IN THE WORDS OF THE NZMR REGIMENTS
Gordon Sylvester has transcribed the first of the NZMR WAR DIARIES released by The Australian War Memorial Museum - This page WELLINGTON MOUNTED RIFLES REGIMENT - MAY 1915
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9th Squadron
Wellington Mounted
Rifles Regiment


Copied From the Australian War Museum scanned PDF File AWM 35/5/1
New Zealand Mounted Rifles.  War Dairy for W.M.R. JUNE 1915
 
Transcribed to text by Gordon Sylvester NZMRA - August 2011
Transcribers notes: entries of question marks (??) are undecipered
script.War Dairies   Ref AWM4  35/5/1


Wellington Mounted Rifles                                                                  12    5   1915.
 
        (2)
      On ‘Glentully Castle’   Arrived off Cape Hellas about 9am.   Wet misty morning.  Waited several hours for orders then proceeded to ANZAC Cove.  Disembarked in Torpedo boat destroyers and lighters at 7pm. Went into bivouac for the night in gully north of Plugges Plateau. 
Weather  wet and misty.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

25

 

451

 

0

Anzac Cove                                                                                    Signed J. H. Whyte  Major 
12. 5. 15

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles   New Zealand Division                               13   5   15   (3)
At 9am orders were received for Regiment to relieve Naval Brigade on Walkers Ridge by 3pm the Regiment was in position four troops in firing line – four troops in support and one squadron in reserve.  Troops worked all night improving trenches.  The stench in the trenches was very bad owing to the number of dead men lying unburied just outside the trenches.    Best shots in Regiment were selected as snipers and posted in suitable positions to watch for enemy’s snipers.   At dusk the enemy opened a very heavy rifle fire but no movement was observed.    
Weather Fine.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

25

 

451

 

0

Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
13 – 5 – 15

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                               14 - 5 . 15   (4)
In trenches on WALKERS RIDGE  
Troops working day and night to improve fire trenches.
Weather Fine.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

25

 

451

 

0

Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
14    5 – 15

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                               15 - 5 . 15    (5)
In trenches on WALKERS RIDGE.
Squadrons on reserve working to make road suitable for Field Artillery to get on top of Walkers Ridge.  No movement of Troops.
Weather Fine.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

25

 

451

 

0

Casualties

 

 

1

 

 

Totals

 

25

 

450

 

0

Casualties   1 sick
Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
15   5   15

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                                              16 - 5 . 15   (6)
In  trenches on WALKERS RIDGE. 
29th Mountain Battery took up positions on Ridge and opened fire on enemy’s trenches.  Enemy shelled our trenches several times during day.
Weather Fine.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

25

 

450

 

0

Casualties

 

 

    3

 

 

Reinforcements

    1

 

    9

 

 

Missing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

456

 

0

Casualties                            1 killed   2 sick
Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
16 -   5   15

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                               17 - 5 . 15     (7)
In  trenches on WALKERS RIDGE.   
Troops working  improving trenches and starting a sap to connect Walkers Ridge with Pope’s Hill.  Enemy sniping all day
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

456

 

0

Casualties

 

 

    1

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

455

 

0

Casualties   1 killed
Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
17 -   5   15

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                           18 . 5 . 15   (8)
In trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE. 
Enemy shelling our position at odd times during the day no casualties from shell fire.  Troops working improving trenches and sapping trenches Pope’s Hill.  Orders received troops to stand to arms at 3.30am and 7.30pm.  Enemy aeroplane seen over our position.  Information received that enemy have been reinforced and attack might be expected, firing line reinforced by two troops.
Weather Fine 


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

455

 

Nil

Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
18 -   5   15

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                                              19 . 5 . 15  (9)
In trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE.     
At daylight enemy attacked at left of our position estimated strength 600 enemy were beaten back leaving about 100 dead in front of our trenches.  At 3pm when all was quiet the G. O. C ordered that 100 of the Wellington Mounted Rifles to counter attack. 100 officers and men of the Wellington Mounted Rifles Regiment were ordered to carry out counter attack on the Turkish trenches 150 yards East of our trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE .  Orders to attacking party were to take trenches destroying any machine guns found in them and then return.
When attacking party started getting out of the trenches, such a heavy fire was bought to bear on them that the O. C. Brigadier countermanded the order.  There is little doubt that had the attack been carried out few if any men would have returned to the trenches.
Trenches were subjected to shrapnel fire at odd times during the day.
Weather Fine.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

