Shrapnel Valley, Gallipoli
15 May 1915
Today I was horrified by the damage caused by shrapnel
exploding. My friend got killed by shrapnel from a hand grenade
and I could not save him in time. I feel sad that he got killed. Duffy
and I went to see where his body was but Duffy and I couldn’t find
him because there were so many bodies lined up on the beach.
I am sick of wearing dirty clothes and I don’t get the chance to have
a shower or brush my teeth with fresh water. I have to sleep on the
ground and I don’t get to sleep that much because I toss and turn
on the hard dirt. I can hear some other soldiers snoring. I manage
to ignore it so I can get enough sleep but some of them roll over to
me when I am sleeping.
Last night at the battle front I heard grenades and woke up
suddenly. I woke up the other soldiers and they got their guns and
shot at the Turks. I was terrified by the noise of the grenades. Lots
of soldiers got shot in the arms and legs. I saved over 16 people
but some of them died so I put them on stretchers. One of them
was my old school friend.
I hope this horrible war will end so we can all go home.