Sunday 25 July 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. 

Service dress tunic : Sergeant J R Matthews, 7 Battalion, AIF Service dress tunic : Sergeant J R Matthews, 7 Battalion, AIF REL31830.002

‘At about 1pm my mates and I had a very troublesome patient to deal with, he was suffering from sunstroke* as a result of an excessive amount of rum and it took us all we knew to manage him and get him to the C.C.S. A large biplane circled overhead for an hour or more just before sunset. About 11pm a monitor steamed in close to Kaba Tepe point and fired a dozen shells away inland, Beachy Bill fired over a few shells about midnight. Our howitzers have been pretty active during the last few nights. One of the mates, Pte Andrews went away ill today.’

*Did you know that it was believed that sunstroke was caused by direct sunlight on the spine? As a precaution, the soldier’s tunics were made with an extra strip of fabric running the length of the spine.