Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)

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BEARDSMORES drafting Office but unable for various reason to agree to them. Had very nice lunch with Sir William Beardmore at (his) the Office Dining Room. Lady Beardmore & Admiral ADAIR present. In Afternoon back to North British Works to test Casemate with Machine Guns firing from it. Sir W. Beardmore came too. Test very unsatisfactory on account of inability to get either (2) Vickers guns to shoot properly or Lewis gun either. all present however very enthusiastic about Cupola. Saw second Steel Cupola pressed quite satisfactory, then left to see one actually pressed at BEARDSMORES. After seeing a trial made there which was not altogether satisfactory owing to the red hot sheet of metal not having been properly centred. I was shown over the Shops by Sir W. Beardmore & saw 12 & 15 shell being forged & other work in construction of Guns of all Calibres, Armour, engines etc The press reqd for pressing the Cupola for the Hobbs Steel Casemate is 6000 tons power. Returned to Central Railway Hotel at 7 p.m. finished up with Mr. West & Mr. Palmer. had Dinner & left for London by 9.35 p.m. train. Greenlees saw me off. June 13th Fine day. Arrived at Euston at 7.15 a.m Car met me took me to Richmond waited for me & took me to Ministry of Munitions at 10 a.m. spent the morning nearby with Sir Ernest (sic) Moir explaining to him & his assistants the improvements & alterations I desired in the Casemate. Then went for my Reading Glasses to the opticians in Vere St. home to lunch at 1.45 p.m. Left for A.I.F. H.Qs in Afternoon about 4/30 pm. Saw Gen Griffiths at A.I.F. H.Qs about various matters [Page] 15