Item 02: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 21 March-3 September 1915 - Page 129

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Fri. 25th. One of the boys on the beach was riddled with shrapnel this morning but the Drs. say none of the bullets struck a vital part & he will live, another shell exploded as it hit a stack of cases containing cigarettes, tobacco, etc. & I believe it lifted cases & tobacco & cigarettes into the sea wholesale, swimming was barred for a couple of hours in consequence. I believe there were several lads hit, some say 15 were struck by one shell. On the 'phone again at midday. I have had a head-ache all day & am not feeling to bright on it. At 4 o'clock this afternoon the Lord Nelson came up opposite us escorted by 5 torpedo boats, & fired 40 or 50 shots from her guns (heavy) she had a high elevation on her guns, so was probably firing at something across the Peninsular. The Turks had the hide to try & drive her away with shrapnel. Just before

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