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A narrow escape at Lone Pine

This eyewitness account by a Gallipoli veteran describes how Australian officer Major Leslie Morshead was almost killed by a Turkish ‘broomstick’ bomb in the trenches at Lone Pine in early August 1915.

Morshead later became one of Australia’s best-known military leaders in the Second World War. As Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie Morshead he led the Australian 9th Division through North Africa, becoming known as the ‘defender of Tobruk’, and then went on to fight in New Guinea and Borneo.

Year:1915 [Recorded 1955]

Location:Gallipoli, Turkey

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A narrow escape at Lone Pine

This eyewitness account by a Gallipoli veteran describes how Australian officer Major Leslie Morshead was almost killed by a Turkish ‘broomstick’ bomb in the trenches at Lone Pine in early August 1915.

Morshead later became one of Australia’s best-known military leaders in the Second World War. As Lieutenant-General Sir Leslie Morshead he led the Australian 9th Division through North Africa, becoming known as the ‘defender of Tobruk’, and then went on to fight in New Guinea and Borneo.


Year: 1915 [Recorded 1955]

Length: 02:09

Production Company: BBC

Source: Radio New Zealand Collection, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Catalogue Reference: 32851 A narrow escape at Lone Pine


People: Paul Goldensets

Location: Gallipoli, Turkey


Image Title: The Lone Pine – before the charge. Australian War Memorial A03228

Image Source: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/A03228/


This report of the fighting at Lone Pine,and Major Morshead’s narrow escape, is told by a veteran of the Australian First Infantry Brigade, and forms part of a 1955 BBC radio documentary, “Stories of Gallipoli.” The programme was probably recorded for the 40th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

The BBC narrator names the Australian veteran as “Paul Goldensets”.  However, no record has been found of a soldier by this name. It may be a mis-spelling, so if you think you know Paul Goldenset’s true identity, we would love to hear from you.