Beresford Bardwell World War I diary 1915

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possible. Also living in communication trenches in small dugout in walls. Very little room for traffic & cooking meals etc. A lot of white flags on enemy's part lately.

Some men came in from Gaba Tepe yesterday along beach under one & about & about a Coy came in from same place later on.

Gen Ian Hamilton is said to arrive here today. It is rumoured that we get a spell shortly.

Monday 24th. Today at 10 am. We were relieved by the 6th Light Horse for a couple of days. It was a great relief to get out of trenches. My platoon had been 2½ out of last 3 days in trenches & other ½ day in support so one may imagine what we went through lately. It meant getting a snatch of sleep for an hour or two whenever possible & in any position. Well here we are outside again till Tuesday.

150 of our men made sortie out of 2 of our saps Saturday night. Machine gun & very heavy rifle fire opened on them which immediately brought them tumbling over one another into the sap again.

Anyhow it gave fair idea of machine guns, which have been worrying us lately, but at same time it seemed a mad idea sending them out. Lost one man.

We have several Japanesse (sic) mortars in lines which are doing excellent work. Two of them were used in Russo Japanesse (sic) War. These are the only ones of their kind in the world & were lent by Japan to us. Cylindrical shell about [Page 22]