17 July 1915

Gunner Ralph Doughty, 2nd Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, AIF - Gunner Doughty was still with the Australian 2nd Battery helping the British at Helles.

Gunner Ralph DoughtyPhotograph: Gunner Ralph Doughty, 2nd Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade, AIF

"Awfully hot again today. Flies making things not much pleasanter. Got orders to accompany Clowes to the trenches again for observation work. Came up here, and are quartered in a 'H' of a hole. In the Turks original second line. The trench for close on a mile is full of dead Turks with but 6 inches of earth over them. The ramps of the trench are thick with dead. The odour is, well I won't try and describe it, but it's not eau de cologne. And we're here for 48 hours. HOW ROMANTIC!"

 SOURCE:  There is a wonderful web resource on Ralph Doughty which you can find here: http://www.thekivellfamily​.co.nz/family_pages/ralphs​_diaries/Ralph_Doughty.htm​l This is really worth reading. Thanks to Peter Kivell ... Peter Hart

SOURCE:
R. D. Doughty, Diary 6/6/1915