Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 5

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Sun 19th
It was cloudy this morning went to Tukh-El-Khail with Ahearn to see where they were camped. had a good day & thoroughly enjoyed the ride Harvesting is in full swing with some of the crops & most of the cockies were busy carting in the sheaves on camels;

A pontoon bridge has been erected across the canal opposite the camp at Tukh-El-Khail & it was there that the Queenslander fell into the canal with all his gear on a few weeks ago & drowned; we had to do some skillfull manouvering through some irrigated plots to get to the camp as we did not know the track; All the natives in all the villages we passed through & those working in the fields are as friendly as it is possible to be & all want to give us "Backsheesh" for ourselves & horses

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