By William Cull
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In a sudden rendering and tearing of the silence of the night our trench mortars blazed out upon their entanglements, as we confidently hoped, and shells from guns of many calibres fell upon them. Four minutes after zero, the scouts, according to arrangement, crept forward as close as possible to their entanglements, which, seen faintly through the dark, seemed to me, ominously erect. As the barrage was lifted beyond we rushed upon the wires, only to find that through some extraordinary error in the range, not a wire had been cut in that particular area.
Captain Harold Smith let a company of the 22nd; his brother Captain Dick Smith had a company of the 21st. They went over the top together, and both were killed within a few yards of the parapet. A third brother, who had been badly wounded in the first attack, died in an English hospital a few days later, and the family tragedy was complete. All three were magnificent fellows—men in battle, gentlemen always. Before reaching Cairo the wounds in my head had reopened, but a fortnight in hospital left me fairly fit for service, though with little hope of again seeing Gallipoli.
Once you have heard a German scream he has lost caste in men company. On the moment the bombs were tossed we dashed for our funk holes, and then what a commotion! ’ Safe from the storm that swished just overhead, we laughed in sheer enjoyment. ’ There were few shell holes in that sector of no man’s land. It was in the main a beautiful grassy stretch, and crawling through it at night one’s face brushed against the first red poppies of Spring. In addition to passing our compliments— per favour of Mr Mills—to the Huns, we had been able to locate and take bearings upon the battle positions of two of their machine guns, though headquarters were dubious about it until they had confirmed our report by aerial observation.