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Gallipoli Diary

Thursday 20/5/15 RESERVE GULLY

Thursday 20/5/15 RESERVE GULLY

Arrived KABA TEPE dawn
& landed brigade during morning.
When coming ashore (Major Bailey
Auckland) stopped a bullet & was killed.
Also lost Roberts of (West Coast Coy.)
while moving along beach to
our bivouac where we go in to
reserve for time being.

page 65

In losing Major Bailey, Auckland
have now had all but 2 of their
original 28 combatant officers put
out of action. Quiet day ahead
in the trenches but at 7.20 pm the
Turks opened an awful fusilade of
rifle fire, to which we replied. This
lasted until daybreak and was accompanied
by frequent rounds from our mountain
batteries & an occasional 6″ howitzer shell
from our rear. The object (as far as I
can judge) [gap — reason: illegible] of this night firing
is that the Turks wish to prevent any
night attacks being launched by us.
General Bridges (of Australian Division)
died this evening from bullet wound received
a few days since. General Birdwood &
Col. Chaytor have also been wounded
slightly.