Diary of Apcar Leslie De Vine, 1915 - Part 6 of 7

First World War, 1914–18
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13/6/15 Sunday Landed 7 weeks 
Vy quiet dy, battleship shelled a
Turkish position for about ½ hour
pennry in several dy broadsides,
watched her during breakfast, trench
digging all day, 1/2 loaf of bread
issued today, one of our aeroplanes
flew over our position under 
shrapnell fire from a Turkish
battery, was not hit, dropped
three bombs on the Turks such
a terrible roar, this happened
while we were at tea, saw
it all, fatigue & sapping all night

14/6/15 Back to the trenches today
quite a relief from the last four days
fatigues & sapping, feel very unwell
after the last 4 days work, quiet 
day, last of sniping duty, got a little  
shelling at sundown, trench knocked
about a bit 

15/6/15 Reported sick today bad attack 
of Collic & dyohroea, trenches heavily
bombarded with big shells, issue of 
tobacco, relieved of all duty 
16/6/15 Worse today, relieved of all
duty. Coy relieved from trenches
& take up position at bottom of gully
badly exposed position to shell fire 
shells dropped at intervals trying to find 
our guns. 4th reinforcements landed. 
17/6/15 Unfit today resting all day
pain in stomach slightly relieved
clean shirt issued


18/6/15 Unfit today, worse if
anything, vy hot, feel vy weak
1/3 loaf bread today 
19/6/15 Marked unfit, got a tin of
milk & handfull of rice today for
Myself quite a treat first food 
for four days, shelled in rest camp
today, nobody Hit 
20/6/15 Sunday Landed 8 weeks
Marked unfit today, easy day
nothing to do. 1/3 loaf today 
21/6/15 Marked unfit, large mail
today 2 letters from Mother 1 Amos
2 flyers. doctor gave me tin of milk 
22/6/15 Marked unfit, tobacco issued
Visited Indian in Bally camp
got some curry & a cheupatti cake
quiet day,

23/6/15 Did not report sick today 
A Coy went back to the trenches, so I 
joined my platoon, better off in the trenches 
placed on night work 8 - 8 & no 
fatigues the next day, three men on a 
post 2 drive & I  awake. change each 
hour. 1/2 loaf bread tody 
24/9/15 Rested all dy, nothg dng 
Turks much closer than when we were 
in the trenches last, they are still sapping 
quiet night, a little sniping more hits 
left trenches 8 am 
25/6/15 Rested all dy, observation in 
the trenches chaged again went in at 7pm 
& remain in untill 7pm tomorrow


Turks threw several bombs, similar to  
ours but less powerfull, hit about 
10 men otherwise everythg quiet, drew 
the Turks fire by gully firg & discovered 
the position of two machine guns 
26/6/15 In fire trench all dy, vy hot 
weather getting warmer, the flies are a 
great menace, several bombs thrown 
at us today not much damage, are 
to remain another 24 hours in trench 
letters today one from  Greaves & 2 Flyers 
from mother 
27/6/15 Sunday Landed 9 weeks today 
In firg line all day untill 9 o/c 
when we are relieved by Nos 1 & 2 
platoon. shelled to dy by some new 
high explosive shells probably captured   
from the French, otherwise quiet day 1/3 
loaf today 
28/6/15 Had a good nights rest, fatigues 
all day in the support trench, attack 
made on our R of 3 Brigade & L Horse, had to stand 
too from 12.30 untill 4 o/c ready for an attack 
in our front was in the reports, was not wanted 
we were shelled a good deal, attack 
successfull on the R 
29/6/15 Fatigues all day, returned to fire 
trench at 7 pm no moon untill early morning 
vy dark about 9.30 a dust storm arose with 
a heavy wind, stood to arms as we expected the 
Turks to make a rush fired several volleys 
at their trenches to keep them there, they did 
the same to us, storm blew clouds of dust into 
our eyes, expected Turks to liberate gas on us


