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9th Squadron
Wellington Mounted
Rifles Regiment

Copied From the Australian War Museum scanned PDF File AWM 35/5/4
New Zealand Mounted Rifles.  War Dairy for W.M.R. AUGUST 1915
 
Transcribed to text by Gordon Sylvester NZMRA - August 2011
Transcribers notes: entries of question marks (??) are undecipered
script.

AWM4  35/5/4
Wellington Mounted Rifles   N Z  +  A   Division                                                                    GALLIPOLI
In trenches on WALKERS RIDGE.                                                              01. 8. 15  (2)

Regiments in trenches on WALKERS RIDGE   ????? No. 1 outpost.  2nd and 6th Squadrons on Walkers Ridge. 9th Squadron at  no. 1 outpost.  Quiet day
Weather Fine

Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

    25

 

        339

 

0

Casualties

     2

                   

 

 

 

Totals

 

   23

 

      339

 

0

Casualties               Major McLean NZM Corp and 2nd Lieut C. Nicholls
5th Lancers attached to Hd Qtrs
                                                     
J. H. Whyte  Major
.Wellington Mounted Rifles                                                                                 

GALLIPOLI
                                                                                                                                       02. 8. 15  (0)

Regiment in trenches on Walkers Ridge near No. 1 outpost.  Quiet day.  Instructions received rum to be issued daily

Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

   22

 

   339

 

0

Casualties

 

 

       1

 

 

On Strength

 

 

       2

 

 

Totals

 

23

 

341

 

0

Dr. Simpson NZMC taken on strength
Casualties                                           1 man sick

J. H. Whyte  Major
Wellington Mounted Rifles                                                                                                   

GALLIPOLI
                                                                                                                                       03. 8. 15  (3)

Regiment in trenches on Walkers Ridge near No. 1 outpost.  Quiet day.   Weather Fine

Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

23

 

    340

 

0

Taken on Strength

 

 

         5

 

 

Totals

 

23

 

    345

345

0

Anzac Cove Gallipoli Pen.                                                                 
J. H. Whyte  Major
Wellington Mounted Rifles                                                                                                   

GALLIPOLI
  04. 8. 15  (3)

Regiment in trenches on Walkers Ridge near No. 1 outpost.
   Weather Fine

Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

  23

 

      345

 

0

Casualties

 

 

          1

 

 

Totals

 

23

 

     344

 

0

Casualties                            1 man Sick
Anzac Cove Gallipoli Pen.                                                                  J. H. Whyte  Major
Wellington Mounted Rifles                                                                                                   

GALLIPOLI
                                                                                                                                       05. 8. 15  (4)

In trenches on Walkers ridge ranks ? No. 1 outpost.  At 1200 orders were received for Rgmt to move out to No. 1 outpost and camp there for the night.  Rgmt left trenches at 8pm and marched out to No. 1 outpost.  Move completed by 2115.
   Weather Fine

Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

23

 

344

 

0

Casualties

 

 

2

 

 

Return to Strength

1

 

6

 

 

Totals

 

24

 

345

 

0

Casualties                            2  sick
J. H. Whyte  Major
Wellington Mounted Rifles                                                                                                   

