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

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alright. I then went to 8th Bde H.Qs. & saw Gen TIVEY (all well) Dec. 15th Beautiful fine day, fair visibility In morning inspected 14th F.A. Bde. present C.R.A. & A/ Bde Comdr Major THORNTHWAITE result generally satisfactory, but more attention to morning inspection of areas & mens complaints about food shortages 55th Batt fault obviously. (Capt. Handley) bad cooking cause of complaints Saw 60th & 32nd Bns on route march. 'X' Recd report that L'. Col. HUGHES Comg. D.A.C. had been making political speech to men & told them he was voting No. on conscription referendum. I had an interview with him in the presence of C.R.A & A.A. & Q.M.G. in which he admitted it, & also that he expressed his opinion that Aust. Troops should not be led by British Officers & not used in the line & as storm troops etc as they had. He claimed the right to speak to his men on political matters. I emphatically forbade him to do so or to allow his Officers to do so in future Dec. 16th Cold & raw, little snow in Afternoon In morning saw 8th Bde Group transport marching through BAILLEUL unsatisfactory in many respects especially 5th Pioneer Bn Visited in afternoon 8th Bde H.Qs at MIDLAND Fm saw Generals TIVEY & BENNETT Comg relieving (3rd Bde) & explained artillery action to them (C.R.A. present) Gen BENNETT said he was satisfied with the arrangements of the take over. Afterwards visited Bgd. Gen HEANE to see if I could assist him in any way. Dec. 17th Cold raw day, intermittent falls of snow Bosche [sic] attacked post on our left front 7.30 but although one of our men are so far missing he got severely handled by a party of ours from a supporting post. [Page] 141