE & saw Mervyn - on board the boat for England. he has to report for examination (medical) for the Indian Army on Monday. (left at 9.am returned at 5.p.m. 3 hours easy journey by car from here) Dec. 9th Mild drizzly day, bad visibility. Inspected D.H.Qs. camp in morning. good deal of room for improvement camp commandant warned. In Afternoon inspected in quarters 55 Bn at LINDENHOEK & 54th Bn at KEMMEL had tea with G.O.C. 14th Bde at KEMMEL CHATEAU Dec. 10th Fine bright day good visibility. To 8th Aust. Infy. Bde. H.Qs. MIDLAND Fm to see G.O.C. in morning all satisfactory. then inspected with C.R.A. the 5th Aust D.A.C. except No 1 Section which I saw in afternoon. L'. Col. ABBOTT attached 30th Bn to Lunch L'. Col. RALPH joined Div staff as D.A.Q.M.G Bgd. Gen TIVEY arrived at BOULOGNE. [Page] 139.