Item 03: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 - Page 178

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Wednesday 4 July 1917

We lay all day in a WADI HANAFISH being shelled intermittently but at 5.30 when we withdrew, we got salvoes, it is wonderful what a man can ride through. They fired on our Ambulances capsizing 2. Our objective was a form and RECONNAISSANCE in strength to cover a Topographical survey party for MAP & Royal Engineer work. We are in virgin country & in addition to finding WATER & building railway we have to survey this within 2½ miles of Beersheba-Gaza railway & could see the Turkstrain.

Got back at midnight to camp another round of the clock done.

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