GALLIPOLI
ANZAC Cove.                                                                                                               06. 8. 15 
(4 & 5) in part
Rgmt in camp at No 1 outpost all day.  At 9am orders were received from G. C. Brigadier for flank attack on right.  Orders were issued by O. C. Rgmt at 2pm. – orders attached  (F)
               The Regiment concentrated in Sazli Beit Dere near Fishermans Hut at 8. 45pm and at 9.30pm advanced to the attack.  The 6th Squadron under Major Dick captured Destroyer’s Hill at 10.15pm, with lose of 4 men killed and 1 Officer (Major Dick) and 7 men wounded.  In the meantime he has also siezed the communications trench running from Chambers Post (old No. 3) to S of Rhododendron Ridge & occupied it on each side of the Dere thus clearing the way for  the advance of the Main body.
               The main body passed through and marching up the Dere  & climbed the steep clay hill on the NW slope of Table Top and occupied the hill at 11.15pm.  The firing at Chambers Post and Destroyer Ridge had driven the Turks down the southern slopes of Old Table Top & thus enabled the main body to seize the trenches on Table Top without opposition .   An old Turkish track well worn ran past the N W side of Table Top from Rhododendron Ridge down in a NW direction to Chalak Dere.  This road was strongly picketed and several firing lines of Turks were captured.  Our loss on the hill through the night (6th-7th) was 1 man wounded, while the Turkish losses was 4 killed 7 wounded and 100 prisoners.
               Meantime the 2 Maori Platoons with Captain Hastings marched up Chalak Dere assisted in capturing the trenches in Chambers Post and took 50 prisoners on the north side of the post.  Their own loss was 2 killed and 5 wounded?  The  loss of the Turks was about 8 killed + 50 prisoners.
               The 6th Squadron inflicted al loss of about 20 killed on the hills and captured 8 prisoners.
               Our own total losses on the night of 6th -7th therefore  :- 4 killed 14 wounded.
               The Turkish loss was as far as known, 32 killed  7 Wounded and 158 prisoners
               Major Whyte and 25 men left at No. 1 Outpost 

Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

24

 

348

 

0

Casualties

1

 

  13

 

 

Totals

 

23

 

335

 

0

Casualties               4 killed               Wounded  7         Missing  1
Major Dick  wounded
                                                                        
J. H. Whyte  Major

GALLIPOLI  Peninsula                                                                                        Table Top
                                                                                                                                       07. 8. 15  (4)

Regiment in possession of TABLE TOP improving trenches and entrenching on eastern slopes.  At 2pm orders were received from Bgde  Ach?  Res? To send 50 men to occupy Old No3 Post.  Turkish prisoners were sent under escort to Divisional Head Quarters.  Canterbury Battalions were occupying  Rhodendran Spur and Wellington Infantry Brigade occupied Chalak Dere on the left.
Machine gun points in position.  No further ?????  made during the day and Regiment bivouacked for night
                                                                                          See over
Wellington Mounted Rifles continued                                                                        7/8/15  (5)

 Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

23

 

335

 

Nil

Casualties

  2

 

    1

 

 

Totals

 

21

 

334

 

Nil

         

Casualties               Killed Major Chambers,  Wounded Lieut Mayo
Other Ranks wounded 1

J. H. Whyte  Major

GALLIPOLI  Pen                                                                                                           Table Top
                                                                                                                                       08. 8. 15  (6)

Regiment less 50 men in possession of TABLE TOP.  Orders were received from  Bgde Hd Qtrs for two Sqdns (2nd and 6th Squadrons) to move at 1500hrs and report to Brig Gen. Johnston NZ Infantry  at head of CHALAK DERE.  Regiment (less one squadron)  moved from TABLE TOP at 1500 and reported to Brig Gen Johnston at 1400.  Narative of operations, Lt. Col. Meldrum attached (B)

 

Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

21

 

334

 

Nil

Casualties

  1

 

    8

 

 

Totals

 

20

 

326

 

Nil

Officers    Wounded  2nd Lieut Cotton
Other ranks  Killed 1  Wounded  7

 J. H. Whyte Major

Gallipoli  Pen                                                                                                                CHUNIK BAIR
                                                                                                                                       09. 8. 15  (6)

Regiment less one Squadron 9th on Chunik Bair narrative of operations, by Lt. Col. Meldrum, attached.  9th Squadron  had 50 men on TABLE TOP and 50 men at Old No. 3 Post.  At 2300 the Regiment was relieved by the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and camped for the night near NZ Infantry Bgde  A???  ???  ??? CHALAK DERE


   Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

     20

 

326

 

Nil

Casualties

       5

 

112

 

 

Totals

 

      15

 

214

 

Nil

Officers killed Major Elmslie, Capt Kelsall.  Wounded  Capt  James  & Hastings  Lt. Harris
Other Ranks Killed 23  Wounded 74   Missing  15

 J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli Pen                                                                                                                 No. 1 Outpost
                                                                                                                                       ANZAC Cove
                                                                                                                                       10. 8. 15  (7)

