Casino woman shares Digger's diary
ARTHUR MORGAN fought on the shores of Gallipoli.
Mr Morgan, the grandfather of Casino resident Lynne Clifton, in a trench in Gallipoli and aboard the 12,000 tonne ship Southland, lived through moments few could imagine today.
The Southland was hit by a torpedo while Mr Morgan, a member of the 21st Battalion, was aboard.
He survived the attack only to be sent to Gallipoli to fight the Turks.
Ms Clifton wrote to The Northern Star as part of our 'Bringing the Spirit Home' competition, sharing a small part of Mr Morgan's experience of World War I through precious diary entries made in the trenches.
The following is a direct excerpt from Mr Morgan's diary, recording a period of nearly two months in the trenches and written with the original spellings:
Went out sapping on 15th very quiet.
Receaved our 1st bread on 17th Sept. One lofe each. Real good stuff.
Made an attack on 18th Sept. Lasted 2 hours. Turks beaten. Got put in a night post to watch.
G. Kelly sick (Sept) 20.
Blew up German trenches 22. Big booming from shore & boats. First man of number 3 killed. Farrell shot in head.
28th Sept two bombarments. Turks started. Turks put up 100 yards barb ware in front of our trench. Shifting post 9 today and night.
3 Nov. Turk broke the periscope, cut mate's bit and nose. Bullet very near. Had me hit shell in front of my face.
7 Nov. Not to good pane in chest. Shifted to Tambone.
Nov 8. was put on watch -? sap blew up 20 yards be- hind me."
Ms Clifton said her grandfather eventually fell ill and had to be carried on a stretcher for five kilometres before he could be taken to the hospital at Alexandria.
He remained in the hospital for two months before he was well enough to return to Australia.
He made a full recovery and went back to work on the railways at Benalla, in Victoria.