Sunday 13 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 group of unidentified bakers at the 1st Australian Field Bakery on a Greek island near the Turkish coast. A group of unidentified bakers at the 1st Australian Field Bakery on a Greek island near the Turkish coast. C00898

‘A  cruiser disturbed us early this morning which was shelling the enemy trenches from a position off Kaba Tepe while another was firing a way inland from a  position off Cape Suvla, they were both well escorted by T.B.Destroyers and steamed away at about 7am. A new type of aeroplane, being fairly large and having its propeller behind instead of in front of the wings put in an appearance here about 6pm and dropped 3 bombs over the enemy lines. Things have been very quiet locally, but very heavy firing could be heard at Cape Helles all day. At about 7.30pm while a church service was being held in our camp, the enemy observed our infantry support crossing Dawkins Point on their way to the trenches and immediately shelled the area very heavily for half an hour, fortunately only 2 casualties resulted, and though the service was being conducted only 20 yards away from the shelled area in a sheltered position it was not disturbed except by the noise. The sunset tonight was as beautiful as I have ever seen, the islands of Imbros and Samothrace and the wide expanse of the sea with the beautiful colouring in the sky as a background made up in reality a picture no artist could paint. We had a bread ration issued today of half a pound per man and it was indeed extremely welcome as we have had only hard biscuits as a substitute since the landing.’