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AT THE DARDANELLES.

PENINSULA BOY 4 AT THE

FRONT

Trooper David Garry, of Long Bay road who left with the 4 _ Reinforoe merits writes to a friend from the Hospital at, Cairo, under date October 3rd, 1915 as under.

At times I thought- tbat my chances wore 80 Binall tbat I would'nt gut a chance to write to anyone again, but fate baa de_reed otherwise I want to extend sympathy to — for Jack wbo has given his life for his country,' Kennard a Jack's and I were often together in the tr nebe," aod he told me that Jack wa? b.idly wounded, go we always bad hoped thut be had pulled through If a mate gets wounded we Qpvsr benr any nine about bow he has go* on. H« is taken to tbe FJo-pHnl Ship straight away, severe caaea go to England o* Malta, others go to Lenino-*, Alexand rift or Cairo All Colonial troops have had heavy losses and to give you some idea of bow qu <ck*y men come arid go during the thirteen we _-t that I waat the front the fallow- in tt;y platoon were almost a new net when I leftFred Giddena was in my platoon Poor old Fred took to ie very hard He got here at a bard time, just, after we had a big advance and a fellow did'Dfc know tbe moment he was going to get bma eked,

It takes a week or two of bmd going to get things shipshape and p»fn when we take new ground, and the enemy are full of cunning. The N Z Brigade did very good work in spite of all errora. The Canterbury Battalion on tbat occasion stood all night in a ravine, Turks in the scrub on both sides of us and the narrow track littered with dead and dying Turks. The guide bad lost the traok out and we found our way out when tbe moon rose at 8 a.m. We then took three lines of trenches, went to the top of the bill, dug ourselves in under fire, stayed there 48 hours before we

wura relieved, wi >i i c iv il ot water. I did'nt average 20 hours -t'eep per week th< la-tfi foti>- we<-k-< I was tbere. My w*i_{hr, wa-» 9 .-.tons after a fortnight in tbis ho-piutl Now what I bi,v - :.oM yon rony swtn Moraewbat ejc-u.-g'i.tu-d, but il- i.-. »■■*. so. New Z a.:**w;<i»-■•■■ never re*:.e..l, and q: st.ft*. j o m.mv hravc.de*-8 **b-i! it is good to b" ihere I have lean* -o pm fai'h in God and His help has been so enduring that I have been 'able to go through everything, and to b» of assistance to others as welf. On* incident will always be clear in >ny memoiy the morning when we duo in CrtpUi.) St-nart formerly a H*i*f. -r) •■; 'kii.'t*. bn'y Collt-g*, c<mi* I i' !( - p ■*, -.v**e<» tviJ were dijjgi g fo. ■■' '-> x - "\n q>r%> qi.an*i*y of vn ci .f.*. ihi .:," M uo b Hhcp v, u »iP ''aptain, gni* g birn **y wa»er bor.,|n He *ook *i dm-p ' 'iioht and rhen t d d m.-

-ii- >.ncr h*:uin of nm I Sh>' when, | I ■ Id him n*d >fir poii/*ng b^lf tb»----q-ia< _**y mo my own bn *eckor*ed toir, *-« c »n*f gui s Thai iv *i nay _ our live- a- wn >.ye*e di-'fld b_*, for by 10 o'c ock we b _ » five foot' trench, »nd ihe Hhi-apn.l was bu-sting very bick and mkiobine gun fie was also heavy on our front Those who had'nt, a trench dug deep tbat morn ing suffered heavily. A trench of 4 fo. is sufficient shelter from shrapnel. I got bowled over by a high explosive 'md was sent away. A mule taved me from annihilation. We were un ioading a tram of fifty mules about, 10 o'clock night time, boxes of bombs waa tha cargo, and three shells landed right slap hang in the middle of us Indians and mules went up in the air suddenly, I did'nt remember any more. I still have a buzzy head, but am felling better this last week. Have been here a month now. Smithy is here somewhere or he may have gone to England or New Zaaland. Bus Lelievre and Jackie Moore have gone to New Zealand. Did'nt I envy the fellows going back from here. Ralph

(Joe was here on his way to the f.on . He has been very ill but be won't, give in to it. I'hope he gets on allright. That is the place where men are proved. A fellow (jets to know hia weakness and the other MlowVvery soon over tbe.ro. Some fellows surprise you, others disapi-oint you I got away from my piibjct a while ugo Lee Smith got slightly wounded 1 ine| Arthur Jaeob_n the diy before I 1 _t'' He had just arrived there and met Smithy coming to Alexandria. Sergeant Major Parkinson of Kaituna is in tbis hospital, also G Spoouer, formerly of Akaroa. The Mounted'- lost heavily, Morris Moo re, Dive Anderson, Hector Pigeon,

i-'ire-j-uit Pties-:* have all been reported kiiled Ir, i*? bard to itink that so many fine fellows have gone, but it is war, and «»» who are in the thick of it have to >ik" our turn whi-n it comes I could write on. but I will write again before living Egypt. Give my ls»ve to all who wish it.

Tbe Canterbury Regiment regrets Wally Otoe's death. He was one of tbe most popular fellows in the R giment.

Tbe Australians are great fellows. Always cheerful and don't know the meaning of the word funk. The Maoris are champions in every way, good fellows every one of tbem, Kiichener's army, what I have seen out here are a poor lot. They are mostly boys so not much conld be expected of them Of course the British Tommy is a birdof another feather.

Well my head is feeling queer so 1 will close.

P.B, —Remember me to all tbe boys. Percy Williams was away sick wben I left. He is very popular.and bis mates wonder why he does 'nt take stripes. In fact they regret tbat be is'nt their O.C Our officers take a lot of beating, Colonel Hughes, Major Stuart and Lieutenant Dobson. They will do me all the time.

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AT THE DARDANELLES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3502, 7 December 1915

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AT THE DARDANELLES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3502, 7 December 1915

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