Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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scores of tons of 18pd Amm & millions of rounds of S.A.A. to say nothing of thousands of tons of general stores [ ] on the Beach. to see how closely we are packed on this position I marvel that the enemy does not avail himself of the golden opportunity. it seems incredible how he manages to miss things when he shells the Beach & the escape pinnaces, Tugs & lighters is simply miraculous. It is rather depressing however at times to see Officers & men often ones friends killed in cold blood as it were. I have just seen a fellow named LEDGERS letter in the Sunday Times. Albert Ledgers is the blighter's name in which he describes atrocities committed by the Turk which he saw. he is like a good many other [ ] men who have written things they have never been here to see. the [ ]particular matter he mentions he says occurred in May. I hope I shall have an opportunity of blowing him out when I get back in Perth. 'X' The weather is very hot & trying & very large numbers are going away sick. I do not wonder, it is frightfully (?) I often feel I cannot keep going the shells are 80