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Monday 30 August – Relieved out of trenches by Australian Infantry. Done completely – 21 left out of about 70 men.  Was promoted to Corporal.  Australian Light Horse charged the trenches on our right at 12h30.  Last light, our line is straight.  We gained about 400 acres in 4 days fighting, 1000 men killed and wounded. Land is very dear here.

Trooper J.W. Watson quoted in "Gallipoli, The New Zealand
Story", (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p.325

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Padres like Dore, Grant and Luxford were selfless in their administering to the men.  There was no room for differences of religion; care was given to everyone.  The padres paid the price.  Chaplain Major William Grant was one of these.  On 28th August he went forward into the trenches on hill 60 looking for wounded. The trench was full of wounded Turks whose wounds he dressed.  Presently voices were heard down the trench and the Chaplain’s companion said : “I think there must be Turks in the trench”.  The Chaplain answered : “Well, we’ll go a little further, and see if we can reach them”. The Chaplain crept forward to a bend in the trench.  Suddenly there was a report, and the Chaplain fell forward.

"Gallipoli-
The New Zealand Story", (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 324

 

 

"Padre Grant out at Hill 60 - This picture was taken about an hour before his death", period picture reproduced from "The New Zealanders at Gallipoli”, (Auckland 1921), Fred Waite, p. 256

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So we had this attack on Hill 60. I was a rake-in for that one. We all were.  The left-

 

 

Sergeant John Walcot Wilder

August 27 Friday – We go for a flutter this afternoon.  Just missed a trip to Alexandria, the Colonel would not let me go, sent Mc Kiver instead.

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Sergeant John Walcot Wider quoted in "Gallipoli-The New Zealand Story", (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 322

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In many places the parapet and parados … was built up of dead men,  Turks of course; the stench was appalling … I felt as though I could scrape the smell of dead men out of my mouth and throat and stomach in chunks.

Trooper Francis Twistleton (OMR) quoted in "Gallipoli 1915", (Stroud 2002), Ti
m Travers, p. 181

overs. You just had to do what you were told and follow the leader.  The men lined up for the attack were all fairly disgruntled and dejected.  They’d just about had it. We were only told we were attacking the Turk trenches ahead and we would be given the signal to charge.  Not what the attack was for, or anything else.  So we lay there waiting with our bayonets fixed. When the word came, our major, Major Bruiser Taylor, was right in front of me as he jumped to his feet. He had a sword he wasn’t supposed to have –because of swords drawing Turk fire- and he blew his whistle and pulled his sword out and shouted “charge!” That’s all he said. The next thing he was flat on his face, shot through the head.

Trooper Bill East quoted in "Voices of Gallipoli", (Auckland 1988),  Maurice Shadbolt, p. 78