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I was not sorry when we had orders to move up the coast to Gully Ravine.  Some distance up the ravine we began another well.  There was about two feet of sandy soil and then solid rock.  It was so dry that we had to walk over a mile to obtain sufficient water to enable us to drill the holes in readiness fore blasting. Day after day we blasted in more ways than one but, having reached a depth of thirty-four feet without even a slight trace of dampness, we gave it up as hopeless.  Imagine our surprise when the Engineer-in-charge marked out a spot for another well only a few feet from the white elephant.  He said we should have struck water thereabouts and was certain we would be successful with this new well.  Strange to say, we found traces of dampness almost at once and at four feet had to bale water all the time to get on with the sinking. At six feet the inrush was so hampering our digging that we decided to cut a trench between the two wells so that the water could run into the first one close by.  At ten feet we had to abandon all further sinking as we had a supply well and a thirty-four feet deep container.

"Gallipoli 1915", ( London-1977), Joe Murray, p. 124-125


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