by Sue Banks, a relative)
21.5.86 (Addington), Killed in Action France 2.10.16
Private John Murray Donn
13 Section 12 Platoon
Company or 12th Regiment
Zealand Expeditionary Force
the event of accidents will the finder of this diary please send the
same to W
Fairweather Jun Walter
Street Blenheim New Zealand
Harris ,246 Rentoul Street, Berhampore
Wells, C/- Cathie & Co, Marion Street Wellington, or 133 Dixon
Street, Phone 108
HG Seeley, c Coy, 5th Battalion, Australian Exp Force, Mina
W Pitherick, Ingelstri? Street, Wellington, New Zealand
A Pinnegan, Maison Assad Bassitim, Camp de Cleare, Alexandria
notice that as this is for 1914 (diary)
that the dates set opposite the day should be one day earlier.
(This is because he started writing in diary on 16 August 1914 and then
started at front again SB).
note. As this is the way it was written and transcribed I have left
it that way. However it makes little sense in the reading if you
read it that way. The hrro of the story leaves Cairo and goes to
Gallipoli before he leaves NZ/Australia.
go to the start of the diary
Proceeded to Range at 7 am, back by 1 pm. Dinner of 3 eggs and
tomatoes 7 ½ D at camp. Rest. Evening playing cards and
Tent disinfected then left for Cairo. Then dinner and catching No
14 tram and passing over the Nile arrived at the foot of the pyramids
after a ride lasting an hour, returned and visited pictures, getting
back to camp at 9 am. Got 7 letters.
Jan 2 1915 (Written on opposite page)
set out to visit Egypt’s famous Pyramids catching No 14 tram and after
a journey lasting about one hour and costing 2 piastres 1st
class, during which we crossed the Nile we arrived at the foot of the
Pyramids. Our lives were nearly pestered out of us by the guides who
persisted in offering their services. The first Pyramid from the drive
is Cheops erected 2373 BC 3 Dynasty present height 451 feet, a flag pole
of 30 feet is placed on top to show the original height. The Tomb of
Cheops is at the centre of the pyramid while his daughter’s tomb is 5
stages nearer the top, while his wife’s is on the level of the
entrance. A well 200 ft deep is in the centre of the Pyramids. On the
top of this Pyramid enterprising natives sell coffee and oranges. The
record for ascending and descending Cheops is ? 7 minutes.
view is magnificent to the west extends Libyan Desert and its 9 pyramids. To
the south acres upon acres of rich fertile land growing
beautiful green fodder and Indian corn. This land is divided by numerous
waterways for irrigation. To the East lies the Australians camp and it
looks a model camp but alas for some poor unfortunate soldiers it
extended up a valley meaning perhaps an hours walk from the tram. To the
North lies a buried city which is at present being excavated by an
American who has made a good deal of progress. The excavations show that
undoubtedly that a city of considerable existed near the pyramids.
second in Sheffrien (? Chephren) built in 5 dynasty 400 ft high. To
visit the Tomb of Chephre you take off your boots and proceed down a
shaft 5 ‘ square the sides of which are composed of granite which was
carted 500 miles to be used in the building of the great pyramids. At
one part of the shaft you lie down flat and crawl along with great
difficulty. The tomb is a very large vault and although the coffin is
still there the mummie (sp) is in the English museum. The entrance to
this tomb was discovered by Bangoli 1818. A great air shaft leads up the
centre of Pyramids and leads out on the side. Near the top a part of the
original shell that the Pyramids were covered with still exists. The
Sphinx was then visited, it is considered to be at least 1000 years
older than the Pyramids. The nose of the Sphinx was destroyed by a shot
from a gun fired by one of Napoleon's soldiers.
visited the Temple of the Sphinx and it contained many beautifully
polished pillars of granite, a coffin of alabaster was also visited. In
many places excavations show buried building and tombs containing
coffins. Coins supposed to be recovered from the ruins are for sale by
the natives. These are not genuine but the natives swear by them. It is
said that if you like you can dig for coins if you are willing to pay.
These finds are unquestionable plants.
Attended church parade then medical inspection. Spent afternoon
in writing then went on Quarter Guard informed by Adjutant that would be
fighting Turks in 12 days. March into hills to act as defenders against
13 who attack us on flank. Counter attack a failure. Home by 5 pm. Spend
evening in writing.
Marched to hills and did attack practice on targets with loaded
cartridges. Officers shot against NCOs. Saunders carrying loaded kit.
Marched home through clouds of duct so thick could not see 20 yards
ahead. Boot and lice inspection. Paraded 5 pm. Marched out 4 miles act
as covering party during posting of sentry groups. Dug trenches to sleep
in. Offic went on wrong
wagon. Thwaites captured by 13 Rose 4 am and attacked 13th.
Breakfast in sand storm. During march back passed a very large column of
?Tommies poor physique and
poor horses. Camp ?10. Out
in desert trenching and visual training. Spent evening in musical
Paraded 9.30. High Commissioner addressed men. Pay afternoon.
Carriage ride, then donkey and then to town and Old Criterion. Plenty of
long drinks 2 ½ D. Conjuror. Sam, Jerry and Theo visited
Saunders and Jervois.
Nelson day off. Set off and visited several mosque and the Tombs
therein. Lovely work. Marble and granite inlaid with ebony and ivory and
silver work, silver lamp holders. Visited zoo and Kourad. Our luck has
changed at last for we have the easiest day of our lives for we acted as
escort to the artillery during an attack carried out by Canterbury. Back
in camp 3.30pm. Sam bad Dr
roared at being called on for medicine at 6 am saying don’t come in
the night. Capts tent knocked down. Shaved upper lip. Marched to
position, dug trenches and then back to camp. Town. Picket under Serg
McKie in Heliopolis. Bayonet fighting. Afternoon off. Paraded 5.30.
Marched out to desert and by 10 o'clock hard trench digging. 75 yds with
8 shovels. Scouts very good disguises never saw our blankets. Sat round
cook and fire to keep warm. Breakfast then 3 miles march further out and
did some firing. Got a good sleep back in camp by 4pm. Got Mum’s
weeks in Egypt. Practising formation for night entrenching. Afternoon
letter writing. Paraded 6 am but sent to bed to ready for night alarm
which went 1.30am. Fell in and marched to hut in valley, then turned and
attacked position on bank opposite pumping station, back in camp 7 am.
Vaccination at 11.am. Evening town and all came home merry had ripping
time. Cab, horse down.
Sun Divine service then medical inspection. Visited by captain re
the row in the tent of an evening after pay day.
Rumoured arrest of Q Master and Captain re stores disappearing.
Spent afternoon reading, evening writing. Marched out to pumping
Station. Inspected by Brigd Johnstone. M Bereton to pay for damage done
to crops by troops.
Bayonet Day in camp. Visited Dr Henry re teeth. Troops marched to
hills and fought rearguard action on return. Rumours that we are here
for two years under Egyptian Government. Bayonet and street fighting.
Visited Dr Henry. 2 pm Decision of Court Martial read on two offenders.
Concert in Salvation Tent. Received BP photo.
Stopped in camp with bad arms due to vaccination. Short march in
morning. Regiment away for the night. Visited Dr Henry in Cairo. Good
dinner shouted by Capt Taylor Rev. Got new teeth also old ones cost
Pound3.2.0. Tent Inspection and paid , on inlying picket. Sam and Gerry
went to races. Came home late or rather early, but no row.
Vaccination and medical inspection. Spent afternoon in Camp.
Evening visited Scotch Church. Cong 173. 90% soldiers stroll through
Internal economy. Coy drill. Rapid Firing and lecture by Major.
Afternoon pitching two tents for officers and washing water bottles.
Evening parade 9.45, bed 1 am.
Thwaites cake. Reveille 5 am. Left Section 7 and proceeded to
citadel and drew 4,000,000 round of ammunition and took same to Zagazig.
Jan 26 1914 at 5 pm. (Written on opposite page) Word
was spread through the camp that as the Turks had got into touch with
our outposts on the Canal, we were in the morning to proceed to Ismailia
and the prospect of seeing fighting seemed rosey. The news was received
with great excitement, much cheering and great amount of music by band.
Many made the canteen a place to celebrate the joy in, but most got to
work and packed its etc. Proceed to pack kit and did some washing after
word was passed round that we were not leaving till 1pm but at 5.30 am
accompanied by Lieut Jervois (Jarvis) proceeded to Citadel to draw 4,000,000 round of ammunition.
First job was to keep the niggars on the move. Moved off in train at 4
pm and on arrival at Cairo secured blankets and food which had been left
there previously. Tea consisted of bread, tin meat, jam and c. milk.
Proceed to bed 7am. Packed like sardines rifles falling down on us when
the train moved off at 8 pm. A rough trip and a terrible lot of
shunting. Arrived Zagazig 1 am and proceeded to station and slept in
waiting room. Had a cup of tea with breakfast, also wash. Loafed round
station till 12.15pm when boarded train for Ismailia arriving same 2pm.
Passed heal? of Indians and also Hospital train. Camp alongside railway
station. Wind blowing dust awful. Men having butte races to fill time.
Airplanes flying about. Saw armoured Train consisting of 6 trucks and
engine, one truck carrying a gun of fair size. The crew of the trains
consisted of English, Indian and Egyptian solders. At camp station is
the camping ground for several regs of Indian Gurka, small of stature
like unto a Japanese, terrible good fighters.
Punjabis fine upstanding fellows.
Left Zagazig 12.15 arriving Ismailia 2pm. Windy with dust and
sand very thick. Aeroplanes flying overhead. Slept under shelter of
sheet of iron. Tea off tough camel.
Breakfast of camel reboiled. It was said it was
working ½ hr before it was in the pot.
Coy drill. Afternoon attack practice. Evening visited Ismailia.
Reports of fighting. Jerry’s 22nd birthday.
Inspected by stiff
legged General Wilson in charge of canal defences then attack by
Auckland and Canterbury Reg. Afternoon marched to camp station entrained
and then back to camp.
