Item 01: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 21 August 1914 - 20 March 1915 - Page 74
or heard of the Turks since; after watering our horses, we left the barracks to start on our march out to Maadi, but we lost our guide in the street & had half an hours wait. it must have been 7.30 before we started on our march out. The horses are all in good condition & were rather shy of the niggers.
arrived at Maadi at 10.15 PM & I was told off for picquet duty till one o'clock. most of the lads had leave the night before & I had not gone out so I did not make a fuss over picquet although we are exempt from it by right; I was very tired when one oclock came & I took no rocking to sleep
There was no tents up when we arrived here & we laid down anywhere & slept till morning. we had a shower of rain or two during the night & was