Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Dec. 18th Bitterly cold, but bright & Sunshine Snow all over country. To 8th 15th & 14th Bde. H.Qs. to see how various units were off for billets etc Also saw some of Bn commdrs 14th Bde report alright. about 50% of others fairly well off, but a good reqd to make them comfortable. Gen ELLIOTT came to lunch & I afterward saw him with regard to suggestion made to him by G.O.C Corps to take 6 mos leave to Aust. Gen Elliott said that unless, I considered he was unfit longer to command the Bde he could not go. I told him the suggestion was on account of his ill health. he said he was now feeling quite alright. I therefore suggested that we should wait a month & then if he felt quite alright he could carry on. Went to Boulogne to No 2. Aust Gen Hospital to see if men injured in Railway accident at SAMER were there they were not & they could not say where they were. ('X' about 60 were injured & about 3 or 4 are dead. the accident was a bad one & so far unaccountable. train broke in two & then rear part telecoped front portion. Saw Sister Ashton at Hospital. Dec. 19th Very cold, bright & clear. Snow still on ground 'X' Saw men of 56 Bn sentenced by C.M. to 10 years P.S. for abandoning their post while in the line. (G.O.C. 14th Bde. O/C 56 Bn & A.A. & Q.M.G. present) I told them of the enormity of their offence but there was some doubt as to whether they were attacked or not & on a/c of the youth & inexperience of the L/Corp in charge (whom I ordered was to revert to the ranks, I remitted the sentences & impressed on them all by their future conduct, to remove the stain of cowardice that rested on them. [Page] 143.