Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
May 21st Beautiful day. At 11.45.a.m. met Mr WINSTON CHURCHILL at HOTEL METROPOLE (MUNITIONS MINISRY) with regard to my Casemate invention. After short talk, Mr Churchill opened the conference called to consider the invention. About 13 Officers & others were there including the minister: Mr WINSTON CHURCHILL. Admiral BACON Maj Gen. BINGHAM
" " RADCLIFFE
Controller of Steel Col. WRIGHT
" CARMICHAEL - under Secty of Treasury & others.
After my description & examination of plans & report of General Offices from G.H.Q. the minister said he considered the invention was most promising & fulled the want so urgently felt, & proposed to make 1000 at once for trial at the front, the work to be pushed on with all speed & to take priority of all other work. Other members seemed most favourably impressed. The conference then adjourned to the Camouflage School at the magazine in Hyde Park where I had the Casemate emplaced I went with Mr Churchill in his Car. on the ground we met Sir Ernest MOIR who invented the MOIR PILL BOX. We first inspected his invention then mine all present expressed their approval of my invention [Page] 3.