Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. III. (3 February 1917 to 9 May 1918)
Enemy planes very active this morning In morning inspected the Batteries in action of the 13th A.F. Aust. Bde. N. of CORBIE & also 14th Coy A. Engineers & selected new site for Bde H.Qs. of 8th & 14th Bdes. as present H.Qs. are so badly gassed. Inspection of Artillery made with C.R.A. & Bde. Comdr & quite satisfactory Have arranged to relieve 1 Bn of 8th in line with Bn of 14th Bde. & put the Bn taken out in line on the N. side of the River. X Good deal of enemy Areial (sic) activity to night up to about 11 p.m. one of the 14th Bde platoons in the line brought down a Boche machine at 8. p.m. near the BOIS de VAIRE. May 16th Very fine day, fair vis Quiet night & had a decent nights rest. In morning to Corps. Workshops at POULAINVILLE to see Casemate. Met Gen BUCKLAND Army C.E. who was favorably impressed with model. he wanted to see me in connection with releasing water in SOMME at CORBIE he assured me there was no danger to our Bridges. I told him I was afraid our Light Bridges pontoon Bdes would be washed away in the event the Boche breaking the lock gates. Bgd. Gen FOOTE Corps C.E was present & an Officer from the I.W.T. Saw Corps Comdr on my return to D.H.Q. who told me he had had a wire from Mr. Winston CHURCHILL re X Casemate invention & that I had better go as soon as possible to London to see him. Arranged to go on Sunday 19th inst. & to take Capt. GREENLEES & the model with me. In Afternoon reconnoitring (sic) for site for new H.Qs. for 8th & 14th Bdes on account of their being constantly gassed in their present H.Qs. selected Bank at I.32.a. Gothas very active bombing tonight. 57th Brought one down near BLANGY. 201.