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I found myself sitting useless alongside Captain Bartlett, second in command of the 15th North Auckland Company. He was wounded too. I said to him, ďSir this is a sheer waste of good men. Iím going back, Iím going to risk going back to see if I can stop this madness.Ē He didnít argue with me. So I took off my webbing, stripped down to my tunic, and leaving my riffle behind, set off at a gallop back across the Daisy Patch.  The dead were lying everywhere, little silent bundles of New Zealanders.

Sergeant Joseph Gasparich quoted
in "Voices of Gallipoli" (Auckland 1988),  Maurice Shadbolt, p. 84



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The front line perimeter to be covered by the New-Zealanders was from Krithia Nullah on the right to the Gully Ravine on the left; a width of about 1200 yards. Inside this perimeter the Canterbury Infantry battalion covered the right between Krithia Nullah and Fir Tree Wood, a distance of about 400 yards. The Auckland Infantry battalion covered the centre, including Fir tree Wood, and the Wellington Infantry battalion covered the left to Gully Ravine, a distance of about 800 yards. The Australians covered the perimeter to the New-Zealanders' right, immediately over Krithia Nullah.
At 10.30 am the whole line moved forward, only to come instantly under lethal machinegun fire. Men dropped right down the line......

"Bloody Gallipoli", (Auckland 2005), Richard Stowers, p. 187

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I witnessed the big Allied advance against the Turks, and of the New Zealand Infantry across the Daisy Patch.  It was just a hell.  All those bodies lying across fields sprinkled with daisies and poppies - or perhaps the poppies were just patches of blood.  It was somewhere around then than New Zealanders got the name of "the white Gurkhas".

Private Russell Weir  (NZ Infantry Brigade Staff-WIB) quoted in "Voices of Gallipoli" (Auckland 1988),  Maurice Shadbolt, p. 38

Yes, I still think of Gallipoli. You may well ask if any war is worth it.  You may well ask those lines of white crosses under which are buried the finest young fellows New Zealand could produce : was it worth it ? Was it worth your lives ??

No. No. It was not

Private Tony Fagen (AIB) quoted in "Voices of Gallipoli", (Auckland 1988),  Maurice Shadbolt, p. 22