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

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In morning rode to REGENTS DUG OUT 14th Bde. H.Qs. to a conference of Infy Bgdes & C.R.A. with reference to raids, possible offensive operations etc on our front, & with regard to method for defending front line system. Feby 17. Fine bright frosty morning fair visibility posted letters Wife No 14 & Grand Sec. J. D. Stevenson, Perth. To Church parade at KEMMEL 59 & 60 Bns Gen Elliott present, addressed men on vigilance & Officers on readiness & organization. Afterwards inspected ROSIGNOL [Rossignol] & RAMILLIES Camps 59 & 60th satisfactory. In afternoon to 8th Bde. H.Qs at N. MIDLAND Fm then inspected Camps of 57 & 58 Bns at WOLVERGHAM. [Wolverghem] satisfactory. Enemy shelling this neighbourhood (Wolvergham during day with H.V. heavy gun) Feby. 18. Fine bright frosty day fair visibility Posted letter Wife No 15. M. Bank of Adeaide [Adelaide] London - Jas Thompson, Cottesloe. To Gen TIVEY 8th Inf. Bde H.Qs. With him went to POLLARD support trench to inspect ground to left front of WARNETON then on to 30th & 32nd Bn H.Qs cautioned all I met & especially Bn Officers about vigilance & probable enemy attack. men all seem cheerful & confident. left D.H.Q. at 9.40 retd at 3. p.m long tiring tramp. Feby. 19th Fine frosty Sunny bad to indifferent vis. posted letter to Wife No 16 & to Sir H. Barron Conference at D.H.Q (here) of Corps & Div Comdrs A.I.F. at 10/30 a m. with regard to readiness for Boche attack. In Afternoon to G.O.C.14th Infy. Bde to see that all was in readiness for the minor enterprise tonight. 'X 10.p.m. Our little raid led by L'. BATES D.C.M. 54th Bn 18 O.R. was a complete success. they brought back 7 prisoners of the 162 Regt. 'X' mortally wounded a Bosche Officer killed 3 O.R & wounded others. [Page] 160