Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 174
occupied by the New Zealanders. Out at sea there were two destroyers with their searchlights on glaring right over our heads to the hills on our right and about every ten seconds we would see a flash and then would follow a boom and then another flash as the shell exploded, and the boom again while we could see huge fragments of earth and rock go flying through the air, and then see figures moving around and trying to get out of the glare, but the light would just follow them up like a tiger playing with its prey. You know light travels faster than sound, and you could always count three from the first flash of the gun till we heard the first report.
To the left of the destroyers were the lights of the two hospital ships looking very pretty in their green band and red cross.
Once in a while the searchlight would dip and