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ON THE HOSPITAL SHIP.

LIEUTENANT PBIEST'S E^

PERIENCBB

Hospital Ship, Monday. »7one 7oh,

"I am cot; bere because of my samtob, bat an attack of enteritis. My wound isn't inucb, and will soon heal. Wβ bftd a wil<J time on a spur called Ouinn'e Poafc. We wont up tbere od Monday, May 81st, and from then until Saturday I bad practically no sleep. Half the men conld eleep at a time, but I was unable to get in much. The trenches are only from ten to thirty yards apart, and bomba weve «duk> the whole time. I pulled through till Friday without losing a meu, and Iheu came my blow. 1 bad seen a nurobor of men killed and but hardly any 1 knew, & dc it upsafc hjb a good bit when a boint killed four and wounded asmany all *.& ODOB. A sergeant was killed whik touebiDß wy arm fco give a report, anc later another sergeant waa badlj •ouaded. F«a»y night the Jsm Zealandare, consisting of twoi officer! aod 100 volunteere charged some ironobcs. They gained them, but bac to retire owing to machine gun fire Many were wounded. My job was k hold the left trenches against oountei attacks. The front of my trench wai built up with sand bags, and these tfai Turks blew to smithereens with ibou machine guns. Dirt was flying erery where, and our trench waa so destroy ed that we could only crawl about. We all expected the Turks to cbarg. any minute, but evidently the 3 ooid'nfc work op courage becausi tbey didn't call. About 12 o clock or Biitarday the firing stopped on bofcl aides When the firing eased, I wen Howe io the aoofcor to get my wounc dreeeeA. This I bad been doing aaiij Binoe Wednesday, June 2nd. Owing to Boteritia, my rnealß were broughl up to the trench from the Hospital end I might also mention that the mealß only consisted of arrowroot. ] began to wonder why the doctor was Bo particular to diet me. and on baturday bu sent mo on board the ship. J am not really bad, not a bit feverish, hot weak 9.rA grogcy, is great!j auetobeiDgfaggeaout.lthink. The bullet which caught me came from Pobe'a Point across a gmly. and at present my face is like a pumpkin and feels much like acute neuralgia. I got amost awful shock when 1 got to the dreesios station and learned that Captain Goulding was dead. He got • bomb on the chest, and only lived a few minutes. Somehow from hie ft filk I nathered that he expected to be tilled Brooker ie the only officer o the old C Company who remains Tftnna My wound is the leaet of a ß y. TbVe'ie only one sergeant left also. S add any more aa the c*n*or wit] UTon Jb, «ioh. Bemembraoca to tb9 P S e !iwbe a n I left th. mounted t ««™ in the trenches near the

well." Another eoldier gives the following account:—

Sunday, 80th May. 111 does seem like a Sunday because there ie no fight on. Wβ had last week's fight oa Saturday morning. Nothing much to write about this y week. The other night as I waa go y ing np to the firing line (the route . was along a narrow trench) I thought & I would step up on top and look at d some bills 1 had seen marked oq the a plans, and had no sooner got raj o eyes going when a couple of ballets a whizzed by, and before I had the map i. folded two more csine, so I shifted. o Don't; you think the snipers are moo duefcriotis fellows? It ia peculiar after d a while how quietness gets on one's a nerves, bat if; certainly does, and it is d quite hard fco go to sleep when quietd ncsa reigns supreme. Fan etarted d about 380 on Saturday morning, b when the Turks mined and blew up II two o£ our tronohes, and just behind Iβ us our gnus wero banging away, bud d I alopfc through it aii till i.SO. Bbrap ,y nol wav poured into our trenob, but w uooo v/ere hit, and we hngged the •s trachea with maoh affection. The c Major invited me up to hie position to d have a lock. He was in charge of a 3. battery, and was playing np with the 0 enemy trenchea, The Major pointed tr out bis own shell burets and everyj is time the Turk and hie wife went eky c wards be would break into gleeful ir profanity. The battle was np a steep -. valley with rooky precipices, and r. didn't ehots echo and re echo, and ;. then there was notbing bat noise. I c had an absolutely extraordinary co y cape whud standing with the Major. c I was bnsy with my field glasses when d a large ebell burst just a few feet in b front and above me. According to t (be theory of ebrapnel I should have d been riddled, bat wai untouched. V Where the bullets went to I don't y know, but I got sneh a fright when 1 t saw the flash that I plangeel headlong , into the trench, and didn't inquire. a Luckily for the Major he bad just got [ down from bis position a minute or so * before to give a message to the tele- ■ phonist, Th§ Tnrkg were driven oui [ of the valley about 6.80, the batteries , helping them to jog along qoickly. 1 Wben we got back to ib* faeaoh ebeile i swept the hillside, bat no one was i bit You have no idea how things—> ; shells and bullets—are taken. Jest !as I was taking to my bironac to ; dodge the shells some chap stuck bis bead out of his iug-onfc and said in a merry voice, "Bill, yon fool, do stop throwing those by bricke." Laet n'ght about dark as we got to the front trenches we witnessed the blowing up of soma enemy gun displacement. The Major and bis battery were responsible for the destruction. None of my men have been bit lately, but we all had a narrow squeak last night when gohip: to the trenches. iiiougLu things remain quiet on Kunday, and as I write the big guns, rifle and machine guns are all comvaeodng More another day." m F °i r ?5, ildren Hanking Cfoogb el nigh Wooda' Great Peppermint Core, 1/<M?B

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ON THE HOSPITAL SHIP., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3479, 30 July 1915

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ON THE HOSPITAL SHIP. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3479, 30 July 1915

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