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LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTEER.

EXPERIENCES AT THE DARDA. NELLEB, Private N. S Young, in a letter to his sister, writes on the 17th May from the Genera! Hospital Alexandria :—I am having a change Turkey did Dot agree with me. I had about three weeks three; some of my mates didn't have one hour. I had great luok The first day I bad my rifle smashed in two while carrying it, and half my puttee blown off without any personal injury. We had eight days solid going landing nlaoe Then we embarked on destroyers in the middle of the night and landed at Cape Belles the entraooe of the Dardanelles, at daylight. We had one day's spell here, and i&n went to relieve tbe South Wales Border obaps and the Royal Scotch Fosihers. We marched up to tbe second line of trenches, getting there at midnigt on Friday, and were ordered to get a little sleep. On Saturday, 6th May, after breakfast, we were told to be prepared to advnnce ,in ten minutes. All the Frenoh were on our right, and we were on the left flank Anyway the whistle went The Artillery fire oponed. and we advanced amidßt a hail of bullets, shrapnel bursting m all directions and maohine gune playing havoo with ua. Wβ get up 300 yards closer, and fntrenched, but it was simply slaughter

Wβ weru v, ennok aud di«uinß for all we were worth as well, when an order, enme that our lefe was threatened. We than, h they were guing to attack heforn we wprp r«.idy for l ; ifur» Flo'«p".>r */) W'f h , ;! fi •, h-v n-i» and •■►■■.•.)•? t-> it, Hut t.ho- ■.•'• ■ d

■!> htiiclk ii oiij •< ,-nm ■ i'- : ".;.!■ p m w i) rle'H for anotner d»anci- (Owhole army thic time—and pr ved n* hot as our first day's landing. We captured a village halfway up the prinoipa! hill, which the Turks were holding On this occasion for trree hours our casualties were over 200. I Rot four bullets in me, and was.praying for a final one to put me out of my misery, I

got nne in the neok, and three in my right hip; bjit now I am not in the least down hearted, and hope to get better soon and have another go at them In the trenohes tbe Turks are poor ebots. Yon just see a a long flash of bayonets, then they pull the triggers but keep their heads well out of sight I am feeling much better and am eating we'l to day, nnd tbat is t, rood sign. lean stand on one leg. Lieutenant Morgan was killed just a few yards from mo. I had to crawl on my stomach for at least a quarter of a mile to the etreteher-bearers. If left in the frnnt tbe Turks strip the wounded or dead, and out you about, hence my quarter o\a mile crawl It was terrible torture. There are many Germans iwth the Turks. The hilis at this p*rt of the peninsula are covered with thyme and sa»e. which appear to native shrubs, and the fields are nothing but a bluze of scarlet poppies and white daisies.—"Waikato Tim«B,"

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LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTEER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3474, 13 July 1915

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LITTLE RIVER VOLUNTEER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3474, 13 July 1915

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