• Monday 19th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Monday 19 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Members of 9th Battery, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (3FAB), with an 18 pound field gun at the extreme point of recoil. P00046.028 ‘We have all been busy today shifting ammunition etc. Artillery men have been attaching fuses to the 18 pounder shells which we have on board. Australian …

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  • Private Leonard Granrott in the battle at Messines

    Monday 19 April 2010 by Robyn van Dyk. 7 comments

    In the lead up to Anzac Day on 25 April, the thoughts of many Australians  often turn to members of their own family who served during the First World War. The Australian War Memorial's databases hold a rich source of detail for  families who may want to learn more about the service of their relative. I was asked recently by ABC radio about what can be found online and in the Memorial's collections to help tell us the story of …

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  • Sunday 18th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Sunday 18 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Soldiers sleeping and reading on the deck of SS Ballarat, some appear to be suffering from sea sickness. A00887 ‘Church parade at 10.30am. The few sick on board were today removed to the hospital shore. An aeroplane has been circling about over the harbour today.’

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  • Saturday 17th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Saturday 17 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Australian soldiers resting on an ancient bridge during a route march on the island of Lemnos. C00740 ‘A party of us rowed ashore today and went for a march over the hills, the exercise was very welcome after being on board ship for a couple of weeks. We passed through one small village, …

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  • Friday 16th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 16 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Barges with fresh water alongside the "Leicestershire" J05714 ‘At 7am the tug Jessie, came and towed the barge away. At 8pm the water tank ship Sunik, came alongside and replenished our supply of fresh water*.’ *There was no fresh water supply on Gallipoli so water for the troops was …

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  • Thursday 15th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 15 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. 1915, Lemnos harbour. H16525 ‘At 11pm a party of 4 of us were detailed for duty to guard an ammunition barge alongside, and prevent it bumping the transport.’

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  • Wednesday 14th April 1915 - Diary of HV Reynolds

    Wednesday 14 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.  Australian soldiers line up on a beach to collect their pay, possibly on the Greek island of Lemnos near the Turkish coast. C00796 ‘All the sick on board were removed to the hospital ship Soudan, which is at present in the harbour. We received another pay in English coin today. …

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  • Tuesday 13th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Tuesday 13 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.   Australian soldiers carrying out boat drill in the harbour on the Aegean island of Lemnos in preparation for the landing at Anzac Cove. C02161 ‘Rain fell during almost the whole night and continued during the day at short intervals. We are to spend the day at disembarkation practice …

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  • Monday 12th April 1915 - Diary of HV Reynolds

    Monday 12 April 2010 by Janice Farrer.

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. Unidentified soldiers delivering the 7th Australian Field Ambulance mail packet. H00291 ‘The harbour is just packed with boats of one description or another now and we are patiently waiting for the next move which we expect at any time. Received mail from home today.’

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  • Sunday 11th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Sunday 11 April 2010 by Janice Farrer. 1 comments

    Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds. A Wight floatplane about to ascend at Mudros Harbour. G00766  ‘On duty with the guard today, a number of war ships entered the harbour during the night. A seaplane* rose and circled over the harbour for about an hour today.’ *The sight of a seaplane was so strange for many of the men…

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