The diary describes conditions and events during the South African Horse's East Africa Campaign from early 1916 to early 1917 in present-day Kenya and Tanzania. The diary describes in some detail the very bad conditions the troops experience: lack of food and water for both men and horses, and high levels of disease such as malaria and dysentery].
Attested Feb. 1-1916
Left Pretoria 5 4-16 March.
Arrived Durban 7-4-16.
[Arrived] Mombassa 13-4-16
[Arrived] Maktau 14-4-16.
Left Maktau 20-4-16
Arrived Mombassa 21-4-16.
Visited The Town of Mombassa on the 26. spent all the forenoon. Marched in to Kilindini for 1st Pay, Wednesday 26th April 26th 19H6. Drew £1-0.0 15 Rupees
Indian Burial Party attempted to cremate corpse. Unsuccessful. Body thrown into sea. Washed ashore again at night laying exposed – for best part of day.
First fine day for a week:
5th May. Coolie still laying exposed on beach.
a Wreck near town
9th May 16 Left Mombassa for Maktau 6-p.m.
Arrived Maktau 10/5/16 – 11. a.m.