455

 

0

Casualties

 

 

    5

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

450

 

0

Casualties    1 killed   4 wounded
Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
19 -   5   15

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division       GALLIPOLI 
In trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE.                                                               20. 5 . 15   (10)
Our trenches were subjected to a good deal of shrapnel fire during the day.  At 5pm white flags appeared along the enemy trenches and fire was ceased.  Word was passed from the Australian lines, on our right, that the enemy wanted time to bury their dead.  No orders were received from Headquarters re armistice, enemy came out into the open and started collecting their dead also arms and ammunition.  In case of any treachery on the part of the enemy all our trenches were reinforced.  When enemy were observed to be collecting arms shots were fired at them and they then retreated to their trenches and opened a heavy rifle fire on our trenches.  Supports and reserves improving trenches all day.
Weather Fine.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

450

 

0

Casualties

 

 

    5

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

445

 

0

Casualties    1 killed   4 wounded
Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
20 -   5   15

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                                         GALLIPOLI 
In trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE.                                                                                   21 . 5 . 15   (11)
Firing line and supports on trenches all day.  Reserves employed improving roads up ridge.  Trenches subject to lot of shots from the direction of KUCHUK ANAFARTA.
Weather Fine.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

445

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

    8

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

437

 

0

Casualties    8 wounded
Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                                         22 . 5 . 15   (12)
In trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE.   
Firing line and supports improving trenches reserves improving road up ridges.  Trenches shelled several times during the day.
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

437

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

    6

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

431

 

0

Casualties     wounded  5                         Sick 1
WALKERS RIDGE                                                                           Signed J H. Whyte  Major


Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                                         23 . 5 . 15    (13)
In trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE. 
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

431

 

0

Return to Duty

 

 

   1

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

432

 

0

Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major
23 . 5 . 15

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                   GALLIPOLI
In trenches on WALKER’S RIDGE.                                            24 . 5 . 15   (14)
At 5am orders were received that there would be an armistice with the Turks from 7.30 am until 4.30pm for the purpose of burying all dead.  A dividing line was arranged by the General Staff of both sides and sentries were posted to prevent anyone crossing the line.  Burial parties of twenty men each, under a medical officer was told off to bury our dead and carry the enemy’s dead over to the dividing line. About a 100 of the enemy’s dead was handed over to  them from front of our trenches.  Collected about 150 Turkish rifles, and these were handed back to the enemy less their bolts.  At 5pm enemy started a heavy rifle fire but made no moves.
Weather wet and misty until 9.30am then cleared up.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

432

 

Nil

Walkers Ridge                                                                Signed J H. Whyte  Major

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                                        GALLIPOLI 
                                                                                                         25 . 5 . 15   (15)
During the day the Regiment was relieved from the trenches by the Australian 8th Light horse Regiment and went into bivouac at SHRAPNEL GULLY No. 2
Weather showery


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

432

 

0

Casualties

 

 

    1

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

431

 

0

Casualties  1 wounded
SHRAPNEL GULLY No. 2                                                                   Signed J H. Whyte  Major

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                               GALLIPOLI
In bivouac at SHRAPNEL GULLY No. 2                                     26 . 5 . 15   (16)
Bivouac shelled several times during the day
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

431

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

    10

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

421

 

Nil

Casualties   2 killed  6 wounded   2 sick
                                                                                                        
27 . 5 . 15   (17)
In bivouac at SHRAPNEL GULLY No. 2

Bivouac shelled several time during the day
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

421

 

0

Casualties

 

 

    3

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

418

 

0

Casualties   3 wounded  
                                                                                                         J H Whyte   Major

