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

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Notes on various episodes of the war. 1. During the attack by the Turks on 19th May a Sergt of one Battery, a well known shot, sat astride the parapet of his trench & shot no less than 40 Turks before he rec'd a bullet in the Brain. 2. Jack Simpson Pte. In the early days of the fighting got hold of a donkey & with it searched the Gulleys & other places night & day. Often under very hot fire for wounded he brought in scores, many of whom owe their lives to him, but ultimately was shot doing his noble work. he lies in the cemetery above ANZAC beach beloved by all ranks. 3. A Soldier in one of the Bde was shot through both eyes but continued to pass orders along the trench. 4. Many of the wounded growled about time taken to dress their wounds & as soon as they were dressed rushed back to the firing line. As one man put it, not to miss the fun. 5. Many Turks on the morning of 19th May found they were close up to our Trenches. If they attempted to come in with their Arms our men shot