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


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2 May 1916

Posted by Dick on May 2, 1916
From 6:30 till 8 o'clock this morning we were over at the aerodrome practicing cooperation with aircraft. We had the bass for breakfast - top hole! Had our usual swim and diving stunts at midday, and a siesta during the afternoon. Working with the director from 5 to 6 this evening.

We've been told tonight to be ready to move out at a minute's notice. All leave has been stopped throughout the division, and it looks like we are going to have some exciting times in the near future, as there are fifteen thousand Turks and Germans massed mostly at Bir El Abd, which is between Katia and El Arish and on the direct route to us at Kantara, and they'll probably mass plenty more now they've have finished the Kut siege. They have also got three heavy howitzers, 20 centimetre guns at El Hassana, which is further down about opposite Ishmailia.

Elliott and Franklyn went fishing tonight and got five more good bass - cheers for breakfast tomorrow morning.

Just going to bed when orders came in that our battery is to stand by. It seems as if the old Turk means business earlier than we expected. I must go and pack up my saddle bags.

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