Sunday 8 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 3 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 Gurkhas resting after their participation in the attack by the 4th Australian Brigade on Hill 971. A group of Gurkhas resting after their participation in the attack by the 4th Australian Brigade on Hill 971. P01116.068

(Battle for Hill 971)- ‘Some extremely severe fighting has taken place today all along our front, and a desperate struggle is going on for the heights of Sari Bair, Hill 971 and the heights beyond Suvla Plain. The advance into the enemy territory has not been a complete success. We have captured enemy positions, but the objectives have not been taken, the heights of Sari Bair are still in the enemy hands and it seems to e a hopeless task not to capture this key position. The unexplained delay by the new troops in attacking from the new landing at Suvla seems to have settled our chance of capturing the Sari Bair heights, though the advantage of a surprise attach upon the enemy from that direction being completely lost. Our infantry are consolidating their captured positions at Lone Pine and up to the present have beaten off successfully all enemy counter attacks, which have been made with great violence. Our aircraft have been exploding on the gun ridge all day.’

Comments

Arki

I can just imagine how scary it would be if you were in this position. Just imagine if a crazy little turkish man popped out of the bush and killed all your friends...and you. Well that explains it. I guess you wouldn't be able to imagine, you'd be d-e-a-d. Anyway it made me feel sad because of all the violence ]= and guns and things that explode, killing people every where. But I guess they were just trying to protect our country.

winonah

you really cant imagine all of the sad things each of the anzac soldiers were seeing. it was a very sad time for everyone and some people don't even care :[

Jenny Fawcett

My grandmother's brother, James Booley, was killed on the 8th of August 1915 during the charge on Hill 971. An extended family member, Frederick Janes, took James' disc and pass book from his body, but he too was wounded and was reported to have died. A fellow unit member reported that James Booley took part in the fighting at "Australia Gully" , and said that James was seen going into attack, but as they were eventually pushed back and he was not seen afterwards. Private W.H.Gunn stated that Booley was with Lt. Warren in the charge, but was shot and died immediately. My grandmother was a little girl when her eldest brother first enlisted, and when he came home to visit his mother (before embarking for overseas) he came to the door in his greatcoat and hat, and my grandmother didn;t recognize him and so hid under the bed. She never got to see her brother alive again, and it stil reduced her to tears some 80 years later/ THe Booley family were from the Warracknabeal/Ouyen area of Victoria