Tuesday 4th May 1915-Diary of HV Reynolds
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 party of 100 infantry and engineers landed on Kaba Tepe point from a destroyer at about 5am, the guns of the destroyer covered their landing but upon reaching the beach the fire from the enemies machine guns became so severe that it was plainly seen that the venture with so small a party was a hopeless undertaking and that nothing was possible except for the party to remain under the shelter of the cliff where enemy fire could not get them. Here they remained till about 7.30am then they made a hasty departure in the life boats back to the destroyer which has kept up an incessant fire upon the enemies trenches since they landed. After landing the party at the no. 2 depot pier the destroyer went back to the point again and sent a boat in to puck up 3 of the party who has been left behind when the main body withdrew. The unsuccessful under taking cost us 6 killed and 30 wounded. This afternoon an arrangement was made between the enemy and ourselves whereby we could remove our dead and a boat carrying the red cross went in from a destroyer and collected them and the enemy sent a party with a red crescent out a to collect their dead and wounded.’
*After battles it became apparent that short armistices needed to be declared in order to collect the dead and wounded.