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FIGHTING AT GALLIPOLI.

EXPERIENCES FROM A WOUNDED NEW ZEALANDER.

DEBIBE TO BE BACK IN THE TRENCHES.

. Heliopolis Camp, May 7, 1915 A Peninsula mounted man in Egypt who fo B lJ e w°T- ° net oth 6 Dardßnelleß . wri Ja^

This will be my J QE J l e « er to yoa for come time. Wβ are off come time in the «» nwr folate. You no doubt will bwt Irtl {iffi later. Everyone here ii more or X cited, and keen to get eoing, and everythS ie shr and buetle. Very• li tie aJmIhJL nuhid us, about the £ Hundred, only hud three bullets in him, id «?.?,*$ to be ahve to tell the tale. Ha had fiv. wounds altogether, but deqki to the. i Eeon venienon he was quite oheerful. id «■ tmmm

ourpa okai and Btftrted fclmb w h * e yjwhich were Bboni 260 ft in h«-»' «L « ti close , 0 thebeßob WehH(j «. n » te haltv ay up when word carae th»t the Tr k wprc ht'.RokiDg in tb P oe " 'he beach a gain, nnd c MtAk 'he hills by a newly n iTtiii aufa varced another 300fce, n "•• order to lie down. N0e00n,,." . v d ,J * bo than the ehrapnel ehe.| s b . e ».; to fly around üb. h *" v /

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THE FIRST SHELL. In the first five m'nutes a shell burst aloDg m, and wounded five of our men. We lay there for sbout an hour getting the best cover we ooald None of us replied to the Turkish fire 1 After this the fire slnokennd, and we proceedad to dig ourselves in. Wβ worked like blazes, and coon had ourselves In a f*irly safe position. This was on Sun"tiny evening. Sunday night was fairly quiet but on Monday morning the shells were bursting around us all day. At 8 o'olook on Monday evening we retired to the beaoh and went to reinf'-roe tbe right wrng. Wβ took up a position in an old Turkish trenoh. and made a gunpit, Wβ were under heavy rifle and raaohine sun fire all nwht, but, I believe, few casualties were reported.

TURKS ATTACK,

Early in the rooming, the Turks began to tetUok. and wo all realised we were In for a hot time. At 8 o'olook (this was od Tuesday morning) the Turks began to atta k heavily on oar left flank, and we were ord red to go at the double and reinforce. I« was while getting into the trenoh here that I was hit, and I think it must have been from maohine un fir*. I waa helping to pull our maohine Bun into the trenoh. Ni, I did not feel muoh pitn, excepting a dnll stab in several place Blond was aomiug out of my leg, »nd my, pale fixed me up witti a handkerchief fend fi«ld dressing. I climbed out of the v >no», »nd somehow got down to the ambulanoe bearers, who took me in oharge, I was wounded at about ten o'clock, but did *it gee down to the henon till about four in i $fe» afternoon In the meantime we were always in danger of being hit by sbrapuel, wbiob was fa ling everywhere.

DEADLY WORK OP SNIPERS

I wae lyingjat the fhld base, an officer came dowa and the ambulance men told him that snipers were in the vicinity. Hβ did not soem to m'nd, but in less than tea minutes he was shot dead. "Yee," I think the snipote did most of the damage They were everywhere, and picked off a lot of oar offioers. I was Uken to the hospital bout Inte in the evening in a pontoon. It had oommenoed to rain, and everything wae rertwr miserable. On Thursday our bqat waa full of wounded, and we steamed on for Alexandria, arriving there at 7 a.m. on Hat, urday. We were all put on the train by mid-day, and were in Cairo in a very short time. The most serious oases were put in the hospital at Alexandria. From Cairo Btattan we were brought to this hospital in motor Bmbulanoeß. and ever einoe have had it muoh better time. ' >■ THE GHfiEEEUL WOUNDED, "•No," I have bad no dressing excepting ttft field dressing from the time I left the field base till I reached tbis hospital. How I don't feel muoh the worse now. "Yes," I was (a bit mirerable for a time, " bqfc ths other were so happy that I did not stay miserable long. I think the thought of being wounded is muoh worse than the reality. Of course we could not expect to be very well treated on the boat, but really everything possible was done for us. Our good times started when we arrived at Alexandria. Orderlies ruehed round with Oranges, bananas, tea, o'garettes, and in faot wejpr(-re in need of nothing. AH the way on thn train we were treated just the same. " Yob," the nurses here are absolutely the beat Their kindness and attention will never be forgotten by me at any rate. lam having an operation to.morrow. "Yes," jtjovrot.a have the ballet out of my leg and *weloome. lam siok of the feel of the d— thing, and don't very muoh want to see it ♦bar little yarn was interrupted here by the nurse, who said the patient bad been talking quite long enough for one day. I said good-bye, and promised to go back agf!n in the near future On the way down ttrtiorridor I met the nurse who laughingly told me that I could have stayed muoh 1 longer, I did stay for half an hour longer, bufc.put in the time talking to her. Well, we are off tomorrow, and this is the hat letter for some time. You people at home will have much the worst of thie little buninean. All Peninsula men send their best wishes

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FIGHTING AT GALLIPOLI., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 15 June 1915

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FIGHTING AT GALLIPOLI. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 15 June 1915

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