The 1916 war diary of 2nd Lieut. Dick Willis Fleming


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10 April 1916

Posted by Dick on April 10, 1916
Away early this morning to the guns. General Parker came and watched us practicing in cooperation with the aircraft. We had to wait over an hour before we could get back across the pontoon, as a large caravan of camels of all sizes and colours had to come across before us and they took it very leisurely, in single file.

C.B. is over now, till another canteen gets gutted, so leave can start again. Kenning went to Cairo tonight for three days.

Bathed about half past three. After tea, Powell, Badcock and I and about ten beefy men from the column went to try and dig out a fox earth which Powell had found in a sandhill close to the camp. There wasn't much doubt about there being cubs there, you could see the scrabbles in the sand all round where they'd been playing. We made three big cuttings and got down about seven feet and then it got too dark to go on. We've smoothed the sand down quite flat all round so shall see if anything comes out during the night. An Egyptian fox would make a very good battery mascot.

Mosquitoes rather active again, the major got badly bitten last night, so I shall have a net over me tonight. The frogs are making an awful din tonight, the Sweet Water Canal is full of them.

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The Warwickshire Yeomanry joined the Worcesters at Katia. General Horne rode out beyond Katia with his staff and escort. and reported all clear for ten miles. An advance guard movement two days before had thrown the Turks back.

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