Friday 1st October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on parade at 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30
At 10 a.m. paraded and each section was paid, we received one pound each.
general pay since we landed at Gallipoli, dismissed after pay till 11
paraded again and went for short route march under Captain Jeffries, arrived
at camp for dinner. During route march had splendid view of Lemnos harbour
absolutely full of vessels of all kinds, a wonderful sight. During afternoon
more writing and a little reading till tea time. After tea played football
till 6.30 p.m.
when paraded for roll call, dismissed and sat talking in tent till bed
Saturday 2nd October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on parade 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m.
Am on ration
fatigue today. At 10 a.m. paraded, after roll call all fatigue parties
were dismissed to
their various duties. At 10.30 a.m. went to Army Service Corps and drew
which we carried back to camp on stretchers. Just getting same rations
as when on
peninsular except little more fresh meat. After dinner had to go to Army
Corps again and bring up firewood on stretchers, after this put rest of
writing letters. Had tea then an hour kicking the football about. Parade
and roll call
at 6.30 p.m. and into bed about 8.30 p.m.
Sunday 3rd October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and parade at 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m.
After breakfast at liberty for day unless anything occurs. 23rd Sunday
at Gallipoli and 41 weeks since leaving Melbourne. Spent the morning writing
also was writing all afternoon. Things are very deadly here, the weather
but nowhere to go and nothing to do, no news very little to read. Will
be glad to get
to the front again. Have not got any reinforcements yet so our corps is
small only 14 privates in our section and when fatigue parties are taken
out I have
seen only 5 privates on parade. Parade 6.30, turned in early.
Monday 4th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on parade 7 a.m., instead of physical drill
tidied up and made camp clean and respectable as expecting inspection
French surgeon General. Had breakfast and paraded ready for inspection
a.m., were dismissed shortly afterwards as General did not put in an appearance.
About 11 a.m. had to do a bit of carpentering for the bettering of camp,
going till dinner time. Mail came in about dinner time and I received
Hooray! After tea we had a practice at Rugby football, 3 of our Captains
Major joined in, enjoyed it, pretty rough and weather rather warm. Paraded
p.m. Turned in about 8.30 p.m.
Tuesday 5th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m. then
Am on water fatigue, 3 trips to do today. Have received cricket set and
so after breakfast cleared a patch and made a fairly good cricket pitch
also a quoit
pitch. Kept us going till dinner time. After dinner went for water then
went to football
ground where we had a practice game of rugby, played a scratch team of
Zealanders and Maoris. Had energetic game and managed a draw. Major Clayton,
Captains Jeffries, Welch and Furber of our corps played for us. Hear British
doing well in France. S.S. Olympic in harbour here, 7000 troops aboard,
large transports. Parade and roll call 6.30 p.m. Turned in 7.30 p.m.
Wednesday 6th October, 1915
Reveille 6.30 a.m. parade 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m. About 7.45
one of our airships, a Parseval airship after style of Zeppelin, passed
over the island.
At 10 a.m. we paraded and marched off, joined our Brigade and the New
Regiments of our division and the whole division was inspected by Major
Godley who is in charge of it. After dinner, our (A) section played B
section of our
corps at cricket and defeated them. I was not playing but was a barracker.
some writing during afternoon. After tea formed a male voice choir and
practice. Paraded at 6.30 p.m. for roll call then dismissed. Weather lovely.
in 9 p.m.
Thursday 7th October, 1915
Reveille 6.30 a.m. parade 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m. At 10 a.m.
had half an hours drill as for a ceremonial parade, then went for short
under Captain Welch, arrived back at dinner time. Notices have been read
about some of troops committing sacrilege in churches and offenders if
suffer severely. This afternoon our section played C section at cricket
them, was not playing, did some more writing. After tea kicked the football
an hour, paraded for roll call 6.30 p.m. At 7 p.m. had a choral practice
till 8 p.m.
