Item 01: Dudley V. Walford diary, 23 September 1914 - 13 August 1916 - Page 20
appears to be true.
Our camp is just outside Heliopolis situated on a desert of alluvial soil rather than sand as they call it here. We have every convenience as regards mess, & leave but we feel horribly unclean in this dirty sand.
Today I met some of my old school pals who came in the first contingent.
The natives here are peculiar in manners & everywhere in the streets the little youngsters want to brush your boots for ½ piastre. They crawl under the table when you are having meals & clean your boots & then ask for money