Breakfast bread jam and tea without milk. Pitched tents 13 in row.
Afternoon bathing parade in
Laka (Lake) Timsah. Bed at 8 after having 3 cigarettes at 6.30pm for 1
½ piasters. Active service post cards issued.
Sunday morning got merry with Thwaites, Wills and Wilson. Had
good time, rummy, talking with. Breakfast then marched down to Lake for
a dip. Church parade 11am. Lecture on swearing by Capt Taylor. Posted
Active Service PC. Afternoon v hot. News of killing by our outposts of
two of our Aviators confirmed
Musketry Order. Platoon drill 9 – 12. Breakfast and dinner of
bread and jam and tea. Afternoon platoon drill on football ground then
marched down for bath at 4pm. Men disgusted at food and treatment. Saw
1200 Indian Calvary at work.
5.30 (Written on opposite page) Took
up position all attached to 18th Manchester Battery. Spent
night in No 2 sentry group from which at 6.30 ?? about 3 battalions of
Indian Infantry left ferry crossing and marched in northerly direction
accompanied by several machine guns carried by mules. Early in morning
machine guns and rifle fire was heard and at break of day 6 am the guns
of the French warships started firing lyddite and shrapnel and it did
deadly work on the Turks who had commenced advance. An excellent view
was obtained by sitting on a knob and although one would have very much
liked to be having a fly? We were very lucky to have such an excellent
view. Breakfast was in full swing when the 18th opened with shrapnel
and 9 am the
enemy replied with such vigour that breakfast was cut short and into the
trenches we went. It did not seem to worry our troops at all although it
was their baptism of fire. The closest was 100 feet below us and 200
yards to the rear. The aeroplane flying above us soon cleared out.
Morning spent in card playing with intervals to watch flying. A shrapnel
struck our trench. Sand storm in afternoon. Food very short.
Had a sleep. Returned to camp at 7.00pm and had hot tea. During
operation shell fell on cook shop but failed to explode. Needless to say
the cooks ducked.
Tuesday a party of plate layers and railways hands loading a repair
train at Ismailia station heard the gunfire and down tools and off but
were rounded up and made to work by a party from camp who used their
entrenching tool handles as persuaders
arrival in camp we found that nearly 200 prisoners were in camp, guarded
by Gurkhas poorly clothed. One Gurkha by showing four fingers and making
action with bayonet, made one understand that he had bayoneted four
Turks. During the action a group of 300-400 mules were killed by our
shellfire and afterwards they were cut up and carted off evidently to be
used for feeding the Turks.
Monday Scott Hindmarsh visited us and reported the 2nd Coy
doings and it appears that at one stage the 2nd 1st
and 13th with some Gurkhas were executing a movement so as to
encompass about 11000 Turks when A Coy opened fire before the movement
was complete, result the Turks repined and Major Jordan ordered A Coy
back to camp. Tommies with a spare wheel and extra horses set out to
bring in a deserted gun that was seen in the distance but they returned
without the gun for it was a dead horse propped up on its front legs,
that had been mistaken for a deserted gun.
Merry evening up town. Rained during night. Morning rifle
inspection. Rifle and heavy gunfire heard in camp. Left camp at 2.30
with pack up and marched 2 miles along railway to Battery Point in
blinding sandstorm. Occupied dugout as Sentry group. Received batches in
shrapnel fire 19 of 12 th platoon under Sgt Corbett. Kits arrived.
Arrival at camp of 9 and 10 Platoon who had been having a go with the
Turks on the canal, range 200 and 300. Wounded Ham1 and
Williams got a hole through hat. Rifle and foot inspection. On guard.
Lovely morning. Westminster Dragoons arrived during night . 12th
supplied firing party for Fitzgibbon. Shot by Turks using white flat.
Guard inspected Captain Griffiths at 4 am.
Ham dead. Section drill, washing, dinner. Fat, cheese, jam,
bread, and tea. Aeroplane practicing dropping bombs. Midaction 3000 dead
and wounded, estimated 12000 Turks in action. Alarms and ordered to stop
in camp as inlying picket. Slept in clothes. Reinforcements
Attended Ham funeral. General Wallace present. Finished washing.
Spent afternoon in playing 500. Visited town during evening and found
that no beer could be supplied to soldiers. Sam’s cake and fruit very
acceptable. Turks retirement reported. Weight 10.2
Paraded 9 am. Rifle cleaning and semaphore signalling. Afternoon
platoon drill. Mail day. Evening visited theatre converted into
Hospital. I saw Turk with two bullets in his body in bad way.
Morning rifle cleaning. Platoon drill and bayonet fighting.
Afternoon bathing parade down to Lake. Three ships passed along canal
including Indian Hospital ship. Mounted guard under LC Keen.
On guard supply depot. Shower of rain during night. Transport
instructed unloading and working camels for transport. Great trouble
getting them to kneel. Inspected by guard by Capt Gresson. Coy out of 7
to 8. Adjunt Parade and drill from 10.30 and bathe in lake. After dinner
attack practice. Gresson complained regarding have boots and equipment
off. On inlying picket. Attack practice, bathing parade in full marching
order. Afternoon digging in competition. A Vinegar’s letter received.
Penny’s 21st birthday. Pub open. Australian’s
gone. Kit and rifle inspection and pay. Very hot afternoon. Bath and
then saw soccer match. Evening up town had good time. Reported 33 men in
Zietoun struck off company strength.
Bathing in lake then church service. Afternoon visited 15 boats
built of 14.G sheet iron used by Turks in attempt to cross to Canal at
Serapeum. Soccer match Navy V Ismailia. Evening visited by Captain
Griffiths. During day NCOs of 12th Platoon visited battle
field and secured trophies.
practice and inspection by General Wilson. Bathe. Tea of m potatoes and
boiled mutton and tea. On
fatigue at 8 pm. Supply Depot shifting bread and meat.
parade 12 Platoon with 1st Canterbury. Bathing.
company drill, soccer match Navy vs Canterbury, Canterbury 5 – 1.
Evening ? 7 – 9 visual training.
around lake. Section ????? range judging then dinner in sun. Flies awful
but fleas are fair demons at night time. Windy during morning. Section
and Platoon Coy and Battalion drill from 9 – 12 in dust storm without
a stop. Men disgusted with treatment. Afternoon bayonet charging 2 –
4. Up town at night, good time.
drill on football ground at lake. 12th Platoon represented company in
competition, won by signals. Afternoon attack practice. Writing and
mending during evening.
and rifle inspection afternoon. Watching platoon play rugby for their
jam. Had good time in town till 7pm.
On way back to camp Couch tried to get away with a barrel of tar
mistaking it for beer, result ??
Bathing parade and divine service the noise of aeroplanes
exhaust. Aerogun mounted near camp. Afternoon writing ? 500H. Evening
Thwaites, Harding and I erased arriving
home at 9 am, used old passes.
Practiced guard mounting in Lake football ground. Afternoon
attack practice, three trees crossing three creeks, several falling in.
On mat for being late. Dismissed. Up town again, good time.
Guarding mounting in gardens this competition decided by popular
vote 12th reps winning. Afternoon bathing. Parade evening
outpost on north east side of camp.
Very hot, in fact hottest day so far. Lay in sun for 3 hours then
fired ten rounds, field firing. Back to camp. Bathing parade to Lake.
Mail arrived. Up town, had a good time.
Off colour. Marched around Lake and had range judging then bath
hot day. Evening up town. Several fellows visit battlefield and secured
Drill morning. Struck camp. Did several fatigues. Evening acted
as escort to Indian mule transport to camp station at Vissa Wassa.Campfire
Reveille 3.30 am and marched to station leaving for Cairo 8.40
am, arriving Zietoun 12.35 pm. Pitched camp. Visited by all stay in camp
boys. Hot bath very good. Very windy. Arrangements in mess room rotten. Divine Service
in mess room. Good dinner. Afternoon and evening reading and writing.
Several of the boys up town.
Reveille 5.30. Drill under Coy Commander, congratulated on our
showing on Feb 2 and 3 by Major Brereton and Sir General Godley.
Afternoon bayonet fighting. On mat got two days but got reduced to 1.
Competition drill for sections No 13 winning. Afternoon and evening
Cairo and Dr Henry, arrived home to find crowd well sprung. NCOs
5 Paraded at 7 am. Marched out with Division past third tower. Pace very
warm over sand. Sham fight which finished 4.30. Arrived back in camp
8.00 pm tired and stiff. Biggest days work so far. Covered about 25
Very easy day. Feet inspection. Visited town with Gerry and
Ralph. Visited bullring and Dr Henry. Issue boots and puttees. Guarding
turning out object lesson to regiment. erased
Afternoon leave till 5. On the march 7.30 till 12.
Acting as covering party while main body dug in. Attack at dawn.
Left for camp ¼ to 7 and got there ¼ to 9. Off to swim and got there
¼ to 9. Got paid and went to races in town in evening.
Divine service and marched past Birdwood. Godley pointed 12th
Coy to the General. Afternoon writing and mending. Very hot. Evening
reading and writing.
Issue of new drill tunics. Nothing doing all day till 4.30 pm
paraded and did Brigade marching in artillery formation. Back in camp 8
pm. Hot coffee then bed.
Left 8am for march with rations but got back to camp 11 o'clock.
Washing, parade in afternoon. Visited H battery and met Mosely.
Rifle cleaning 7 – 8 then off till 6. Very hot and dusty. Lying
sweating in tent doing nothing. Parade 6 – 8. Col Stewart addressed
the men re training.
Left camp 7.30. Full marching order but left packs off a mile
out. General Godley meeting 1st regimen ordered them back to
lines to take pack off. Very hot. Nelson company countered out in
attack. Marched back to camp. Was hell. Merry lot at canteen.
day. Started 6.30 back at 5. Fought Tommies but counted out by umpire.
Weather nice and cool in morning. Rifle inspection. Left camp at 11 for
town and races. Lost a few piastres. Winners paying 24 and 21 for your
20. Got home in a good humour. On the mat for leaving camp before 2 pm.
Should be on guard.
