Soldier's diary

Soldier's diary : Image 108 of 126

Image of Edward Herbert Aubrey : Soldier's diary 1917-1919.

  • Title Edward Herbert Aubrey : Soldier's diary
  • Creator Edward Herbert Aubrey
  • Date 1917-1919.
  • Transcription 1917 October 31 Wed
    The attack on Beersheba began at dawn, infantry attacking from South mtd troops from east & north. The town was taken in the afternoon 1400 prisoners captured remainder of army getting out on high hills before being cut off Our casualties were very light. Two Auckland officers I knew killed Captain Ashton & Lieut Johns who came out on the Waihore with our reinfl's.
    We had very little to eat today & bad water to drink
    1917 November 1 Thurs
    We had a few hours good sleep & all ready to move again at 4-15 am.
    Cleared the hills east of Heyburn Road. Turks retired in direction of Gaza. Our casualties were very light
    Turks bombed our brigade transport & prevented our provisions from coming up, we had very little to eat yesterday & today but expect rations tonight. We captured some large heaps of barley from Turks so had plenty of horse-feed.
    Left our post at dark, camped mid-night
  • Image 108 of 126
  • Collection Description World War I diary kept by Edward Herbert Aubrey (1891-1963) from May 1917 to November 1917, with brief notes from 1918 and 1919. Some pages were removed and sent to relatives.
  • Parent Collection Description Edward Aubrey served from 10 February 1916 to 19 February 1919. He embarked on the Waihora in December 1916 with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 19th Reinforcements, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade. Aubrey served in Egypt; and after being wounded on 5 November 1917 part of his left leg was amputated. Edward Aubrey spent his remaining service in medical care in Egypt and then Britain. On his return to New Zealand he returned to farming in the Omarama area on land won in a ballot as part of a Returned Soldiers' initiative.
  • Collection Location Private collection
  • File Reference CCL-Aubrey-1917-108

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