Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
June 4th Dull day, fair vis. Saw L'. SOUTHWELL of the 59th Bn & cautioned him about the slackness & want of initiative in his work. A.A. & Q.M.G. L'. Col SCANLON present. I referred principally to the charges against him by his General in connection with his men not wearing gas masks & his failure to appraise his Bde of completion of relief. I asked for a report on the Officer in a months time. Very unwell through effects of innoculation In Afternoon visited 14th Infy. Bde. HQs. at QUERRIEU. Saw G.O.C. visited O/C 55th Bn all satisfactory. Called on Aust. Corps. Comdr at BERTANGLES who told me it was his express wish I should go on leave for rest or for duty, but I must go, & fixed the time from Friday 7th inst to Saturday 15th inst. he further stated he anticipated no attack which would involve the 5th Div. but if it did Bdes. would act as Bde in support of Divs in line & the Div would not be likely to act as a Div. Timely notice would be sent me if possible in event of Div moving. June 5th Fine day. In morning to 14th Bde. H.Qs G.O.C. accompanied me in visit of inspection to all the Bns of the Bde. I saw all Bn commanders except 55th everything appeared satisfactory -
at lunch time met Gen VAUGHAN Inspector of Remounts from G.H.Q who reported the result of his inspection of Horses & mules of the Div as highly satisfactory.
presided at Conference of Bgdrs C.R.A. C.R.E. Staff & Bn & other unit Commanders to discuss lessons learnt during tour of duty in the line & for future operations Saw M.G.G.S. Gen Montgommery [sic] 4th Army & discussed with him [Page] 11.