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A STRENUOUS TIME.

PENINSULA BOYS. AT THE

FRONT.

T.'ooner L J" Smith, of -h<- A I '"V (!., '-'.ho l.°fr- '•-''•!' *l-' |\J :,in I'lxp-di'i-n u*v F..rc--\ s : ! : tf .i 5 I iin.;nr :—

NE.RING GIBRALTAR. Pepfomber 5 h. 1915 "I I'runiiy know how to bi-'gin. I hr.vy hcfii through uc'o a lot the !.:■ 4 two mcEiths, arid I rau:4 say I r.r.n : lucky to bs here to tell the tale, 'i :o inst of my pray on Galiipoii vis pimply awful--just nothing else ! nt a,ivf ii I slf-fighr.pro Oftvg io j t (ill !: * v I n.vt r»t".ti :-i li' iwu Pi-p!:'li*f' »>tt(i, '.\'d I stii-'i-d out with a Mo ; iou of fo ■-.'*, I arid eich 'imi- I w.>-' the oo'y one >o . gmi rhrout-b. T.ib ia*-t KMac!' I 1 ■rartKl on*, with Dave W j Herlle.v and Hector Pidgeou. Taej f;,-?t two W«n- klj-- d-itd, and Pidgeon wa* u'naud-.n in the band n <n] twice in the bead Ha very pluckiiy came cm, but had to rotiro to ibe doctors' position iiffor a lime. In every ntrtack wa lorit over 50 per cnt oi o*ir nv '*, iv:-.' t*'o ''li-.t attnc!* Mio CYC'-' v:ii!f.ii-."-'i d r-nly pi::tr.?n i iv " 'A <■' ro- ■ -'iit.;n:i of the 4h • i ■ ,-' 111 'i .-■ :• fJM-.11l ill: .■_. <l : >■- ■«! *I,H ~ .) id IV. ~ tine i.ii.:« my (-if) ..im > -h..iigi a.-- ■.!'. f'om 8h May wi h: ud b-.-ing away t-ick, wounded or kiued, and I might uil you these six were very much done after the last attack. Four months of this life would sottle most chaps. I g..t dy sen try rather badly, so the doctor packed me straight off to the hospital ship that afternoon. He said ( any man who came through four months of Gallipoli deserved a holiday It was a funny thing, but I was wish ing I could bave seen Arthur Jaoob* j eon before going away. As I was/

coming back to tho b'V-e, who s-'onkl I drop noro'9, hi!t Arthur, who had an*ive i rarly I bat morning. As you caa guess ws hud a great, talk, nnd b< was looking quite fat and brown btirl well. I was on the hospital' ship by 680 p m I wa3 lucky to get away when I did, as out* chapa bad to go into another attack that evening. I now find, out that I hey go. an awful time, bulr the whole thing was n success. Thri N Z M.R have made b name for themselves", but, at on awful cost. There must be very few left now When I left Leo Parkinson ami I were the only two P> nin?u!a one« left, the others being either killed, wounded or sick I, with other*. !(-•{• hospital phip in trawler for Imbro* - .eland, 18 miles away, and 1 wen! into hoppitnl Iher9 Next day ft!! were tnUpn on board hospital pbip Gascon and taken to Letnnos where we arrived nest morning, Wg put alongside another ship and 250 of us were put on board her, tho others wee lisndfd at Lemnes and we 250 were told that we would be tnkan to Etig land. When I pot on this ahip I met my o ! d friend Jack Warwick, who was h'idty wounded in the shoulder, Major Hurst and Liant Mnrcbiaon al*o O.Y.C. were on board wounded too. These i chaps were hit in. the attack which I jnst missed Jack Warwick had inivad with the 4th Reinforcements \nd I only paw a little of bitn before L left. I will see a lot of him now nnd ,vill be able to do a lot for him, A lot of other men I know are on tbis -hip also bound for finghiud. While I was at Irobros Island I went into a ho'pital tent, and to my surprise met Gncud Weghorn (one of the twine), tie wis very badiy wounded, a buUet jn_t mi»sed his and lodged in bis lungs. His brother was bayoneted in the cheek some time ago Tom Warner was bayonelted in the stomach at the same time, Poor, eld Keg Birdling was shot dead then too and so was my old Mend George Ilslay. Morrie Moore, who bad just returned to the firing line a few days previously was shot deod also.

Tbe 0 IC, struck it hot during this attack, I can tell you it is a marval how any of us got through alive We were told to do all bayonet work that night and my word it was slaughter for the Turks We were all mad I can tell you. 1 really done remember much about it, By using bayonets and no firing the enemy could not guess as to our nutaberg and we had them more or \o-a surprised How tuch a few managed so much is a wander. Bluff pulled us out that lira-:! v Wo took over two miles of country that night, but it cost us a lot. The next at'ack wo gained another mile nnd a bnlf but our losses were heavier than the bxsfc time.

