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September, 1915
Monday 13
Accommodation here excellent but Nile water objectionable – Each Room is well furnished have a little Balcony – Electric light & Radiators, telephone etc all as a first class Hotel.
I have met numbers of the old Regiment & Officers I knew; The gardens surrounding are Rockeries & Terraces & small Gazelle or Duikers (little deer) as we called them in South Africa play about – It is a peaceful spot & a man should forget the nightmare of the "Deadmans Ridge" for a time.
Travelling out here one is struck by the Advertisements on Platforms all in 3 languages – French, English & Arabic one above the other - (expensive)

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