Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
Fair Amount of Shelling especially after our C.P. at 10/30 p.m. last night Boche seem very nervous about a further attack. In Afternoon visited G.O.C. 8th Infy Bde at FRECHENCOURT & received report on last nights practice for manning trenches etc. by Reserve Bde & gave authority for a further practice to correct faults noticed. July 10th Generally fine fresh some showers A quiet night. Fully employed all morning in seeing people, writing letters of condolence etc to friends of fallen Officers. X In Afternoon inspected Students at 15th Infy Bde School at BOIS de MAIS & afterwards addressed them on completion of one of the most perfect & successful schools I have ever visited, & which reflects the greatest credit on Major Ferres, the commandant. Aftewards inspected & addressed the Students just assembling for the 14th Bde. School. (Very heavy rain squall about 2/30 p.m July 11th Showery, some very heavy with intervals of sunshine, very good vis To 14th Bde. saw G.O.C. then with B.M - visited Bn H.Qs. of 53rd 54th & 56th Bns in line & saw Batty Comders The men in the front & especially support trenches have been & are having a very thin time. M.W. & Artillery shelling being continuous & heavy at night. Both Bdes in line are tired & want relief. Afterwards visited 32nd Bn on Road E. of BONNAY. Saw Bn Comdr all seemed satisfactory & men very fit. Visited 15th Infy Bde. H.Qs. saw Af. G.O.C. L'. Col. Layh who is rather pessimistic about the condition of his men. his B.M however takes a more hopeful view but the (sic- they) certainly have had 27.