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

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& recd 2/5/- travelling allowance the day I was in Scotland & refund of 20/- on Sleeper Tickets At 6 p.m. kept appointment with X The Secretary of State for War Lord Milner who asked me to explain the tactical disposition for Casemates' told me he considered mine a valuable invention & asked if I had received all the assistance I reqd. I told him I had. I then told him a little of our experiences at the front & touched on the Tommy & Office question. left him for Home about 6.45 p.m. In the evening 9.15 pm. to Sandover for an hour or so. June 14th Fine morning rain in the Afternoon In morning went to A.I.F. H.Qs. London to meet Gen McCay. discussed the question of sending another Officer to take the place of Maj Eccersley Comg. training Bn whom Gen McCay stated was not over satisfactory. Gen McCay asked my opinion about the movement on foot to remove Gen Birdwood from the command of the A.I.F. - He clearly wishes the appointment himself. I told him frankly I was absolutely in favor of Gen Birdwood retaining his present position. June 15th Bright & cold. Returned to France by train leaving Charing X at 9.35 a.m. car called for me from A.I.F. to take me to Station. Boat sailed at noon & I reached D.H.Qs. at COISY at 5.40 p.m. Found every thing quiet & in order & took over command from Gen TIVEY at 6 p.m. June 16th Fine but cold. [Page] 16