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 [...]

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 [...]

Wednesday 17th February 1915

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Our move to the Canal was carried out quietly and successfully. We picked up the rest of the Company at Khubri. There was the usual trouble in getting our kits and blankets to the same place as the men but everyone has now learnt to be philosophical at the temporary loss of or non arrival of [...]

Friday 5th February 1915

Friday, February 5th, 2010

This morning we received news of very heavy fighting yesterday on the Canal in the direction of Kantara and Ismailia. Through towards Suez everything is perfectly quiet. Capt Cameron returned to us tonight though not yet fit for duty. The day passed quietly. Had an interview with oc. Native Coy detailed with ourselves for defence [...]

Monday 1st February 1915

Monday, February 1st, 2010

The beginning of another month. Our friends the Ghurkas have gone and we now have the 24th Punjabis on our flank. They are tall black bearded fellows and a contrast to the little Ghurka. Today we constructed another 60 yards of fire trench on the South of Gare 152. In the afternoon most of the [...]

Sunday 31st January 1915

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

As the men were standing to arms at 4 a.m. 4 or 5 shots rang out in quick succession and in a few minutes men had scuttled in from their bivouacs and manned the trenches. After this however all was quiet. Enquiries located the firing opposite one of No.3’s trenches and apparently one or more [...]

Saturday 23rd January 1915

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Parades under S.M’s at 8 a.m.  Meeting of officers at 8.30 a.m. Address by G.O.C. Capt. Camerons birthday. Leave in afternoon.

Thursday 24th December 1914

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Christmas eve. Battalion parade as usual though company training in orders. Lecture by Brigadier. Orders changed. A good days work. Officers dinner Shepherds 8 p.m. Present Majors Cunningham, Young, Capts. Cook, Hume, Cameron, Acton (1st Batn. Royal Irish), Gledhill (2nd Battalion ditto), Lieuts. Turnbull, Menteath, Baddeley. A pleasant evening and great cordiality between ourselves and [...]

Wednesday 28th October 1914

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

We arrived at Albany at midday. There we found the Australians, their large convoy of transports presenting a very fine sight. The ship tied up at the wharf and the company were sent ashore for a short march under Capt Cameron. Major Cunningham proceeding to one of the other ships for a Board of enquiry.

Saturday 10th October 1914

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

The Regiment marched with the division to Lower Hutt for inspection by the G.O.C. A vile day of wind and dust and the most uncomfortable time one could have. We were glad to get back to our cabins out of the wind and stones. No one fell out on the march which was done in [...]