Beresford Bardwell World War I diary 1915

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Aust & N.Z. Army Corps followed by the rest. A & C Coys have been picked from our Batn, so our D Coy will miss pride of place in being first ashore, any how we will be 2nd & will have representatives in first lot in several scouts, Puckle being one. I am afraid it is going to be a very hard job & most likely they will get badly knocked about

It is said that all along our prospective landing place it is one mass of barbed wire entanglements & ten to one mines. So one can realise how the first to land will most likely suffer. . Monday 19th. On prisoners' guard today. Every thing is excitement now & every one seem eager to get to work. They are all very confident & I think it will be a bad time for those who get in our way. We have waited 8 months for this & now it is nearly at hand at last

We have several blue jackets aboard from Lord Nelson, Queen Elizabeth & others who are going to help at unloading looking after life boats etc . Old G & H Coys, 12th Batn, (Tasmania) these Coys being W.A., came aboard here today to camp. They were in full marching order & very heavily loaded up. A & C Coys are away again tonight practicing disembarkation & advance. Tuesday 20th. Went ashore today & took [Page 7]