Divine service. Afternoon writing. Evening visited Cairo. Evans,
Wills, Harding and Boyce saw several places wrecked, called air raiding.
Car home. Wills noisy.
Adjutants parade 9 – 10. Afternoon under load. Practiced night
attack but had to return to camp owing to heavy shower.
Reveille 3 am. Parade 5 but delayed ½ hr because it was raining.
Paraded in overcoats and marched to 2nd tower, dug in and
attacked by Australians. Back in camp 3 pm.
St Pats Day. Cleaned and inspected for guard.
Mounted 3 and gave royal salute to Sir Arthur (Henry) McMahon. On
sentry go at canteen. Joe Maxted running guard tent by Sgt Cook. Brigade
left camp for night out. Off guard 6 am, boys back at 7.30 after an easy
night out. Nothing doing in morning. Leave from 2 pm. Visited Cairo and
went to Korsual. Good programme. Saw very flash funeral. Morning shifted
stones round camp. Afternoon short march through Zietoun. Pisted and
Major Loach told good tales. Evening visited Zacteron and met Scott
inspection. Afternoon football match Artillery v Canterbury Regiment 27
– nil on State Railways ground. Carriage run into coming to town and
pole smashed. Evening at Scolus Did the rounds, motored home, slept in
Thwaites bed. Couch brings home another match?
and Company drill and street fighting. Afternoon washing. Mail arrived.
Jerry and I got six days CB by the major.
Paraded 7.30 and marched to Ismailia Canal, dug in and went to
sleep. Clod fight. Wills got a bad time. Back in camp 4.30pm. Jerry
missed 10/- from coat in tent. Evening writing.
7.30. Marched out to 2nd tower, 13 and 12 fighting 10 &
2. Back in camp by 1 pm.
Filched water for Glanville. Letter writing.
to Zietoun and had lecture by Sgt Major under trees. Spell all
afternoon. Tent pitching for Maoris. Mob merry. 3rd
reinforcements arrive. Rifle cleaning and tent inspection, afternoon
sleeping, evening letter writing.
Strong wind raising dust storm. Church parade abandoned. Led
remount horses for one hour. Afternoon played cards. Crowds of locusts.
Evening up Zietoun with Thwaites and Reece.
company parade to fix equipment. Paraded full marching order 11.45 and
was inspected by Ian Hamilton. Had march past. Dust blinding men.
sights. Evening talking.
4.30. Breakfast 5 o'clock. Parade 6.15. Attacked on retiring force near
Pumping Station. Back by 1. Thwaites
at 7. Street fighting in Materich till 9 against 1st and 2nd
. afternoon. Evening
marched through Heliopolis 7 – 9. Short of bread, biscuits instead.
3.30. Breakfast 4.15. parade 5
am. Marched out past Pumping Station and back through Zietoun in full
marching order. Covered 15 miles. Afternoon paid.
Coy Parade 8 am. Guard warned. Visited Barrage. Very fine gardens. Ride
round on donkeys. Arrived back in town 5 pm.
and equipment inspection. Leave only to Heliopolis and Zietoun. 9th
and 12 th Platoon on outlying picket. On picket at Helmiceh station 6 to
10.30am. Porch of picture show burned down and a small riot occurred.
to say the wall was covered with the names of numerous individuals who
had been guests of the Government before us. By the pasting on the walls
some very talented fellows had spent time in the Clink.
Menu of the Hotel:
ran as follows
Cigarette and Isspay
Prop M De Astardboy
paying 6 piastres to guard we obtained a loaf of bread and a few
Friday 0f 1915
the morning ? journeyed
Barrage, the city of gardens and it was like old times to be able to
have a decent roll in the grass. A very pleasant day was spent and town
was reached at 5 pm. On arrival at the triangle near Cooks we found a
riot was going on down the street and hastened to see the fun. We
learned that on the night before a Maori was ill treated in a house of
ill fame and returning the next afternoon with some pals, started a
disturbance. Australians and New Zealanders soon joined in and the
contents of the various places of ill fame soon found a resting place in
the street. It was great to see wardrobes, mirrors, wash stands, beds,
clothing, mattress, pillows, come down from five story building and stop
with a crash on the road. Willing hands soon had a big bonfire going
in the street. The arrival of the fire engine added some more fun for
the crowd ran off with the hose. It was recovered, coupled up and the
water turned on but the hose was quickly cut in several places. An
Australian picket could do nothing and when 20 of the notorious Red Caps
appeared on the scene they were received with a volley of pans, chairs
etc. They retired a bit and opened fire, killing two Tommies, wounding 5
Australian and 2 New Zealanders but this failed to stop the rioters. The
Red Caps retired from the scene. A company of Tommies next appeared,
fixed bayonets and loaded five rounds but they soon got swallowed up in
crowd that numbered near 50,000. The wrecking continued right
‘merrily’ and two flats were set on fire, A crowd of mounted Tommies
were brought in from Albassina at a gallop, but were useless. Shops and
hotels all met the same fate and the wreckers secured plenty of liquor
and spirits. Catching the 9.30pm train and returned to camp having lost
my pals. I had a great job getting back to station and had to take back
streets owing to the main streets being picketed to
prevent the crowd from moving up questionable streets. The
wreckers continued their work till after midnight despite the appeals of
the Provo Marshal and the efforts of the pickets. Only a very short
reference to the above appeared in paper two days later.
4 Divine Service.
Medical Inspection for measles. Issue of clothing and inspection of
equipment. Afternoon reading and mending. Evening writing. Dick Boyle
ill. Blankets rolled in Section Parade. Full marching order in blinding
sand storm. Practiced embarking. Afternoon rest. Evening received mail.
Saw Val? Mason.
Chas Evans 10th Mounted.
V close all night. Morning paraded and fired up Coy & roll.
Afternoon played 500. Evening 500. Hard and Couch visited Mounted, had
valises and kits then all spare gear collected by QM Serg. Afternoon route march to Zietoun. Evening entertained
several Australians at canteen and tent. Visited C Evans and got plum
A route march to Zietoun returning through native quarters,
crossed Canal and bridges walls and other obstacles several times.
Afternoon bayonet fighting, new methods, very good. Evening writing.
Dick Boyle hospital. Issued with Reserve Rations. Stored kits and packed
valises. Clean up lines. Left camp 8 pm. Good send off by Mounted.
Arrived Alexandria at 5.30am. Large number of transports in
harbour. Embarked on SS Itonus at 9am. Left Alexandria
3.40pm.Accommodation fair. No bunks.
Leaving Alexandria we had in tow a steam launch and two large
punts and these broke loose on Mon at 7.30am, owing to a rising sea. The
ship was hove-to and at day break on Tuesday they were sighted and an
attempt was made to recover them. By this time the sea was very rough
and the wind was blowing some Our ship ranged alongside the runways and
two officers dropped into the launch and 3 ? into the first barge about
6.30am. The second barge was cut adrift and was soon lost sight of and
the launch and barge drifted under the stern of the ship. The launch was
knocked about a bit and narrowly missed destruction. A 2 inch rope was
drawn aboard the launch and the barge began to knock the stern of the
launch about, removing the hatchways, The sea was so rough that oil was
used to calm the waves. At 9.20 am the tow rope carried away and the
launch and boat seemed doomed as they drifted toward an island with a
rocky coast. Good steering brought the Itorius alongside the runways and
the officers have transferred themselves to the barge, cut the launch
adrift and she drifted away under the stern of the ship and met her doom
by being pierced by propeller. The barge drifted under the stern too and
ropes were thrown to the men from the stern lifeboat, the dagos lost no
time in reaching the deck. One officer catching a rope looped it round
himself and was pulled up. He had a narrow escape from being dashed to
pieces against the side of the ship as she rolled. The other was pulled
up over the stern. A crew of volunteers was drawn from 12 Nelson and
made an attempt to get away under 4th officer but when
halfway down the Captain stopped, realizing that it was sending them on
an almost hopeless task. By 10.30pm we had full steam ahead, making for
our destination minus our launch and landing barges.
we steamed into the base of the Allied
Fleet operating in the Dardanelles it reminded one of dear old
New Zealand. The formation of the two countries is much the same.
Inclined to be hilly with beautiful grazing and agriculture land leading
down to the sea. Here and there flocks of sheep were grazing and
homesteads nestled in the valleys. As a base for naval operations it
seems very suitable and contained a large number of transports all
carrying their share of men anxious to be into the fighting. Undoubtedly
the most interesting sight was the Elizabeth carrying 8 of England’s
famous 15” guns that fire a shell weighing
nearly a ton.
couple of submarines attracted a lot of attention as they came sneaking
along with only the conning tower showing. There seems to be no end to
the fleet of torpedoes, destroyers and various classes of warship,.
Russian, French and English. The harbour is protected by a series of
nets on the entrance for the purposes of giving warning of the approach
of submarines and torpedoes. A ship containing an observation balloon
passed out of harbour and an hour later we saw the balloon make an
11 Fine day. 10am Divine
service led by officers. Life belt parade. Meals consist of bully beef,
?, and biscuits, jam and cheese. Biscuits musty. Towing launch and two
large boats for landing purposes.
physical drill 9 am Parade full marching order. Rifle and bayonet
inspection. Allotted boat stations, swimmers to swim.
Afternoon quick firing practice. Morning very rough and windy
making physical drill a farce. 9am parade abandoned. Ship rolled very
much. Played 500. Serg Corbett and Cook very sick.
6 am entered base at Lemnos Island under escort of two torpedo?
Destroyers. Dropped anchor. 7.14 am large fleet of transports warships
laying at anchor. Came into harbour 5 pm.
Morning reveille fair. Warships entering and leaving harbour all
day. Several transports arrived during day. Wear overcoats after 4 pm.
An Australian pulling up alongside us had some bread and butter. A great
change from bully beef and biscuits. Saw balloon go up.
Acted as boats crew to landed troops. Spent 3 hours ashore.
Tomlinson and Cook left ship.
