AT THE DARDANELLES.
J ENINSUiOA BOY'S EXPERIENCES. Liout Lester Priest, ol Chorlton, who was reported kille 1 in aotion, and later was reported wounded only, inuoh to the relief of a number of friends on Banks Peninaula, sends ibe following letter to a friend in Akaroa :— The Trenches, (Sunday. 9/5/15' "We are fairly into the sowp now. We did not land up the coast, as the Nr-w Zealanders had been withdrawn, and were fighting on the end of the Peninsula. We landed at Cape Helles about 7.30 yesterday morning, and came straight into ihe fight
" c did not get into actual close quarters, as the Turks retired without all the reserves le ing absorbed, but we got under a very heavy shrapnel and rifle fire, I was em prised to find myself at cool as I was I expected to be in an awful funk, but we have not ypt struck as heavy a fire bb we will Boon. We are in the trenches a few hundred yards from the firing line trenches, who are getting moßt of the firing, but we are getting quite enough. A shell landed just alongside me a few minutes ago as I wae out of the trench shifting some men. We felliws have to leave (he trench at times, and as soon as we get out we are sniped, I had one yesterday about two inches from my foot, and another not much farther from my head. Everyone duck 3 when one goes "z zz" over their heads but the brpt of it is that it is hundreds of feet away pust you before you near it. Where we are fighting resembles a huge oblong basin about four milea long, with a high hill fit the end in front of Uβ called Achi Baba. We are about half way a , eg. Yeeterday the din was terrific. The musketry and machine gun fire was a perfect roar, whele the field and naval guns and the bursting shells shook the air. Our guns were doing good woik, and the end of thn basin in front became covered with a hnz3 from the emokeand dust of the shells. The roar died down during the afternoon, but resumed with terrific force aboUt 5 30, keeping up till about 7 p.m, when a successful bayonet rush gained some hundreds of yards. Firing continued during the night, eiery now and then breaking into a roar. Another fellow and myself took some men out to bring in as many wounded as possible. We had an exciting and gruesome time. Firing brok>3 out every now and then, and f urly hang about our ears. It was awful turning lover men to Bee if they were alive or dead, not knowing whether the next minute we might be one of them; but we managed to get hack with only one man wounded, nnd I think wn saved a few lives. Wβ were right up to *onr firing line, and had the disadvantage ;of heirg in the open while the firing Hue was in the trenches. We were very lucky that we were not hit. It is quiet po far today, but I think we go up soon to the firing line. Jt is open country to it aud about 400 yds across, so we will have an ex citing time.
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AT THE DARDANELLES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3474, 13 July 1915
AT THE DARDANELLES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3474, 13 July 1915
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