Regiment less 9th Squadron moved from CHALAK DERE at 0900 and went into bivouac at No. 1 outpost.  50 men of 9th Sqdn on TABLE TOP and 50 men at OLD No. 3 post.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

15

 

214

 

Nil

Casualties

  2

 

    4

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

210

 

Nil          

Casualties  Wounded Capt  Spragg  Lt. Beamish  Other Ranks wounded 4

J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli                                                                                                                        No. 1 Outpost
                                                                                                                                       Anzac Cove

11. 8. 15  (7)
Regiment less 9th Sqdn in bivouac at No 1 outpost.  At 1400 orders were received for Rgmt to occupy CAMELS HUMP 12 men, Destroyer Ridge 25 men and remainder of Regiment to be in reserve SAZLI BEIT DERE.  Regiment moved out at 1930 and occupied those positions.  The 9th Squadron was holding TABLE TOP


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

210

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

   17

 

 

On Strength

 

 

   25

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

218

 

Nil

Other Ranks Wounded 3  sick  14

J. H. Whyte  Major


Gallipoli Pen                                                                                                                 SAZLI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                                                       12. 8. 15  (7)

Dispositions same as yesterday, all positions being entrenched and strengthened.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

218

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

    2

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

216

 

Nil

J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli Pen                                                                                                                 SAZLI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                                                       13. 8. 15  (8)

Dispositions same as yesterday, all positions being entrenched and strengthened.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

216

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

    5

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

211

 

Nil

J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli Pen                                                                                                                 SAZLI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                                                       14 8. 15  (8)

Dispositions same as yesterday, all positions being entrenched and strengthened.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

211

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

    1

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

210

 

Nil

                    

Casualties  Other Ranks Killed   1

J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli Pen                                                                                                                 SAZLI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                                                       15. 8. 15  (8)

Dispositions unchanged


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

210

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

3

 

 

Taken on Strength

 

 

13

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

220

 

Nil

Casualties                           sick  3
J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli                                                                                           SALZI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                         16. 8. 15  (8)

Dispositions unchanged


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

220

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

2

 

 

Reinforcements

 

 

35

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

253

 

Nil

Casualties             sick  2

J.H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli                               SALZI BEIT DERE
                                             Wellington Mounted Rifles                  17 . 8 . 15  (8)

Dispositions unchanged


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

253

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

7

 

 

Totals

 

13

 

246

 

Nil

Casualties Other Ranks  2 wounded   5 sick

J. H. Whyte   Major

Gallipoli                               SALZI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                         18. 8. 15  (8)

Dispositions unchanged


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

13

 

246

 

Nil

Casualties

     2

 

     5

 

 

On Strength

 

 

     4

 

 

Totals

 

11

 

245

 

Nil

Casualties Officer  Lieut Nielsen  sick  Lt  Beetham temp transferred to Bgde Hqters
Other ranks  2 transferred   2 sick

J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli                               SALZI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                         19. 8. 15  (8)

Dispositions unchanged


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

11

 

245

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

7

 

 

Totals

 

11

 

238

 

Nil

Casualties               Wounded 1   Sick  6

J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli                               SALZI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                         20. 8. 15  (8)

The 6th Squadron entrenched and took up position halfway up SALZI BEIT DERE.  Other disposition unchanged


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

11

 

238

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

5

 

 

On Strength

 

 

1

 

 

Totals

 

11

 

231

 

Nil

Casualties Other ranks  sick  8                                         
J. H. Whyte  Major

Gallipoli                               SALZI BEIT DERE
                                                                                                         20. 8. 15  (8)

Disposition unchanged,  Lt. Col.  Meldrum took charge of inner line of defences while Brig General Russell absent


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

11

 

231

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

3

 

 

On Strength

 

 

1

 

 

Totals

 

11

 

229

 

Nil

Casualties Wounded Other ranks  3

J. H. Whyte  Major
 

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New Zealand Mounted Rifles.  War Dairy for W.M.R. AUGUST 1915
  Transcribed to text by Gordon Sylvester NZMRA - August 2011 PART2

 

Gallipoli                                               SALZI BEIT DERE
21. 8. 15 
(p8)
Disposition unchanged, Lt. Col. Meldrum took charge of inner line of defences while Brig General Russell absent


