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

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to assist the first Infy Bde 3rd Bdl landed. I noticed during day good deal of demoralization along beach & elsewhere. Rifles, kit, accoutrements & especially S-H-Arm thrown about in all directions. Hundreds of wounded men coming thro to Field Hospitals on Beach & many dead to be seen. Very large proportion of wounded only slightly wounded in limbs. Position seemed rather serious in night (Description of landing place & Fleet.) conference of Gen Birdwood, Gen Bridges & Staff - as to whether we shall clear out or try & hang on the position is extremely serious I could not from where I was sitting help hearing the discussion I think they would decide to clear out but the Navy cant do it. (take us on) so they have decided to stay - if we can hold on - [Page] 4.