Lone Pine's Diary Comments.

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  1. Lone Pine

    Lone Pine Her Grandad would be so proud of her

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    That is it for the Diary now I hope you have found it interesting and perhaps put some "myths" to rest. I love that poem I put at the end and thought they would be a fitting ending for them. A few little quotes that I picked up over the years:

    Thus as we rode northwards along this road the trenches were never, except where a gully broke them, more than about fifty yards away on either hand … It gave a strange thrill to ride along this space in front of Steele’s, Courtney’s and Quinn’s where three years before men could not even crawl at night. The bones and tattered uniforms of men were scattered everywhere… [Charles Bean, Gallipoli Mission, Sydney, 1920, p 50]


    On the tumbled soil of the trenches lay the bare white bones, piled or clustered so thickly in places that we had to tread upon them as we passed.

    [Visitor to Lone Pine in December 1918, quoted in John North, Gallipoli: The Fading Vision, London, 1936, p 219]

    Australian Chaplain Walter Dexter diary recorded every action and, as the Battle of Lone Pine commenced on 6 August 1915, he wrote:

    “At 4.30 pm to the minute Hell broke loose.”


    The poppies might be wilted and trampled by the throng

    But the memory of our fallen will live on and on and on
     
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  2. Daft Bat

    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    The final diary entry for the year of 1915 has been recorded.

    Thank you, @Lone Pine for giving us the opportunity to share it with you.
     
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  3. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    Goodness me I can't believe that the diary is now at an end! Thank you so very much Lone Pine for posting it. I am so glad that he made it through that terrible war. Thank you again{-(^^)-}
     
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  4. Lone Pine

    Lone Pine Her Grandad would be so proud of her

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    I was not sure that I would post this but being this is the last day of 2015 and it was 100 years ago that my Grandad died, I will now repeat the message I took to him at Lone Pine on 26th April 2015, 100 years and 1 day to the day that he landed at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli.

    "William Pritchard 1422, Grandad, I have a message for you. You may not know Grandad, but you had a Son that any Father would have been proud to call Son. You and Nanny gave me a Father who I am/was very proud of and loved so very much. The family send their love and you are not forgotten Grandad. Sleep on my brave heart sleep on."
     
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  5. Chimp

    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    I thank you too Lone Pine. You have done us a great service by letting us share these diary entries. It has been a great undertaking. Thank you very much indeed.

    What a lovely letter to your Granddad, he wouldn't only be proud to call your father son, he would be prouder still to call you Granddaughter ;)
     
  6. Lone Pine

    Lone Pine Her Grandad would be so proud of her

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    Thanks Chimp it was not a letter it was the words I spoke to him, you see I know the 4th Battalion's password and I use that word to speak to him and the guys when I need to, I won't reveal the password, as it was a secret obviously. It was actually changed eventually but it was a word that the Turks would not have thought of, just as a hint its a place in Sydney where the 4th came from.
     
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  7. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    ():-)
     
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  8. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Thank you Lone Pine. I didn't always read your work but you have done a great job and I'm sure your Grandad would be more that proud. Well done.
     
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  9. AnnB

    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    And thank you from me too. I can't believe it's a year since we started reading the diary entries, but they brought home a lot of things which couldn't have been expressed in any other way, other than in the words of someone who was there.

    Ann
     
  10. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Thank you so much, Lone Pine.

    A few tears shed here.
     
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    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    Gosh LP, you've made me cry.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Jane
     
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    LianeH Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Lone Pine, its been a fascinating read throughout the year. Your grandfather would have been proud of you just as you are of him
     
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  13. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    that's the kind of memory these brave hearts would have carried to their own graves.

    How can people go on fighting like this to no end.
     
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  14. Findem

    Findem The Fearless One

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    Thanks for sharing the Diary with us Lone Pine, it was a real eye opener.
     
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  15. Doug

    Doug Administrator. The Main Man. Staff Member

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    Thank you for sharing Lone Pine. Much appreciated.
     
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  16. Sandiep

    Sandiep Successfully Supports Searches!

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    I would like to add my thanks.........reading the diary made me feel closer to my own family members who were fighting to save us all, I think I might start over there's always some bits you miss reading the first time,
     
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