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

11

 

231

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

3

 

 

On Strength

 

 

1

 

 

Totals

 

11

 

229

 

Nil

Casualties       Wounded Other ranks  3
J. H. Whyte Major

Reference Map  KURIJA DERE                      1:20,000
Wellington Mounted Rifles
Gallipoli                                               SALZI BEIT DERE
22. 8. 15
  (p9)
Dispositions unchanged   Weather Fine


Strength 21.8.15

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

11

 

229

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

2

 

 

Totals

 

11

 

227

 

Nil

Casualties    Sick  2                                                                            J. H. Whyte  Major

 

Gallipoli                                               SALZI BEIT DERE
23. 8. 15 
(p9)
Morning dispositions unchanged    At 1000 orders were received from Brigade Hd Qrtrs that the Regiment would be relieved by the Canterbury Battalion and when relief completed the Regiment would rejoin the Wellington Mounted Brigade at KUBAK KUYU.  The Canterbury Battalion took over the posts held by the Regiment and at 1500 the Regiments left SAXLI BEIT DERE.   Marching via No. 2 Post and joined Mounted Brigades at 1715.   Bivouacked for night at 92-N-8.
At 1930 five officers and 125 men were sent out to relieve Canterbury Mounted Rifles in trenches on Western slopes of Hill 60 KAIAJIK AGHALA.  Ghurkas occupied trenches on left 13 Battalion A. I., trenches on right.  During the night a party under Lieut Maurisch captured 20 yards of Turkish trenches on left of our trench.  3 Officers and 77 O. R.’s, of reinforcements arrived from EGYPT.  Weather Fine.


Strength 22/8/15

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

11

 

227

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

12

 

 

On Strength

3

 

77

 

 

Totals

 

14

 

292

 

Nil

Casualties 1 wounded   11 sick
Officers reported for duty  Captain  Clifton  2nd Lieut Kettle and Cawte
[transcribers note:Officers here are: 11/944 Charles Ernest Clifton. 11/473 Ferdinand von Tempsky Kettle. 11/945 Gerald Cawte - all 3 men with the 4th Reinforcements that left NZ 17th April 1915].

J. H. Whyte  Major
W. M. R.

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles
Reference Map  KURIJA DERE                      1:20,000
Gallipoli                                               Bivouac  92-N-8.

24. 8. 15  (p10)
Bivouac unchanged.  Men in trenches were relieved at 2000hrs by 3 officers and 125 men from Regiments.  Weather Fine.         Situation unchanged


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

23/8/15

 

15

 

292

 

Nil

Casualties

1

 

2

 

 

On Strength

2

 

4

 

 

Totals

 

15

 

292

 

Nil

Casualties wounded   Major MacLean  NZMC  Sick  2
Rejoined          Lieut’s A. S. Wilder and W. Risk
J. H. Whyte Major
W. M. R.

GALLIPOLI                                                                                          Bivouac  92-N-8.
25. 8. 15 
(p10)
Situation unchanged.  Men in trenches on hill 65 now relieved at 2300hrs by men from Canterbury and Otago Mtd Rifles.  Weather Fine


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

24/8/15

 

15

 

294

 

Nil

Casualties

1

 

10

 

 

On Strength

1

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

16

 

284

 

Nil

Casualties   Officers   Sick  2nd Lieut  Herrick
Other Ranks  Wounded 1   Sick  9
On strength  2nd Lieut Tingey joined Regiment as Machine Gun Officer
J.H. Whyte  Major
W. M. R.

