|Ballarat Courier April 29th 1915|
|Map of the landings on the 25th April 1915. Taken from www. gallipoli.com.au|
The real tragedy of what was taking place came from the letters sent home to loved ones from Gallipoli. They told a completely different story. As well journalists like Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Charles Bean and later Keith Murdoch would write about the difficult conditions the ANZACS were facing. One thing all them reported was how gallant the ANZACS were considering the hugh obstacles they were encountering.. Following is an excerpt taken from a letter sent home to loved ones from then Capt Leslie Morshead, later to become Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie Morshead, one of Ballarat's finest citizens.
This is the first letterI have attempted since our memorable and awful landing on Sunday 25th April. I have even neglected my diary. But i shall never need a diary to remind me of what i went through or what i saw. No pen could describe that Sunday or Tuesday. It was a grim hard fight. On Thursday we were relieved, and when our roll was called we had considerably less than half a battalion. It was a sorry spectacle to see all the men there, hungry, dirty, unshaven, bitter. (Taken from Dinkum Oil: letters published in the Ballarat Courier during the Great War by A.M. Taylor. avaiable in the Australiana Research Room, Ballarat Library)