Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 163

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Mon 31st
The Sigs who went to Mt Royston & Meredith yesterday did not have to come out today but worked the phone in camp, we left at one oclock this morning & found the Turks entrenched within 2 miles of Qatia. The 1st Regt was in reserve today, & we were not allowed to camp in the palms as it was feared the Turks would shell Qatia today, but we watered there & the 1st Regt camped about a mile to the west of Qatia. we had 5 helio stations out & was also in communication with Bde per phone.
At 9 oclock this morning 3 enemy 'planes came over the camp & dropped 24 large bombs & hand grenades on various part of the camp & paid particular attention to the strong posts or redoubts & the Tommy

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