Washing day. Blanket airing. Afternoon went for a row around HMS
Implacable. Evening 500 and yarns.
Church Parade. Afternoon practiced embarking in full marching
order. Evening saw hydroplane flying. Good dinner of roast beef and plum
pudding. Evening listened to Australian Band Concert.
Went ashore and had a route march 4 miles to village. Back on
ship 4 pm. Several boys got drunk on bad beer, great job getting them up
rope ladder. Splendid concert by 14th Aust including
hypnotism?? Kit inspection by Lieut Jarvis. Musketry. Afternoon musketry
and semaphore. Evening 500.
Raining heavily. Lecture by Capt Griffiths on health, food,
sanitation. Was very instructive and interesting. Afternoon sewing
mothers meeting? Lecture Jarvis. Evening mail.
slightly during day. On fatigue shifting ammunition. Got balance of mail. Australian canteen doing great business with
NZs. Evening 500.
exercises SS River Clyde with one side painted yellow left harbour.
Afternoon water bottle inspection. Transports and warships leaving from
of iron rations. Bacon, rice and apricots for dinner. Transports and
warships leaving. Ammunition issued.
Church parade. Issued with ammunition and iron ration. Left
and lying off coast saw all the warships firing. Landed from Bulldog
6pm. Marched all over the place. Carted water and ammunition till 2.
Heaps of wounded all over the place. Up 4 and carted water and
ammunition. Ship firing. Aeroplanes flying. Rifle and machine guns hard
at it. Lay on beach in morning, afternoon supported 11th
platoon. Evening up on hill on left with A platoon found us our second
hill in support. Carried water, dug road and trenches. On outpost with
Couch. Terrible gun fire during day. A bit quieter at night. Plenty of
spent bullet flying.
bombarded point, destroyed gun that had been placed in position by 16
horses. Navals landed in evening. False report at 2am re Turks en mass
shot very close to rear and two to front of battleships early in
morning. Things very quiet. No reply to ships fire. Photo taken by QMS.
Road making and drawing stores.
shot. Visited beach and had a bath. Fellow Rovary?? Back and boiled
billy. Afternoon shifted down to the flat at 8 leaving to take up
position on hill, dug all night and barbed wire.
1 The rain
missing?? Stood to arms 4.30am. Straightened up trench all morning.
Afternoon out on patrol two scouts and Sam. Place bombarded ½ later.
Visited Turkish tents.
on opposite page) Canterbury
Coy narrow shave, bullet striking badge in camp. Shrapnel landing all
around us while coming ashore in destroyer Bulldog. Col Stewart killed.
Firing by warship makes the air vibrate. Gallant rescue of wounded under
fire by stretcher bearers. The Australians tried to land on the beach
and had just got a footing when they were mowed down by machine guns and
the wounded lay on the beach in the sun from Sunday morning till Monday
night owing to Turks firing on stretcher bearers.
night our H batteries got on cliff. Turkish posts replied across
peninsular to warships.
Coy sent out to boat with wood and oars 3K and 1W
Very quiet. Dug communication trench. Evening rum issued. Heavy
rifle battery and ships gunfire from 7 till 8. Wratt injured on outpost
on hill left flank. Rifle fire then spell till morning. On outpost on
hill. Very hot. 13th made 600 years but had to retire,
leaving hill at 7.30. Reached flat 11 pm and slept under cliff. Heavy
firing during night.
much doing day, resting on beach preparing to leave beach at 5pm.
Boarded Grasshopper at 10 o’clock after a rough time barge. Naval men
treated us A1.
Arrived at Cape Hellis at 5 am. Marched into paddocks and dug in.
Shrapnel flying. Good rest after bad night on destroyer. Artillery very
busy all day and French advance 1 mile. Very violent goes at 11 and 2 am
by Turks but repulsed ? quite fresh. French and English troops moving
out on flanks.
firing overhead during night. Batteries quiet. Dug fresh trenches. After
dinner moved out on left flank. Slept in trenches. Dr Purless stopped
Advance 10 am up to support and then firing line trenches.
Advanced at 12 o’clock and then again at 5 pm gaining 200 yards.
Wounded assisted. Valise gone.
Still digging in. Heat awful. Smell awful from dead Turks. On
picket in Muller river bed. Frogs in millions. Firing very fierce. Water
and food scarce. Flares and search lights.
hot again. Bullets flying everywhere. Left right flank at dusk and
reformed company on left flank. Had to dig reserve trench. Tommies
arrived to relieve us 10 pm. Got lost coming back and slept in open,
raining heavily. Got hit back of knee.
On the march at daybreak and reached camp 5am. Mud and water
everywhere. Raining during day. Reinforcements allotted to section. Got
wound dressed. Dugouts flooded.
Received valise on Wednesday. Not a thing left. Everybody same.
English Tommies stealing lot.
on Saturday with 57 men, lost 3, wounded 26, leaving 28 of us.
Section of 12 of us, 1 killed, 7 wounded, 4 left McCluster, Wilson, Ryan
coming down from firing line on Tuesday night got struck in back of knee
by bullet but managed to keep going. We got lost and slept in open.
Raining heavily, one overcoat between Don Rees and I. On arrival at
grounds next morning got wound dressed and found bullet inside
underpants. Keeping bullet as memento in pencil case.
13 Had good night in spite of fierce firing. Sun very hot. Things
drying. Bath in creek with frogs, washed clothes. Waited for them to dry
as all we got. Dead beat.
14 Rifle inspection, on beach for swim but I inspected ruins. All
men feel effect of strain. Dysentery persistent.
9 & 10 on fatigue beach, rest inspected by Major Jordan.
Fresh meat issued, first for 5 weeks, heavy shelling day and night.
German aeroplane dropped
bombs on beach.
Parade 8 am then to beach. Built up pier with sandbags, fled to
shelter from shells. No news of any sort. Voluntary church 8 pm, MA
Rifle and bayonet inspection 9 am, early dinner parade 100.30am,
shelled on way to beach carrying ammunition. Back at 7. Heavy cannonade.
Day in camp. Rest of boys on beach road making. Shell put 12 out
of action. I with some more continued job from 6 to 10 building pier and
inspection. Kids made good. 5 pm ordered to parade 6 pm and marched to W
Beach on to mine sweeper and then transferred to store ship, slept on
iron deck. Troops raided stored in hold of ship. Got ashore, 7 men
sniped round beach. Got shifted about awful, dead beat., Made a dugout
but had to sleep in fighting order near left flank. Back to dug out.
Made a road up creek. Swim after dinner. Full marching order 4 pm. No 12
platoon to beach. Did duty as outpost to Battery. Left trenches 5 am.
Good breakfast then heavy rain, mud everywhere. Dysentery bad. Hostile
submarine. Transports left. Warships on move. Destroyers flying about at
full speed. Heavy bombardment on beach. Fatigue for 1 hour at 8 pm.
Letters and paper read. Heavy bombardment of warship aground. No
fatigues. Paraded at 6 pm for outpost protecting Australian batteries.
Armistice from 7 till 4.30 to bury dead Turks.
for an hour. Afternoon off, enjoyed swim. Shrapnel shell put 28 bullets
into Red Cross chap on hill. In trenches and got shelled with shrapnel.
a well earned rest in morning. 12 o’clock started work on Engineers
gear, finished at 5, rain interfered with work. Triumph torpedoed at
12.35, sank 12.55.
Glorious nights rest, clothes off first time for 5 ½ weeks.
Shifting ammunition site. Shell blew a man to pieces on south point.
Evening in trenches one or two outburst of fire including shrapnel and
killed 3 wounded on top?? Learnt that HMS Mayday had been blown up at 10
to 6 am. Afternoon cutting away cliff so as to store ammunition. Evening
trenches very quiet in trenches.
Did washing in sea using condys crystals. No fatigues. Mail
arrived. Evening trenches fierce fight in the night. Roof of Australian
Red Cross show covered with dead.
Plenty of shrapnel. No fatigue morning or afternoon. Evening
trenches. Two men wounded by shell 5 yds from trench early in evening.
Night very quiet.
30 Nothing doing on return from trenches. Afternoon assisted boys in
gulley. Rumours of shifting to Quinn's Post in trenches on hill again.
31 Spell in morning. Messenger in afternoon. No 1 Party on fatigue
till 3.15 then drew rations for day and left beach for Quinn's Post. 4.15
I with party marched to old place for iron rations but missed and came
over hill and rejoined.
Fair nights rest, stood to arms. 3.30am. Moved up to Quinn's Post
at 11am. Placed in charge of Howitzer and learnt how to work same. Night
in dug out. 13 of 12th wounded. Wild night. Took over Garland
Howitzer at noon and took stock and cleaned. No ammunition around. Did
round of trenches, stench awful. Had good night rest. Auck
relieved 12th in firing line.
3 Fairly quiet night our lads in supports and fatigue. Nothing
doing in morning
relieved by Aucklanders at 12 and came down to dug out, shifted all over
show. Lively evening stood at 3.30. rum issued and cigarettes. Quiet
night. Rest in dug out, changed to new dug outs and went down and had
bathe. Stood too 3.30 and left for trenches 10.30 am. Quiet day
arrangements made for attack on trench, trench and 35 prisoners taken
but bombs too hot had to give trench up carrying tipping bombs and
firing up bombs which arrived at 11 o’clock.
shock to learn of Don Rees, Bill Dundon, Paul, Bond, Goulding deaths.
Hell of a morning, bombs everywhere. Troops in 3 take to bomb proofs?
Worked gun over No 6.
active night but no damage done. At dark Auckland tried to take trench
but gave up early owing to misunderstanding. Busy night. Our Coy in
supports on road. Into trenches again and had a quiet day.
evening a Jap bomb found by Australians exploded over us cutting Gridly
in leg and eyes, wounded 7 others. Fairly quiet night and quite day,
relieved by Wellington. 1st and 13th stopping on
for another 24 hours in support. Gun crew also stopping over.
in 10 bombs to keep things moving early in morning. Fairly quiet night.
