Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
June 3rd Beautiful day. In morning to 8th Infy Bde H.Qs at RIVERY (AMIENS) saw G.O.C. Interview with Lieut COLEMAN 29th Bn who complained that through being transferred to 29th from 30th Bn last July or a little earlier he had lost promotion. On enquiring I find he was sent to 29 as last joined to the 30th & the posting was appt by G.O.C. A.I.F. when however he complained to Gen TIVEY last Augst. Gen TIVEY offered to transfer him back but he refused. this he admits. It appears that he wished to see me but Gen Tivey having done all that was possible considered no good could come of it. L'. Col CLARK Comg. 30th Bn states that L'. COLEMAN was not qualified for company command or promotion at the time. I told Coleman I would let him know the result of my enquiry into his case. I heard his explanation about the incidents in connection with his pay book. A/Co. & Batman & ordered no further action to be taken against him. the whole trouble being the result of a misunderstanding. I censured in accordance with Corps Comders orders Capt. COATES & Lieut. W. R MARLER 30th Bn for grave error in judgement in connection with loss of one life & wounding another man in a bomb accident a Div Nucleus Camp. Saw L'. Col CLARKE comg. 30th Bn with reference to him taking up appointment as Infantry Base Comd. at HARVRE. - I told him there was no prospect at all counts at present of him becoming a Bgdr Gen.
- Innoculated against para typhoid this afternoon suffered badly during night in consequence.