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The 2nd LH Bgde made a demonstration against the Ts Left (the Bgde is in on our [indecipherable] trench right near the sea) so as to divert as many Turks when were slipping off to reinforce their mates at or near Achi Baba (south) The 5th Regt & a Sqdn & ½ of 7th Regt went out with the 9th Batt. Inf supported by some guns and got near what is called the Balkan Gun Pits & started to dig in when they were shelled by our own Naval Guns who made a mistake. Our men retired as they had no orders to hold anything & lost 20 killed & 108 wounded. The Naval guns were responsible for half the casualties. Lt Gilchrist of the 7th L.H. died of wounds since & one other is bad (6 officers wounded) The officer Comdg & other officers of 2nd LH Bgde were congratulated by the Genl on the manner in which the affair was carried out the Queenslanders (5th LH) displayed great coolness in retiring & Col Harris was congratulated. I saw Harold t'other day he is alright & the Brigdr too. Col Chauvel has gone away with some internal trouble. Col Johnstone took his place – went away with enteric – Col Hughes took his place – went away with influenza – now Col Braithwaite is acting Brigdr of 1st L H Bgde
Say lad – I lent £ 3 to the Regt to buy extras from Canteen ship & now I want it myself. Cant get it is
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there is any chance of the Col sending over any money. The Regt owes Col Merrington £ 5 too
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Will write to the Col next mail
Yours ever

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