Letters from Thomas Noonan to home from the front

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trenches. The shell struck the ground

before bursting and the result was we

were nearly buried in sand. It got in

my mouth, ears, eyes, inside my clothes

and every corner of my uniform. When

I got back here to the hospital and was

undressing myself I found my bed full

of sand. One of the Sisters asked me

where all the sand came from so I said

"it was a souvenir of Gallipoli".

The shrapnel is terrible it bursts

in the air and sends down a shower of bullets

which cover a big space of ground. The

bullets are round and are about the size

of those stoppers in lemonade bottles.

The enemy have also used dum-dums,

some sort of explosive bullets which make a

very ugly wound. Well up to the

present I think we have given them

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(4)

trenches. The shell struck the ground

before bursting and the result was we

were nearly buried in sand. It got in

my mouth, ears, eyes, inside my clothes

and every corner of my uniform. When

I got back here to the hospital and was

undressing myself I found my bed full

of sand. One of the Sisters asked me

where all the sand came from so I said

"it was a souvenir of Gallipoli".

The shrapnel is terrible it bursts

in the air and sends down a shower of bullets

which cover a big space of ground. The

bullets are round and are about the size

of those stoppers in lemonade bottles.

The enemy have also used dum-dums,

some sort of explosive bullets which make a

very ugly wound. Well up to the

present I think we have given them


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  • November 19, 2017 05:41:22 Paivi Tenhunen

    (4)

    trenches. The shell struck the ground

    before bursting and the result was we

    were nearly buried in sand. It got in

    my mouth, ears, eyes, inside my clothes

    and every corner of my uniform. When

    I got back here to the hospital and was

    undressing myself I found my bed full

    of sand. One of the Sisters asked me

    where all the sand came from so I said

    "it was a souvenir of Gallipoli".

    The shrapnel is terrible it bursts

    in the air and sends down a shower of bullets

    which cover a big space of ground. The

    bullets are round and are about the size

    of those stoppers in lemonade bottles.

    The enemy have also used dum-dums,

    some sort of explosive bullets which make a

    very ugly wound. Well up to the

    present I think we have given them


  • December 5, 2016 11:51:22 Jake Warren

    (4)

    trenches. The shell struck the ground

    before bursting and the result was we

    were nearly buried in sand. It got in

    my mouth, ears, eyes, inside my clothes

    and every corner of my uniform. When

    I got back here to the hospital and was

    undressing myself I found my bed full

    of sand. One of the doctors asked me

    where all the sand came from so I said

    '' it was a souvenir of Gallipoli''.

    The shrapnel is terrible it bursts

    in the air and sends down a shower of bullets

    which cover a big space of ground. The

    bullets are round and are about the size

    of these stoppers in lemonade bottles.

    The enemy have also used dum dum

    some sort of explosive bullets which make a

    very ugly wound. Well up to the

    present I think we have given them


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    Gallipoli

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ID
4436 / 51894
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Contributor
Michael Noonan, Ballybuy, Murroe, Co. Limerick
License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/


May 17, 1915 – May 17, 1915
  • English

  • Gallipoli Front

  • AIF
  • Artillery
  • Medical
  • Transport
  • Trench Life



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