Been beautiful day, had yarn and went sleep 9 p.m.
Friday 8th October, 1915
Reveille 6.30 a.m. parade at 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m. Parade
at 10 a.m.
and general fatigue work till dinner time. Striking some tents and putting
others up in
their places, bell tents and hospital tents, were kept going hard till
After dinner were paraded again at 2 p.m. and more fatigue work, some
work making roads and drainage trenches, getting plenty of pick and shovel
Worked hard until 5 p.m. then knocked off for tea. Paraded for roll call
at 6.30 p.m.
About 7 p.m. a storm broke over the island, thunder, lightning, wind and
rain, was still going when I went to sleep 9 p.m. Three of our bell tents
down, occupants got ducking.
Saturday 9th October, 1915
Reveille 6.30 a.m. parade at 7 a.m. with physical drill till 7.30 a.m.
On ration fatigue
today. Paraded for roll call at 10 a.m. and then was dismissed. At 11
a.m. went with
ration fatigue party to Army Service Corps and drew rations for our corps
them back on stretchers. Our bread and eggs issue have been stopped this
four or five days. Just having ordinary rations as on peninsula. This
corps played New Zealand Medical Corps at cricket, our side made 108 first
N.Z.M.C made 21 and 37 respectively in two innings, so we had a comfortable
Did some writing this afternoon. Major Clayton and Captain Jeffries went
Alexandria today on leave. Parade and roll call at 6.30 p.m. Had yarn
Cohen this evening, turned in 9.30 p.m.
Sunday 10th October,
24th week since Gallipoli landing.
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. Had to go on duty at hospital at 7 a.m. 15th Battalion
parade at 7.15 a.m. foments and dressing to be done. Hurried breakfast
patients breakfast after which Captain Finn went round patients, about
20 of them,
sent worst cases to No. 3 General Hospital. At 9 a.m. 13th, 14th and 16th
sick parades, admitted some to hospital, more dressings and foments, kept
11 a.m. then cleared hospital out, disinfected it and generally cleaned
it up, took us
till dinner time. At 2 p.m. finished at hospital for day so settled down
and finished my
writing for tomorrow's mail. Parade and roll call at 6.30 p.m. Turned
in about 9 p.m.
Monday 11th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. shaved and on duty at hospital at 7 a.m. Went through
15th Battalion sick parade before breakfast, fixed up all their foments
After breakfast had other sick parades at 9 a.m. very busy with foments
dressings until 11 a.m. when tidied up hospital tents before dinner. After
cleared up and finished my shift at 2 p.m. Went to village close by this
try and buy bread, have not had any issued for few days and biscuits are
could not get any bread, had to have biscuits for tea. Parade and roll
call at 6.30
p.m. Choir practice at 7 p.m. and into bed about 8.30 p.m.
Tuesday 12th October, 1915
42 weeks since leaving Melbourne. Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on duty at
7 a.m. Sick parade and dressings before breakfast. At 9 p.m. further sick
and dressings, foments, etc., kept very busy until after 11 a.m., fairly
of sick today, most of them have large sores like barkoo rot on limbs
some of them are in a very bad state, not having been attended to early
Clear up in hospital tents then dinner for patients and ourselves, finished
duty at 2
p.m. Spent this afternoon reading until tea time, been very nice day.
Fell in on
parade for roll call at 6.30 p.m. had choir practice at 7 p.m.
