8 December 1915
The field hospital had to be removed owing to several shells having dropped among the tents; it was taken into the town.
9 December 1915
Today marked some activity between our guns and those of the Turks, and also a few minor infantry attacks at various points of the line.
10 December 1915
We could plainly see the enemy had entirely surrounded us, and were using all their efforts to build their trenches as soon as possible. The river enables us to keep them out along a good portion. At most points, we held one bank while they held the other. Sniping was carried on by both sides all along the river.
11 December 1915
All along the main front everything was fairly quiet until about 9.30pm when suddenly, without any warning or artillery fire, the Turks made a furious attack on our front line, especially in that position occupied by the Dorset Regiment. The first failed, and they came again and again, until at last, they gave up the attempt to get in that night. In their five or six counter attacks, they were estimated to have lost nearly 2000 killed and wounded in one portion alone.
Two companies of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment and the Hants Regiment were in readiness close behind the Dorsets, and had the Turks gained any hold they would have paid more dearly for it than they did even at this time, for every man was determined to keep them out. In spite of their daring defence in keeping the enemy out, the Dorsets did not lose very many men, although they inflicted such heavy losses on the attackers.