Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
near Le NEUVILLE. Met Gen TIVEY & L'. Col. DAVIES there. In Afternoon present at demonstration of french 37 millimetre Infantry Gun near DAOURS. Do not think it is going to help us much. I place more reliance for general work on our Stokes Mortars. May 29th Fine day fair vis. Quiet night on this Sector. In morning Gen BIRDWOOD called to bid farewell to Div Staff & other Officers & to present Decoration & medal ribbons. Went with Gen Birdwood to 8th 14th & 15th Bde H.Qs. which he visited with a similar purpose. In Afternoon to Rifle & bayonet platoon competitions of Students from 15th Bde School at DAOURS also Rifle Grenade team competition Afterwards attended School & addressed the Students. May 30th G.S.O.I. L'. Col Peck very unwell & granted 14 days leave to proceed to London for treatment. In morning meeting Gen McLagan G.O.C. 4th Aust Div & explaining Div Sector. His Div relieves me on the 2nd June. In Afternoon to 8th Infy. Bde H.Qs. saw G.O.C. May 31st Fine morning, fair vis Our Artillery active last night. * Boche shelled Allonville last night & inflicted over 400 Casualties on 4th Div - We received information from documents found in VILLE SUR ANCRE that a man or rather a traitor captured from the 3rd Div had given this information to the Boche. To 8th Bde H.Qs. with G.O.C. visited H.Qs. of 31st & 30th Bns the H.Qs. of [Page] 8.