Diary 4th Battalion AIF 1st January to 31st December 1915

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    4/11/15: Wet miserable day rained all day digging main for the camp. The Light Horse made an attack tonight.
     
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    5/11/15: Fine sunny day. Battle cruisers bombarded Turks this morning the Light Horse attacking and capturing a post. We are shelled in retaliation this evening.
     
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    6/11/15: Plenty of shrapnel flew about this morning, fighting all day. Coy for duty on ration fatigues to beach at night, a fatigue we all hope to get, as we get a chance to get away with some “extras” for ourselves unseen managed to get 2 tins of jam and 3 loaves of bread
     
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    7/11/15: Sunday Parcel from Mother arrived today everything soaked by sea water, must have been torpedoed and got 2 tins of milk out of it. At night the 5th Light Horse made an attack on a bombing trench which has been causing them some trouble on the extreme right from A & B Coys of the 4th Bn are sent to support them. The position to be taken is very near the sea being next to “Tasmania Post” which is the last one on our right and situated in front of the “Pimple”. We lie in support for several house under machine gun fire which is just sweeping over our heads all the time many bombs are thrown on both sides, in fact the whole stretch is completely carried out by bombing parties on both sides, their bombs cause us some casualties. The trench being eventually captured. Several of us lying in reserve had a narrow escape from a large sized bomb one falling between Capt McNaughton and myself just out to our rear fortunately without exploding. We had to watch the Turks very closely in case we were outflanked by them creeping behind us along the beach, which is constantly being swept by the search light of a destroyer situated just off the beach for that purpose. The light at intervals illuminates their position like daylight with the guns bombarded the position assisted by the NZ Howitzer Battery, their trenches are very considerable knocked about, as the attack was completely success we return to our camp at daybreak. Confirmed 4 casualties in A Coy.
     
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    8/11/15: Returned to camp two hours after daybreak, cosy day, no fatigues tonight.
     
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    9/11/15: Turks threw plenty of shrapnel about this morning knocking out one of our 18 [ ] gun with HE shelling fatigues all day.
     
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    10/11/15: Rained during the night we get wet through turning very cold through the night. We get a little sleep at daybreak, very wet and miserable all day. Coy for duty, fatigues all day.
     
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    11/11/15: Gas alarm at 10am every man had to parade with equipment and [ ] order with gas helmet, the new type now pulls over the head with square eye piece. The alarm was a practice one much grumbling in consequence. Day very dull, rained at night.
     
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    12/11/15: Rained several time during the night, all the blankets were wet through and we are perishing cold as we only have very light summer clothes with no legs to our trousers, no singlet’s and shirts without sleeves. Am exempt from all parades and fatigues today, worked for camp picket to ensure that camp is clean
     
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    13/11/15: Cold and wet all day, artillery are heavily shelled today, many shells fired otherwise a quiet day.
     
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    14/11/15: Sunday Quiet day large mail arrived today.
     
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    15/11/15: Very cold today, big artillery duel this afternoon plenty of shrapnel in return flying about our camp, nobody hurt, it all pass overheads looking for our guns.
     
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    16/11/15: Quiet day today. The artillery again had a go at each other, in the afternoon rifle fire broke out in the front line trenches, otherwise very quiet.
     
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    17/11/15: Very cold and windy day, detailed for General Hqtrs [ ] guard at Imbros Island, we get ready but it is so rough to leave today, postponed until tomorrow, rained heavily during the night, swamping our several dugouts. Slept in the wet, very cold all night, the weather is now showing signs for breaking up after a very hot summer, as we are still wearing our summer clothing we feel the cold change very much many men are now falling sick it promises to be a very severe winter.
     
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    18/11/15: GHQ Guard at Imbros paraded today for embarkation, marched off to Robertsons Pier at 12:30 and embarkation again postponed, too rough for a crossing, returned to Coy, heavy bombardment today, we are being constantly shelled behind our lines with HW. Front line very quiet.
     
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    19/11/15: Paraded for GHQ guard moved off for Robertsons Pier at 12:30 am weather warm the storm having died down during the night we were pretty liberally shelled while making our way to the beach shells falling all over the place. The beach is so full with stores etc etc that they cannot miss hitting something. We all reach the Pier safely and are taken off to a trawler at 2:45 pm, several shells follow us until we eventually get out of range they all missed us. Landed at Imbros after dark we are given hot tea and bread and ham we sleep in tents for tonight after being issued with blankets. This seems to be a soft job and good tucker for a change.
     
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    20/11/15: Doctors injection at 9am, everybody passed, noting to do today, with us are a few men from other Bns also many troops from the Light Horse. Visited the canteens belonging to the general Brigades of the AIF and the English army troops who are operating at Suvla Bay. Also found time to visit the Turkish prisoners’ camps they seem to be contented and are being used as workers, building camps etc. We are allowed to stroll and browse in their camp which is very large and it just like a miniature town. We are [ ] for [ ] picket tonight. Paid £2
     
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    21/11/15: Sunday [ ] picket all day, exempt from all other duties, very cold day. Paid £3
     
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    22/11/15: Very strong wind, turning cold today, everybody shivering, we cannot move for the cold, and we all sit around the coke braziers that have been placed in each tent. We can hear a heavy bombardment all day at the Dardanelles. [ ] fatigue today,
     
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    23/11/15: Wind dropped today. Quite warm, worked for [ ] picket, quiet day.
     
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