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flies it is about 200 yds. from the sea shore. Sometimes we only have half a bottle of water a day, but with the heat feel inclined to drink a bucket full. General Birdwood a fine Officer and kindly spoken man is often round our positions and has a cheerful word for all. Our Brigade, through I understand a mistake lost 700 men in one attack. To attack the enemy meant jumping over some trenches manned by Indians and attack the enemies trenches across a piece of ground devoid of cover. After being cut up badly our men captured 3 lines of trenches. On reaching these the enemy

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