Thursday, 17 September 2015

17th September 1915

The 7th Reinforcements of the 10th Infantry Battalion arrive at  Battalion Headquarters,
on Artillery Road in Victoria Gully, just to the left of the 7th Battery's position, on the 17th
September 1915.

17th Sept Tuesday 

A cool breeze blowing all day. Like rain again. Every one wants blankets etc. Wrote letters to-day.

Turkish shrapnel bursts on the gun positions of the 7th Battery (incorrectly attributed
by the A.W.M. to the 7th F.A.B., formed in February 1916), in September 1915 (possibly
mentioned below by Lieut. Hodgens below).

Sept. 17
(Lieutenant Sydney Francis Hodgens, temporary O/C 7th Battery)

12.45 No. 3 gun fired 4 rds P.S. (at range of 935) at overhead cover on slope of PLATEAU 400, at N. end of SURPRISE GULLY (Sq. 68-b-6).  Retaliation gun firing on LONESOME PINE.  Overhead cover damaged.

15.55 No. 3 gun fired 2 rds P.S. at same target as engaged at 12.45 causing further damage to overhead cover.  Also retaliation series for LONESOME PINE.

17.15 No. 3 gun fired 4 rds P.S. at same target completing destruction of overhead cover.  Retaliation series for LONESOME PINE.

An enemy 5.7" howitzer fired shrapnel, + a gun of similar calibre fired a leaden-coated high explosive shell at frequent intervals during the day at Light Horse trenches at HOLLY RIDGE and at our position at BOLTON HILL.  Guns could not be located.  7th Light Horse reported considerable damage to their trenches.  Very little damage to ours.

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