10th Battalion patch. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial
10th Battalion diary – July 1915
At 9AM Lt Col Robertson of 9th Battn took over my section of trenches + we went into rest immediately in rear of the trenches which we had vacated. Our men however had very little rest on account of the number of fatigues which we were ordered to do –
My two senior officers – Major Stancombe. Second in Command + Major Lawrence were obliged to go away sick
Major Lorenzo returned on 8th July, the same morning at 3.30AM 18 Officers including 21 on staff + 500 other ranks proceeded by boat to IMBROS reaching there at 7AM. We camped in tents which has already been erected for our reception, Colonel Hawker CJ the camp Commandant was most courteous + supplied us with ample wood water + rations – on Sunday evening 11th we again boarded two trawlers + returned to Anzac which we reached at about 11pm
The 3 days rest at IMBROS was much enjoyed, as there was an ample supply of fresh water the men were able to wash clothes, by arrangement with the field cashier I was enabled to pay each man £1 – which enabled them to purchase fruit, stationary + groceries. The men also indulged in sea bathing to their hearts content without fear of shot or shell.
At 9 AM on 13th the 10th Battn took over from the 11th Battn the section of Defence held by that Bn the new tunnelled fire trenches were rigorously pushed on with + on the night of Sunday 18th July the roofs in fire [recesses?] were removed + the new trenches manned.
Capn H C Nott M.O went away sick + Dr Ingram took over his duties with the Battn
The weather during month had been hot + dry, a large number of men have been sick principally with diarrhoea, the men have been obliged to work very hard improving our trenches, making new fire positions, + bomb holes. During the last week of July the enemy had been very busy bomb throwing + us having replied by throwing 2 bombs at least to every one of theirs
The health of the men cannot be said to be good, indeed both officers + men are very run down + badly need a thorough rest before they are fit for any marching or attacking.
Price Weir Col
31/7/15 OC 10th AIF
NOTE no diaries were received from August 1915 to March 1916