From the Journal of Jack Simpson
Shrapnel Valley, Gallipoli
25 April 1915
Today we came to fight the Turks but we didn’t know
they were ready for us. I lost 6 of my friends when we
got off the ship. It was hard to get up the steep terrain.
When I got to the top there were 15 men dead and 9
It is hard work at the battlefront. When we were fighting
a bullet whistled past my head, it almost hit me I could smell smoke and bully beef
It is very exhausting at the front, rescuing soldiers. I can hear bombs going off and there is a sour taste in my mouth. I wish I could go home and have my big tea.