Saturday 6th March 1915

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

The day was spent quietly. Leave was general after 2 p.m. Being Saturday night Cairo was crowded and very busy.

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 [...]

Tuesday 16th February 1915

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Definite orders arrived for our move tomorrow. We go to the West Bank of Canal above Khubri. A great part of the day was taken up with orderly room. The men who were found in Suez received 10 days detention each. Fortunately we were able to send them all away to Abbassia barracks today so [...]

Saturday 13th February 1915

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

About midday word was received that we were to supply a guard of 3 officers and 45 men to take 104 prisoners from the Minerva and escort them by train to Cairo. The Minerva was expected to arrive at the docks about 3 p.m. All details were arranged and the officers detailed were very pleased [...]

Monday 8th February 1915

Monday, February 8th, 2010

The day passed quietly in ordinary routine. The men’s Kit Bags arrived from Zeitoun and also a New Zealand mail which we were all very pleased to get. We heard that the aeroplane went out forty miles and reported that they could find no traces of the Turks. We are all wondering what this signifies. [...]

Sunday 7th February 1915

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

If it were not for the diary and the increased activity of the parsons one would not recognize Sunday in this country. We had a short service under Padre Green. About 11 a.m. two more prisoners arrived from the 2nd 7th Ghurkas. They were miserable looking creatures and seemed glad enough to be out of [...]

Wednesday 23rd December 1914

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

March to Cairo past the G.O.C Sir John Maxwell.  Inspection by him of N.Z. Division. A long march through the narrow native streets and quarters of The Mousky. Long time at the slope. Many amusing incidents en route. Much leg weariness. Halt 20 minutes for lunch then off back again. Men very tired and dusty. Glad [...]

Sunday 20th December 1914

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Reveille 5a.m.   Breakfast 5.45a.m.   Parade 6.30
2 oz[?]. Ball Amm[?]. A great scramble to get onto Battalion Parade. The notorious Jones parades blind drunk with his trousers wet and has to be shoved into Guard Room. Battalion moves off in column of bumps and companies rush for places in the train. Everyone gets aboard and 15 [...]

Friday 4th December 1914

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Fatigues finished cargo. 10.45. Orders received to entrain by 11.45. Great rush but entraining carried out. Departure postponed till 2p.m. Return to ship for lunch. Train left 2.15. 1 Coy Aust. & Engineers also Ruahine Coy. Major Cunningham in charge of train. Arrived Cairo at 8p.m. Changed trains. Great confusion of baggage owing to misinstruction given [...]