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

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traffic in that part of our Area during daylight. Visited 55th Batt. (Major McCormick) had to find fault with way Ammunition was stacked without nosecaps & clips in the mud & damp in old Gun pit, etc etc. told C.R.A. two young American Officers here for instruction in Gas Course called to see me. Also Capt. Gavan DUFFY re history of the War, especially with regard to Artillery at Anzac. Feby. 24th Fine day, indifferent vis. In morning to Church parade 29th & 31st Bns at KEMMEL G.O.C. 8th Bde also present. In Afternoon to G.O.C. 15th Infy. Bde. re incident of parleying by post of 58th Bn with Enemy under Red X flag to allow them to bring in 5 wounded men. 'X' although little harm was done in this case I cautioned all concerned to have no dealings with the enemy under either the Red X or White flags. mentioned to G.O.C. 15th Bde that he would be asked to assist 3rd Div in an Offensive operation on his right shortly. Feby 25th Light rain early then bright & very cold wind fair vis. In morning to H.Qs 14th Infy Bde to meet Bgdrs 14th & 15th Infy Brigades & C.R.A to arrange Series of small raids on Enemy on our front to assist the raid on WARNETON shortly by 3rd Aust Div Other matters in connection with Tank Attack etc were also discussed. In Afternoon in accordance with Corps Commander instruction I severely censured Capt Flack 8th M.G. Co. & 4 other Officers of the 8th Bde. for ([letter?...]) censured & all to have their leave put back three months for conspiring to accuse Maj Bushell of being drunk or incompetent through drink to discharge his duties as entraining Officer during the entrainment of the 8th Bde from SAMER on the night 28/29 Jany last. [Page 162] 163 [The previous page runs into this page and is numbered 161 - Sir John has skipped a number, it appears.]