Saturday 8 May 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.

Wounded soldiers arrive at the 3rd Battalion dressing station in Shrapnel Gully, as more wounded come down the valley. Wounded soldiers arrive at the 3rd Battalion dressing station in Shrapnel Gully, as more wounded come down the valley. G00920

‘Early this morning the enemy opened fire with his artillery from behind Kaba Tepe and shelled the beach and flat stretch of ground between Victoria gulley and Hell Spit with great violence, our bivouacs begin right in the shelled area, we had another hot time. One of the mates received a shrapnel wound in the shoulder and took shelter in the bivouac next to mine, he no sooner got into it than a shell hit one side of my dugout and blew the bank away between it and the next. Fortunately no one got hurt and we all beat it to fresh posies and did not risk a second dose, our escape was too narrow to be comfortable. After a while the enemy quietened down and we went back to see what has happened and repair our damaged homes. The worst of the affair was my rations, they got blown out of existence along with my haversack and a few articles in it, but there are plenty more where they came from a thing we cannot say about ourselves. At about 10am a shell fell and exploded right in the dressing station on our right flank and caused a number of casualties. A party of us went up to bring them down. The chap I assisted to bring down was a regular stretcher bearer, he was unconscious and in a hopeless state and died before we could reach the hospital. At noon the 3rd Field Ambulance put up their Geneva cross at 3pm the enemy opened fire with field guns and shelled the vicinity of the flag until it was removed. At about 4pm I had an extremely warm trip from the Victoria gully dressing station with a casualty. We got into a pretty hot spot near Dawkins point. At about 8pm through some unknown cause 12 rounds of our field gun ammunition exploded killing 3 and causing a number of casualties.’

For the classroom: How might the ANZACs react to an attack on an unarmed medical facility?