Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 179

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Tue 8th
Busy this morning getting ready to go out on a stunt fighting still goes on but the Turks are out of Oghratina; at 3 oclock this afternoon we left Romani & got to Qatia by 5 PM & found Qatia with a few tents in it & thousands of English Infantry some washing in the salt water holes & others knocking down dates (which are now nearly ripe & eatable) with tins empty bully beef tins.

we camped by the cement well & fed & watered our horses here which took till 8 oclock, as both Brigades went out together, & at 8 oclock started for Bir-El-Abd; the 1st & 2nd Bde going to the north & the 3rd Bde & New Zealanders bearing to the south we are to get behind Bir-El-Abd & try & cut off the Turks left there

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