Friday 30th July 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.
‘The explosion of two bombs dropped without result near the No 2 A.S.C. Depot by an enemy aeroplane, woke us all up this morning at dawn. This afternoon I looked up some old mates in the 8th Btn and spent the time playing cards, things being very quiet in the trenches. A strange type of battleship and a number of T.B.Ds accompanied by a number of strange destroyers, a balloon ship and a light cruiser put in an appearance and took up positions between Imbros and the Cape. At about 5pm the battleship which is probably a French one and the light cruiser violently shelled the ridge of Achi Baba, two monitors shelled the enemy gun positions on this side of Achi Baba at the same time from positions between here and Imbros. Shortly after 5pm an enemy aeroplane dropped two bombs both of which exploded harmlessly in the water just out from Brighton beach. Once of our own machines forced the hostile plane to beat a hasty retreat and he appeared to drive and land in his own territory not very far from the line. At 5pm one round per man was fired from the trenches to celebrate the success of our troops in the Persian Gulf.’