Wednesday 13th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on duty in hospital at 7 a.m. Sick parade, foments
dressing before breakfast. At 9 a.m. further sick parades and dressings,
till 11.30 a.m. after which we had a spell till dinner time. At 12.30
patients dinner then cleared up finishing my shift at 2 p.m. After being
settled down and wrote three letters before tea. Our corps played 1st
Field Ambulance cricket this afternoon, our side was defeated by 18 runs,
being 111 and 129. Rather windy today and quite chilly. Had tea and paraded
6.30 p.m. for roll call. Sat in our tent all evening yarning and turned
in about 8.30
Thursday 14th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on duty at 7 a.m. at hospital. Sick parade,
dressings, etc. kept us busy till 8.30 a.m. Breakfast for ourselves and
more sick parades at 9 a.m. Lot of men from our brigade on sick parade
going two of us till 11.30 a.m. with dressing etc. Patients dinner at
12.30 noon then
cleared and tidied the hospital tents and finished shift at 2 p.m. During
wrote a few postcards then had a bit of a game at cricket with some of
ground very rough so gave up after getting couple of good cracks on arms.
and roll call at 6.30 p.m. Choir practice at 7 p.m. Turned in 8 p.m.
Friday 15th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on duty at hospital at 7 a.m. Sick parade, dressings
about 8.30 a.m. then breakfast for patients and ourselves at 9 a.m. more
parades kept busy till 11.30 a.m. Have at least 40 to 50 dressings of
mostly hot foments, some inhallations, rubbings for cramp, rheumatism
etc. have not
a minute to spare before dinner. At 12.30 noon patients dinner after which
we got all
cleared up for 2 p.m. when we finished duty for the day unless called
out. Lay in the
tent all afternoon, felt very dull today, things are so dead here. Had
tea and paraded
for roll call at 6.30 p.m. Turned in for night at 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 16th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on duty at hospital at 7 a.m. Sick parade, dressing,
about 8.30 a.m. after which breakfast for both patients and ourselves
was on. Only
keeping about 10 patients in hospital, but have any amount of out patients
come up for foments and dressings three times daily, also some who come
diet. After breakfast more sick parades, dressings, etc. till about 11.30
a.m. then got
cleared up by dinner time. Off duty at 2 p.m. Was writing all afternoon
up till tea
time. Our cricket team played 16th Battalion this afternoon and after
a good game
our corps won by about 40 runs. Paraded for roll call at 6 p.m. Turned
Sunday 17th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. Our week of hospital duty is over, so on parade
at 7 a.m. with
physical drill till 7.30 a.m. Do not feel too well today, have had bad
headache for 3
days. At 9.30 a.m. paraded and were marched off to church parade, first
have been here, such a crowd of soldiers I did not even see the chaplain
hear him. Were dismissed about 10.30 a.m. Wrote a letter this afternoon
down and kept quiet till tea time. Has been showery all day and very cold,
is turning cold now, the wind being particularly sharp. Had a few biscuits
for tea and
paraded for roll call at 6 p.m. Turned in 7.30 p.m. Keeping good hours.
Monday 18th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade at 7 a.m. Feel alright again today. Saw
Finn and got note to see dentist as I want one or two teeth filling, not
but are chipped. After breakfast set out for No. 3 General Hospital to
great crowd waiting to see him or them. Waited about 2 hours and then
in getting an appointment for Monday next at 2.15 p.m. Left No. 3 General
and went with a pal to see a friend of his who is sick in No. 2 Stationary
Stayed talking to him till 12 midday, the hospital he was in was splendid
and patients all looked contented. Spoke to sister in charge of ward,
woman spoke to since leaving Melbourne 10 months. Reading all afternoon.
Paraded for roll call at 6 p.m. went to bed 8 p.m.
Tuesday 19th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 Breakfast
at 8 a.m. Am
on water fatigue today so immediately after breakfast went down to the
filled my two dixies. Were issued with new puttees this morning for the
dinner did another trip for water then went for walk to the recreation
the sailors off the warships play football. I had a game with some of
against some sailors off one of the destroyers and we lost by two goals
to one. After
tea had to go to well again for water. Paraded for roll call at 6 p.m.
at 7 p.m. in bed at 8.30 p.m.
