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

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I speak to Gen HOBKIRK re. O/C 56th Bn whom I consider unsatisfactory & I advised his removal & told Gen Hobkirk if he screened him after what I had said the responsibility would in large measure be his (Gen Hobkirks) I advised him to think it over & let me know in a few days his decision. Jany 29. Beautiful fine day. 14th Infy Bde. entrained for KEMMEL early this morning on their way into line. (our old Sector MESSINES, WYSCHAETE) I went riding round their area near SAMER in afternoon to see if things were tidy as far as I could & any stragglers about. Jany 30 Beautiful fine day. To special works Engineers Depot at WIMERA near BOULOGNE to see various methods of camouflaging protection of observers in O.P. Snipers & material for Dummy Attacks. I took Capt. EVANS & Lieut HARDING 15th Field Coy with me to get all the information they could on the subject. 8th Infy. Bde. were to have left for the line at 6.a.m but train ran off the line at SAMER Stn & they did not get away until 11.a.m. Jany 31st Beautiful fine day. In morning to No 2 Aust. Genl. Hospital at WIMERA - saw 5th Div patients there. also Acting O/C Major HURLEY, Matron GREY. afterwards met Major FINN A.M.C from Perth. In afternoon went to see Hospital & men. Sea side peace of Houses nearly all of American design but very nice place in Summer. Feby 1st Fine early at Samer, afterwards very cold & foggy. 'X' Left SAMER at 8. am. to take over MESSINES WYSCHAETE SECTOR from 1st Aust Div. [Page] 154