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The War.


The War. Mount Man in Caza. The following interesting letter has been received from Company Quarter- master Sergeant Harry McGregor, 1/5 The AVelsh Regt., one of the Mountain Ash Territorials, brother of Mr. Ted McGregor, describing his experiences in the battle of Gaza :— Just a few lines to let you know I'm still in good health and keepmg above the sod. We are now bivouacked outside Gaza, otherwise Gath, abou; 45 miles from the Holy City. Leaving our bivouacs in a place called Khan Junis at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, we marched until 8, and then lay down till 12 midnight. We again started and marched until 7 in the morning, when we were just entering the "fire zone." Here I said good-bye to Archie (his younger brother) for fear we would not meet again. My company with "C" was "told off" for the firing line with Archie's in. support of mine, and "D in support of "C." AVe came under shrapnel at 8.20 at a distance of 1,800 yards from the position, which xila,, on a high ridge covered with trees, re- doubts, and a big Mosque. Leading up was a long slope, where a rabbit couldn't hide except it dug in, but we had no time for that. Immediately we got shelled we had the order to "change front" left, and this the old Battalion did even steadier than Oil Field Days. We deployed out to open formation, and then the casualties commenced. Shrapnel, machine guns, and rifles were whistling all round, and there was a hell of a din. Our artillery were giying them beans, and we soon got down to about 500 yards. Here we were held up for a bit owing to scarcity of ammuni- tion. and Capt. Beith asked me to go and try and get some up. I didnt like the idea "much, turning my back on fire, and walking back f of a mile, 4 but there was no help for it. So off 1 weut, and bandaged up a few poor devils who were bleeding badly on the way. I got t the Dump, loaded up 3 mules, and brought them up as close as 1 could, and then with ii rush we got in the position, bayonetting and shooting everyone who resisted. I looked round after we had finished attacking, but couldn't see Archie. The enemy still kept up a sort of desultory fire which was causing some casualties, so we formed up a party and made a rush, capturing about 200 prisoners and put- ting a few more ready for their long rest. About midnight they received reinforcements and we were ordered to evacuate the positions and form up out- side for the artillery to pound them a bit. This they did with a vengeance, and we then withdrew to a Wadi, and had some grub and a mess tin of tea after 36 hours hard work. That even- ing we marched another 12 miles, so we had a fair doing. Archie turhed up in the morning "all gay," and said he had had some narrow ones, in fact we all had. I had two in my pack. One hit my pouch another went through my pocket and through a tin filled with Oxo cubes. Another took a piece of skin off my hand, and still another knocked my helmet off. but didn't touch my head. However, we had some bad casualties. Killed and wounded mus- tered over 300, more than half the casualties in the Brigade. The Bri- gadier gave 11s a great eulogy next morning. The old man thinks a lot of theith now. I told you I had been granted a decoration. Well it is the Bronze Medal of the Order of the Crown of Italy, and Bert (C.S.M. Bert Jones, Mountain Ash) and I are the only two in the battalion who have it.




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