Thursday, 26 November 2015

26th November 1915

Walker's Pier off North Beach, Anzac, looking towards Suvla, showing the rising seas
on the 26th or 27th November.

Friday 26th Nov

A message arrived other cases were coming over by Trawler to-day & I went down & met them. Eltham did not come & I again had to haul about cases several times. One bag seemed to be missing & I was worried. It ultimately came to light & was found on end of Pier. The weather seemed to be getting bad & things were busy all around the landing Pier getting things secured. The wind & sea rose & in less than an hour everything was disturbed. I had to ship the cases again to side of bank. A guard came down & relieved me & I went to tea with McLaren Lowland Battery. It rained heavy & I got coats for my men from McLaren. After tea a Corp & three men came along to Guard cases for the night as the Wagon could not get down owing to the sea breaking all along the shore. It was a wild night indeed. I went over to McLaren & in getting back to beach I fell into a sap about 12 feet deep. I was more frightened than injured but my eye hit side of wall. It was dark black as Hades & I had to grope my way about & feel my feet in between the lightning flashes. It thundered & crashed just like an Australian Storm. In fact in that sense quite enjoyed it. In getting to Headquarters I had to grope & slip my way in the mud & I was fairly fagged – wet etc I had a good nip of rum on getting into bed.

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

The Battery did not fire.  No 3 Gun repaired + replaced in its pit.  The pit was reconstructed to facilitate the running in + out of the Gun.

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

0830 Enemy gun from OLIVE GROVE fired in direction of BEACH.unlocated.

1045 Enemy gun from RT.SEC.OLIVE GROVE fired towards BEACH

1000 Enemy gun from WINE GLASS fired on RIGHT FLANK.

1140 Enemy gun from direction of SCRUBBY KNOLL fired over F.C.O.

1145 Enemies small gun fired over F.C.O. from vicinity of SQ.68-W-1, unlocated

1250 Gun from SQ.68nW-1 fired over F.C.O.

Observed for MONITOR firing on SQ.56-W-1.  Commenced firing at 1415 , ceased fire at 1455.

Throughout the day guns from OLIVE GROVE have maintained a steady fire at irregular intervals.

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