Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
be directed in a N.E. direction towards NORLU this means all my preparations for the crossing of the SOMME to night must be cancelled. we have to side step & take over from the 7th Bde. (2nd Div on our left & the 32nd Div relieve us. I had to go back from D.H.Q to ESTREE at 8.15 pm. & instruct the Bgdrs & C.R.A. I didnt get back till 1 a.m. as we could not find Gen Elliott for a long time. A very long tiring day but a very successful one. Augst. 30th Fine cool day, good vis. Nothing much happened during night. 7th Bde unable to get over the SOMME & hand over to us the high ground beyond as they hoped. we must try & get it to night. The 32nd Div cannot relieve my 8th Bde until midnight. To 7th Infy. Bde. H.Qs. near HERBECOURT. Saw G.O.C. Gen WISDOM re the situation with regard to the crossing to the E bank of the SOMME tonight he thinks it quite unpracticable. I then went to his forward report center (nearly got plugged with shell doing it) & spoke to Gen Elliott who agreed on the difficulties & risks & arranged for him to explore it with patrols. Spoke to the Corps Commander on my return who said he did not wish to incur severe casualties in attempting to cross & preferred to turn the pontoon (position?) from the N. X Saw large numbers of dead Boche Horses. Ammunition train burnt up near DOMPERIERE & also 15" Gun the Boche had destroyed. Augst. 31st Fine day, indiff. visibility. The 2nd Div. 5th Bde. crossed the Somme early this morning, attacked St. QUENTIN & took over 500 prisoners. I was ordered to send over the 14th Bde to assist them to push forward & to assist the crossing of our 15th Bde 53.