[Eastern Front, nd]
Copy of letter from Mr Murrary.
Henry Crookshank went forth, as he had done many times before, to the back of the trench to get some sticks for a fire, for our breakfast. He had just gone out, when we saw him coming hobbling back, with a huge grin on his face, and saying, “one of those damned snipers have grazed my leg”. However when we got his trousers off, we found the bullet had gone into his leg, about six inches above the knee, and out the other side. It was a clean wound, and we soon had him bandaged up, and the bleeding stopped, and he was off on a stretcher in a few minutes –
We will miss him greatly, as he took the thing so coolly; one would have thought he had only been pricked with a pin. It will probably lay him up for about six weeks or so.
Poor Crichton was killed – at least he was seen trying to rally a number of men out of the R.I. Fusiliers, to come to the assistance of his own men, and when he got up he was struck with a bomb, and fell into the Turkish trench, and has not been seen since.
Crookshank, one of the fellows from Dundrum was with him, and he also has been reported missing.
Copy of Carnaghs’s letter (who was in the charge).
Dated Aug 16th
That morning there was a great bayonet charge, since when, George, Moss, Davidson, and Pollock are missing. I started next George, but a bomb burst, and knocked me over, and when I could get up the Charge was over. I got back safely – It was found impossible to search the ground we charged over. No one saw George hit,so he may be a prisoner, or else in Hospital, or mixed up with another regiment.