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THE ANZAC ENGAGEMENT.

Tho following is the eonoiusion of the article in the "London Times" describing the historic engagement of August 6; —

"Canterbury divided into two. One squadron went straight up the point of the hill from the front. Tho other swung inland a little, and then came up to the' same point from the rear. There was a machine gun in the nearer trench, end they were on it before the Turli3 could take the breech block away The Turki.-h escort for the gun efcood its g'ound, and some of the finest men in the regiment were shot as they rushed it- Limers and farmers' son 3 from the plains about Christehurcb.—their graves are there to.day But; they never answered with a single rifle shot nor yet a cheer . They bayonetted the Turks and took the machine gun. The other squadron cleared a long communication trench down the slope of the hill to the north, they then turned in , land and came up the leDgth of the spur together, clearing four trenches in all as they went until their spur joined the one which Otago was attacking, and the two regiments met, as had been arranged, on the orest of the ppurs they had cleared.

[The farmers' eons about Christohurch refer to six well known men in North Canterbury, Trooper Geo. Prnith and Sergeant Greenwood being atnortg them. Trooper L J. Smith, cf sho C YC, wa3 in this charge, being next to the first four who were killed, but he was fortunate enough to be one of the few thai came through unhurt.l

The Otagos had just s;ioh wild fighting alorsg their ppur. Their Colonel had. I be. lieve. just called out to them, "Come on, boys, charge ! " .when ho fell shot through the spiue on the bill that already bore his name. There were about half a dozen Maoris lying around the body of Captain Hay. The whole hillside was littered with the remains of. the Tu> Irish bivouacs. But there was one thin" that we did not get. Over behind those hills there had for days been a troublesome gon of French make— a 75. originally made for the Serbians 'The 75 had gone. But we took a small Norden. felt.

So ended that first wild clearance in the dark. The first new 3 I heard of it was from a youngster who had been sent back to re port that the first stage had ended—he stood there in front of the lantmru breathless, hatiess, his shirt thrown op3n, and sleeves rolled op, knees bare The perspiration was dripping from every pore, and his bayonet was red halfv/ay down the blade. Tho New Zealanders had done wond rtul'work in abaolut" silence—a stylo of fighting, of which the only other example tbat I know of in this war was tho rush of tha Australians on tho first day.

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THE ANZAC ENGAGEMENT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3507, 24 December 1915

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THE ANZAC ENGAGEMENT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3507, 24 December 1915

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