❝ When at work on the trench, SAPPERS AE RENSHAW + F RICHARDS were wounded. Slight rain fell during the night.
7AM 25/4/15 ANZAC
No2 Field Coy disembarked in two parties. One with MAJOR MARTYN in charge + other under LIEUT DAWKINS. The later was divided into two squads. On under CAPT WILLIAMS proceeded into SHRAPNEL GULLY. whilst the other under LIEUT DAWKINS remained at foot of gully. These two parties had been detailed for water supply + commenced to sink tube wells in various places. When charged on this work a large barge with ammunition drifted ashore near HELLS SPIT.
The sappers took steps to unload some at once. This was done under heavy shrapnel fire. SAPPER .E.A. EDWARDS was wounded The remainder of the Company immediately after disembarkation commenced the commencement of two roads. One from landing place towards KABA TEPE which was eventually the main road for SHRAPNEL VALLEY and the other from landing place to summit of MACLAGANS RIDGE. The later road was completed at 4.P.M.
A party from company commenced construction of pier under Lt.Col. ELLIOT. At 7PM No 2,3 + 4 sections construction trench along PLUGGERS PLATEAU to occupied same until relieved by New Inf (TARANAKI RIFLES) and then remaining as remained to this position until 11 AM. 26/4/15 When at work on the trench, SAPPERS AE RENSHAW + F RICHARDS were wounded.
Slight rain fell during the night.
November 18th 1916.
Following are two witness descriptions of how Sapper AE Renshaw was killed recorded: 1916NOV18.
1st Witness. No.171 Sapper MacIntosh,W. 2nd Field Co.Engrs. states: On the night of the 25th April 1915,a party of Engineers from the 2nd Field Co.were at work excavating a trench on Mac Laglans Ridge, RENSHAW and I were working together. RENSHAW got out on the parapet to chop away a brush, and whilst stooping he was hit by a bullet which entered his buttock and remained in him. I helped to assist him down to the Field Ambulance on the beach and reported him to a Medical Officer, who sent two stretcher bearers to assist him. They placed him in a boat which was towed by a pinace.
I saw the boat leave for the Hostpital ship at about 2.a.m. on the 26th April 1915,that was the last I saw of him. I had no idea to what Hosptial ship RENSHAW would be taken. on making trenches on Maclagan's Ridge.RENSHAW got out of the trench to gather brushwood very shortly he called out 'I'm hit'. and later we took him down to the Field Ambulance station on Anzac Beach. We there hand-ed him over to the care of the Army Med.Corps. I did not see RENSHAW after as I returned to our work. I had no idea to what Hospital ship RENSHAW would be taken.
2nd Witness. No.90 Sapper J.W.Crawford,8th Field Co.Engrs states: On the night of the 25.4.16. I was working with Sapper RENSHAW on making trenches on Maclagan's Ridge.RENSHAW got out of the trench to gather brushwood very shortly he called out 'I'm hit'. With the assistance of Sapper Mc Intosh I carried RENSHAW to shelter near the trench, and later we took him down to the Field Ambulance station on Anzac Beach. We there hand-ed him over to the care of the Army Med.Corps. I did not see RENSHAW after as I returned to our work. I had no idea to what Hospital ship RENSHAW would be taken.
FINDING: The court finds that there is insufficient evidence available,to show what happened to No.178 Sapper RENSHAW A.E. after he was seen leaving 'ANZAC COVE' in a boat,to be placed aboard a hospital ship. The name of the Hospital ship is not ascertainable,as at the time several transports were being utilised in addition to the regular hospital ships.
PRESIDENT (sgd) F.F.S.Mather. Major 2nd Field Coy Engrs.1st. Aust.Div.
MEMBERS (Sgd) G.Drake-Bockman Capt. 2nd Field Coy. (Sgd) J.M.Reid. Lieut. 2nd Field Coy.
November 18th 1916.