Saturday, 31 October 2015

31st October 1915

Chatham's Post taken from the ridge above Shell Green (where the 7th Battery were positioned), looking south.  The trenches running to the right were held by Turkish soldiers (down into Poppy Valley).  One of a series of photographs taken at Gallipoli under the direction of Captain C. E. W. Bean of the Australian Historical Mission,
during the months of February & March 1919.

Sunday 31st Oct

Similar duty – Receive instructions that I had to go over to Embros Island to get articles from a Military Canteen there for all the Artillery Brigades in the 1st Division tomorrow.

(Captain Alan Percy Crisp, temporary O/C 7th Battery)

1415 A working party of the enemy about 20 strong was observed in POPPY VALLEY.  The 9th Battery engaged this target Captain Crisp of the 7th Battery observing for them.  Three rounds were fired + the party disappeared.  The 7th Battery did not fire.  It was noticed that the parapets of enemy’s trenches on SNIPERS RIDGE were considerably strengthened during night of 30/31 September October.

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

Very thick fog over this position up till 0930 followed by thick haze no movements observed.

1120 Two guns opened fire from OLIVE GROVE direction of fire not observed.

1620 75 m.m.Gun from the direction of SCRUBBY KNOLL firing over this position.

Greater portion of day observation obscured by misty weather.

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