Have been too tired to keep up my diary. Every spare moment had to go towards getting a little sleep.
This warfare is a most strenuous game. Fighting has eased off a little and has developed mainly into bomb fighting. Turk broomstick bombs are terrible things. One cannot get away from them as they fall straight down from the sky. They are just as much in fear of our Japanese Trench mortar though. It is a wonderful little gun and it does a great amount of damage. The bomb is fitted with that great Japanese explose “Shimose” and the explosion is said to equal that of a 6” shell. The concussion alone kills.
Have taken over Ryries Post and the 6th Regt have gone into our Wilson’s Lookout.
It is blowing a hurricane and is beginning to rain. Very unpleasant and things are anyhow at all. Am wet through.
Later – Have managed to get some sort of shelter rigged up. It is getting colder every minute and looks like snowing.
J. A. Graham
"Gallipoli, Turkey, 1915. Members of an Australian trench mortar battery preparing to fire a Japanese trench mortar. The soldier in the centre is holding a cord which he is about to pull to fire the weapon. The nose of a mortar shell can be seen protruding from the end of the barrel. (Original print housed in P run in AWM Archive Store) (Donor G. Smith)" This image is of Australian origin and is now in the public domain because its term of copyright has expired. According to the Australian Copyright Council (ACC), ACC Information Sheet G023v17 (Duration of copyright) (August 2014) Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Japanese_Mortar_Gallipoli_1915_AWM_P01850.004.jpeg
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....