Friday 14th 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.
‘There has been a shortage of water* here today owing to the enemy sinking one of our water barges with his artillery fire last evening. All day the enemy have been extremely quiet, they were observed constructing gun pits and entrenchments about 800 yds in front of our right centre and about 5pm our artillery got busy and pounded away at them.’
*Water is needed to sustain life. Without it the men began to suffer from dehydration. Prolonged dehydration can render a soldier unable to fight.
For the classroom: In a group rank the following needs in order of importance. Then discuss the possible consequences of not meeting those needs.
1) Food 2) Water 3) Shelter 4) Entertainment 5) Clothing