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

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Had a very interesting run down (althrough?) Mericourt, Carnoy, Fricourt & Albert, places I knew so well latter now nothing but a rubbish heap. Amiens was clean & tidy some of the shops open & signs of life again in it, but the business center is badly knocked about. arrived at OISEMONT at 2 p.m. billeted in a very quaint old Chateau dated 1633 (quaint old Town) quite comfortable beautiful country all round. X The general Attack all along the front appears to have gone well every where from what the Army Comdr. told me but no details to hand. Oct. 9th Beautiful Autumn day. Good night in very comfortable Room & bed. The Chateau we are billeted in is a very comfortable old House dates from 1633 & is on the outskirts of the little town & in the centre of very nice grounds. We should be very comfortable & well off here. the surrounding country is very pretty and interesting & the billets for the men are generally speaking very fair Visited the G.O.C. 8th Bde. at the fine old Chateau de REMBURES a most interesting old Castle & instructed him to get on at once with the re organization of his Bde. by amalgamating the 29th & 32nd Bns & told him on what lines I suggested he should proceed. Bde reported alright. Then visited G.O.C. 14th Bde at MARTAINVILLE where they are in excellent quarters gave Gen STEWART instructions to at once proceed with re organization of his Bde by amalgamating the 54th & 56th Bns 72.