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A Peninsula mounted man writing from Heliopolis camp, Egypt, on May 2nd, says:—

9 "Another week gone by, and we are still in this place. No doubt by this time you in New Zealand will have heard all about the fighting at the i Dardanelles. We have been hearing rumours for the last few dayp, but have had nothing definite yet. We are getting more new 3 now, but we have not got a list of the casualties. > AH our war news comes through ' London. A lot of men whom we • know are in the hospital here. The > more seriously wounded are still at ' Alexandria, and will be sent on here ' as soon as they are fife enough. No one is allowed to visit any hospital here now, so wa really don't know 3 who is there or how they ate getting • on. One of our sergeant was lucky ' enough to be allowed to visit the ' Heliopolis Hotel hospital last night. ' I believe he went in on bu3ines3. He 1 mpt a chap whom we all know well fc This chap (Frank Buttle), gave the J sergeant an interesting account of bis experiences. Buttle is wounded in 1 the upper part of the arm, but I lie 1 lievQ he is as happy and as cheerful 5 as can be, and, in fact, we hear that 3 most of the wounded are the srioic. 1 From ail accounts our Ist; Canterbury 1 infantry seem to have been in the thick of it, and seemed to have distinguished themselves and ' made > good. . However, all we know here at '■present is based on rumour, but I > guess you will got the true facts long '■ [before this letter reaches you. Two lof our men have lost who were in the fightiog, and wo are all waiting to get the lists of killed and wounded. The Ist Canterbury infantry were ou the s.s. Tahiti with us, j j and we all got to know everyone more 1 J or less intimately during the voyage 3 j here, .besides, a ict of thorn \v« knew ,I in private life in Christchurch, so you will understand how anxiously we- are waiting to get the official news. The j j feeling amongst U3 mounted meo here 3 is that the bigger the casualty list the , greater and more settled will be our t determination to see the whole thing through, and a bigger slatheriing up' 3 given to our enemies. It is indeed bard to wait here while our mates are j doing their 'little bit' not co many , miles from here No doubt, our day will come, but it is what we are waiting for. At church service this morning reference was made to the men who had fallen or were wounded during the lighting. No doubt; these I few lines will be poor reading: after 7 reading actual, experiences. However, 5 I thought you would like to know how .wo are feeling here. Don't ioiagine ; for a moment that we are at nil down ■ hearted. Everything is going on just as usual, but, as I said before, with a more fixed determination to 'buck in, , and see the thing through in th.c best possible atyle. 'Slather up , is a. term much used by soldiers here. It in ean3 being 'dished, , 'licked , or 'getfiing.h—l I knocked out of you." J You would think at first v?» wert< in the fighting at the Dardanelles, itoo, but by now you will know otherwise. It is hard to say when we wi/.l go. So far mounted rifles and cavaJ ry are not wanted at all, but we will g et our turn sometime. I hear now f,bat stables are to be built for the b orses, so it seems as if we are going to be here », long time yet. Of course, a portion of the men may go at ao y time. Infantry are leaving here every day now. OFF TO THE FRONT. Writing on May 'Bth, he says : — "We are off to the front as infantry I now. Our chaps to-night avo happier and madder than thf >y have t ver beon The news seems to have set them ail on fire. Within a few hours wa will j be away from camp- and on our way to the front. Weare awfully busy. I have • everything ready :now, und am Hi for ( anything. I suppose we will not < a mail for some tirae now, bus we will be in for a good time, and what; wt; *

want. I guess we will have sornt

thing interesting to tell when we write again, Lieutenant Coewaa in Cairo yesterday, and was visiting the wounded men in the hospitals. He met a friend who asked especially for me, and as I have a pass I went and saw him. Hβ has beßn wounded five times, and ia cheerful notwithstanding and anxious to get back. He will have a stiff leg, 1 am afraid, for some time yet though. We hear that very 4ew of our first infantry are left. A list of some ,of the officers killed and wounded was read out to n by the chaplain last night. Aucblanders seem to have suffered most. I hear that most of Messrs H. Matson & Co'e men were wiped out. A chap named Khodes from Aroberley came to see me but I was out. He was shot in the stomach and left on the field as dead. However, the French ambulance got hold of him, and took the bullet out, and patched him up. He seemed quite well, and did not have a bandage on hia wound. He showed us the extracted bullet. He said the whole thing was hell, but he swears he is going back in a week to have another go at them. Most of the slightly wountfcel nre the same. Hbodee should nob have/been out of the bospi tal, but managed to get out some how.'

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NEWS FROM DARDANELLES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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NEWS FROM DARDANELLES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3467, 22 June 1915

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