Wellington Mounted Rifles
Reference Map  KURIJA DERE                      1:20,000
Gallipoli 
                                                                                  Bivouac  92-N-8.
26. 8. 15  (p11)
Situation unchanged.   At 2000hrs 3 officers and 100men returning same number from Canterbury
and Otago Regiments in trenches on KAIAJIK AGHALA.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

 

 

15

 

284

 

Nil

J. H. WHYTE Major
W. M. R.

Bivouac  92-N-8.
26. 8. 15 
(p12)
3 Officers and 100 men still in trenches.  At 1100hrs instructions were received by Major J. H. Whyte
That he would be in command of 400 men of the Australian and New Zealand Forces and attack Hill 60
KAIAJIK AGHALA.  To cooperate with force would be 350 men of the Australian Forces on the right flank
And 250 men of the Connaught Rangers, 29th Infantry Brigade on the left flank.  5 Officers and 100 other ranks
Of the Regiment were told off for the assault.  Prior to the assault the Artillery shelled the position for an hour.
At 1630 the attacking forces was all in position for the attack.
At 1700 the attack took place (as per orders attached  X)  The Regiments was reinforced by 5 officers
and 100 other ranks who were in the second line supporting 160 men of the Canterbury and Auckland Regiments.
At 1705 the first lines Canterbury and Auckland regiments carried the fire lines of Turkish trenches and
were busy bayoneting the Turks when the men of the Wellington Battalion came up and cleared the trenches.
At this stage it was found that a very hot fire was being bought to bear on our right flank.  30 men were
sent out to right flank and cleared trenches where fire was coming from.  An advance was then (page 12)
made against the second line of Turkish trenches and they were carried by 1745.  As the Connaught Rangers
had failed to hold  the trenches it was found impossible to advance further along Hill 60 owing to the
Turks pushing in on the left.  It was decided to hold the second line of captured trenches and arrangements
were made immediately to put the trench in a state to repel counter attacks.  Capt. R. Logan WMR took charge
of men in forward trenches and with 40 men held the trench until 10pm when he was reinforced by 50 men
of the 18th Infantry Batt. (Australian)   Our casualties were heavy but we captured trenches were held
and position consolidated during the night.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

26/6/15

 

15

 

284

 

Nil

Casualties

7

 

102

 

 

Totals

 

8

 

182

 

Nil

Casualties  Officers Killed  Capt. Taylor  Wounded  Capts E. C. Clifton & Batchelor  Lieuts.  W. Risk A.S. Wilder
H.B. Maunsell  N.V. Kittler.  Other Ranks:- Killed 16  Wounded 54  Missing  32.
J. H. Whyte Major
WMR
Very good work done by Capt. R. Logan, Capt. A. Batchelor.  Sergts B. Ronaldson and J. Wilder

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles
Gallipoli                                                                                                           KAIAJIK AGHALA.
28/8/15
  (p13)
During the night the remainder of the Regiment in bivouac moved into trenches as supports to those
already thin.  All men were kept busy repairing trenches and consolidating positions on Hill 60 the task was
difficult owing to enemy’s launching? more numbers of bombs from trench mortars.  Regiments remained in
trenches for the night.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

27/8/15

 

8

 

182

 

Nil

Casualties

1

 

17

 

 

Totals

 

7

 

165

 

Nil

Casualties  Officers  Sick Capt. R. Logan  Other Ranks  Wounded  11  Sick  6
J. H. Whyte  Major
WMR

KAIAJIK AGHALA.
28/8/15 
(p13)
Regiments still in trenches all at work consolidating positions.  Several times during the night the enemy
attempted to bomb us out of trenches but without success.  Our bombs thrown did good work.  At 1900 hrs
the Regiments withdrew from trenches to bivouac.


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

28/8/15

 

7

 

165

 

Nil

Casualties

1

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

6

 

165

 

Nil

Casualties  Officers  Chaplain Major  W. Grant

 

Wellington Mounted Rifles
Reference Map  KURIJA DERE                                                          Bivouac  92-N-8.
30/8/15
  (p14)
Situation unchanged.   Men resting in bivouac.   At 2000hrs Capt. Jensen with 50 men was sent as
reserve to trenches on Hill 60


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

29/8/15

 

6

 

165

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

17

 

 

Totals

 

6

 

148

 

Nil

Casualties  Other Ranks  Killed 1  Wounded  1   Sick  15

Bivouac  92-N-8.
31/8/15  (p14-20)
At 0700 now in reserve on Hill 60 returned to bivouac.  They returned to Hill 60 at 2030


Strength

 

Officers

 

Other Ranks

 

Horses

30/8/15

 

6

 

148

 

Nil

Casualties

 

 

8

 

