Merrylees, John Innes, Diary, 6-7 November 1917

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Diary of John Merrylees

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Case Study: 
British Forces in the Middle East
Creator: 
Merrylees, John Innes
Source: 
diary
Date: 
6-7 November 1917
Place: Beersheba
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
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Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

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00001415-5
Language: 
eng
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image
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At 1400 artillery started heavy bombardment to cover advance of 188 Bde. Sussex advanced at same time. We stood to at 0400 & prepared to move at dawn. Nothing happened. At 1600 I was told that A & C would attack Hill I with bombs after dark in conjunction with Kents. This was washed out after Roe, Harrison & self had reconnoitered the position. During the day the Turks three times counter attacked Hill 3, and were repulsed each time. I saw the afternoon attack while on reconnaissance. Relieved B Company on outpost hill at dusk. I was OC outpost line.
Stood to at 4.30 and half outpost line returned to wadi. At 12.30 I returned again to outpost at hill when we received news that Gaza, Hareira & Sheria had fallen & Turks were in full retreat. Looking W & S.W. we could see dust of their retiring columns and see their transport being heavily shelled. Forty Turks fled from hill to left of Middx & we got on to them with m.g. as they fled down a wadi. Great fun. Remained in outpost line that night. Quiet at first, then patrols had to be sent to Hill I & to left of it, working gradually forward. The third patrol returning at 0300 on 8th reported Hill I all clear.
"A" company casualties to date:
Died of wounds 6
Wounded 22
28 OR
no officer casualties