Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. IV. (June 30, 1918 to November 20, 1918)
asked me to take immediate action to clear up the situation. I at once arranged to meet Infy Bgdrs representative of 2nd Div. C.R.A at 8th Bde H.Qs. near HERBECOURT this meant riding by Horse or Car many miles over very bad roads or broken country full of old trenches & wire night pitch dark & Boche bombing planes very active XX I arrived at 8th Bde H.Qs. about 9.45 p.m. & then had to issue my orders & instruction for a most complicated operation which had to be carried out in a few hours by very tired troops owing to Bgdr Gen Elliott missing the 2 Cars sent for him & having to walk. the conference was not finished until 2.30 a.m. I arrived back at D.H.Q & went to bed for two hours at 3.30 am. I have been up against many trials, difficulties & problems in my life, but never have I had to face such an awful responsibility & danger as the position I had to deal with last night. X It is a curious thing how often our battles & the very important ones have been fought on Sundays prisoners taken to day 10 Officers 320 O.R. Sept. 2nd Fine day good vis. We continued our efforts to gain our objectives viz. St. DENIS & high ground Eastward by the 14th Bde. & the high ground I 35 & O.5. S.E of it by the 59th & 60th Bns The 15th Bde. sent 58th Bn to assist 54th in mopping up N.E portion of Peronne. The Artillery supported the attack by concentrated shoots on selected areas to a time table. At 10 am. little progress had been made the Troops coming under heavy enemy M. G. fire from the Ramparts on their right flank from St. DENIS wood in front & on their left front & enfiladed as they moved southwards later from high ground in I.16 & 17. 55.