10 September 1915

ANZAC - Private Francis Burton, 4th Light Horse Regiment, AIF - Burton of the 4th Light Horse Regiment wrote home to his parents on 10 September to try and tell them what his life was like.

"While my two mates are having a few minutes sleep I will drop you a few lines. We are in the firing line and my two mates are jolly fine fellows. We occupy No. 5 Post which is a very good one to sleep in and also to get a good view of the Turks trenches which are only 40 or 50 yards away from us. I think (Robertson) one of my mates shot a Turk this morning. The Turk was looking through the loop hole and Robby shifted him alright. The bullet went in the loophole so if the old Joe Bourk didn’t get hit he was very lucky. I was observing from 5 to 6 this morning and saw the old (Joe’s) waving some of our lads a miss. It is very funny, some of the things they do. We have breakfast at 7 o’c and two men are detailed off as mess orderlies every morning. I can guess pretty well what breakfast will consist of as the menu is not altered very often."

F. Burton letter 10/9/1915 Internet, http://www.learningonline.com.au/topics/10/books/190/chapters/3247)