similar to that used in Europe. direction 
of wind changed slightly at 10o/c, no gas was 
liberated, we have information that they are 
equipped with it, both sides succeeded in  
keeping one another in their trenches, & the attack 
fissled out at 10.30 everything quiet for the  
rest of the night. issue of tobacco today 
30/6/15 Quiet day, only a little sniping 
Vy dark tonight similar to last night 
vy strog lightg at 9.30 & a downpour of 
rain, stood to arms for 1 hour while storm lasted 
same thg as last night, each side kept the other 
trenches by the fire of the other, lightng very 
brilliant just like daylight could see the 
whole of the Turks trenches, They did not 
attempt to leave them, wet through 
another downpour at 1o/c everything pretty 
wet, nothing doing through the night  
1/7/15 Nothing doing today, got an  
explosive bullet in my periscope while 
observing, blew the top of the periscope 
away & splashed my face & eyes with 
broken glass & cut my nose badly 
nasty shock, bled pretty freely, got cleaned  
at ambulance, off the rest of the day, lucky 
eyesight not injured 
2/7/15 Attended doctor today to get 
my face dressed, another day off 
3/7/15 Attended doctor today - light 
duty. letter today from mother 
4/7/15 Sunday Landed 10 weeks today 
Attended doctor - marked fit, activity 


5/7/15 Back in trenches to relieve 
man for the night, stomach 
troubled me again ; nasty attack 
of XXXXX collic again. 
6/7/15 Reported sick light duty 
2 oz tobacco issued, several 
10'' shells from howitzers fell 
in the volly & tore up a lot  
of ground, no one hurt, two letters 
mother today, our sap blown in the 
evening at 11.30 
7/7/15 Reported sick , no medicine 
light duties, guard on L3 sap 
blown up again tonight 
8/7/15 Did not report sick, useless  
there is no medicine, was put back 
into the firing line, feel vy weak  
half loaf of bread issued, heavy  
bombardment of trenches opposite us 
this afternoon at 5 o/c returned from 
firg line  
9/7/15  Resting in the supports all day 
light duties, vy easy day finally  
blew up a sap on us this evening doing  
10/7/15 very little dammage, the  
crater of their blew up vy near 
our previous one. two or three men  
hit by falling earth 
10/7/15 Orderly man today, water 
vy scarce now in the valley 
had to wait 3½ hours for water  
for tea,  Australian mail letters  
from Amos, returned to firing line this evening 
11/7/15 Sunday Landed 11 weeks today


firing line all day, nothing doing  
quiet day 
12/7/15 Attack made today on our  
left to gain the German officers 
trench, subject to a lot of shelling 
to which thy capture & shocked  
several of us out, watched the  
bombardment of Arci Baba by the fleet 
this afternoon from our observng post 
the hill was vy heavy bombarded 
could see it vy plainly, the whole thing 
seemed to be entirely blown away 
piece by piece 
13/7/15  Firg line all day, quiet dy 
expected attack at night, several 
flares used, religious feast of the 
Turks started today, expected them 
to run mad & attack us in the morng 
religious frenzy Feast of Ramadam, but 
they were pretty quiet we were ready  
for them, tobacco & maches tody 
14/7/15 Relieved from the firing line 
& sent to the rest camp, quiet day 
15/7/15 Rest camp orderly man 
1/2 loaf issued, inoculated against 
Cholera today over the heart, went 
to the beach for a swim & to do  
washing. quiet day 
16/7/15 Rest Camp, nothing to do. Quiet day 
had a swim, letter from mother 
17/7/15 Rest Camp. swimming, went to the  
firing line this eveng, as reserves


as an attack was expected, nothing 
happened, aeroplane dropped a bomb 
on our rest camp early this morning 
doing no damage another did not  
explode, otherwise quiet day 
18/7/15 Sunday Landed 12 weeks 
today letter from mother 
this afternoon about 18 Jack Johnsons 
fell on our rest camp, blowing up  
large quantities of earth, but doing  
vey little damage, some artillery  
men on our L were hit, only 
excitement we get today made 
camp guard at night 
19/7/15 Rest camp, told off for  
fatigue, dragging huge trunks 
up the hill from the beach 
 A Coy made permanent fatigue Coy 
all officers sick except Mr Lloyd 
attack expected tonight went 
to firg line as reserves, not rested 
Nos 1 & 2 platoon 3 & 4 platoon to be 
up for DGM to take up 60 boxes 
of our rations, fatigue lasted untill 
12 midnight 
20/7/15 [[Told?]] off as sapper at 
4o/c am. 8 hours on & 16 off 
A Coy now [[paid?]] all sappers. went into  
reserves at night, letter away today 
Heavy attack expected 
21/7/15 Sapped 4o/c till 1 o/c returned 
to rest camp, reserves at night attack 
expected, nothing happened

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