AT THE FRONT.
A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE
iSergjant Mnjor Leonard Parkinson, who left with the Maio Expeditionary Force?, and who is well known on the Peninsula, writes to big brother, Mr John Parkinson, of Kaitaoa, under date August 30ih : —
"Just a few lines to say f am still I alive, and I must consider myself lucky a 9 we have made two daylight attacks lately and lost very heavily, but we drove the Turks out and got the trenches. The first charge was on the 21st, Wβ started oS with 40 men, and landed in the trench with 17 men and officers (this is O.Y.C). Then, on Friday, 27th, we started off with 29 men and 2 officers, and only two of us reached the trenches untouched under the most hellish fire— machine guns, rifle and shell —that anyone could imagine. We were joined with other regiments, and we held the trenches for two days and nighta till we were relieved last night. All the officers were wounded, and now lam the senior man left. lam Sergeant major, and hope soon to get a commission. What they intend to do with the remainiog few of the mounted men we do not know, bat I hope they will take us away for a spell—perhaps they will. We are making good progress, all through, and i am sure no men have proved themselves braver than the New Zealanders."
Sergeant • major Parkinson was wounded shortly after writing the above letter, and was sent home to England, is hoped, he is enjoying a well earned reet.
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AT THE FRONT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3500, 29 October 1915