Item 03: Gordon Macrae diary, 20 January 1917-18 April 1918 - Page 27

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March 1917
The Turks sent up large reinforcements & the 3rd LH Brigade gave them a warm time & stopped them from reaching Gaza till next morning. During the night we withdrew across the Wadi el Ghuzze as we were liable to get cut off & at daylight returned to camp. The fighting had been severe & losses on both sides were considerable. Boats landed ammunition & rations on the beach & it was kept up to us well. We watered our horses & had a spell all day.

Wednesday 28th
Shifted camp near to the water & it was great to get a swim & a good wash again. At night I was detailed to take charge of the Brigade camels. It was a bit sudden & I had to take over straight away.

Thursday 29th
Had a very busy day getting hold of the swing of things & work started in earnest at once. Each Regt got 2 leads of water I also got some feed up from the dump on the beach. At 12.30 the Brigade moved out I followed with the water which I got up all right losing one

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