 

Totals

 

6

 

140

 

Nil

Casualties  Sick 8
J. H. Whyte  Major
WMR

 

APPENDIX  F
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F 37 No. !1 Cop?
OPERATION ORDERS   N 1
By
Lieut. Colonel W. Meldrum
Commanding WMR Regiment
No. 1 Post
6/8/15

References ANZAC Map 1:10,000
Information.  A flank attack will be delivered tonight on the Turkish positions
N of Rhodendron Spur  (inclusive).  The covering parts will attack
as follows:-  CMR and OMR will advance from TAYLORS WILSONS KNOB –
WALDON POINT and take BAUCHOPS HILL – LITTLE TABLE TOP
commencement at 9.30PM (2130)

AMR will attack Old Post No. 3 at 9.30pm
WMR and 1 platoon MAORI contingent? Will take DESTROYER HILL and
TABLE TOP at 10pm
A searchlight from the Destroyer HMS Colne will blaze? on the OLD Post No. 3
from 9pm  (2100) to 10.30pm (2130) and at the same time will shell the post.
From 9.30 to 9.40 the Searchlight will switch off while AMR attack.
From 9.40 to 10pm the searchlight will be turned on TABLE TOP and the
destroyers and howitzers will shell the position.
O.C. Instructions:- The O.C. ????? to carry DESTROYER’S HILL and TABLE TOP by storm
Concentrations:-  The WMR and 1 Platoon Maoris will concentrate on the NE side of the
communications trenches between FISHERMANS HUT AND No 2 post at 8.45pm
(2045) in the following order facing EAST in columns of Squadrons

 

(IMAGE TO BE PLACED)

 

 


FA       9 MR

The Attack :-The 6th Squadron will advance along the Southern foot of Old No. 3 Post, will detach a sufficient force to seize and hold DESTROYERS HILL and will also seize and hold the communication trenches NE-SW  from rear of Old No. 3 Post - Re?????? TABLE TOP and DESTROYERS HILL.  The remainder of the Column will follow the No. 6 Squadron pass through them (at Communication trench) and attack TABLE TOP up the WESTERN SLOPES.
The attack will be delivered in two lines.  The 2nd QA squadron leading the Maori Platoon in the second line.
The 9th squadron will follow in reserve.
The whole attack will be carried out in silence.  Bayonets and bombs only will be used.  Magazines will not be charged until the whole of TABLE TOP has been gained.
Every NCO and man will carry 200 rounds S.A.A.  A full allowance of bombs will be carried
Rations:-  All ranks will carry
Unexpended portion of days issue
Emergency rations
Filled water bottle.  These must ?? be used during the night as they cannot not be refilled.
Dress:-  FS equipment lodbnets greatcoats coats & packs.  Gas helmets will be carried.  Armlets and patches to be on by 8pm  (2000)
Dressing Station:-  A Dressing station has been established at CHALIK DERE.  No man in the ranks is to assist a wounded comrade at all.  Stretcher Bearers will follow the column and attend to wounded.
No smoking, lighting of fires, or talking is permitted.
The officers commanding is confident that all ranks, in the arduous work in front of them, will do their utmost  to gain ?????????????????  the ?????????  and so doing they will write a new and glorious day in the history of New Zealand.
Tools:- Will be carried on person by all troops in the proportions of 1 pick and 1 shovel to 8 men.
Time will be corrected at 1900 hrs  (7pm)
Reports will be sent to Reserve.
V. A. Kelsall Capt.
Adjutant.  WMR

Copies handed
6 O. C.’s Squadron
& Maori Platoon.