Relieved by Wellington at 11.30am and rejoined coy in Shrapnel Gulley
meeting 4 and 11 reinforcements. Sid Mason, Ponty Jones, Connelly. Took
fatigue party of 8 up to Brigade Headquarters and did a bit of digging.
Had a bath and did washing.
night. Took party up on hill to practice bomb throwing. Afternoon mail
delivered. Met Sid and Bill Mason, also Tod Callan and F Dunkley.
of warships after absence of some time and they did a bit of firing.
Quiet morning. On fatigue 4 to 8 on Walkers ridge. Our aeroplane dropped
3 bombs in Turkish lines.
busy night, plenty of rifle fire. Beach shelled in morning. Visited
dentist. Dysentery very bad. Tod Callan and F Dunkley paid us a visit.
Our Artillery and Destroyers busy firing. A premature shell landing in
our lines wounding Long and Barry. Afternoon a good rest. Cleaned jam
to 3 am and rested all morning. Afternoon visited dentist. Beach shelled
heavily. Turned out 10.30 pm and toiled up to Quinn's' and returned after 1
17 Left for
Quinn's post 7.45 with Clements, McCusker and Grace as
Gun team. Bomb thrower of 2nd coy had hand blown off. Very
hot during day. Hard job getting food. Did round of trenches. Quietest
night so far. Nothing doing. Engineers improving things in firing line
a few off just to show the Turks we still alive. Visit beach and got new
set of false teeth also bathe. P.. of t… ??
the Turks a few bombs to go on with during night. Mail received. At
10.40 opened with rifle fire till 11 to draw Turks. Our paper alight no
damage. Rest of night quiet.
day. Very hot, flies awful. Food of headquarters attacked,
not too good. Turks improving their position in No Mans Land
bringing machine gun on to rear to trenches, alongside Patrick when he
was killed. Jap bomb short 4 injured. Quiet night. Weather unbearable.
Flies in millions, ½ loaf bread each. Gave Turks a big of smack up
before bed time. One heard singing. Turks sent messages on sticks. Jerry
Harding back. Quiet day but fairly lively night.
night. Shifted mortar to rear of No 6, also tired an old gun but had to
discard. Turks heard yelling and screaming as our bombs landed.
9 – 12 pm. Came off mortar at 1 am, relieved at 9 by
Wellington, back to Canterbury gulley. Visited beach, wash and swim.
fatigue making road for big gun 2 am till 8 am. Got back into old
dugouts. Took charge of water carriers consisting of bomb throwers and
27 All the
Coys doing 4 hours road making then 12 hours off. Heat
awful, flies very bad. Heavy gun fire at the cape. Attended Divine
bad night. Very bad after dinner, vomiting and dysentery, up most of
night. Saw Dr who said report in morning. Two shells burst in gulley.
28 Paraded 9 and marched to beach, inspected and went aboard cutter
then to ship and sailed to Lemnos and transshipped on the Seang Bec Beef
tea. Sleepless night.
Inspected by Dr 9 am. Breakfast, mild and cornflour. Dinner
meat and potatoes. Tea bisc and tea. A long day. Nothing doing. Ship
unsuitable for hospital work. No gear etc so far.
More sick and slightly wounded, McClusker and Gibbs. Lovely day.
Day seemed very long. Food fair but not enough and serving bad.
Fair night inspected by Dr and received medicine. More sick and
wounded arrive. 6 pm left Lemnos for Alex.
in hammock. Weather cloudy. Ship stopped for burial and operation. Tried
to buy bread but failed.
very close and muggy day. Divine service on deck. Afternoon sleeping and
reading. Evening some music. Managed to beg a bit of bread and had
5 Early morning found us entering Alexandria and all day the
firemen argued on deck. A new crowd signed on but more trouble recurred
so after lifting anchor did not leave.
6 Left Alexandria at 7 am and had a smooth day of it, the weather
warm. An Australian Light Horse Man died and committed to deep.
7 Fine day. One of the fireman took his dinner up to show Capt and
was kicked downstairs. Discovery of boys cooking pastry with stolen
8 Very warm. B mess enjoyed bully beef for dinner, owing to the
stealers of flour living on this deck. This punishment inflicted by Q MN
Serg led to a row.
9 Arrived off Malta 12 o’clock and dropped anchor just off town
at 2 pm and reached hospital at 4 pm. In Hospital Ward 28 bath and bed.
A very sleepless night. Inspected by Dr ordered medicine and bed. Fine
quarters, good food etc. Awful long day in bed. Fermination ordered on
Hot fermentations on ear. Lay in bed all day listing to the
singing at the various church services held in Chapel next block.
Had a good nights rest but very warm. In evening strolled down to
the store and bought some post cards, very tired as a result.
diet and enjoyed meat for dinner. Very close and muggy during day. Large
batch of sick arrived. Dysentery very bad in afternoon.
14 Very tired of bed, but no use grumbling. Food very good and
evening had a short stroll and enjoyed the beautiful views.
Very warm, several of the lads shifted and new cases moved in.
Evening very good concert by naval party including ladies.
Good nights rest. Shifted to 54 ward. Received two shillings pay.
Evening visited City Vic and enjoyed walk, returned very tired.
Spent a good night in new ward and they proved to be a lively
crowd playing soccer with an old pith helmet.
Very warm day and in evening strolled as far as library and
enjoyed the singing at the Church Service. Went and spent 4d of our pay.
Fresh arrivals after dinner. Shifted down to 51 ward, some of new
arrivals very bad with Enteric Fever (typhoid).
Much groaning in next ward. One died during night.
Spent bad night. Usual sort of day. Had a good hot bath. Evening
had our usual walk and bought a penny bun for supper. Wrote in reply to
Lovely morning. Received cable from NZ. Took same to orderly
room, referred to chaplain but he knew nothing.
Weather fine and sun shining brightly. Pleasant surprise a visit
from R Wills and E Radd. Splendid concert in evening. Feeling bad but Dr
fixed me up with a good dose of physic. Had a bath, Then visited
Chaplain re cable, in end gave it to Rev Johnston to fix up. Good night
but fellow opposite groaning all night.
Usual sort of day, nothing doing. No pay for sick men. Usual walk
and spent 6d on buns, lemonade and grapes for two
Placed on convalescent list by Dr Clarke, enjoyed afternoon nap
and in evening walked to City Vic and visited the underground catacombs
great deal of talking by the patients during their sleep. In evening
took a stroll through City Vic and back, very tired as a result, good
nights rest. In next ward one of the boys died. Hot bath in morning and
evening went to concert in recreation room, a very good programme.
sort of day, in evening visited George Hudson and Bill Hutchins. Spent
day after parading 4 times, we received our 2/- and went straight down
to the shop and spent 6d in grapes.
sort of day. Heat very great. Three meals a day, good ones too.
Cricket match on Guards v ET Coy. Former winning easily. Evening
play a few larks on each other, very close, sleep almost impossible.
close, new rules posted up, stopping leave and declaring the place to be
a fever hospital.
doing, received proofs of photo3. Very good, ordered 4, money
scarce. Visited Bill Hutchins and George Hudson.
Mess orderly for day. Shifted in afternoon into Ward 58. Evening
picture show at Recreation Room. Come out after second picture, no good.
Nothing doing except to change a book at library.
Evening very fair concert by a flash party in evening dress
Usual sort of day. All going out of grounds with a view of buying
food etc, stopped.
After missing the issue of cigarettes on Tuesday, today's issue
got a double welcome.
Terrible row amongst inmates of Ward 58 over the distribution of
jam. Evening stroll and then to bed.
Some of the lads fitted out for convalescent camp and left at
3.30 pm including Sapper Hoggett RE and Pte Johnston AIF (Lord Methven).
Concert evening by patients.
Very long day nothing doing let down Butchers bed causing great
entry in 1915, because the diary entries from front of book have
now reached when he started keeping diary on 16th August 1914.
Nelson and Blenheim 12th Regiment arrive.
Inspected by Dr and passed. Weight 9.7 lb.
Presented at camp. Fitted out with gear. Close drill. Evening
route march to Halswell.
Hagley park drill and attack practice.
March to Wainoni. Dinner of bread and cheese then to Brighton,
paddle, back to Wainoni. Tea in dark and bed. Night alarm, march to
Brighton and back. Campfire concert.
Back to camp. Leave in afternoon. Evening route march to Halswell.
Inspected by General Godley. Camp v Canterbury 6 to 3. Lancaster
Gun cleaning. Divine service. Leave went to SSS Church
Route march to Halswell. Cooked dinner chop onion potato good
Attack in Hagley park
Close drill. Attack practice. Baths in evening.
Hagley Park attack practice kit inspection farce.
Hagley Park, Attack practice, Coy photo. Leave 1 to 5. Evening
Hagley park. Close drill. Afternoon mounted defeated Infantry 19
to 14. Boyle played. Leave 5 to 9. No meat for dinner
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C Riley B
Donn J Kinghorn
Ahern B Goodview
Raining, rifle cleaning, good meals, Divine service. No leave
till 6 pm. System of leave rotten.
Raining, no physical drill. Short march in morning, same in
afternoon then shifted camp to totalisator in trotting ground. Food bad.
Marched to Governors Bay and back in rain. Typhoid fever and
scarlet fever in Camp. Bed at seven. Slept well. Management rotten.
Management of camp simply rotten. Tram to Redcliffs to sleep out,
musketry instruction. Marched to Sumner. Dr orders return to camp, tram
Tram to Redcliffs. 25 at grouping 15 at application possibles 25
and 20. Marched home snails pace. Canterbury leading. Stewart address
regiment run show himself, lights out 10.30. nearly riot. Rotten
management. Food not fit for dogs.
Inspection Brigadier Johnston. Attack practice. Leave afternoon.
Evening lectures on sanitation discipline, attack
Close drill morning and afternoon. Evening … concert barracks.
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Aug 1912 By
R Donn Aug 1914 By cash
More messing by officers, no time for wash. Kit inspection.
