Beresford Bardwell World War I diary 1915

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& that they had to put on boots & equipment. They could not even let us have our first night as a proper rest. Well it is all in a soldier's day's work, so as they say, "Keep 'er ead up" It is said good news has been received from down south & that we will hear it tomorrow. Wednesday 21st So far no news of any importance has come through. We have any amount of work to do while here. Every 4th day we are duty Coy when we have to send large batches of men down to the beach both day & night, as well as supply our own Coy fatigues, generally to haul huge square iron tanks from the beach up som [sic] narrow twisting track up the very steep hill to a huge platform some 150 ft above sea level, where they are being place [sic] in position for the purpose I believe of holding some six weeks reserve water supply. The other day I had 25 men down & as our party was to [sic] small to shift tanks on its own we joined in with 50 Maoris. They are a fine nuggety stamp of men & wonderful workers. As I had a bonza new khaki shirt on that Campbell had given me & looked generally [Page 45]