WAR MEMORABILIA AND EPHEMERA - Sale 7630 - Lot 204
14 November 2008,
Gallipoli Diary, diary of Private George Petersen Nelson Company Canterbury Infantry Regiment N.z.e.f. 1st January to 31st December 1915. This extraordinary diary details Private Petersen's experiences at Galipolli in amazing details. -'Sunday 25th April. left lemnos 8am beautiful day, can hear bombardment of Dardanelles forty miles off. Dinner 11am in readiness for disembarkment. Landed on Gallipolli Peninsular 7pm, under heavy fire. Australians captured 4 guns and some prisoners. Colonel Stuart killed. Entrenched ourselves about 8pm worked till dawn following day"-"Saturday 8th. Off to the front firing line, relieving Tommies. New Zealanders to the front advanced into trenches under very heavy fire. Then advanced into further trenches under murderous rifle and machine gun fire, many killed and injured. 5 30 pm again advanced about 200 yards under murderous fire, our Lieutenant shot (Sandy) and killed, Major wounded. Advanced another 100 yds in dark and dug ourselves in under fire, very hard work, using entrenching tools. Buried dead Turks."-"On May 31st we blew up Turkish observation station, terrible report. Quinns post is the most dangerous in the whole of the firing line, in places the two firing lines are only 4 or 5 yards apart, in fact up at the observation post where i am usually stationed and and where we throw our bombs from, it is possible to touch the Turks trench with the points of our bayonets, can also hear the continual yabber of the Turks, it takes a bomb or two to quieten them, if they are wounded they make an awful noise and sing out Allah."-"Friday 30th May. On fatigue from 4am till 8 am at Quinns: Turks blew up our trenches just as we arrived, terrible explosion blew dust and stones hundreds of feet in the air, landed all around us, 4 killed and 10 wounded. German aeroplane about again. Went from swim in afternoon. Went around to Machine Gun to see Spotty, went for a swim with him arrived back at my bivouac about 8 30 pm. Received a letter from Isabel." This is but 4 excerpts from this extraordinary diary kept by Private Petersen. Comes complete with full typed transcript.
Sold for $24,000