A QUIET WEEK IN GALIPOLLI
SERGEANT R PARSONS.
Ths following letter from Hergeant Ralph Parnoim who left, wifh the B'fl RpinftircpmentH in the Wellington Biitt,i)li(in i 3 of interest. iSergeitni Pinions is wpII known in Akaroa, be ing a son of Mr Waiter Parponp, and a nephew of Mi Parsons of Balguerie Sfrt'fif,. H<j ?pent a great deal iof his cbildhood in Akaioa
From 17tb October, to 23rd
Surlday started with the breaking of the drought, but cleared Inter. Work beiDg mercifully slack a couple of us went off in the afternoon for a tour to the apex, about two miles in land. The country is oxtaeraely rugged with great frowning cliffs, and one has some iden of the difficulties encountered ia taking such a position. Had a look at the enemy's trenches through a periscope. The 7th Bri gado of Australians are bivouacked up fchore and seem a very happy family.
We went into tbo fire trenches. There was not much firing going; on but quite ' a lot of gbrapnei flying around, and we paw one poor ebap wonclpnKi out and several wounded. RfHumtil about 5 p in. fi,nd enjoyed a gnof] dinner of roast boef and onions. Thfi cook excplled himsfilf. Turned in early pnd much appreciated the new bed.
<* f'er a wet night, but a mo?fc com forfable one, Monday dawned with the Hun trying to shine. The weather is breaking up alright now but for tbe 6 month* we had practically nn nnbrokprt ppell of g'orions wpntber, a thing quite unknown in New Zβ fund Ano:h»r Tiirkiph rleserter ar Hvf-d to diiy, looking very roggpd and forlorn, quite happy. The Turks have got their tail well up and are figbting stubbornly on the defensive, which exactly suits them, and of course the Huns are looking after their
cornmisiafarint arrangements, ho there i- , no chance of a hrpak down in that dirpcMnn, LifiM;erq to bund toda.y from ho Aunts n.nd Riaip, and I am look ing forward to all 'hope parcpls
Hppnt and Wf-dnefday wit-b the Gpnoral (sounds bio;) but bad a devil of a lot to do and getting on famously with'him Hβ ■ won't have anyone else to do hi* confidential work now, and be is very decent end (loriwidpratfi. Took a e/troll through ■'he pap to Wnlker's ridge during tbe evening where a pood deal of firing was in progress. Had a look at; tbe Indian Camp where the mules are Theae Tndiana are doing very good work in transporting water and goods to the trenches, and look after their animals well I like the Gburka's best as they look like a lot of irresponsiblp children and always havfe a smile for ODO
Thursday turned out fine and I wa' determined to have a slack day, so kept out of the Dook's sight as much as possible. I must not forget to tell you of my Gallipoli birthday present While out for a stroll in the evening I managed to get id the way of a "stray" which fortunately just grazed my head. 1 wag handy to an ambulance and was taken in and dressed ioamed lately nnd have felt no ill effects. Of course I bad the chance of going away, but I have got a decent job, and in any case Ira too eld a veteran now to be fiightenpd by a scratch. Both the Dook and General were much con cerned. I am giving you these full particulars in case a report leaks through that I have been smacked up again, and please understand tbrfc this ig quite a private wound and I don't want any flourishes in the newspapers. So endetb my 28th birthday,
Friday very windy and I've been pretty busy. We have bad a weather report sent in and for the nexb few days we are to have heavy gales, fcben during November. Some settled weather with colder nights and then (Good Lord preserve us) blizzard? with ice and snow. I hope we are well out of it long before then, They are trying to let those of us who have borno the brunt oE it here off to Bng lang, perhap3 for Xma?, and I'm looking forward to a merry Xma9 in Merrie England. Feeling very fit, and neither my bead nor my stomach troubling me
fiaturdny the cold , si; day yet; ex perienced bore, and I'm thankful my bivvy is a good one It rained all through the night and is still at it During tho last few days geese and other birds have been migrating South. Even they have sense enough to get out of the blanky country. This is really the quietest week we've had here, our Brigades being still away at Leranog. Of course we get out d-iily portion of "Hate" and as the Gen.pra! says there ia not a spot on the Peninsula where one is safe from shot a d shell, thongh we've been here for 6 months. For all that we are doing well, and not a bit down hearted Wo are well fed and have a snug position. Hon R Heaton Rhodes ia expected shortly and I dare say will visit the trenches for a thrill or two
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A QUIET WEEK IN GALIPOLLI, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3507, 24 December 1915
A QUIET WEEK IN GALIPOLLI Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3507, 24 December 1915
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