Monday 9 August 2010 by Janice Farrer. 7 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. 

Portrait of 2155, Corporal John Grieve Limerock, 7th Battalion, killed in action at Lone Pine on 8th August 1915. Portrait of 2155, Corporal John Grieve Limerock, 7th Battalion, killed in action at Lone Pine on 8th August 1915. H06441

‘The terrific noise of a bombardment of the enemy positions by our warships and the howitzers and field guns on shore woke me early about 5am when some ver severe fighting took place and continued practically all day, great numbers of wounded came down and we had the greatest difficulty to handle the and when relief came about 1pm we were well done up. The 7th Btn, suffered very heavily during the morning when the enemy counter attack their positions and very heavily combed their trenches but failed to capture any. Very heavy fighting has been in progress during the day on the left flank at Suvla and this afternoon a fire started in the scrub and burned for hours. About 4pm Beachy Bill landed several destructive shells on Dawkins Point where the Indian mule transport column suffered a number of casualties and lost 9 mules. A number of infantry and artillery reinforcements arrived this morning.’

Comments

Eliza

I feel very sad that the donkeys had to lose their lives as well! It would have been very hard to have 8 hours of fighting with no break.

Alison

That is a long time to fight in those harsh conditions. So many people and mules lost their lives which is very sad. To suffer that every day would be very hard.

Maddy

I could not imagine fighting for so long. It would be the most terrifying experience, especially fighting in the morning darkness. I feel bad for the poor donkeys, it's such a shame so many were lost. I am grateful for all the lives many people dedicated to fight for their country.

Ben Gibbs

I feel sad that the soldiers have to fight all those hours and it would be so hard. I am proud of my country for fighting and putting their lives on the line for our country.

Annabel

I feel devastated for the poor men and the donkeys because it would of been still dark and it would be hard to see what’s happening around you.

Jane Beilby

The sound of bombs crashing and guns shooting waking you up in the morning sounds terrifing and then getting up at five o'clock in the morning and working untill late in the afternoon, seeing so many horrifing casualties and terrible things would be so hard. It makes me sad to think about all of the brave soldiers and mules that died on this day.

Kate

After I had read the first sentence, I couldn’t stop reading this amazing diary entry. I couldn’t imagine waking up from the enemies gun shot piercing through the dark sky. I could not believe they where fighting for eight hours, seeing their fellow solders go down as the bullets bolt through above, and then it starting again, it must have been horrible. I count not picture the images going through the solders minds. Reading this passage makes me finally realise what the ANZACs had to go through to make our country as good as it is now. I am so proud to be Australian and feel privileged that we had people who did this for us and our future generations.