Friday 12 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.

 

A group of unidentified troopers marching while undergoing training in Egypt for dismounted service on the Gallipoli Peninsula. A group of unidentified troopers marching while undergoing training in Egypt for dismounted service on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

‘We are bivouacked on the edge of the desert here and are about 3 miles from the Sakara Pyramids, the peculiar step pyramid being in plain view. The infantry have been at manoeuvres* upon the hills all day but we have taken no part in them.’

*During the campaign every unit had a specific task and trained accordingly. The infantry would be in the front lines while Herbert as a stretcher bearer was required to transport wounded men from the front, back to aid stations.

For the classroom: How would the training differ between the infantry and the stretcher bearers?