Behind Sharia three boys wounded and Hammond and I ride to BHQ for Ambulance.
Got lost on way back and wandered into Turkish lines.
(Insert from 9 December 1917): After a couple of days skirmishing we came into the vicinity of Hebron and the Turks had a great force waiting for us, apparently thinking we were going to attack but as soon as it got dark we retraced our steps and came into the rear of Sharia, where the slaughter was great.
The whole place was a mass of shell holes and their redoubts were smashed to the ground.
(Insert from 9 December 1917): I had a very unpleasant experience behind Sharia.
A mate and I went back one night to bring the ambulance to the firing line. On the way back we got lost and after wandering about for several hours we came to the gully we thought our troops were occupying. Presently we heard voices and they were certainly not English voices. It dawned on us then, that we were in the Turkish lines, so we dismounted and sneaked back until I knew we were outside their outposts again. The moon rose and from it I got my bearings, but before we left (I might say we left at the gallop) there was one man less in the Turco Army. We couldn’t resist having a shot. The sentry was standing on top of a hill with the moon right behind him, and only about 150 yards off.
J. A. Graham
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....