Saturday 22nd 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.
‘Very heavy rain fell between 6 and 10am and about 11am a huge water spout was to be seen towards the straights, writhing and twisting in the sky like a giant snake. The enemy officer returned again today to the place he was met yesterday on the beach just outside our lines. Some of our officers met him and after blindfolding him accompanied him to our headquarters, only today he rode in on his beautiful black horse, which was lead for him. The others who accompanied him to the meeting place did not wait there today, but took one of our officers with them back into their own lines. About midday an enemy submarine was reported in the vicinity of our transports and all the T.B.Ds* commenced dashing about at full speed, all the battleships got under way and the transports all weighed anchor and steamed off to the more safe anchorage in Imbros and Lemnos harbours which are protected by anti-submarine nets. The hospital ship went with them. There has been very little activity on either our part or the enemies today. Some efforts will have to be made to remove the dead in no-mans land as it is almost unbearable in our trenches now, there is a rumour to the effect that the enemy are negotiating from an armistice with us to bury their dead.’
*T.B.D stands for Torpedo Boat Destroyer