Auckland Mounted Rifles
War Dairies May 1915
Dairy commenced on May 1st and recorded training and parades I have limited the record so as to give a word picture as recorded by Captain Harwood.
8th May Camp Zeitoun
The Regiment is under orders to entrain at Helmuk 26 Officers 487 Other Ranks and 71 horses,
The Regiment less Lt. James, Sgt Mahood and 39 Troopers are to embark on the transport GLENTULLY CASTLE. The remainder plus 71 horses embark on KINGSTONIAN
Harwood Capt & Adjt.
May 9th On “GLENTULLY CASTLE” Sunday Leave Alexandria at 7pm. 3rd Regiment Australian Light Horse embark on same ship. 4 Stowaways returned to Zeitoun
May 10th At Sea Muster Parade. Cpl Grant found to have come aboard without authority.
May 11th At Sea Calm passage. Ship on slow steam. Tobacco and Cigarettes to the value of £5.10. purchased for men out of Regimental funds.
May 12th Arrive at Dardanelles’ drop anchor at 4.20am and weigh anchor at 4pm. Arrive at FISHERMANS HUT AT 7pm and disembark on Torpedo boat “COLNE”,
J Taylor wounded in landing. The Regiment settles down in bush for the night.
May 13th FISHERMANS HUT Awakened at 4.30am by heavy gun and rifle fire. The Regiment relieve Royal Marine Light Infantry in the trenches near WALKERS RIDGE and spend a wild night the Turks firing at a terrific rate all night.
“KINGSTONIAN” arrives Lt. James and troopers Birnie, Hercus, Fitzwilliams, A. H. Robertson, J. Jones, O. Reddle?, J. Mildon, H. Spurr, C(stowaway) the horses & other men unable to land. Landing completed at 11.30pm
May 14th WALKERS RIDGE Sergt. Hinman wounded in nose and cheek. Very hot weather. Trooper Millar shot through leg whilst on scout work at night.
May 15th WALKERS RIDGE Very hot. 11th get two snipers.
Harwood Capt & Adjt.
May 16th WALKERS RIDGE Sunday
May 17th Turks actively engaged in sniping
May 18th WALKERS RIDGE
30th May Plugges Plateau. Sunday, Fine. Quiet – 13/428 Lieut. F.J. WEIR and No. 13/765 L/Cpl M. Innes-Jones is wounded by spent bullet and Shrapnel respectively.
No. 13/426 Tpr. W.H. T. Parkes is also wounded by spent bullet. 13/662 Tpr. C. Basley is also wounded. 13/209 Tpr. A.D. McLeod wounded, also 13/381 Trp. L.W. Luxton.
[note: 13/426 Parkes written as Park, Walter Henry on Nominal Roll.]
31st May Plugges Plateau. The Regiment, having been out as Reserve to Force who were throughout the early hours of the morning engaged in extracting W.M.R. from a perilous position of 30th May wherein W.M.R. and C.M.R. have heavy casualties return to bivouac at 8.30 am. Enemy shell our hill wounding 13/380 Tpr. F.M. Luxford, 13/591 Tpr. B. Lyons (dangerously) [note added later above:] (since dead) 13/649 Cpl W.E. Haughton. 13/326 Q.M. Sergeant W.J. Foster, 13/349 Sergt. F.B.M. Gibbison, 13/454 Cpl. W.J. Saxby, 13/446 Tpr. E.P.S. Sweetman.