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BETURNED FROM DARDANELLES

PRIVATE BOWLES , EXPERIENCES,

Private D. Bowles, who has been staying with Mr T. J3. McKenzie, of Duvauohelle, for the past faw days, returned from the Dar danelles by jhe Willoobra. He saw fifteen days fighting at belh Qaba Tepe and at Cape Holies, and in the latter engagement a bullet fractured his forearm. He was taken to the hospital, and returned to Hew Zealand on account of his ear, which was injured by the noise at the front, as it previously gave him trouble He left with tbo First Canterbury Regiment, which landed four hours after the Australians, and gives a tbiiliing account oi that first Sunday night He says the hill they had to climb was more like Taylor's Mistake, near the Lyttelton lighthouse, than anything he knows The men had to haul themselves np with their heavy packs and ammunition, ann when they got to the top of the ridge they had to stand in front of an almost point blank fire. He eulogised Colonel Stewart's bravery, and says his death past a gloom over the Canterbury men, as be was immensely popular with his regiment. Colonel Stewart told tnem they must defend a ridge in an advanced position, and gathered them ail together, including the Aus kalians, Waikato, and Canterbury mep. He placed them just under the ridge, While he was engaged in this, he was implored by ill not to expose himself, bat he was so keen that be would not take any heed, and was shot dead. That night the men had an Aub tralian in charge of them, and kept up rapid firing all night to deceive the enemy that there were hundreds of troops holding the position, whereas thero were not more than a few dozen men, All night Headquarters megaphoned from the beach to them to deceive the Turks saying "Where will this 500 men go ?" and the reply would come, "Put them op the right flank," and so forth. This saved'them from, being swept back into the see. No more troops were landed for some hours, as they knew that if the Turks made an effort they would have to be embarjced again. Private Bowles said he had a number of hand |to hmd encounters with Turks, who tore hie sleeve off, and pulled the front pocket away. He said there were many instances of the Turks committing atrocities which he had seen himself, and that they had women in their trenches with them They were relieved the following evening after landing, and were most thank* fnl to get out of the position alive. Private Bowles showed the sharp pointed bullet used by the Turks, which was extracted from his arm. It runs to a very sharp point, and is very different to our blunt-pointed bullet,

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BETURNED FROM DARDANELLES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3479, 30 July 1915

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BETURNED FROM DARDANELLES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3479, 30 July 1915

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