|Hawthorn Rowing Club War Memorial, Hawthorn. October 2013. Photograph Jim Claven|
Ralph Berryman was only 22year's old when he joined up in the days following the outbreak of war in August 1914. The son of Frederick and Ellen Berryman of 67 Morang Road, Hawthorn, he had been born in South Melbourne. He worked as a warehouseman at 206 Flinders Lane in the city.
|HMAT Shropshire at Port Said, Egypt, December 1914. Ralph would have sailed on this voyage. AWM image|
On Lemnos, the gunners and drivers practiced unloading guns and wagons on to pontoons and slinging horses fully harnessed.
Most of the units battery's were eventually able to land at Anzac Cove, serving around the peninsula, particularly at Shrapnel Gully. This was named after the heavy Turkish shelling on the 26 April 1915. It was the essential track leading from the beach up to the Anzac front line, including Quinn's Post. John Simpson and his donkey used this track to bring wounded down from the front line to the beach.
|A battery of the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade at Gallipoli, 1915,|
The imminent battle of Krithia saw Ralph's unit - along with the artillery of the 1st Australian Field Artillery Brigade - diverted from Anzac to Cape Helles, landing on the 4th and 5th of May. The offensive began on the 6th May, continuing for the next 3 days. Despite a severe shortage of ammunition, the five Australian artillery batteries were commended for their "excellent work both in reconnaissance and occupation of ground and in action."
Throughout this time the Australian artillery batteries at Helles sustained casualties from hostile shelling, from the north and from the large Turkish guns across the straits. Men and horses were killed and wounded. On the 30th May, the 6th Battery Commander, Major Mills, was fatally wounded by a Turkish shell. The next day, Ralph Berryman received a gunshot wound to his back on at Cape Helles. He was evacuated to a hospital at Lemnos, most likely the 3rd Australian General Hospital or 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital at Turks Head Peninsula, West Mudros.
|Driver Ralph Berryman's grave, East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, April 2013. Photograph Jim Claven.|
|Hawthorn Rowing Club War Memorial, October 2013. Photograph Jim Claven|