Wednesday 7 April 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.

Columns of Australian infantry marching into camp at Lemnos Island. Columns of Australian infantry marching into camp at Lemnos Island. C03383

‘Sea has been very calm. Passed numerous groups of islands. Sighted several other transports about 4pm and all headed for an island which turned out to be Lemnos. Nearing the harbour entrance we passed a couple of gunboats and a light cruiser, then entered and anchored at about 6pm. A great number of other vessels are anchored here including many battleships, the Queen Elizabeth* being one of them, she is the most powerful boat afloat and carries 15 inch guns. We were all issued with 48 hours iron rations today, the consist of a few hard biscuits, a 1lb tin of beef, a small quantity of tea and sugar, also 2 cubes of oxo done up in a calico bag. All our belongings which can be done without including out blankets were packed away upon our transport wagons today, our black kit bags were left behind at a base in Egypt. We received a pay today with English gold.’

*The sight of the Queen Elizabeth was a highlight of many of the soldiers. Men, like Herbert commented about it in letters home and in their personal diaries.