Divine service in Grandstand in Trotting Ground by Taylor, leave 3 to
Packed up and struck camp, marching to Canterbury Park (Plumpton
Park Trotting Grounds) Clubs
ground at Plumpton Sockburn. Camping
cooks. Good tea.
Early parade. Route march to Islington Domain. Company drill. Dry
dinner. Attack practice. March back through Islington freezing works.
Guard having great trouble with previous fatigue party digging holes.
Marched to Templeton Domain. Dry dinner. Close drill. Slept in
open. Night alarm also picket and sentry duty. Alarm 5.45 am.
Marched back to camp; leave 2 to 6. Route march at night.
Battalion Drill. Washing day, medical inspection. Leave 2 to 10
pm. Otago v Canterbury. England v Canterbury 2 – 3.
Platoon drill. Good meals. Divine service. Leave from 4 to 9.30.
Inspection by James Allan (Minister
of Defence). Dry dinner. Entrained for Waddington. Arrived dark. Dry
tea. Slept in open after good campfire concert.
Firing. Grouping 15 out of 75. Application 16 out 20 time
shooting 17 our of 20. Entrained back to camp. Tea and tent pitching in
Battalion drill. March to Hornby and back before diner. Afternoon
Close drill. Kit inspection. Early dinner. Trams down to baths
and back. Instructed outpost dinner. Special leave 5 to 9.30.
Washing day. Leave 12.30 to 7 pm. Night post. Covering party for
pasting sentries, slept in open, attack at 4.30.
Got back to camp 6.30am. kit inspection. Cleaning up lines. Very
Aug Pd 1.4.0
Pd till 14th
Pd till 23 –2/- lost gear
Pd ½ pay till Oct 3
Pd 1/- day on ship
Pd 1/- day on ship
Pd 2/- up till 11th
Rifle inspection. Divine service leave 3 to 9
Company drill very warm work afternoon.
Battalion Drill. Medical inspection. Parade 4.30. erased . no
gear. Sam and Don. Leave 1 to 4. Pay. Mob well sprung.
Up 5.30. Struck camp. Day dinner. Entrained 1.30 got Lyttelton 3.30.
Embarked and sailed by 5.30. Rough up tea. Ship very dirty.
Arrived at Harbour 1 o.clock. Anchor in Harbour 3 pm. Started to
rain. No drill during day. Spent evening playing cards and boycott
canteen on account of prices. On Social Committee. On guard
companionways. 2 hrs on 4 off from 9 to 9. Windy and wet. Rumour we are
here for 2 weeks.
Spell in mornings. Physical drill by platoon. Adjunt take part in
deck games. Weather wet and changeable.
D Thwaites Pd
J Harding Pd
Fine but windy. Church parade 10.15 am. Afternoon wet and
miserable. Voluntary Service evening 8.15
Parade 9 o’clock. Marched to Petone and back about 16 miles in
hot sun. Men dropping out bad feet. Arrangements for leave bad. Good
evening out. Pioneer Lodge. Aboard 9.30
Up at 5 am. Breakfast ¼ to 8. Rotten management. Deck sweeper.
Leave in afternoon. Couch ? Leave in evening. Drydens.
Marched to Newton Park. Attack practice on hill also platoon
drill in park. English beat NZ at hockey
6 to 5. Evening leave then to Barretts also Albert. Jerry &
erased had a good time.
Marched to Karori Park and right up the top of hills in
skirmishing order. Evening off. Went to S? of Wellington, met A Coombes
Train to Trentham. Skirmishing exercises. Also firing 200 yds 13
out of 20. Town picket in evening. Couch for mat. Good time and no
Life belts issued to all hands after shifting to Railway Wharf.
Leave 2 – 9.30.
Beautiful weather. Divine service at 10, collection in aid of man
killed down hold of ship on Thursday. Afternoon Alby/Drydens.
Christening of Edna Alice, stopped to tea.
To Karori. Drill & skirmishing and attack practice. Marched
back without stop.
To Trentham firing 5 shots at figure 5 seconds 2 hits 10 shots in
1 minute 5 loaded and 5 to load 7 hits. Orderlies brought out by train.
Nearly strike of mess orderlies on account of order to parade 9 am.
Order changed and blankets aired. Afternoon paraded and marched to
Thornton baths. Water very cold.
8 Sham fight with
Otago Boys on Karori Hill when we beat them by hard marching and steep
hill climbing. Attack taking place 3 pm instead of 1 o’clock. Evening
Trentham shooting and marking. 500 yds 10 shots own time 20 with
bayonet on 5 out of possible 20.
Route march to Hutt Park through Petone. Weather windy and gravel
and dust flying about very bad. 2 ½ hrs. Evening raining.
Reveille 6 am. Medical inspection. 6.15 in Goods shed. Divine
service in Town Hall at 10 oclock. Weight 9 stone 2 lbs. Dryden in
On fatigue party, swept wharf. Afternoon up town with Penny and
Boyle. Afternoon tea in Burlington Café. Evening Harris out. Pioneer
then Palmers supper.
Trentham all day. Patter? Match. Got beaten by D Company evening.
Leave from7 am till1.45 when we left wharf at 4 pm and lay in
stream. Visited G Harris in morning.
Raining lying in steam doing nothing. Wrote last letters. Lazy
day. Received Parcel A Dryden.
Inspected engine and boiler room. Left Wellington 6 am. Dutchess
?to see us off. ON Quarter Masters Fatigue. Beautiful weather.
Raining and heavy swell on causing ship to pitch off colour but
not down to it. Rained, cleared in afternoon but sea just same.
page) October 16th 1914. Left Wellington in beautiful
weather, the transports following each other in two lines of two
abreast, the Athenic2 holding second position on left line
escort of 4 warships, Japanese warship (Ibuki), Minotaur, Psyche and
of people communicated with: L (letter) PC (postcard)
L RJ Wells, PC A Dryden, PC A Harris, PC B Fairweather, PC B
Goodwin, PC N Down, PC A McPhail, PC J Kinghorn, L B Petterd (2), L Mrs
P Hose, PC Mrs Mitchell, L Donns, Ly? Donns, PC McKays
L Donns, L J Fairweater, L RJ Wells, PC Mrs Hore, L B Petterd
Donns, LV RJ Wells, PCD B Betterd, PC D A Dryden
D B Goodwin, PC D C McKay, PC D M Brettell. Aden:
L V Donns
Nov 10 L
RJ Wells, b Petterd ) posted Cairo
Donns, PC Dryden, PC Mitchell, W Fairweather
PC P Hore, E Bell, B Goodwin, J Kinghorn, J Craig, N Down, C McKay, A
McPhail, M Ahern, F Jackson, Dec 21 Mrs Hore, BN Petterd, B Holland. 22
Donns, W Fairweather,28 Donns.
Jan 3 1915 Donns, RJ Wells, J Fairweather, A Dryden, B Petterd. 11 Donns,
Donns, Kinghorn, C McKay, E Mason 17 RJ Wells, Donns, Hore, Dryden,
Harris, Mitchell, J&N Down, BN Petterd, W Fairweather.24 Donn,
McPhail, J Craig, B Petterd, Donns( photo), Donns Feb 1 Donns, 13
Donns, RJ Wells, B Petterd, B Fairweather, Dr F Henry Cairo 19 Donn,
Drydens, B Goodwin, Mitchell 28 Donns, A Pinnegar, A Dryden, W&J
Fairweather March 6 B Petterd, McKay, M Hore, Donn, RJ Wells, P Desmond,
A Dryden 15 Mitchell, M Hore, B Goodwin, Donn 22 Kinghorn, F Jackson, B
Petterd, Donns, RJ Wells 29 W Fairweather, M Ahern, A Clements, A
Dunkley, C Riley, C McKay, Donns April 5 Donns, J & B Fairweather, B
Petterd, RJ Wells, A Dryden, M Walsh, A Mitchell 8 Donns, photo Donns,
RJ Wells 18 Donns, 24 Donns, E Mason, EJ Wells, W Fairweather May
8,16,27 Donns 27 Dryden, b Petterd, Donns, Fairweathers. June 6 RJ
Wells, Harris, M Ahern 16 Hore, McKay, Jackson 24 Donns, Petterick, RJ
Wells, Petterd. 27 Donns, Drydens, Petterd – on part of cigarette box.
July 10 Donns, RJ Wells, 15 Harris, 17 Fairweathers, 25 Petterd B.Aug 5
photo – Donns, Petterd, Fairweather.
Revellie at 6 am. Fatigue 9.30. Divine service at 10.30am. Spent
afternoon reading and sleeping. All meals on deck. Slightly off colour.
Played football on deck in evening.
Morning broke fair. Physical drill at 6.30 under O’Hara.
Weather good. Quiet afternoon. Evening watching boxing and whales
spouting within ¼ mile of ship.
Physical drill 6.30. Fatigue 9. Afternoon bunk inspection. Worked
in NO 3 & 5 holds with Quartermaster. Packed cocoa, chocolate and
applies. Evening spent watching boxing etc on deck.
5 am ? steamer tried to cut through lines. Land in sight. Came to
anchor in Derwent 11 o’clock. Came up to wharf 7 pm. Large crowd which
were cleared off wharf by pickets off ship. Men left for march. Fatigue
on ship for ½ hour. Apples brought by crowd and thrown up on ship to
men. Left wharf at 12 oclock. B Petterd down to see off. Good send off.
Steamed straight out to sea. Breakfast cheese thrown at stearms?
fine. Engines stopped through one boat breaking down. Shooting at target
towed behind ship. Talk of strike on account of pack drill.
24 Weather fine. Firing at target towed behind
ship, target shot to pieces. Concert in mess room.
Wednesday (21 October)
slide down clothes line to open boat under stern of ship. Rope
burnt some but nothing compared with wetting received by others from
latrines discharge. Left coat and cape in timber yard and mingled with
crowd on wharf. Then went to 329 on return to ship. Met two pickets, one
of which let me off while the other chased me. Got to wharf. Passed
through guards but when talking to water meter man Serg and Corp came
along, the latter asking what time I went on guard, in an hour said I.
