• Friday 30th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 30 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. A group of eight unidentified stretcher bearers, four of them shirtless, at a relay station on the Gallipoli Peninsula. C01159 'Things have been pretty quiet all day, we are strongly entrenched now and there is not so much hard work as tracks are being made up the hills though the scrub and …

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  • Food from Heaven - 460 Squadron and Operation Manna, 1945

    Thursday 29 April 2010 by Dianne Rutherford. 14 comments

    65 years ago a very special operation began to provide food to the starving civilians in the German occupied Netherlands.  During the harsh winter of 1944-1945 the Dutch population endured a major famine. Known as the ‘hungerwinter’ it was concentrated in the densely populated urban areas bounded by Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague. By 1945 the daily ration had been reduced to 600 calories – a third of what it had been in …

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  • Thursday 29th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Thursday 29 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.  A parade of stretcher bearers of the 1st Field Ambulance about four days after the landing at Anzac Cove. C02148 ‘The Goeben again sent over about half a dozen shells this morning, one falling dangerously close to the Majestic standing off Suvla Pt. As the shells strike the water a …

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  • Wednesday 28th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Wednesday 28 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.  View looking up headquarters gully showing bivouacs of the Australian New Zealand Army Corps Headquarters. J02407 'The Goeben sent over some heavy stuff today in an attempt to hit some of the transports, but was not successful.  The enemies field artillery has been less active all day …

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  • Tuesday 27th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Tuesday 27 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.        The Quarter Master store of the 4th Battalion, AIF, at the top of Shrapnel Gully. H15684 ‘Things got extremely lively about midnight when we received a call from the head of Shrapnel gully for all available stretcher parties, there we found several wounded chaps in an almost …

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  • Monday 26th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Monday 26 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. A stretcher bearer from 1st Australian Field Ambulance has time to smile as he and others of his unit unload their equipment after landing at Anzac Cove. A05782 ‘Obtained about an hour’s sleep early this morning, we had hardly been able to make the best of a few minutes to rest before …

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  • Sunday 25th April 1915 – The Anzac Landing - Diary of HV Reynolds

    Sunday 25 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. Steam pinnance towing ships' boats full of stretcher bearers from 1st Australian Field Ambulance to Anzac Cove at 0800 hours. A05772   ‘At 1.30 am the boat weighed anchor and got under way. Every one was astir early and watching for the first signs of the engagement, at about 5am we …

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  • Saturday 24th April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Saturday 24 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. Troops of an Australian Battalion on the deck of the battleship Prince of Wales in Mudros Harbour just before the landing. A01829 ‘At last the big move which we have been awaiting has come and orderly preparations can be observed every where. Everyone has his respective kit reduced to the…

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  • 95th Anniversary of Gallipoli Campaign

    Friday 23 April 2010 by . 1 comments

    This ANZAC Day marks the 95th anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli campaign, when tens of thousands of British, French and Dominion troops landed on the Turkish coast. To acknowledge this anniversary, the Australian War Memorial’s Research Centre is displaying previously unseen original letters and diaries relating to the campaign. The Research Centre’s collection is a rich source of records that tells the story of Gallipoli in the …

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  • Friday 23rd April 1915- Diary of HV Reynolds

    Friday 23 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. Aft guns of the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth located off the shores of Gallipoli Peninsula. G00225 ‘Late in the afternoon our boat cast off from the Lake Michigan and steamed down the harbour. On passing the Queen Elizabeth the salute was sounded and every one lined up on deck. We moved…

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