• Norman Leopold McClintock

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  • Enlistment - WW1

    Sydney, NSW, Australia

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    Wingham, NSW, Australia

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    • The Men of the 1st battery 1st Field Artillery Brigade
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Kiama Independent, and Shoalhaven Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 20 November 1915, page 3 GUNNER NORMAN McCLINTOCK. Gunner McClintock's home folk have been gladdened very regularly lately by letters from him, and this one is particularly interesting since it ex-presses the Australian's idea of the Turk as an enemy. Many of the home letters of the soldier give the same impression. Gallipoli, Sept. 24th. Since I last wrote to you nothing of very much importance has taken place at our end of the peninsula, but I be-lieve at Anzac, where the infantry boys are, things are very busy and they are doing famous work. We are always having a snap at one another, but nothing big yet, but it can't hang much longer and then I believe it will be an event to be remembered. We are having lovely weather yet and everybody is happy and contented, personally I am splendid and hope and pray dear mother, that yourself and all at home are the same. The weath-er must be getting nice and warm in dear old Kiama now, I would like to be there for a while, we are always thinking of home and wondering when we will see it again but we must finish this job first and settle for all time those German fiends. We have every admiration here for the Turk as a fighter; he is a good, clean and brave fellow, but it is the German dog that is flogging him on that we want to get. The Turks have behaved splend-didly to our wounded and also to our prisoners they have captured. I think I told you in my last letter that we expected a move any day, we are still waiting for it and expect it will come when we least expect it. There is still great talk of our having a rest but will have to wait and see. Several of our battery have gone home to Australia and a lot to England. We manage to get some fruit here now and again but not very often. I am sorry mother, I can't give you much news but I will have some fine tales to tell you when I return, some of the glorious charges and deeds I have seen are beyond description. We all read very eagerly all the news about Aus-tralia Day I would liked to have been there. Glad to see so many rolling up to join and give us a hand; they are all wanted and will be gladly wel-comed by their comrades here, I sup-pose some of them it would be im-possible to induce to come. We have Church service every Sunday now but is very short on account of German aeroplanes being about, they often drop bombs at us but with no result so far. We are all tip top, cooks here now and can darn socks O.K. I have a very comfortable dug-out or at least "a residence" as we call them now. Well Mother dear, the Turks are just starting to send some more shells over so I suppose we will have to stand to; I will write again in a day or two.