michaeldr, on 14 February 2012 - 07:10 PM, said:
Facts are like hens' teeth round here and speculation too easy
Someone must know where this chap was positioned that day
Funnily enough, the information is actually given together with the diary; it's on the web
The diary entry can be found here http://www.nzmr.org/...cCandlish2.html
The New Zealand corporal was at Russell's Top at the time that he made the entry in question
The NZMR relieved the Australian Light Horse in the front line at Russell’s Top. The 2nd and 9th Squadrons in the forward trenches, with Roderick and the others from the 6th in the reserve trench behind.
Dugouts were makeshift holes cut into the ground usually along a terrace on a hillside. The troops tried to make them as comfortable as possible and at the same time bullet, and shrapnel proof by using sandbags. A direct hit was fatal, as was sitting outside when a shell came over.
They improvised by using old grain bags for lining the walls; wood collected from wreckage of boats was used as rafters, with spare oilcloth stretched over the top. This was covered with as much soil as required to stop a bullet. Furniture consisted of shelves and cupboards of biscuit boxes with a large bully-beef box as a table. Where possible the opening faced out to the coast with its beautiful views
(Tue 8 June) – Fine day. Was on fatigue carrying water up hill - two and half gallons to five men. - 2 o’clock on fatigue in afternoon carrying water for disinfecting purposes to trenches left in bad state by Australian Light Horse. Had a bathe in evening, helped to carry sandbags up hill. At stand too, troops shifted into fire trenches, was on sentry duty. Got a letter from home. Saw a Monitor fist time
A Monitor was a class of ship designed to give close support to troops ashore. They had minimal exposure above the waterline, making it harder to hit. They had extra armour plating, revolving gun platforms and were protected from torpedo attack by chain mesh around the hull
(Wed 9 June) – Very windy. Nothing doing; saw six inch Howitzers fired; could see shell travelling. Reported shooting at a traction engine shifting a Turk gun. Monitor firing over our field guns, all putting it in. We shifted into fire trench, no place to lie down too sleep. Robbie shot.
The same web page also has a map to illustrate where Russell's Top was and this can be compared with the map given earlier in post #13.
Some idea of the topography of the area can be gained from these aerial photographs: see http://cas.awm.gov.a...ograph/G01534AT
To me, it looks as if the first part of the diary entry is one whole; as in
Nothing doing; saw six inch Howitzers fired; could see shell travelling. Reported(ly they were)
shooting at a traction engine shifting a Turk gun. Monitor firing over our field guns, all putting it in.
If the guns bombarded by the Humber
were 'concealed in the Olive Groves along the Axmah ravine south of Gaba Tepe'
and if these were the same guns seen by someone being 'shifted'
, then I have my doubts as to whether or not that observation could have been made from the reserve trenches of Russell's Top.
As I suggested in post #7, the Humber's
Log may help, as might the WD for the “six inch howitzers”