Friday, 20 November 2015

20th November 1915

Two Officers standing beside an anti-aircraft gun at the top of a valley near Shrapnel Gully
at Gallipoli - the Hotchkiss QF 12 pounder 12 hundredweight Mk 1 Gun - the above is
probably that referred to by Major Hughes below.

Saturday 20th Nov

We heard that goods or stores had arrived over at Embros & had a meeting of our Canteen Committee. I suggested I slip across & get in early if I could as all other represtvs would be going next week. I left hurriedly & caught Trawler after a lot of humbugging in getting pass etc. It was very chilly & a strong wind was blowing but I was well wrapped up. On board we had several Turkish Prisoners & as we got to Suvla the sea got mountainous. Things ashore at this place seemed quiet. It was dark as we got to Imbros Isld and the sea was still increasing in size and our little ship heaved and rolled. She stood it all very finely and we entered the Harbour about 7 P.M. I was feeling famished as I had had nothing to eat since morning except a few “Gaba Tepe" Drops – a kind of fried scone cooked by our Cooks at Headquarters.

As soon as I was ashore I got my tent assigned to me & went & had a cup of “Cocoa" as it is called at the Y.M.C.A. Greek place. I tried to sleep at night but it was only a miserable attempt as it was perishingly cold with a high wind blowing & everything seemed to be one the wind with its terrific force.

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

1430 Enemys gun firing from direction of SCRUBBY KNOLL opened fire on dummy gun in No 3 Pit obtaining a direct hit thereon.

2000 Alterations to No 3 pit commenced with a view to affording greater protection from enmy fire.

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

0755 Two guns from OLIVE GROVE fired on BEACH AND CLARKES GULLY, cannot locate them.  8th.Battery retaliated.

0950 Observed fro H.M.S."HUMBER" which fired 18 rounds on OLIVE GROVE.  Rounds were apparently on target and probably had some effect.  H.M.S."HUMBER"ceased fire 1140

1250 Gun from OLIVE GROVE fired towards BEACH.

1335 Mule Transport behind GUN RIDGE going north, 8th.Battery engaged this target with effect.

1540 Enemy 75.m.m. Gun from direction of SCRUBBY KNOLL fired towards 9th.Battery Observing Station.  8th.Battery retaliated.

1550 OLIVE GROVE again opened at intervals on BEACH.

1605 Hostile aircraft passing over F.C.O. going east engaged by our Anti-air craft gun and driven off.

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