Pave Anderson and Sergeant Major Norri'3 were kilhd. and Waphorn, H, Pidgeon, Signaller Sergeant.Hamilton, and, in fact, all my old friends were put out here. Garry Btedman an*_ Len Parkinson are the only two old mates I have. I cannot find out. how tbey came thiongh (he attack I just missed. John Warwick, Maj >r Hi.u-fc and Lieut. Murchison were wound*d early and cent- away, so could not get much news from iho;.:i. 80 far we have bad a lovely trip,- We called at Malta for two taya and er.a-led there We should b9 at Gibralrar early to morrow rooming. 1 also managed to ges a 4 berth 2nd eh"?, cabin all to myself, go fee! r-3 if I w.ia in heaven after four months on Gallipoli. t;oon after we left Lemnos I managed to get hold of a steworl, and he has been very kind to me, and brings mo :| t of ray meal 3to my cihiu. Talk about luck—mine ia as good as ever. It is just a miracle (dozens of times over), that I am well and fit, as I am coming through four months on Gallipoli without a scratch. I guess there are few of the main body NZ men who can tell the same tale. I forgot to tell you that a lot of us have volun teered to help with the wounded men on board, lam in charge of the pro msn".de dtfck with 105 patients, We just see them fed, sweep up tbe decks, and 563 they get their proper diets and issue wine, smokes and other luxuries. It passes tbe time well, and I like it very much, They all seem to be very grateful too. Tbis boat was the German ship Derflinger, tbe big prize ship captured at the beginning of the war. She ia now renamed the Hunts green, and is used os a hospital and troop ;-rhip. I just missed being put on tho N.Z. Rosqital ship Maheno when I left Gallipoli. Jack Warwick and the others were on her for a while and had a lovely time. Nurses could not do enough for them. 6 ! h Sejrrlembot'.

ELivn hor-n on the upper decks bay it._r H look at Gib-aliiir by night. I< ■s j-.J.-'. iovely 'I bn ?-.,oDi'-tainF> fire >-f -olui rock, und jn-r. crrv.ued vvi'h lights of o!l v-orts, ni.d ii is ;*, sight. too, help io make it b-t t--r. By day Gibraltar is not at all orotty, but the surrounding I'ly* »»d , rr-ppo'iito coast are vsry nice We have hiii] a lovely trip 00 far, find have only thrf-o tiuoro days before reaching Eng 1 l.ir.d. We arrived here at 10 30 this morning, and I believe we leave again to morrow mornirjg. Food, ec , ia ; still grand, and my wotk wiih the ,00.- w nnd d chaps is hMH ■md time i;? going very quickly I fenl ! ratbor t-nd wht-n I tbif-U ol nil my friend.-; who i-r.ro gon-, hut I snppo-"' it i i.-i the fortune of war, I have a lot of ■ pergonal thing > bs'otrginfi :<> R g Bird iing, George Ilylt-y. and Dave Andersn°, and I am Be nam .a; thera home to s their people. I put tbem in my kit ba», and luckily was able to get it be fore I oaino away. I cannot give you an? news of Gon Taylor or any other?, 1 as I bad r.ot ?< en them for a week ha 1 f.y.. I Iff-- Yon »i!i li'if'W mni-c tii-'.n l([, \;v !....,/, - •.«.■•••..-.« f1....'!-,!:.. 1 -. •■ .--,.■■.-. . c, n- q.."'.*-y I: lit. .■;> mix <i I'y lie w.y, o " t .''' ' ges wirb mud" for us on wmc • sunk somewhere near oar ba«e, so we : will bo some mail, short. Have got lottera up to 2S'.h Juno and with thera 1 the handkerchiefs. They are very useful Tho 4th Reinforcements 1 (Mounted) arrived just before I left 1 and in the Wellington lot was Mick Bruce. I met him and bad a yarn ■ with him. He was surprised to hoar how the Peninsula boys had beep cut up. Buster Lelievre, • Jacky Moore and Jack Anderson went away sick 1/ ages before we made these big attacks,

o'fhoy ivera lucky in one w--y. Now that Major Hurftani Li.-rut fYlnrcbison •c •>.',<■ \V"iiu ; l 'Urn OYG have !■■ «o: fji-t- of their original ofticeri'i'ft .iri(i i wii! bn a urvirvel if there ira single old raembir in the firing line now. 1 really don't kaow what will become of in whsn we gOj to Eng'ar.<\ but -J ■!,:";!-; W-1! wick ii nd Fare going to SMck'togeiher.

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A STRENUOUS TIME., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3498, 22 October 1915

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A STRENUOUS TIME. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3498, 22 October 1915

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