Saturday, 3 October 2015

3rd October 1915

Members of the Egyptian Labour Corps, under the supervision of AIF soldiers,
digging graves at one of the many cemeteries in the Anzac area.

Sunday 3rd October 

The morning opened hazy and sultry Temperamental inability of the Germans to understand decent behaviour 

I went along to Ordnance. Very hot journey. Coming back I saw Major Griffiths and had chat also went up to Capt Jack Fitzgerald to bid him Au Revoir as he was to leave next morning. He showed me a bank demand order which had been found on one of our men who had been killed. The papers had an awful stench as he had been dead some time before his body was recovered.

On the beach now there are parties of Greeks, Maltese, and the awful Egyptian chaps. One had thought that the last had been heard of the monotonous lilt of their chorus as they worked but no it must follow one across to Turkey.

Oct. 3
(Lieutenant Sydney Francis Hodgens, temporary O/C 7th Battery)

0820 No. 3 gun fired 3 rds. P.S. (at range of 915x) at bomb proof cover, slope of PLATEAU 400, N. end of SURPRISE GULLY, Sq. 68-B-6 in retaliation for enemy gun firing on LONESOME PINE.  Effect – Portion of cover knocked down.

0820 Small parties seen entrenching on crest of OLIVE GROVE, 56-Q-4.

16.00 Gun observed firing at Monitor 47-I-1.  Engaged by Howitzer + 9th Bty.

1725 Helio signalling observed taking place between “Redoubt” 47-M-3 and white houses 48-N-6. 

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

1315 Gun from OLIVE GROVE SQ.56-Q-4 shelling BEACH

1520    do        do        do        do

1550 Gun from WESTERN END of OLIVE GROVE shelling Monitor

Two Monitors and our Heavy Artillery shelled OLIVE GROVE and country to south thereof.

1725 Hostile aeroplane going North.

Very quiet on RIGHT FLANK to-day.

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