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.