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The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I Egypt, Gallipoli, Lemnos Island, Sinai Peninsula   By: (1877-1947)

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THE 28TH

A RECORD OF WAR SERVICE WITH THE AUSTRALIAN IMPERIAL FORCE, 1915 1919

VOLUME I.

EGYPT, GALLIPOLI, LEMNOS ISLAND, SINAI PENINSULA

by

COLONEL H. B. COLLETT, C.M.G., D.S.O., V.D. First C.O. of the Battalion

With Foreword by the Archbishop of Perth, Chaplain General to the Forces

[Illustration: ON THE SQUARE WITHIN THE WALLS OF SALADIN'S CITADEL. 30th August, 1915. The Moqattam Hills and Napoleon's Fort in the distant background.]

Published by the Trustees of the Public Library, Museum, and Art Gallery of Western Australia

Perth 1922

[Copyright] by Authority: Fred. Wm. Simpson, Government Printer, Perth.

Blocks Supplied by Read & Mckinley, Art Engravers, Perth.

CONTENTS.

FOREWORD: By The Most Rev. C. O. L. Riley, O.B.E., D.D., LL.D., V.D., Archbishop of Perth, Chaplain General to the Forces. IX.

PREFACE XI.

CHRONOLOGY XIII.

CHAPTER I.

THE GENESIS.

W.A. in the South African War The outbreak in 1914 Karrakatta and Blackboy Hill The first units to embark Scheme for raising new brigades The 28th Battalion authorised Enrolment of personnel Selection and appointment of Officers and N.C.Os. Specialists wanted Equipping Hard training An accident Hours off duty Visit from H.E. the Governor Medical precautions The March through Perth Final preparations for departure for the Front. =Page 1.=

CHAPTER II.

EN ROUTE.

Embarkation 9th June, 1915 The crowds along the route and at Fremantle Farewell to Australia The "Ascanius" Quarters and messing Other troops on board Statistics Training at Sea Lectures Stowaways Competitions in tidiness Entering the Tropics Amusements The Canteen The Master The East African Coast The Red Sea Strange rumours Arrival at Suez First contact with the Egyptians. =Page 15.=

CHAPTER III.

FIRST STAY IN EGYPT.

Disembarkation and train journey to Abbasia The Land of Goshen Description of the Camp Early difficulties Institutes The newsvendors Tidings from Gallipoli Unrest in Egypt The local command and garrison Inspection by Sir John Maxwell Mobilisation of the 7th Brigade Training in the Desert Night marches The Zeitun School Formation of the 2nd Australian Division Difficulties in feeding the troops Clothing for the Tropics In quarantine Sickness Pay and currency Mails and the Censor Amusements Riots The military Police Chaplains. =Page 28.=

CHAPTER IV.

FIRST STAY IN EGYPT ( continued ).

Distractions A march through Cairo Leave In the bazaars Gharri and donkey rides Esbekieh Gardens The Kursaal and the Casino Shepheard's Hotel Guides Sightseeing The Pyramids and Sphinx Memphis Sakkara The Tombs of the Sacred Bulls The Cairo Museum The Citadel and other Saracenic remains Some beautiful mosques Old Cairo The Nile The Egyptian aristocracy Garrisoning Saladin's Citadel A nephew of the Senussi The trials of a soldier Souvenir hunting Visitors from Home News of the August advance Warned to proceed overseas Entraining. =Page 45.=

CHAPTER V.

GALLIPOLI.

Some account of the Gallipoli Peninsula The naval and military operations Anzac Day Arrival at Alexandria Embarking on the "Ivernia" Prejudices Through the Grecian Archipelago The "Southland" In Mudros Bay Closing the mail In touch with the "Aragon" Transhipping to the "Sarnia" The last stage The first glimpse of battle Impressions Landing in the "beetles" Waterfall Gully The first casualty Contact with the 4th Brigade Move to the Apex Description of the position Holding the salient Condition of the trenches Artillery support Telephones Dugouts The New Zealanders Attitude of the enemy Sniping with field guns Bombs, mortars, and catapults Broomstick bombs... Continue reading book >>




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