Wednesday 20th October,
Was up at 6.15 this morning and at 6.30 a.m. set off with four other to
train for relay
race in some sports coming off on Saturday. Got back for breakfast and
at 10 a.m.
paraded and drilled solidly till 11.30 a.m. when dismissed and were all
issued with a
new pair of riding breeches which I badly needed. At 1 p.m. had a final
practice till 2 p.m. Did a little writing this afternoon. Paraded for
roll call at 6 p.m. A
concert was held at 7 p.m. at the Y.M.C.A. organized by our corps. It
was a great
success, hundreds sitting on grass outside tent, the sides being taken
3000 were present including a number of officers and our Brigade Major
Colonel McGlynn. Our choral party gave four items. Concluded about 9.30
Thursday 21st October, 1915
Up at 6.15 a.m. turned out 6.30 a.m. had a brisk walk and a short sprint,
relay race on Saturday, back at camp at 7.30 a.m. On ration fatigue today.
a.m. our party went to Army Service Corps, drew rations and back for dinner.
dinner had an hours choral practice, then read and played draughts till
After tea went down to the well and did a little washing, arrived back
for parade and
roll call at 6 p.m., been very windy today and very cold, have got a pretty
and do not feel quite up to mark. The cold these last few days has laid
up a few of
our fellows. Choral practice at 7 p.m. Turned in 8 p.m.
Friday 22nd October, 1915
Very wild and stormy night, wind howling and shrieking, threatening to
bring the tent
down all night. Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on parade at 7 a.m. Physical
drill till 7.30
a.m. Wind still blowing strong and very cold, threatening rain. At 10
and were drilled, going through various movements till 11 a.m. when we
doing stretcher drill and kept going till 11.45 a.m. Started raining about
11 a.m. and
kept up in showers the whole day, bitter cold. At 1.30 p.m. had choral
2.15 p.m. Spent the rest of afternoon writing. At 6 p.m. we paraded for
roll call and
at 6.30 p.m. we had a choir practice. One of the boys out of our tent
took sick a few
days ago, has got enteric. Another one took sick tonight, don't know what
with him yet.
Saturday 23rd October, 1915
Terribly stormy all night, raining and blowing, had to fix the tent up
couple of times
during night to keep it from blowing down. Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade
Physical drill till 7.30 a.m. Not feeling too well today, have been a
bit off colour for a
week, have got a cold. Am on water fatigue today, went for water for cooks
breakfast and just before dinner was issued with new pair of boots, pair
of socks and
cholera belt. After dinner went for water again, then kept warm and spent
the rest of
afternoon writing. After tea went for more water. 4th Brigade sports today,
have run but not well enough. Parade and roll call 6 p.m. Turned in about
No rain today but very cold and windy.
Sunday 24th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m. Showery
morning, wind blowing strong and very cold all day, at 10.30 a.m. received
fall in on parade ground for compulsory church parade, marched off and
battallions of our 4th infantry brigade and instead of church parade it
proved to be an
inspection by General Godley, commander of our division, he made a speech,
we had done well but not done enough and that the war was going to last
three years, at which the troops all laughed. Some 750 reinforcements
last night were present. Spent the afternoon writing. Another of our tent
taken away today with pleurisy. On parade and roll call at 6.30 p.m. in
bed 7.30 p.m.
Monday 25th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade 7 a.m. physical drill till 7.30 a.m. A
today, sun shining and quite warm. On parade at 10 a.m. and had solid
new infantry drill platoons, etc. till 12 noon. Captain Furber was drilling
dinner set out to keep my appointment with dentist at No. 3 General Hospital
p.m. where I had three teeth filled. Afterwards looked round for my cousin
5th Manchester Regiment who had undergone an operation for varicocele
in No. 3
General Hospital. After a lot of searching I found him in the Lowlands
Comvalesence Camp, almost right again. Arrived back at camp for tea. Parade
roll call at 6 p.m. Choir practice at 6.30 and in bed at 8.30 p.m.
