Saturday 5 June 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 collection of shells collected from Anzac Beach that failed to explode upon hitting the water. In the centre is a 11 inch shell from the German battle cruiser Goeben, beside which are two 4.2 inch shells fired from the Turkish gun known as 'Beachy Bill' and two smaller 12 pounders. A collection of shells collected from Anzac Beach that failed to explode upon hitting the water. In the centre is a 11 inch shell from the German battle cruiser Goeben, beside which are two 4.2 inch shells fired from the Turkish gun known as 'Beachy Bill' and two smaller 12 pounders. P05227.010

‘The mountain batteries kept firing all night and at midnight our infantry attacked for the purpose of keeping the enemy engaged there, while the heavy fighting is going down south. A large party where in swimming along Brighton beach this afternoon, when Beachy Bill* opened fire on them with shrapnel, with the result one chap was killed and a number of others wounded. An official report today gave us the information that the French on Thursday captured the remains of the Goebens machine gun section along with 400 prisoners, including 10 officers of which 5 were Germans.’

*Beachy Bill was the nickname given to the Turkish artillery focused on Brighton Beach. Despite this threat ANZACs continued to bathe in the ocean.