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LITTLE AKALOA BOYS AT THE FRONT.

LETTER F*OM EGIPT.

Tcoope* , Ralph Wegborn writes from Zeitoun Camp, August 13th, tbua :—

"You are bound to have heard that I wag wounded but I am quite well nnd hope to be back shortly with Guard and the boys; or what is left of them. We waited patiently for weeks for fbe attack and we had our wishes gratified on the 6fch August. Tbouanodi cf troops took part, each body having a certain position to take before j morning and which every one did, ,Wβ left the outposts at 9 30 and in 10 minutes we'advanced to the assault; we bad to advance along a flat before we could reach the enemy's trenches. Onr Regiment advanced to the aspault in the following order—CYC, first line, 10th as supports, Bfch and a platoon of Maoris in reserve. Before we could get near, the Turks (who were entrenobed on low hills which run two or three miles back fco hill 971) opened fire with a taaohine gun, bombs and rifle. Our work throughout was mostly bayonet as we bad orders not to load our magazines. It was on this flat that we came on two or three Turks on sentry who where confused for the motnpnt and it was here Tom Warner and Ijwere wounded i and probably enjoyed tbe distinction of being the first of our lot to draw blood. I do not know exactly bow it happened but I believe it was like this—l saw a fellow push bis bayonet at Tom and I immediately lunged and ran him through and had not time to recover my guard when another came at me and caught my top lip though barely ■cutting the gum. My wound is far from dangerou3 though the cut is a bit dirty yet and will probably have to get a stitch or two put in or it will leave a scar. I was hardly in time to stop tbe Turk from pushing into Tom The poor fellow gof it in the stomach —a dangerous place to be wounded — i I saw bim next morning at tbe dress J ing station. He looked to be standing lit well but we got parted on the Hos pital Ship so do not know how he is now. There are not many of the 0.V.0. left. Guard turned up next i morning with some Australians You I will know more of the Sighting and how they are getting on than I as news to Zeitoun travels slowly. We were all well looked after on the Hos ! pital Ship, called in at Imbroa and iLemnos and landed in Alexandria on I Friday. Came on from there by Hos : pital train train to Heliopolis where I mctor ambulances were waiting to take jU3 to Abbagea Hospital which is solely , for Npw Eealnnders. I was there only i a night and thpn was shiftpd to a cinvale?cpot camp on the old Zeitoun Camp fif.e: quite close to our horses j which by the way look very well and j fit; Guard's horse's leg seems to be alright again. It seems alright here to have a rest from tbe firing front. We just have parade for tbe Doctor in the morning and then have tbe rest of (he day off. I am sending you a cable. Casualties are very heavy this time, but the enemy's are far worse. Tbe prisoners were coming in beauti fully when I left. These are oar casualties (as far as I know) for tbe first nigbt killed :—Sergeant Green wood, Sergeant Fleming, Corporal Overton, Trooper Reg Birdlitfg, Trooper Isley, Lance Corporal Morrie Moore. Wounded:—Troopers Wreaks, Burns, Warner, Bolieston and myself. Lieut Priest writes from Gallipoh on August sth :— "Just a few lines in a hurry. We move out for our big scrap to nigbt. As we will be on the enemy before this is posted, it wont much matter if it goes tbe wrong way and gets into ',Lo Turks bands. Onr scrap is to be the bigajest we bave bad and on a big ca |e—thousands and thousands ofj froops participating When we took' part in the fight at Cape Helles and Krithia on May Bth we were all sickly excifcemeDfc as none had tasted a fight but now everything is the oppositeall taking it in a matter of face way. f am going down for a salt water plunge and will don clean clothes so if I get bit tbe wounds will be clean; I went over to the boy's line and saw Ralph and Guard and Tom Warner. They seem to be about the only Peninsula boys there the others all away sick. Ralph looks a? fit as ever, but Guard is pale. I haven't been up to see my old iag-dut, but they till

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There is nothing to write abon' px cc; i I can't help noticing the matter of fact way all are going about tbei r work Must move now and have my ! batbe." P.S,—I have'nt my .old company bnt have the 11th Platoon, They are a decent crowd.

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LITTLE AKALOA BOYS AT THE FRONT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3494, 8 October 1915

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LITTLE AKALOA BOYS AT THE FRONT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3494, 8 October 1915

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