They passed on and I made for end of wharf and up the stern lines, got
aboard, but ruined tunic in doing so.
troops in marching through Hobart broke ranks to receive fruit etc.
: all on parade at 4 pm for 1 hr for six days for breaking ranks. Men
talked of strike but only 12 Platoon stuck to last, 8 of 12 did not go
on parade, result orderly room. Rees loses stripe. Harding and Couch 1
hr pack drill.
all hands to do 1 hr pack drill on account of cheese thrown at stearms?
But striking Capt Talbot.
weather. Church parade 10.30, heard nothing. Divine service in mess
7.30pm. Place haunted, blankets disappear.
Washing day. Very hot. Afternoon burial of P Gilphirst of Ruaphua?
Measles showing pretty strong.
Raining. Nothing doing. Condensed milk Act 1914. Aired washing
and bedding. Boxing for company in evening.
Arrived Albany 10 oclock. Land sighted steamed into harbour 2 pm.
Came to wharf alongside Maunganui at 5 pm. Short march up hill for three
miles after tea. Very small and poor wharves.
Left Albany wharf 5 am anchored in stream along with the 24
Australian transports not one of them having been painted so they are
very conspicuous objects compared with NZ boats. Weather very close but
heavy swell on making the task of rowing in ships boats very rough.
Weather very hot morning kit inspection and first crowd
inoculated result sore arms. Concert in mess rooms. Serg enquiry re
Langs disappearance. Hours for water 6.30 to 7.30, 11.30 to 12.15 and 4
Left Albany at 7 am in the rear of the Australian transports with
formed up into three lines while our NZ boats kept to their original
positions. Weather wet and changeable, second issue of Athenian Lyre.
Medical lecture on typhoid germs. Weather fine. Everyone
suffering from sore arms due to inoculation. No noticeable improvement
in the A transports in regard to covering of lights etc.
Weather fine. Drew biscuits for provisioning life boats.
Afternoon muster parade, rowers for life boats selected. Wind rising and
ship rolled much. Joined by 2 more transports and warships.
Left hair on upper lip. Ship rolling, weather fine. Maunganui
left course and is only visible on sky line. Got inoculated with typhoid
germs. Arm stiff. Very hot in sleeping quarters.
Very hot, woke up sweating awful. No breakfast. Heat in cook shop
135. Minetour came to rear and at 6.30 the Ostererly passed us
travelling fast. Australian transports light showing up very plain.
Slept on deck.
Arrived. Bedding and bunks washed. Very warm. All men to parade
on bare feet. More awnings mounted. 10th Mounted boxing in
Horses washed in Lysol. Very warm. Afternoon spent in semaphore,
signalling 40 letters per minute. Slept on deck and had some singing
Shower of rain 5 am so got up to take bedding below and had bath.
6 am all ships stopped and Minotaur came to rear and left on a visit to
Cocos islands 25 miles away. Sunday afternoon heavy showers, men getting
shower baths. Divine service 7.30. O’Sullivan preached very fine
sermon. Slept on deck slight showers
Weather very hot. Fatigue 9 to 12. Rumours re sinking of Emden.
Evening boxing. Slept on deck, slight showers.
page) Sinking of the Emden.
Monday Minateur? Came to rear and after spending an hour in close
company to our rear escort set sail for southern direction it was see to
see if Emden was lying in the shelter of Cocos Islands.
The Ibuki on starboard side crossed over and set off in a direction
followng the Minateur, we then learnt that an action was taking place
and at 12 oclock the news that the Emden had been driven ashore to save
sinking was confirmed. The warship to do this was the Scout Cruiser
Sydney. 30 knots and her casualties amounted 2 killed 13 injured.
Don Rees down with measles. About 3 am several steamers whistled
and at six an Australian boat well in rear most likely man overboard.
Weather very hot. Mess orderlies wearing only underpants to cut down.
Came on to rain 1 am, great shifting of beds. Very hot. Worked in
freezing chamber, very cold. Evening 30 mutton, 10 beef, poultry and
butter and fish.
Rained at night. Shifted bed, Star of Asia, passed south. Rained
afternoon. Evening good concert. Fatigue paraded 7.30 to shift 4 days
meat, owing to second inoculation job off. Slept below.
Crossed line 4 am. Raining heavy morning and afternoon, decks
flooded, washing done naked. Afternoon Father Neptune held court.
Evening 500, slept below very close. Cigarettes cheap.
Very wet during night and shifted camp. Left Australian
transports behind and sailed for Colombo.
Very warm. Arrived at Colombo at 10 am, passed fleet of natives
in their quaint boats. Natives diving for silver only. 2/6 off boat
deck. Large numbers of natives and whites came round to inspect our
boats in the afternoon.
Awoke by the discharge of two cannon thought we were in naval
battle. Troops went ashore morning and afternoon 3 pm showery. Slept on
deck. Police sleeping in holds. Anchored outside moles.
Very hot, native and 2 children on three boards tied together out
diving for silver only. Large number of turrett steamer also oil tank
steamer. Put to sea at 11 oclock am.
page) Decided to take men ashore for short march. Great polishing of
buttons. I got away with first boat crew but got a ducking from
discharge pipe. Landed between fort and naval dock just inside left hand
side of breakwater, marched through native quarters creating much
excitement. Shop open and native painting same. Rickshaws and bikes.
Laundries, bullock carts galore, very fine buildings. Had drink in
native drinking shop. Cigarettes missing from same, marched past
barracks native troops fine built fellows. Europeans in puttee short
pants and jumpers, native boats or rather canoes
with out-rigger, large square sail. No wharves for big ships,
everything is loaded and unloaded by natives by the means of lighters.
The natives getting 4d per day.
Rained in night as usual. Also showers in afternoon and evening.
Enjoyed usual bath in canvas tank in morning. Dice thrower.
7 days CB O’Hara up O room. Hot day. Stew bad, bread musty.
Burial Service for Dr Arawa, buried in Colombo. Evening boxing and
concert. Strange vessels in sight to rear. Much blowing of whistles.
Australian boats 10 overtaking us. Very hot. Defaulters
holystoning, trimming, shifting meat 130 lbs. Evening 10 th cock
Gear on deck, order changed after it up there. Flats ½ mast, man
in Maunganui committed suicide. Concert evening, rained 4 am shifted bed
Very warm, dog jumped down hold. Played 500. Evening passed
millions of reddish jellyfish, which in darkness proved to be covered
Land on port side. Island Socratas. Very hot. Evening boxing
defeated Ching. Sea as
smooth as glass. Sharks showing in the water.
Very warm again. Muster parade with rifles and bayonets. Nothing
much doing. Evening boxing, several good bouts.
Awoke close in to Aden. Rocky hills guard entrance. Sydney left
on our arrive, about 6 other transports in harbour. Troops going to
India. Went for row in morning, brought to stop by two shots across
Left Aden 6 am. Passed several troopships going to India. Turkish
port destroyed by Sydney & Co. Boxing beat Warnock in final for
lightweights in 1 ½ rounds. Passed Island of Perun fortified. During
night 20 vessels passed it is said with troops for tropics. Very hot.
Played cards in moonlight.
No matches to be struck on deck. Hottest day to date.Lim?? short
of meat jam. Sweat simply running out of men. Good concert in evening,
also fish supper fiss &
29 Nice cool breeze blowing.
Piano selections in afternoon in bunk house. Evening 500. Horses been
shoed and said going ashore at Port Said.
Cool breeze all day.
30 Rose 3 am and got another
blanket. Morning windy. Maunganui and Orvetta went on ahead. Land close
on port and starboard at 6pm lighthouse on portside. Rees and Couch
Arrived entrance of Suez Canal. Large town and fine buildings.
Natives selling fruit and speak good English. Entered canal 2 pm.
Protected along banks by Indian troops in trenches and forts under
English officers. Canal 80 miles, built by De Lessops. Search light on
bows of ships. Arrived Port Said 2 am and started to coal. Hell of noise
made by niggars who carried the coal in baskets ½ cwt. Left 3 pm.
Arrived Alexandria 8 am. Left ship at 10 am on wharf till 3 pm
when boarded train which left 8 pm. Long dreary ride in small carriages.
Saw lot of whisky destroyed at Alexandria.
opposite page) Arrived at entrance of Canal on Tuesday morning to find a
large town with fine buildings and nicely laid out paths and road. A
place for everything and everything in its place seems to be the motto
of the canal owners for all their dredges and signal stations bear out
the motto. The canal is 87 miles long and is the work of de Lessops, a
Frenchman. The course of the canal is very winding and you see the boats
in front and think they are on dry land. A searchlight is used on the
bows of each boat for night travelling. The canal is guarded by English
officer and Indian troops who are located in trenches and have a few
field guns. All along the canal are barges and dredges so it is a costly
job to keeping if in working order. At 2 am on Wednesday arrived at Port
Said and started to coal from barges alongside. Native men and woman
carrying the baskets ½ cwt of
coal in each, up 15 in planks and returning by another. There is an
endless stream of them and the din of their talking is terrific. Work
was slow for natives would down tools and all make a rush for bread
thrown down to them by troopers. This brought the boss on the scene and
by aid of much talk and hammering with basket and throwing of coal a
start would be made again. These natives are very dirty in habits.
Examples aboard ship.
numbers of natives in boats did a great trade with the men in cigarettes
50 for 1/-, oranges 20 for 1/-, Turkish delight 6d a box, singlets 1/-,
shirts 3/-, coats 4/-, furs up to 2 pound but would take a pound in end.
Said is a very pretty place with fine buildings and splendid beach for
bathing. A floating dry dock contained 2 dredges owned by CS. A fine
array of warships including a French repair and food ship just landing
an aeroplane. Also the ship Swiftsure taken from Chile at start of war,
two torpedo destroyers also.
a 3 am, sailed down between two lines of Australian transports and out
through the entrance to the Canal and passed a statue of the famous
Engineer who designed the canal.
