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

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At 6 p.m. I attend a function thanks giving service at the Maire OISEMONT & again addressed the Troops. X I am not quite certain whether the men esteem it a privilege or not to form part of the Army occupation. I feel pretty sure that a very large number would prefer to be going to Australia. can it be wondered at? Nov. 18th Fine day dull & cold. In morning arranged an inspection demonstration day. Demonstration platoon for Col. YOUNGHUSBAND who much appreciated & in speaking to the men said a British Gen with whom he had been staying & who had had much fighting experience in France said he considered the Australian the finest troops in the world at the present time. In Afternoon attend Divisional sports near HUPPY. Miss Wilson matron from No 3. A.G.H. & Miss Birdwood & several nurses present. I afterwards presented the prizes In evening attended second lecture by Colonel Younghusband at OISEMONT. Nov. 19th Fine bright day, milder In morning inspected 14th Bde Group less Engineers at VESLE pass in column of route in full marching order. very satisfactory. Visited 5th Pioneer Bn H.Qs. Colonel Younghusband left for G.H.Q this morning. Nov. 20th Fine day but foggy & raw. In morning inspected 15th Bde Group near HUPPY in col of route on road in marching order. fairly satisfactory Afterwards went to military tournament & sports day. 5th Pioneer Bn near their H.Qs. a very good show. In afternoon B.G.G.S. Corps. called & stated fourth army not going to Germany now. consequently Australian Corps. not going but we may move forward on 25th inst. (90.)