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

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17. How strange it seems that one has no qualms in ordering Batteries into action to be killed & to do their best to kill as many of the enemy as possible & the feeling of triumph one experiences when our fire is seen to be effective. 18. The first few days fights especially the first for the (ours) footing on GALLIPOLI peninsular was a Soldier's Battle, pure & simple. The Engineers I venture to think rather missed a fine chance of making our position very strong by a proper & methodical plan of Field fortification & especially proper lateral communication - latter was really done weeks after at my urgent appeal. 19. While an aeroplane was bomb dropping the other day over the Turks - one Tommy to other look at her, she's going to lay another egg on KABA TEPE. 20. Gen's Carter, Lennard of 8th Baty were killed & Sgt Taylor severely wounded on evening of 17-7-15. The Sergt, although suffering from 17 wounds refused to be helped until the others were attended to, these in turn 'enquired' about the others & wanted them seen to first. Carter who had his side torn out exposing the lungs only lived half an hour he asked anxiously whether the Gen had been injured. Lennard lived two hours although in awful agony, his arm hanging by a