Topic: BatzG - Hill 60
The Battle for Hill 60
Gallipoli, 22 - 23, and 27 August 1915
Report by Captain McSharry to General Monash
Report by Captain McSharry to General Monash, 27 August 1915
The following is a report by Captain McSharry to General Monash at the commencement of the battle at Hill 60.
15th Battalion 27/28 August 1915
To 4th Brigade Headquarters
From 6 a.m. 27th until 4 p.m. same date things on our front were quiet. When bombardment opened at 4 p.m. this firing line was manned with every spare man and when enemy were disturbed fire was directed on them and from the time attack was launched a continuous fire was kept up with rifles and machine guns on enemy trenches.
Fifty men from this battalion under Lieutenant Coombs composed part of the right force and fifty under Lieutenant Corrigan were in reserve.
On account of the smoke etc very little could be seen of operations from this post.
The reserve party of 50 men under Lieutenant Corrigan are in bivouac but the party of 50 under Lieutenant Coombs (who have suffered casualties) none have reported back to bivouac. Lieutenant Coombs who is slightly wounded is doing some sapping work for Major Margolin and he has five men with him. Of the others he has no trace but hopes many of them may have worked away to the left and are now in the firing line. I am trying to trace them. Casualties approximate: 1 Officer, Lieutenant Coombs wounded; Other Ranks, 10 killed; and 20 wounded.
Signed: TP McSharry, Captain.
The disappearence of men under his command was of considerable concern.
Citation: The Battle for Hill 60, Gallipoli, 22 - 23, and 27 August 1915, Report by Captain McSharry to General Monash, 27 August 1915