By Roy Ramsay, Ron Ramsay
In 1915, inner most Roy Ramsay, freshly educated at a camp close to Brisbane, units sail from Australia for the center East with the 4th mild Horse box Ambulance. Serving on medical institution ships within the Dardanelles and evacuating a mounting variety of in poor health and wounded, they find out about the battles from the wounded. Serving with the first department third box Ambulance at the Western entrance, he is going via Pozieres and different significant set-piece battles of trench struggle. Amid the hell of artillery bombardment and computing device gun fireplace, Roy reveals a few glimmer of desire for the human race within the indisputable fact that each side frequently workout compassion and discretion in the direction of the injured in addition to the stretcher-bearers attempting to retrieve them. despite the fact that, the Aussies' mateship and experience of accountability get them in the course of the unimaginably surprising actual stipulations of trench struggle, helped via occasional breaks clear of the traces and leisure go away for romantic reasons. hooked up to Dressing Stations simply at the back of front line Roy is ready to be in contact together with his associates and with the AIF's total tactical scenario. With the Australians now united in a single corps below basic Monash and regardless of consistently lowering numbers, they play a key position over the past six months of the struggle in riding the Germans again to the Hindenburg Line. After the armistice, Roy takes depart and will get married in Scotland. he's ultimately transferred to a unit in England the place his new spouse joins him. In July 1919 they board send for a brand new existence in Australia. This account of Roy's lifestyles used to be edited from his diaries by means of his son Ron.
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The Allied offensive that began on the 6th August. en we helped to erect more tents over those left out in the open. It was becoming a tent city a bit like our training camp back in Brisbane. Australian Army nurses were running around everywhere trying to keep the water up to the men. Water had been almost non-existent at first and it was still strictly rationed. e nurses all looked done in. None of them were getting much sleep. ere had been no water for baths and most of them had their hair cut short because of burrs.
I went visiting and had to walk through six miles of tents to find the 49th Battalion. Eventually I found some friends from Oakey, not far from Toowoomba, and was talking to Walter Ball.
Is time the boot was on the other foot and they let the Turks have it with everything they had. But the Turks kept coming—wave after wave. e Australians didn’t expect them to show such courage, but the Allied lines held while the Turks fell in their thousands. By midday over 10,000 of them lay dead or wounded in no-man’s land. at is when the Australians’ regard for the Turk as a fighting man rose sharply. Men who had been taught to hate and despise the Turk came to see him as a brave fellow soldier, and also as a fair fighter because they didn’t fire on the hospital ships.