Sunday 6 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.

AIF troops bathing at Anzac Beach with Allied shipping in the background. AIF troops bathing at Anzac Beach with Allied shipping in the background. H16605

‘The enemies batteries of artillery in the Olive Grove have been very active and have been troubling us a great deal, especially Beachy Bill who has kept her attention on Brighton beach and those who ventured in for a swim. Orders were posted up today to the effect that no troops were in future to swim and bathe along Brighton beach between the hours of sunrise and sunset as lately large numbers of casualties have resulted through men swimming in full view of the enemy.’

For the classroom: Given the danger, would you risk swimming at Brighton Beach? Discuss the dangers vs. the benefits.