Archive for February, 2010

Sunday 28th February 1915

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

A quiet day. Windy and very dusty. Most of us spent the day in recuperating from the strenuous occurrences of the previous evening. There are rumours of our making an early move but so far we do not know our destination. The day was very dusty but most of the men drifted Cairo-wards again.

Saturday 27th February 1915

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

The morning was spent in cleaning up Camp and rearranging Company Lines. The reinforcements were inspected and proved a fair lot of men. In the afternoon there was general leave, everyone making a straight line for Cairo. In the evening the Company officers had a dinner party at Shepherd’s. Those present being Major Cunningham, Lieuts [...]

Friday 26th February 1915

Friday, February 26th, 2010

An early start was made with packing up. As cooking utensils were required at 7.30 a.m. breakfast also had to be an early affair. The Company moved off at a quarter to nine arriving at Campimento Station about nine oclock. After a wait of 2 hours we entrained about 11 oclock. The other companies Ruahine [...]

Thursday 25th February 1915

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Company Parade 7.15 a.m. Proceed to Range for Field firing. Carried out 4 practices by Platoons. So far No. 3 appear to have done best. Our orders came out about midday for our move tomorrow. It was a frightfully hot day. Our tents were packed up ready to go this morning so we had no [...]

Wednesday 24th February 1915

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Company parade 7.15 a.m. March to Campimento and Company training. The opportunity was taken of practising the field firing practices to be carried out tomorrow. The afternoon was a half holiday devoted to bathing. In the evening all officers dined at Company Headquarters. The dinner was a great credit to the cooks and batmen who [...]

Tuesday 23rd February 1915

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

The Company was on parade at 7 a.m. and proceeded to Campimento for Company training at 7.30 a.m. The morning was cool and fresh up to 9 a.m. and then the heat of the sun began to be felt and a species of small sand fly from the swamps began to make things very uncomfortable. [...]

Monday 22nd February 1915

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

A very cold morning promising a very hot day. Two sea planes passed down the Canal this morning from the direction of Imailia. Midday found the heat fairly great. I hope we are not here in June. The Canal was a pleasant contrast. The work for the day was improving entrenchments and digging roads under [...]

Sunday 21st February 1915

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

A cold morning but indications of there being a very hot day. Church Parade was held at 9.30 a.m. the 5th Battery Field Artillery being present. No’s 2 and 3 platoons were given an hour and a half’s pack drill in the afternoon for not having their lines tidy by 8 a.m. It was a [...]

Saturday 20th February 1915

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The day opened disastrously. The O.C. visited the outpost groups between 4.30 and 6am and caught several groups not standing to arms. A crop of severe punishments followed. It is very noticeable how many men on duty are continually asking for concession to their own personal comfort and convenience, the inevitable result being that the [...]

Friday 19th February 1915

Friday, February 19th, 2010

We learnt today officially and much to our disgust that we had been moved from Tewfik on account of Friday night’s incident. Our whole conduct of course at Tewfik has in addition been most vilely blackened by irresponsible rumours so that to the other Coy’s in the Regiment nothing can be too outrageous to believe [...]