Tuesday 9 February 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.

 

Group portrait of 25 unidentified members of a 1st Division field ambulance. Group portrait of 25 unidentified members of a 1st Division field ambulance. C02182

'The reinforcements for the 1st contingent left Abbassia at about 10am and marched out to join their units at Mena, a distance of 15 miles and reached there about 5pm. We were all allotted to messes and tents. I was allotted to number 1 mess and number 1 tent.'

Note: Herbert volunteered to be reinforcement for 1st Field Ambulance. In a letter home to his mother he expressed his sadness at having to leave his Victorian comrades behind and join up with a New South Wales contingent.

For the classroom: How would you feel having to leave the men you had trained with to join another unit?