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                   GALLIPOLI
In bivouac at SHRAPNEL GULLY No. 2                                     28 . 5 . 15   (18)
At 4pm orders were received from Brigade Headquarters that one squadron of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles was going to attack at 9pm the Turkish Trenches about 600 yards EAST of No. 2 outpost and one Squadron of the Wellington Mounted Rifles are to support the attack.  The attack was carried out successfully only about 20 Turks were in the trench and they retired on the approach of the squadron.
The squadron under Major Dick was ordered to hold the captured post step in and hold until relieved.  The post was captured at 11.20pm and by daylight 3.30am (29. 5. 15) the squadron had dug themselves in but were unable to do much work after daylight as the post was on three sides commanded by the enemy’s fire/ During the day the enemy shelled with shrapnel, the position from the NORTH and SOUTH but the squadron did not have any casualties.
At 9pm the 6th Squadron was relieved by the 9th Squadron under Major Chalmers, and the 6th Squadron returned to camp.  At 10pm Major Chalmers reported that the post was surrounded by a large body of Turks who were attacking the position.  A troop of the 2nd Squadron were in support of the 9th Squadron but were unable to get out to No. 3 post.  The remainder of the 2nd Squadron under Major Emslie were sent out to relieve No. 3 Post but were heavily outnumbered by the Turks and were compelled to take cover and act on the defensive on the SOUTHERN slopes of the ridges between No. 2 and No. 3 post.
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

421

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

    9

 

 

Totals

 

26

 

409

 

0

Casualties   9 wounded  
                                                                                                         J H Whyte   Major

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                              
                                                                                                         29 . 5 . 15   (19)

At 7am orders were received for further reinforcements to be sent to No. 3 post, the 6th Squadron was sent to junction with the 2nd and to relieve the 9th Squadron at Post No. 3.  They effected the junction with the 2nd Sqdn. , but in spite of all efforts were unable to make headway owing to the number of Turks between them and Post No. 3 and to the heavy fire that was bought to bear on them by the Turks occupying the higher ground to the East and North.  Shell fire and machine gun fire was bought to bear on the reinforcements and Post No. 2 throughout the day.  The sniping from the hills in the EAST and NORTH caused a number of casualties during the day.  At 6pm a message was received by the G. C. Regiment that 2 Squadrons of the Canterbury Mounted Rifles would report at the Fisherman’s Hut at 8pm for the purpose of relieving the 9th Squadron in Post No. 3 and that after the relief was effected the WMR would withdraw to camp.  Arrangements were made for the withdrawal of the wounded and the evacuation of the wounded commenced shortly after dusk and continued until about 11pm.  About 11pm the Canterbury Squadrons took over the trenches from the 9th Sqdn and the Sqdn returned to Fishermans Hutt.   About midnight the 2nd and 6th Sqdn returned to the Hutt and joined the 9th.  In the mean time the Canterbury Squadron who had abandoned No. 3 Post also reached the Hutt.  The Turks finding the trenches were abandoned following the 2nd and 6th Squadrons and crossed the Fishermans Hutt ridge into the valley between it and No. 1 Post, they were making a great noise and chanting “Allah Allah”.  A defensive position was occupied by the returning troops extending from Fishermans Hutt Ridge to Post No. 1.  A brisk fire was opened on the advancing Turks who pushing their attack along the ridge in some strength but did not continue advancing along the valley.  Reinforcements were sent along the Ridge and a heavy fire was bought to bear on the Turks on the Ridge and in the valley, who retired northwards about 2.20am.  At daylight a Squadron from the AMR arrived and as all was then quiet they were ordered to take up an outpost line between No. 1 Post and the broch ra?ds the remainder of the troops were withdrawn to camp.
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

26

 

409

 

0

Casualties

   5

 

  56

 

 

Totals

 

21

 

353

 

0

Officers killed 3  Lt. P. Emerson,  Lt. J. Cameron,  Lt. C. Watts?
Officers wounded 2  Capt. W. Hardham  V.C.  Lt. D. Mac Donald
Other Ranks  14 killed  42 wounded  
                                                                                                         J H Whyte   Major

Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                   GALLIPOLI
In bivouac at SHRAPNEL GULLY No. 2                                     31 . 5 . 15   (20)
Enemy shelled bivouac several times during day.
Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

21

 

 

 

0

Casualties

 

 

    3

 

 

Return to Duty

 

 

   5

 

 

Totals

 

21

 

355

 

0

Casualties 1 killed   2 wounded.