 

Annex B                                                                                                           page 21
From  O.C.
W.M.R
To Headquarters
NZMR Bgde

Subject:  Chunuk Bair Operations ( 8th – 9th Aug)
I beg to report as follows
Pursuant to instructions I reported with my command (2x squadrons 2nd and 6th) 170 all ranks with 1 M.G. officer + 12 men and 1 M.G to O.C. Infantry Brigade Headquarters on the evening of 8th Aug.
I was allocated to the Otago Inf Bat (Lt. Col. Moore) and moved up & occupied the Central portions of Chunik Bair trenches at 2230.
As the trenches were inadequate I kept my command busy at digging deeper and adding new saps till dawn.  At 2300 Col Moore was reported wounded and retired & I assumed command of the Post (400 Otago Inf Bat & 170 WMR)
Though preparations were made no serious attack occurred till 0400.  The lulls then developed a sharp attack with rifles machine guns bombs and our artillery.  Our artillery which?  was higher started shelling regularly.
The bomb attack was particularly vigorous & compelled some men to leave their trenches.  They only? ??? ???? in the back of the trenches & no attempt was made to retire; but a vigorous rifle fire was kept up by the enemy bombers and snipers.
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Unfortunately several high explosive shells seemed to come our own howitzers, fell? in one left and left centre and some men left the trenches and began to retire.
I was greatly assisted at this point by Major J. Elmslie and Capt. V. A. Kelsall who assisted me in rallying the men.  Major Elmslie fell while gallantly leading a troop of his squadron to occupy the front trenches on the hill.  Captain Kelsall unluckily fell after regaining the trenches with the returning men.  A few men left on the right but all but the wounded were called and returned.
A vigorous rifle fire was kept up by all the men & by 0500 the attack was driven back.
From then on to 0700 attacks were frequent and snipers and bomb throwers advanced but our rifle fire kept them back.
As casualties had been heavy I sent a messenger to Rgmt Hqters at 0700 for more ammunition and reinforcements.  (The telephone line was cut about 0100).  At 0800 I reported the barrage, as the Turks had been observed gathering in front and the shrapnel fire was costly in men?.
At 1200 40 men of the 6th Rgmt Lancashire reinforced me.
In the meantime we were continually on the alert and were keeping the hills contained ??????.  At 1400 they seemed to be dominated & were confining themselves to sniping and shrapnel fire.  So I reported to Hquarters that I could hold them until relieved.  Nothing  but Head Quartes were m?????? until the post was relieved at 2230

I cannot speak to highly of the very spirited and determined conduct of all ranks of the WMR during the 24 hours

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Appendix  No.  B.
I have especially recommended in my report as O. C. Chunik Bair push, to the O. C. N.Z. Inf. Bgde,  the
following Officers and NCO’s of the W. M. R.
Viz:
For special Distinction
Major  J. Elmslie
For Special mention    Captain N. F. Hastings
Lt.  Jausher??????
Lt.   Logan

Also                 Sgt Ricketts
Cpl  Covie

 

I regret that the casualties were very heavy in my regiment. 110 Officers, NCO’s & men being
Killed or wounded.

W. Meldrum
Lt. Colonel
O. C.  W.M. R.

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OPERATION ORDER No. 2 BY MAJOR-GENERAL H. V. COX C.B.  C.S.I. COMDY No. 6 SECTION SARI BAIR
ATTACKING FORCES.

-----------------
26th AUGUST 1915
Under orders from G. O. C. N.Z.A. Division operations will be under taken commencing at 16 hours tomwrow* (27th August) with the object of gaining commanding ground on the KAIAJIK AGHALA Hill.
The objectives are as marked on the accompanying sketch –
A to B,  Turkish trenches in front of 4th Australian detachment.
B to C,  long Turkish communications trench running over Hill 60.
C to D, a line of Turkish trench from the communicating trench on knoll 60 round North of hill to present left of New Zealand trench on KAIAJIK AGHALA.
The following artillery cooperation and previous bombardment has been arranged for, the latter to commence at 16 hours on 27th.
Naval Guns on enemy’s trenches on ASMA DERE spur (92-p-6-9 and 93-1-7-9) also on ABDEL RAHMAN BAIR and on valley KAIAJIK AGHALA till dark.
Howitzers, etc   Commencing at 16 hours 27th on knoll 60, KAIAJIK AGHALA and enemy’s trenches on it, East of a line 22-i-j and 92-n-o ??? ??-1-4 steady rate of fire 16 hours to 16 30, five minutes break and intense fire 16 35 to 17 hours.  During above period some fire on N.E. spur of KAIAJIK DERE from KAIAJIK AGHALA to knoll at contour 100 inclusive.  After assault (17 hours) steady fire on N.E. spur KAIAJIK DERE as above, till dark, and to search low ground beyond the spur.
Field Artillery.  – generally, the valley DERVISH ALI KUTU and KAIAJIK AGHALA, and roads by which reinforcements from East must move up – 16 hours till dusk – intense fire on spur N. E. of KAIAJIK DERE from 16-35 - 17 hours.
Mountain Artillery, As for Field Artillery – also 2 guns 21st Mountain Battery at close range on to hostile KAIAJIK AGHALA trenches from the main trenches held by the 4th Australian Brigade.
N.B.  Days Registration to be over by 12 noon.
(4)        To assist the artillery it is of the utmost importance that the trenches we now hold on the KAIAJIK AGHALA shall be marked by Red^ Flags or pink at 15 hours, to be placed so as not to be seen by enemy,  also that the trenches gained shall be marked by other red flags as occupied.
Has been arranged for.
During preliminary bombardment aal infantry in advanced trenches (except a few lookout men in secure trenches) will sit down at bottom of their trenches with their backs to the parapet.