Built M de Lesseps 4 years surveying, 10 building. Finished
August 15 1869. Open to traffic Nov 17. Vessels first year 491. 1913 –
5085 vessels, 20,033,884 tons. Cargo St 5/3 a ton. Pass St 6/- a ton and
8/4 per passenger. The canal reduces the distance between India and
Western Europe from 11,379 to 7,628 miles, 10 to 12 days save. For night
work searchlights throwing spreading light for 4,000 feet are used.
purchase in 1875 for Pound 3,976,582 of 176,602 shares Pound20 held by
the Khedive, England obtained joint control over the canal with France.
Athenic 12,000 tons at 6/-
Passengers at 8/4
drill. Troops arriving all the time. Shifted tent. Church parade for ½
hour. Visited Heliopolis and Luna Park on scenic railway, also skating.
Physical drill, attack practice. Afternoon defence for surprise
attack on company. Evening visited Heliopolis and had supper. Canteen
Reveille 5.30. Marching order 8. Practice attack out on desert
formed. Defence party in trenches. Dinner 2.3 am. Rifle inspection.
Evening 6. Erased and smoke concert in tent.
Bottle ? company
skirmishing. Rained heavily at 1 am. After dinner placed white stones
round tent and lines, devices round tents very good.
spent in Cairo. Platoon drill marched through Heliopolis on return.
Rifle inspection and drill afternoon. Evening spent in writing. Boys
went to Heliopolis.
5.30. Breakfast 7 am. Parade 8.15. Marched on desert. Built trenches
4’ 6” deep 3 ‘ wide. Afternoon learnt to salute. Evening in camp.
Boys on guard. Practiced march past for Battalion. Marching very bad
afternoon. Rifle and Tent inspection. Evening saw can can ? ?
Monday 7th. Canteen opened and did great business, the
men lining up in two rows for over a hundred yards despite the fact that
the greatest part of the men are up town. This is a striking
contradiction of the statement that the men did not want a wet canteen.
In conversation the Australian General asked Godley whether he had men
or boys under him in talking about the canteen. Godley replied men, well
said the A Commander treat them as men. The amount of beer consumption
is increased by the fact that the water is (not) fit for drinking and
that no tea is made for dinner. Beer costs the men 1 piaster a pint
which is 1 1/2d.
Egyptian funeral was an interesting object, the hearse white and red
carrying the body in a coffin which was returned after the body had been
tipped into the grave. The people danced in front of the cortege.
tent is certainly a good one to be in for in Christchurch and Wellington
we were well supplied withy luxuries and on the boat JW on the
quartermasters fatigue secured a good share of the things that were to
be had while DJ (?T) proved a first class hand at picking things for
nothing while the Mess Orderlies left nothing to be desired for they
proved to be a good couple of rooks.
camp DJ and VH excelled themselves by landing a cartload of provision
which had to be buried in boxes underneath the floor. Golden syrup,
milk, jam, lime juice, pickles, sauce, fish, oysters and sardines. God
help them if they get caught and same to us if we get shifted.
Divine service for Batt on Parade Grounds. Medical inspection.
Afternoon branding clothes. Evening writing. In lying picket.
Very hot, hard march out on desert then platoon drill and trench
digging. Afternoon musketry instruction and tent inspection. Landed.
Marched out 3 miles in shirt sleeves. Did skirmishing and drill .
Went to town with Sam and Jerry. No one allowed in Cairo for 3 days on
account of native festival.
Marched about 3 miles. Spent morning in digging a semi circular
trench 4’ 6” deep 3 foot wide with resting ledge 18” x 9.
Afternoon rifle inspection. Mounted guard.
On guard at supply dept. Morning very foggy but cleared off at
6.30am. Called out about 20 times. Stearns and Thompson officers.
Stopped home and went to bed early.
Foggy breakfast 6.30. Parade 7.15. Platoon drill, trench digging.
Went to town. Had AI Came home with D J carriage erased.
March out. Platoon drill. On mat got off for being late night
before. Visited museum. Spent evening in town.
First mail. Thwaites & Harding shifting P buckets. Spent
morning stacking oats. Two companies 13th and 1st in camp
with gear on. Afternoon writing, evening Luna Park, had a good time,
Parade under Adjunt for 1 hour then practised Coy defence, also
march past. Afternoon off writing. Evening outpost practice by company
Adj parade, also Coy Defence. Afternoon leave, letter writing.
Barber arrested as Turkish spy. Evening Coy had short march and sent
hour in sun and sight judging.
Parade of Mounted and Infantry through Cairo and marched past.
Bidwill and Godley then through the native quarter and back solid going
with 20 minutes spell from ¼ to 9 to ¼ to 3.Bed 7pm.
Very easy day. Attacked 13 in trenches. Afternoon pay. Evening in
lying picket. Passed large pumping station, also camel corps 15 strong.
In lying picket
Spent day playing banker. Christmas dinner 2 potatoes, cabbage
and duff. Dismissed 5 pm. Went to town, visited flash D.
Foggy. Tent and rifle instruction morning wasted in fooling
around. Afternoon visited museum then Kurswall? Had good variety
entertainment, also picture show and saw picture of our march through
Cairo on Wednesday.
opposite page) The Museum was visited by the eight of us on Saturday
afternoon and everyone who visits Cairo should make a point of visiting
it. In it are to be found many monuments to the abilities of the old
Egyptians as sculptors for the place is full of their work, some of it
standing 18 ft high and in one solid stone. The Museum has a very fine
collection of mummies including those of Ramies II and several other
notables. The collection deals entirely with the ancient world and
nothing is seen dealing with anything outside Egypt. The building is
indeed a most magnificent one and the ground and fences are in keeping
Church parade afternoon leave. Mr Mackenzie High Comm (Sir
Thomas McKenzie) present at divine service also NZs who enlisted in
London. Evening visited carnival at Luna Park, Had a go on joy wheel,
water shute and scenic railway.
March about 4 miles to range and did 3 classes of firing. Had
lunch and back by 6.30 pm. In morning dental inspection surprising the
number with bad teeth. No beer at canteen.
Again visited range, two classes of firing. Marched back in 65
minutes. Evening spend at banker. During day entrenching tools and
valise issued. Xmas greetings from King.
Inspected by High Commissioner Mr McKenzie then proceeded to
range and marking. Spent evening reading mail. Mats for tent 217
Parade 11 am then to rifle range, back again by 5 pm. Then pay
and rest bought handkerchief from Jew who was very pleased when we told
him we were going to take Palestine from Turks and give it to the Jews.
Evening spent in conversation erased.
Jerry & Sam came home very noisy at 1.30.
the Military Police station (clink)
inspection by Major of Colonials
Ha No shave this morning
He No bally razor
Imperial Officer inspected the Colonial troops through his monocle and
the trooper, lifting his stirrup surveyed the officers. Result hell to
by Serg Major of Tommies Rifle: This be bolt, this be stock, hold 11
cartridges, no 10 in little tin box and one up spout
6 lb raisins
1 shav soap
1/- writing paper and envelopes
4/- Ren? Fruit
wish I could travel by letter
sit by your side as of old
clasp of your hand would be better
messages written in gold.
Bright red always worn nearest button
Green, white and yellow
African Kings Karki (sp) centre the
blue strips and red on outer edges
Three blue sections divided by red strips
Green and Red
Yellow and black and green
He has drawn badges for the
following: No1 Auckland, No 3 Auckalnd, No 6 Hauraki, 15 NA,
16 Waikato, No 2 Canterbury, No 1 Canterbury, 2nd
South Canterbury, 12th Nelson, 13 , No 3 Otago, No 4, 8, 10
North Otago, No 4 Wellington, No 11 Taranaki, 9 Wellington Hawkes Bay,
17 Ruahine, 7 Wellington and West Coast.
3, 6, 15 Haukai, 16 Waitakoi?
Coy 1 Christchurch, 2 South Canterbury, 13 North Canty and West
Coast, 12 Nelson & Blenheim
5, 7 Taranaki, 9, 17 Wairarapa
Coy 4 Dunedin, 8 Southland, 10 South Dunedin, 14 Oamaru NO.
Ibuki, Sydney, Melbourne, Minotaur, Pyramus, Philomel, Psyche, J Nesshim?
1 Battle cruiser
*3 light cruiser
1 light cruiser
vessels but obsolete
lent by Admiralty
+ one lost
½ lb meat including bones
bread generally about ¾ lb
oz vegetables cabbage ¼ stalks
25 Mast. Officer 40
8 Bells ½ hr
2 bells ½ hr 1
4 bells ½ hr 3
6 bells ½ hr 5
? Force Monday Aug 17th 1914
Wednesday Sept 23rd
Thursday Sept 24th
Left Wellington Friday
Wednesday Oct 21st
Thursday October 22nd
Wednesday October 29th
Sunday November 1st
Sunday November 15th
Tuesday November 17th
Wednesday Nov 25th
Thursday November 26th
Arr Port Suez Tuesday
Left Port Suez
Tuesday December 1st
Arr Port Said
Wednesday December 2nd
Left Port Said
Wednesday December 2nd
Thursday December 3rd
Thursday December 3rd
Friday December 4th
Tuesday January 26th
Wednesday Janunary 27th
Saturday February 27th
Saturday February 27th
Friday April 9th
Saturday April 10th
Wednesday April 14th
Sunday April 25th
Arr Annafart? Bay
Sunday April 25th
Left Annafart ?Bay
May 5th 8
Arr Cape Hellis
Left Cape Hellis
May 19th 12
Arr Annafart Bay
May 20th 5
Left Annafart Bay sick June 28th
the will Present
End Pound 200
12 & July 12th Pound3.18.11
Athenic – crew 150, carried men 1237, horses 339
Hawkes Bay 9
Star of India 8
Bunks E 282
wash bowles (sp)
hours 6.20 – 7.30 4 to 5
pm. 11.15 – 12 05?
First NZ killed from NZ Expeditionary Force
See newsheet printed on board - ENCLOSED
See photo in hospital get-up. JD top right. Also mentioned posted to
Fairweather in list on Aug 5 - ENCLOSED