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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 12:54 pm
The Bulletin’s Tony Wright, soon to arrive in Turkey for services at Anzac Cove, recalls a diary entry written by his great-uncle George, who served at Gallipoli 90 years ago:
“A good deal of shrapnel during the day,” he wrote on June 21. “One of the boys killed while swimming.” They came down from the trenches, those boys, to bathe and try to rid themselves of lice and filth. They took their pleasure where they could get it, and the waters of the Aegean both damned and blessed them. In late May, troops all over the hills of Anzac watched as the battleship HMS Triumph was torpedoed and sunk with the loss of 50 men. Twenty days later, great-uncle George scribbled in his diary: “Shell fire on beach in evening. Ninety gallon of wine washed up from Triumph. Great rejoicing.”
The entire piece is beautiful. Tony has visited Gallipoli before; this time his youngest daughter, Georgina, is accompanying him. More reports to come. Also, please enjoy this special photo gallery of Australians at war, in advance of Anzac Day.