Saturday 26 June 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. 

Infantrynmen hauling the 4.7 Naval gun up the slope of Victoria Gully to its position on the right at ANZAC. Infantrynmen hauling the 4.7 Naval gun up the slope of Victoria Gully to its position on the right at ANZAC. J06125

‘Things have been extremely quiet. Reported sick this morning with a heavy cold and extremely sore throat which has been troubling me now for some days. The L.H.F. Ambulance are leaving for Lemnos and we took over the dressing station from them today. Every third morning we have to turn out at 7am for half an hours physical drill, it is by no means a popular innovation. The 5inch howitzers were hauled after sunset into positions prepared for them in Clarkes Gully, it was heavy and strenuous work hauling them up the slopes of these hills but many willing hands managed the job alright. These howitzers fire a 50 pound lidite shell.’ 

For the classroom: Why would they be using men to pull the artillery up the hill instead of horses or mules?