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

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    24/11/15: No wind today sun shining quite warm no fatigues, [ ] picket all day.
     
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    25/11/15: No wind quite warm during the day, no fatigues, Coy day.
     
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    26/11/15: Warm during the day, with heavy gales and rain during the night which worked up to a heavy storm with very vivid lightening.
     
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    27/11/15: Very cold with snow falling our first experience of snow, wind very keen.
     
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    28/11/15: Sunday Heavy snow fell during the night, the cold being much more intense with the gales blowing we are visited in our camp by General Birdwood everyone was in bed covered up with their blankets he had a long talk with us and expressed regret for the cold conditions. [ ] picket tonight.
     
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    29/11/15: Very keen wind blowing all day, the roads are covered with ice and frozen solid.
     
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    30/11/15: Quiet warm all day, sun shining, we are under orders to return to the firing line tomorrow, weather permitting.
     
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    1/12/15: We did not leave this morning, received word that the piers at ANZAC have been washed away, and that no one can land, we must wait until a landing is possible, we will have to wait a few days, The harbour at Imbros is full of wreckage.
     
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    2/12/15: Lovely sunny day, quite warm, the damage done the last 3 days by the blizzard is very extensive. Today parties of sailors are trying to salvage the wrecks in the harbour of ships blown ashore etc consisting of 1 Liner, 1 Dreadnaught, 1 Picket Boat, 1 Water Barge and several other boats of various sizes, the sea shore is covered with wreckage. A Germany aeroplane flew over GHQ this morning but was driven off by our anti-aircraft guns. We have a very long day, nothing to do, we expect to move at any time and are expecting orders. Walked today to a very high point on the Island and had a magnificent birds eye view of the Peninsula, from Cape Hellas to Suvla Bay, which would be seen very clearly through the glasses. The whole of the Peninsula was covered with snow, the roads showing up very black, owing to the traffic along them. The whole of Imbros Bay was also seen full of wreckage with many vessels lying about the beach.
     
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    3/12/15: Very dull day, drizzled rained all day, wanted for guard tonight, mount at 5:30 pm
     
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    4/12/15: Guard all day, very quiet, we turn out and presented arms once during the day to General Birdwood when he left for ANZAC. We are under orders to leave to ANZAC tomorrow morning.
     
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    5/12/15: Sunday Reveille 4 am packed up to catch the early transport at 7:15am for ANZAC. The trawler first called at Sulva Bay and stayed for two hours have got a fine view of the country the English Territorials landed in last August and the hills beyond where they are now fighting. We left about midday for ANZAC. While off ANZAC we saw a hospital clearing station heavily bombarded with HE shells several direct hits were made on the tents, the casualties must have been very heavy, saw tents and occupants blown into the air in all directions about 1 doz shells were deliberately directed onto the hospital smashing the whole place up. We saw everything very plainly from the trawler as it happened directly in front of us. We notice the many heavy guns and [ ] are being removed on huge floating rafts we wonder where to. We hear rumours of evacuation that were very strong while we were at Imbors but did not believe them at the time although they came from sources connected with GHQ now it dawns on us as being correct. Landed at 2pm and returned to the Bn who are still in Clarkes Gully. English mail today.
     
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    6/12/15: Detailed for sapping. Digging Bn winter quarters all of which are underground. We are today issued with the latest types of English service caps that can be pulled down over the ears and fastened under the chin the back portion also folds down covering part of the next. They are made of soft wool and are very warm we are also issued with a new pair of trousers for the winter. Our casualties during the blizzard have been very heavy, many men dying for exposure and cold, sickness is now very prevalent owing to the exposed conditions as we are all wearing our mid-summer clothing.
     
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    7/12/15: Fatigues all day Col McNaughton returned to the Bn today, heavy bombardment by the navy this afternoon and on the “Olive Grove” gun positions trying to find “Beachy Bill” however without success as Beachy gave us a few on the beach after bombardment was over. All attempts to find this gun up to the present have failed.
     
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    8/12/15: Bn sapping all day, with a few fatigues in the evening for this we get all night in bed warm day, no shelling.
     
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    9/12/15: Bn sapping all day.
     
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    10/12/15: Sapping all the morning. We saw a big naval bombardment at Gaba Tepe and the “Olive Grove” by 6 battleships, the bombardment being very heavy and effective. We are under orders to relieve the 3rd Bn in the firing line. Ordered cancelled late at night.
     
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    11/12/15: Fatigues all day. Under orders for the firing line we move up in the evening.
     
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    12/12/15: Sunday Several 75 shells fired at us in the reserve trench this morning, otherwise a quiet day have very heavy bombardment all day at Cape Hellas we heard the big guns very plainly, something must be doing further south.
     
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    13/12/15: Fatigues all day 1st Div HQ moved all letters have stopped each way, as it is feared that information may break out regarding our movements. Many guns and quantities of stores have been removed and shipped away, the preparations for an evacuation of the ANZAC posting now very obvious, the rumours to this end are very strong, but we are told nothing official, although it is freely discussed among the men, who can see every day guns being moved from their positions and whole batteries being embarked, we all express regret that the end shall come like this.
     
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