Thursday 8 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.

A group of New Zealand soldiers standing in front of a windmill on the Aegean island of Lemnos, which the Allies used as a base during the Gallipoli campaign. A group of New Zealand soldiers standing in front of a windmill on the Aegean island of Lemnos, which the Allies used as a base during the Gallipoli campaign. C01879

‘Slept on deck and woke up almost frozen, a very heavy dew having fallen during the night. This harbour is a fairly pretty looking place, half a dozen small villages are to be seen upon the surrounding hills the slopes of which appear to be under cultivation. Numerous windmills after the style of the old Dutch mills are to be seem. At about 8am we moved alongside the transport A8 Lake Michigan, anchored and made fast to her. We practiced descending rope ladders into life boats over the sides of the ship. Numbers of Greek traders selling nuts, figs, chocolate etc. came out in small boats alongside the ship and did a pretty good trade. They use the same method of trading as the natives at Colombo.’

For the classroom: Do you think the local populations would have welcomed the ANZAC troops?