(5)The following force is to be detailed for the assault on the objectives named in Para 2 of this order:-
Right   vis- To capture trenches    A  - B  (on sketch)
250 4th Australian Brigade
100 17th Battalion  5th Australian Brigade
Centre     – To capture trenches    B  - C  -
300 NZ Mounted Rifle Brigade
100 18th Battalion  5th Australian Brigade
Left       - To capture trenches    C  - D
250 men Connaught Rangers, 29th Infantry Brigade
Detailed orders will be issued to each of the above parties by Brigadier General Russell who is placed in command of the assaulting force and will arrange for consolidating and linking up new line when gained.

(6)        THE ASSULT   will take place at 17 hours on the 27th precisely.  Watches to be compared at Head Quarters, no.6 section at 10 hours on the 27th

(7)        All infantry going forward will carry 200 rounds, &/2 empty sandbags per man, and each party will have bomber specially detailed and well supplied with bombs.
Attacking troops must have one days rations and full water bottles with them.

 

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Entrenching tools will carried by 40% of the attacking force.  A forward reserve of S.A.A. Ammunition per man for the attacking force will be formed close behind our present trenches on KAIAJIK AGHALA.

(8)    Reserves will be held in readiness if required as follows :-
(a)  In gully near new communicating trench to KAIAJIK AGHALA [outside our former lines]
from 4th Australian Brigade trenches.  100 men – (50 from 4th Australian Brigade.
50 from 17th Bn. 5th Australian Bde.
(b)   At KABAK KUTA – 100 men, 16th Bn., 5th Australian Bde.
To be fully equipped as in preceding paragraph.

(9)  Medical – First Aid posts, first aid dressing stations stand fast in present positions.

(10)  Telephonic reports for G.O.C. No. 6 Section to Head Quarters, 6th Australian Brigade.  Reports by hand to trenches, 13th Battalion, 4th Australian Brigade.
Both after 14-30 hours on 27th.

G. Wrigley
Captain
Brigade Major  No. 6 Section

TO/
Br-General  Russell ........ 3 copies
“    Monash ........ 2 copies
Col.  Agnew  ..................3 copies
N. S. A. Division .............2 copies  (one for RNZAC Corp)
Col   Napier – Johnston
C. R. A., N. Z. A.  Divn .....2 copies
Colonel Sykes ................1 copy
Colonel Parker  O.C  M.A.
Bde. ......1   “
O. C. 21st Kohat  M. B.  ...1   “
Office   .........................1  “
*Typo as actually typed on page

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AFTER ORDERS
Col.  W. Meldrum
Cmdr  WMR
8th Aug 1915

The Maori Platoon instead of marching with the WMR as ordered
Will concentrate at No. 3 Post and report to Captain Hay.
(They will march as soon as his squadron clears the way) along the
northern foot of Old No. 3 Post cutting away wire sutaylenred, and
attack the N. W. corner of TABLETOP, simultaneously with the attack
of  the WMR on the S.W. corner?

V. A. Kelsall  Capt.
Adjt.   W.M.R.