North Beach, Anzac, looking north to Suvla Bay, just prior to evacuation in December 1915.
[Courtesy of Australian War Memorial - J02534]
I went to see Olly G this afternoon & on returning to Headquarters I found all our records packed up in cases & other gear. I was informed I was to be in charge of it & after tea it was all carried down & we were supposed to leave with it late in the evening. For some reason we did not go & I had to sleep on the Beach. Some of our men & another gun went by way of a Transport. My instructions were to stick to the luggage no matter where it went.
[Courtesy of State Library of New South Wales - William Sparkes diary]
(Captain Alan Percy Crisp, temporary O/C 7th Battery)
Battery did not fire. Received orders for 1 Officer + 10 men to embark tonight with technical stores + Battery records.
2400 Lieut. Hodgens + party of 10 men as ordered with records + technical stores embarked at midnight.
[Author's Note: The Unit Diary of the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, kept by Major
Hughes as temporary Officer Commanding, falls silent as at the 13th December 1915 -
the remaining pages in the Unit Diary for December details the oirder of evacuation
for the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, which will be posted in a later entry.]