Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
forwarded to him at once. I told him I would do so immediately I had permission from Corps Comdr. I sent G.S.O.II with Mr. Churchill to show him what I could of our front & from our Div. O.P. he was able to see a bombardment going on between our batteries & the Boche (about 6. p.m.) May 1st dull, hazy day, bad vis Aust Corps Comdr called in morning. I explained my invention to him & he thought it was all I claimed for it & gave instruction I was to receive all help necessary to develop it. Capt. GREENLEES from C.E Office called & I explained to him what I wanted done, & I have also had rough model constructed here. In Afternoon went to see G.O.C. 15th Bde. with regard to Reserve line of defence, etc. On return saw Maj. BECKWITH SMITH from G.H.Q. & the G.S.O.1 from 2 Aust Div. May 2nd Fine spring morning. Hazy.? Quiet night. In morning visited 8th & 14th Bde H.Qs. at FOUILLY & CORBIE respectively. visited Div Batty at DAOURS. Received three distinguished neutral Journalists sent on from G.H.Q with Capt. KAPP I.O. I had instructions to give them details of the Battle of VILLERS BRETONNEUX & to do all I could for them two of them were Scandanavians (one Mr. Henrickson, the third a Spainard. (sic) They thanked me very heartily for my courtesy (they had lunch with us) & were very pronounced in their praise of the Australians & VILLERS BRETONNEUX. Maj Gen. MONTGOMMERY M.G.G.S. VI Army called saw & thought highly of my invention (saw sketches & models.) 195.