PENINSULA MOUNTED IN ACTION.
LETTER FROM THE FRONT,
A Peninsula trooper writes ac follows from Gallipoli Peninsula under date May 27th. giving a desoriptioa of the landing ot the mounted:—
"No doubt you will smile when you get thia, Writing material cannot be got here, but have found a substitute. Censorship is very strict so cannot tell you muoh, You will guess where we'ate in aotion. We have been here for some time now, and are not having a very bad time Most of our infan try are here now, too, and are having a well earned rest. To start at the beginning: We had a very good passage here, and every cm enjoyed it, although we were very crowded on board Wβ arrived in the morning, but did not disembark till the evening. We caw our battleships bombarding the enemy forts during the day, and you can imagine how interested we were. We bud very good food i on the boat, the ship's cooks doing it all.
[The landing was accomplished in good style. The CV.C. were the first iff Shrapnel Bhellfl buret around Jus as we were nearing the shore, but no one was hit. I Afterwards heard that some of the Auckland men were hit whilst landing. I cannot describle to you all we Baw when we landed, but when I saw-the huge piles of stores, etc., and the large numbers of men knocking about, I was impressed with the idea that our Army was here to stay. After landing, we walked about around tbe beach and up a valley, where we bivouacked for the night. Heavy rifle fire was going on tbe whole time, but our position was qnite safe. An occasional shell bursting near at hand made as duck our beads. I might say that we have quite got oat of the* little habit now. We bad little sleep that night, as tbe ride fire and noise of bursting shells was continuous. Next day we were moved over tojthe trenohes and we relieved the men who were there.
Since then we have bad continuous trenoh find outpost work. It was exciting for tbe first day or so, but we all teke it Rβ a matter of course now. The Auckland M.B. men have been in the thickest of it. We have all lost a few men as well. No dou&t you will know all about them from the daily papers I was out on outpost with Horrie Moore when be was wounded. A bullet struck his pouch and broke bis rib, but luckily did not penetrate. Poor old Morrie had a soro time for a bit, but be will be havinst a better time now in the hosp tal. Sergeants Tom Basset and Mick Seed have both been wounded, and Trooper Phil Hunter, whom I knew well in North Canterbury, was killed last niebt. These men are all in the C.V.C., and were most popular with all here. We see a lot of (he infantry now, as they are camped quite close to us. When they came back here a few days ago they looked more or le=s done up, but the rest they ere getting ia doing wonders. I met Percy Arnold and W. Moya from 'be Penin* sea, And they were telling me all about it. They indeed have had a hot time, and all oonsider themselves lucky to get through it. Walter Orme was killed. I met a man who was in hie eeotion, and be told me that Wallie waa one of the very best of mates, and thy nil felt hie lose very much. Mail closes now, so I will have to stop and write more later. We received one mail the other day. All Peninsn'a boys fit and well."
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PENINSULA MOUNTED IN ACTION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3477, 23 July 1915