Item 03: Joseph George Burgess war diary, 1 January 1916-4 February 1917 - Page 132

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15 June, 1916
Hill 70
Every day is red hot lately & a chap feels as limp as a well greased girth, but each night is perfect, the nights of Egypt are with out equal, cool bright & fresh. On Tuesday ten of us rode out to report to a patrol of Tommies some 7 or 8 miles out  €“ we boiled our quart pots & had breakfast underneath the palms in a hollow. The trees were loaded with dates, I wished they were ripe. When we got back about 12 oclock, the rest of the squadron horses were all in the new stable, its a treat to see them in the shade. Tom has just come back from his leave in port Said he had a good time, was amused at the kids who were prepared to toss whether he should pay 3d or 6d for cleaning his boots On one side as I write they are saying "Heads are right" "ten wanted in the centre" etc On the other side its "Three Kings here" "Full hand here" such a place for gambling one never saw

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