Saturday 7 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comment
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. 

'The charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7 August 1915' By George Lambert 'The charge of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek, 7 August 1915' By George Lambert ART07965

(Battle of the Nek)-‘All communications with the line seems to have ceased along this track altogether, we has nothing whatever to do during the night and managed to get a few minutes sleep at intervals. At about 6am one of our large biplanes forced an enemy machine to descend in his own territory. After spending the morning waiting for orders we were much relieved when orders at 3pm gave us instructions to proceed to the New Zealand dressing station in Monash Gully from which we assisted to clear the wounded. We received a surprise upon reaching the cove for anchored off Suvla were a dozen or more transports and numbers of other smaller vessels along with several light cruisers and a number of T.B.D’s which were continually on the move. The scene reminded one of the landing here in April. British troops made a new landing on Cape Suvla during the night and they are fighting to join up without our left flank and force their way inland, while our troops are attacking from their positions the commanding points of the plateau of Sari Bahr. The principle objective being hill 971, which the New Zealanders are fighting desperately to capture. Our own infantry have captured the enemy positions on Lone Pine after a terrible struggle and are making a wonderful stand against the repeated counter attacks of the enemy to up hold the Lone Pine plateau. Just before dusk we received orders to return to our camp, where we obtained a very welcome hot drink and had a meal, after which we relieved 2 other squads and relayed the wounded from our camp to the C.C.S. About 8pm a batch of a dozen Turks were brought down from the trenches, there appears to have been a fair number of prisoners taken. All the wounded we should have handled during the night were brought down through Victoria and Clarkes Gullies. The enemy artillery has been rather quiet all day but ours has been very active and since the enemy plane was forced down this morning no enemy planes have shown up. The 1st Light Horse Regiment suffered very heavy losses today when charging the enemy positions.’

Comments

Alex Marinelli

I think it would be tough to be able to last through the day with only a couple of minutes of sleep. I think war would have been hard to endure because of the fitness needed by the soldiers and the mental challenge as well.