Discussion in 'WWI (1914 - 1918)' started by Doug, Jan 1, 2015.
Really feel their despair the last two posts.
Considering the awful situation you can imagine how any extra & unexpected food would have cheered every one up.
Was told that a (French?) ship was sunk, and the wine bottles washed ashore at ANZAC but they never got them back the guys grabbed the bottles!
Totally stunned that they would liberate any booze available.
Picture of Moudros Camp at Lemnos during WW1 This is where the writer of the Diary is at the moment.
From my 2 year spell in the British army I learned that despite obstacles put in their way Her Majesty's Armed forces excel at liberating, whether it be people or other sorts of items. Foraging it's called when liberating various sorts of items .
Totally understand why.
I can't believe how quick this year has gone, only just over 8 weeks left of the Diary. Just to let you all know that he did survive the war and returned to Australia and had a family and died of natural causes at a good age. So not much longer to go now.
I cannot be alone to be relieved when I open the diary to see just a line or two, safe in the knowledge then, he has not been involved in anything dreadful, although it looks like he is heading back into dangerous times again.
Thank you again Lone Pine, like you, I cannot believe we are nearly at the end of a year.
I've got a lot of catching up to do. But the mention of Moudros caught my eye as my grandfather was there, in the Postal Service, until he got shot in the knee.
Everytime i read the latest diary post i wonder if he survived the war, im glad to know that he did.
Yes, me too.
I meant to post this in August, but the losses for the 4th Battalion at Lone Pine was Officers 45% and other ranks 34%. I did read somewhere that the 4th did not become a proper fighting Battalion until 1916 due to the heavy losses.
“Beachy Bill” was a Turkish cannon used for shelling Gallipoli troops to great effect. The cannon (or several cannons) were located at Kabatepe, about 3 km south of Anzac Cove. Even under heavy Royal Navy bombardment, the cannon(s) could not be silenced.
Lone Pine! Lone Pine! Our hearts are numbly aching
For those who come no more,
Our boys who sleep the sleep that knows no waking,
Besides the Dardan’s shore.
Through all the years, with glory sad and somber,
Their names will deathless shine;
No bugle call can wake them from their slumber:
Lone Pine! Lone Pine!
They did not quail, they did not pause or ponder,
They counted not the odds;
The order came, the foe were waiting yonder,
The rest was with the gods.
Forth from their trenches at the signal leaping,
They charged the Turkish line,
And death charged too, a royal harvest reaping,
Lone Pine! Lone Pine!
Nought could withstand that onrush, backward
The foemen broke and fled.
(TROOPER) EDWARD HARRINGTON.
In loving memory of my Grandfather 1890 - 1915 (my brave heart) and all the guys who "sleep the sleep that knows no waking" wherever in the World they sleep.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
That's a bit like Noah saying flood today otherwise quite dry.
Just catching up on posts over the weekend, and the shelling of the hospital. What dreadful things they witnessed on a daily basis.
I know, some how for me this diary really brings things to life
I've often wondered why the allies and Greeks didn't make a feint at Istanbul well in advance of the landings in Gallipoli, surely that would have drawn Turkish troops from places like or near Gallipoli. No doubt there was a good reason but me not being a military strategist can't see it, although......
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