Tuesday 26th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade at 7 a.m. Physical drill till 7.30 a.m.
again this morning, dull and heavy sky. Am on ration fatigue today. Paraded
a.m. and fell out from drill to perform my duties. At 11 a.m. went with
rest of fatigue
party to Army Service and drew rations before dinner. Was to have played
Battalion at soccer this afternoon, match fell through so we played a
team of navy
men off one of our battleships, just come from China, made a draw no goals
scored. After tea paraded for roll call at 6 p.m. and turned in 6.30 p.m.
too well, am a bit run down. Very windy day again today.
Wednesday 27th October, 1915
Reveille at 6.30 a.m. and on parade 7 a.m. Fell out after roll call and
went on sick
parade for the first time since joining the forces. Not feeling really
sick but have got
a bit of a rash and am chafed which makes it rather painful to march.
Furber examined me and put me off duty, to give me chance to pick up.
dressed my soreness with ointment. During morning our boys were inspected
C.C. Munroe who has taken over command of Mediterranean Forces from Vice
General Sir Ian Hamilton. After dinner settled down to write till tea
time, have kept
fairly quiet all day. Parade and roll call at 6 p.m. turned in about 7.30
Thursday 28th October, 1915
Had a restless night, the rash I have got being very painful. Was glad
went at 6.30 a.m. and parade at 7 a.m. Fell out after roll call and went
parade again as am unable to drill and so was put off duty. Took things
day, did some writing till dinner time. After dinner orders issued to
Saturday unless anything occurs in meantime so packed my kit and did some
writing as mail goes today and we might miss Sunday's mail. More clothing
today for the winter. Same daily routine for our corps. About 8 p.m. Acting
Lieutenant Cosgrove arrived back from Alexandria and brought about 40
reinforcements and details for us.
Friday 29th October, 1915
Had very bad night, up nearly all the time, could not sleep or rest at
all. Reveille at
6.30 a.m. parade at 7 a.m. Fell out after roll call and went on sick parade.
Furber wanted to send me to General Hospital but persuaded him to give
another day to see if I could improve. Altered my treatment from Mecurial
to Lead lotion which I applied about 10 a.m. and got almost instant relief.
myself improving all day and am greatly pleased, all the same took things
After dinner went down to well and did some more washing in case we leave
tomorrow, but don't think we will. Routine just as usual today. Feeling
tonight. Turned in 8 p.m.
Saturday 30th October, 1915
Had splendid night's rest. Reveille at 6.30 a.m. on parade 7 a.m. Fell
out after roll
call went on sick parade. Great improvement in my condition this morning.
leaving today. About 10 a.m. told to expect to embark tomorrow, can't
be sure as
things are a bit upset by various things, viz:- 4th Brigade reinforcements
mumps, measles. 2nd Brigade isolated, Diptheria broken out pretty strong
Enteric and Mediterranean Fevers are fairly prevalent, also other illnesses.
dinner got orders to pack up and march to wharf at 5.30 p.m. Loaded panniers,
camp stores, etc. on G.S. Wagons during afternoon and our men marched
camp about 6.30 p.m. I stayed behind and acted as brakesman on G.S. Wagon.
Arrived at wharf and unloaded wagons on jetty.
Sunday 31st October, 1915
Bivouaked round jetty last night. Two of us squeezed in a small wooden
hut about 4
feet square. Up about 5 a.m. had some bully beef and biscuits for breakfast
then loaded our stores on barges. Left jetty about 11 a.m. and went on
fleet sweeper Newmarket. Just a small boat, little larger than trawler,
troops aboard so not much room. Before leaving harbour saw the destroyer
collide with a barge, destroyers bows bent a little. Left our anchorage
about 4 p.m.,
while moving out we collided with barge putting a big dent in her side.
mounts 2-12 pounder guns manned by naval men, sharp lookout kept for
submarines. Not room to lie down so crowded, cold windy night, just had
best of it. Nearing Cape Gaba-Tepe almost ran down trawler, so near could
stepped aboard her. Dropped anchor off Anzac about 11 p.m. We were in
darkness, all lights being out.