Thursday, 10 December 2015

10th December 1915

Major Hughes, temporary Officer Commanding 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (ex O/C 7th
Battery), standing outside his dugout surveying the Australian lines, December 1915.

Friday 10th December

I had to serve the 7th & 9th Batteries to-day & it kept me very busy indeed. There was a terrific Bombardment to-day by the Warships. It was good to hear the guns booming out once again. How they echoed & re-echoed across the Peninsula when their broadsides went forth.

Dec 10
(Captain Alan Percy Crisp, temporary O/C 7th Battery)

It was observed that during the night 9th/10th inst the enemy had unmasked their gun emplacements two being in square 68-L-8 + the other in square 68-Q-7.

1615 Received orders to send 1 Officer 10 men Gun + Limber complete with all equipment to beach for embarkation.  This was done N° 4 Gun being withdrawn for the purpose.  Later instructions were received that the party would not embark tonight.  The gun + limber with sentry were left in SHRAPNEL GULLY + screened from aeroplane observation.

The Battery did not fire.

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

0920 8th Bty shelled enemy working party on GUN RIDGE.

1025 Enemy gun from OLIVE GROVE shelling beach.  Unlocated.

1120 Operations of ships and Batterys commenced on OLIVE GROVE.  Observed for H.M.S.Peterborough.

1200 Enemy gun from Square 47-M fired on H.M.S.Bacchante.

1205 Enemy gun from Square 48-K-1 fired on ships.

1215 9th Bty finished series.

1220 Enemy gun Square 47-M again fired on ships.

1240 Operations ceased.

1305 Observed for H.M.S.Peterborough firing on OLIVE GROVE.

1400 Ceased fire.

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