Saturday 17 April 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.

Australian soldiers resting on an ancient bridge during a route march on the island of Lemnos. Australian soldiers resting on an ancient bridge during a route march on the island of Lemnos. C00740

‘A party of us rowed ashore today and went for a march over the hills, the exercise was very welcome after being on board ship for a couple of weeks. We passed through one small village, it had no streets or roads in it whatsoever, the buildings having been built here there and everywhere, no attempt having been made to lay out any fort of thoroughfare. The people dwelling here are chiefly all Greeks and are all following agriculture as a means of livelihood. At present most of the crops are ready to reap and the place is very beautiful with wild flowers, poppies and other flowers are growing thickly among the corn. General Hamilton and a bodyguard of marine infantry met us on our way back to the boats and stopped, the General having a few words to say to us before going on. I obtained a small wooden cross from an old white haired priest on the beach, he was selling the, for 3d each and doing a good trade in them as they are pretty decent curios, the Greek coins which we saw for the first time were much sought after for souvenirs of the place.’