Sunday 1st August 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 enemy fired over a very considerable number of shells between the hours of midnight and 2am. One of the field guns of Hughes Battery situated right in our trenches on the extreme right flank was in action from the commencement of the attack will about 2and the enemy made great efforts to silence this particular gun but they failed to do so, most of their shells just cleared the top of the ridge and exploded in the sea or on the communications. These gave us a bit of a rough time but fortunately we did not get mixed with any of them. By 3am we had all the wounded cleared from the trenches and at 3.30am returned to our camp, leaving the ordinary number of men on duty at each station. The attack though a small one was very successful and after beating off the enemy counter attacks the captured trenches were immediately put in order and consolidated. Our casualties numbered 30 killed and 72 wounded. An enemy aeroplane flew over early this morning at a great height and also again about 5pm when he flew over in the direction of the Cape. A short while later one of our biplanes came over from Imbros and circled overhead till the enemy plane returned from the Cape. We expected to see a bit of an exciting air fight as the enemy machine gun was a great deal higher than ours and he dived down at it as though intending to fight it, but the bluff did not work and he turned off and leaded for his own lines with our plane following him up. The enemy sent over some very heavy shells on to the gun ridge this morning.’