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times but the town we saw was only commenced in 1907. It is the most lovely town I have ever seen. One building intended for a casino but now a hospital for our men cost 2 ½ million pounds. Even the native quarters are beautiful. Many buildings have massive granite pillars. The place is a tourist resort & suburb of Cairo. The hotels show cinematograph pictures gratis, the sheet often being suspended in the centre of the road.

12th March 1915 Friday

Up at 4.30 a.m. & received 24 hr. rations  €“

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