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

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been seen since then just after the Sergt spoke to him he proceeded along the trench to the right & immediately after a minnenwerfer (sic- minenwerfer) burst just in rear of him. no trace can be found of him at this spot but the Sergt thinks the explosion missed him, but from that time onward nothing has been seen of Capt Chapman. Was he blown to pieces? March 16 We are holding Front line from opposite LE TRANSLOY to BAPAUME over 10000 X the record I believe for any Division on this front & including in this Sector the most famous part of this historic field. DELVILLE & HIGH WOODS so far we have been in for about 53 days. Saw a large Family Vault near FREMINCOURT the Roof of which had been blown off by a shell. the Coffins had been knocked about in one case the lid half blown off exposing the mumified (sic) corpse about 2 years gone. very grisly When asked by G.S.O. why he had placed a certain Coy in a certain place at the taking of Bapaume the Officer responsible replied to keep the 2nd Division out of it until we occupied it. At the evacuation of German prisoners taken by the 1st Aust Div at the capture of HERMES 9.4.17 - A prisoner who had not been properly searched drew a pistol & shot one of the escort