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

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Bowra - being among this number a good able young Officer - gone. Another sad tragedy came to my notice when reading the daily reports of the various Divisions. A private in one had discovered the bodies of two of the WILTSHIRES in one of the Gulleys opposite the 54th Div these must have been some of the men of the WILTSHIRE Br who got lost in the Gulleys during the SUVLA attack early in August. It appears from what has come to light [ ] from Turkish prisoners & others - that they offered to surrender after a time to the Turks but they would not accept them & gradually they (for many were wounded) died of their wounds or starvation in the rough Huts & Shelters they had formed. they evidently fed themselves as long as it lasted on the rations from their dead comrades - their arms & ammunition in many cases were with them + had not been taken by the Turks although in cases their Boots had - it is all very weird & strange. I can't understand why they could not find their way back to the Sea - everything is going on smoothly with the command how much I hope that nothing will occur to prevent me handing over my trust to Gen Walker on his return - in good & satisfactory order. 112