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Beachy Bill
Beachy Bill 
 

Western Mail, Thursday 28 December 1933, page 2

"Beachy Bill."

Dear "Non-Com." - "Beachy Bill" was seldom referred to in complimentary terms by diggers on Gallipoli, but they had to admit that he had mastered the art of camouflage. During quiet spells our artillery frequently concentrated on blowing the Orange Grove, wherein he was located, out of existence. But all in vain.

In August, 1915, Bill was particularly cheeky, and the heads decided to give it to him in the neck. Two cruisers came close in on the flank and for three hours pumped nine-point-twos into the silent Orange Grove. Satisfied that they had given him more than a headache, they were swinging away towards Imbros when Beachy Bill demonstrated his hostility by bursting a shrapnel over them.

Bill was in action right up to the evacuation.

M.H., Osborne Park.