Friday 12 February 2010 by Janice Farrer. No comments
Diary of an ANZAC

Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.

 

A group of unidentified troopers marching while undergoing training in Egypt for dismounted service on the Gallipoli Peninsula. A group of unidentified troopers marching while undergoing training in Egypt for dismounted service on the Gallipoli Peninsula. C00384

‘We are bivouacked on the edge of the desert here and are about 3 miles from the Sakara Pyramids, the peculiar step pyramid being in plain view. The infantry have been at manoeuvres* upon the hills all day but we have taken no part in them.’

*During the campaign every unit had a specific task and trained accordingly. The infantry would be in the front lines while Herbert as a stretcher bearer was required to transport wounded men from the front, back to aid stations.

For the classroom: How would the training differ between the infantry and the stretcher bearers?