With regard to the fighting, there were some awful blunders made.
The 9th Battalion patrol reported the discovery of a deserted enemy trench, so Lieut Jack Hanly (one of the very best) and 13 men were told off to go out and if the above trench was not occupied, they were to go on until they found the Turks.
Just fancy, sending 14 men out against the enemy’s first line trenches. It was murder pure and simple. Lt Hanly said he would never return and neither he did. They found the Turks in the supposed deserted trench and it’s a wonder any got back alive.
J. A. Graham
AT SEA. 1914-12-10. GROUP PORTRAIT OF OFFICERS OF THE 5TH AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT (5ALH) ABOARD SS PERSIC EN ROUTE TO EGYPT. LEFT TO RIGHT: BACK ROWS: CAPTAIN (CAPT) EDWARD STEWART JAMES, CAPT HENRY KING IRVING, CHAPLAIN FRANCIS DE MOAG TUBMANN, CAPT RICHARD STEWART BILLINGTON, CAPT JOSEPH ESPIE DODS, MAJOR (MAJ) WILLIAM CHATHAM, CAPT THOMAS JOSEPH BRUNDRIT (KIA ANZAC 1915-10), LIEUTENANT COLONEL (LT COL) DONALD CHARLES CAMERON, MAJ WILLIAM LECKEY FERGUSON WRIGHT, CAPT GEORGE PETER DONOVAN, LIEUTENANT (LT) THOMAS BESWICK FARGHER, CAPT HERBERT FRANCIS MCLAUGHLIN, CAPT AUGUSTUS MAXWELL RYAN, LT JOHN MATTHEW HANLY (KIA ANZAC 1915-06), CAPT MALCOLM STUART KENNEDY; SECOND ROW: CAPT PAUL DEGGE ROBINSON, LT COL LACHLAN CHISHOLM WILSON, LT COL HUBERT JENNINGS IMRIE HARRIS, MAJ EDMUND EDWARD RIGHETTI, CAPT EUSTACE ROYSTON BAUM PIKE; FRONT ROW: CAPT JOHN GEORGE DONALD MCNEILL, MAJ ROBERT HAROLD NIMMO. (ORIGINAL PRINT IN AWM ARCHIVE STORE) (DONOR JOHN OXLEY LIBRARY) Source: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P01541.001/
On 10 December 2013, Lt John Matthew Hanly was honoured when his story was read out as part of the Last Post Ceremony, which is presented in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial each day.
The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind one of the names on the Roll of Honour is told. Hosted by Troy Clayton, the story for 10 December 2013 was of Lieutenant John Matthew Hanly, 5th Light Horse Regiment, First World War. The Address is read by Commander Joseph Kempton.
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Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....