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AT THE DARDANELLES.

PENINSULA VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES.

The following interesting letter was received in Akaroa from the firing line and gives an account of Private Orme's death.

Bivouac. Wednesday, 19th May.

We are beginning to wonder when we are going to shift. We won't mind a shift either, as we have to do a lot of fatigue work, which isn't attended with any glory but a little danger.

[ We have been road making, etc, over at the base for a few daye, and I really think wo do as much as the other crowds there, but, even then, we we don't get through much. Wβ get a few shells to tell us when it i.-t "emoke ho." We had some 'wooliet , around us on Sunday. Aβ we were going over the first one fell a few ( yards short but the next went over

our beads and 'burst among some males, and, strange to say, did not hart any, although it made a big hole in the ground among them. We weren't; long in getting to cover, and we stopped there until the shelling was over. On Saturday some shells dropped while we were over at the base. Everyone Btarted for cover when the first one burst, but my fellows were half ashamed to bolt; although the first shell landed quite close to us, then' we heard the whistle of another shell. We didn't wait, but made a pell mell rush for cover. The front cbaps dropped their picks and shovels, which the fellows in the rear fell over with lurid , profanity. We all made for a row of bags of oorn which would give shelter for about one layer of men, but they piled themselves behind it three deep—the ones on top with heads down and feet beating the air trying to get closer to the ground the ones in safety below laughting and swearing. As a matter of fact the shell burst about a quarter of a mile away. There is a lot of luck in these high explosive shells. Some times they will get you a couple of. hundred yards away, ami at others they burst right alongside and do no harm. On gunday one burst right alongside a man and we all expected to see him in pieces, but he was unhurt but precious frightened. After the shell had burst and danger was over, he fairly took wing and raced like mad for about quarter of a mile. Another case an Indian was eading a mule when one burst along Iside. The mule was killed, but the man was untouched. There are some fairly old men here, who probably baven'c run for years, and it is great to see them recover the use of their legs. We have had quite a lot of shrapnel /over us last night and this morning, bnt no notice is taken of them now.

Gallipoli, Saturday, 22/5/15. Gallipoli is rather an indefinite address, but we are not in our old ! bivouac. At present I have charge of 100 men, who are unloading barges, and are not camping with the rest of the unit. It rained hard this morn ing, and things got pretty muddy, but it has cleared now and we are drying things up a bit. I have seen the Wagborn boys, and Ralph is pleased with himeelf ns be has been credited with bowling over a sniper We have all got used to bullets now, and we don't take any notice ranch of shells. We get a "good morning , salvo of shrapnel every day, which is taken as coolly as a meal or anything useful that |can be carried It is a great Dlace for ••pinching" things, and

the coolness of the "pinchers is remarkable. Sunday, 28/5/15 I have not much to do today, col will

be able to give you some more news, although we can really say very little. Just to think of afternoon tea makes my mouth water. We get "bully beef" and biscuits here, which ia quite good, but gete awfully monotonous when it comes day after day, Sometimes we get some bacon, and when in the firing line get some army ration, a sort of tinned stew, eomefcimes cheese, a fair amount of jam when one adds the issue to the amount pinched. Yesterday was a regular birthday. We

Treat a cough or cold by the modern peaetrating method o< "NAZOL." Not a ntfxtuwor Byrop. Beady for iniiut Qβ

hgd noma fresh meat, also some again to day, ar well as a shave and change of o'otbefl, flfco. My shaving glass wag the little reflector on tbe end of my trench periscope. Fresh wnter ig BC«rcp, bfiing brought here in barges, and I accomplished the feat of shaving nnd washing in about half a pint of water—it's simply great. Yeaterd>iy, we also received our mail, tbe first for six weeks. Everything was extraordinarily quiet in the trenches last night. We do road making by day and go up on the bill above at night as an inlying piquet, oar tiring lino being across a gully in front of us. Today, the warships down tho coast, set to and fired away at something inland for about half an hour, and bad a few shells dropped in the water around them, whioh were badly aimed, however, and did no h*rtn, although there was a Taube up ever us. The rest of the New Zealand Infantry Brigade are having a quiet time in reserve. Tbe ambularjoe is going well now, and the wounded seem to be well oared for. I am getting u?ed to deaths now, but I can't stand by quietly and watob a chap die. I won't give any details, bnfc there have been some bard deaths. The wounded are splendidly brave. We carry in men to whom every move must have been agony, and they never ottered a sound, I know 1 couldn't stand half what some of tbem do and not make a sound. I suppose you know that an Orme 13 dead, some re* irttl.n to those in Robinson's Bay; H» used to work on tbe oruaher. B died well too, trying to drag another man out of daDger. He was one of a covering party, while the remainder of tbe company were entrenching. At night the Turks opened fire, and they made for cover in a nullah to a flvnk One man was bit, and Orme ran back to bring him in, and getting c&ughfc between two fires was riddled wit.b bullets. When they crawled out n<»xt night to bury him they said he bad a smile just as if be were alive. Waxn'fc it a fine death for one's country." PENINSULA MAN WOUNDED, Oorporai Percy A. Arnold, of the Wellington Infantry Battalion, Main ' XDfdifjonary Force, who is reported wounds! nl; the Dardanelles, although bo>n at Pihiatua, bas lived all bis like At Waioui, Banks Peninsula. He was educated at the local school, and is now 21 years of age. Before en listing he was an enthusiastic member of the Wiiinui Defence Rifle Club, and proved himself a very capable rifle ebbt. Hβ was also a member of the Wftinni Tennis Club. Being in the North Island on .holiday leave [when war was declared, he at onoe sent bis name to tbe authorities at Wellington for enlistment. Oorporai Arnold is tbe only son of Mr Amoa Arnold, who is foreman of tbe Wainui section of tho Akaroa and Wainui Road Board.

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AT THE DARDANELLES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3475, 16 July 1915

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AT THE DARDANELLES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3475, 16 July 1915

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