Magazine article Newsweek International

In the Thick of the Fight, Far from Home

Magazine article Newsweek International

In the Thick of the Fight, Far from Home

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GALLIPOLI, 1915: Malcolm Hancock was an 18-year-old second lieutenant in the British Army when he joined the campaign against the Turks. He described his first experiences of combat in a letter to his parents.

We were not facing the enemy at all and they were firing at us from our right. Our whole position was absolutely wrong, as we realized very soon. As we were not yet accustomed to hiding ourselves, we were standing or crouching where we must have been seen plainly, for it was halfway down one of these gullies where the first man, a lance corporal in my platoon, was wounded. We got him under cover behind a bush and I sent a man for stretcher bearers. This man, as he was coming back, was himself wounded when he was standing next to me, reporting that the stretcher bearers were on the way. This man I carried back to the top of the gully as we only had one stretcher and I was afraid the enemy might advance still further and we should be forced to leave the wounded. …

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