Tuesday, 13 October 2015

13th October 1915

A view of Silt Spur from Bolton's Ridge, on which the 7th Battery were located, October 1915.

Wednesday 13th 

It was cool with very fresh winds. One could tell the difference in the seasons as every person you came across was well wrapped up. I ascertained that both Cyril V & Cyril Kirkwood were away ill. In the afternoon visited Ordnance & met Stan Schooley on the way. He was in the Field Ambulance near Ordnance & we had a long talk & I promised to try & get along & have tea with him some afternoon if things were quiet. Coming back I had to run the gauntlet of shell fire and my assistants and I had to take refuge for some little time.

Oct. 13
(Lieutenant Sydney Francis Hodgens, temporary O/C 7th Battery)

10.45 Packs mules observed moving from direction of Ruins 48-N-6.

Observed that more wire entanglements had been erected on slope of PLATEAU 400 48-B-6, during night 12/13th.

12.00 Party of about 50 men observed moving N along road in Sq. 48F – Engaged by 9th Battery.

13.30 Large party observed moving along communication trench in Sq 68-N-2.

1550 to 16.20 No. 3 gun fired 37 Shrapnel + 6 HE in 1st series + 3 Sh in 2nd series at barbed wire entanglements on Slope + crest of PLATEAU 400, N. end of SURPRISE GULLY, Sq. 68-B-6, in retaliation for enemy guns firing on LONESOME PINE.  Ranges 915x, 940x + 960x.  Greater portion of entanglements were destroyed.  2 Turkish guns replied to No. 3 + knocked down a portion of parapet.

1900 Work on alternative pit resumed + wall of No 3 pit rebuilt.

(Major Francis Augustus Hughes, temporary O/C 3rd Field Artillery Brigade)

0830 Horses and Men behind RUINS on LT.SEC.OLIVE GROVE.

1534 Gun from OLIVE GROVE fired on RIGHT FALNK.

1735 A body of men att foot of OLD PARADE GROUND at right of WHITE RUIN.

Extremely quiet on RIGHT FLANK to-day.

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