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Monday 6 March 1916

A fine bright day throughout.

Our company was detailed for a fortnight's duty as Cairo piquet, practically all the able-bodied men & officers with the exception of myself going. We were up early getting ready for the departure by 8 o'clock.

During the day was kept busy getting the mess left by the men properly straightened up, seeing abt the transfer of abt a dozen men to us from another company, censoring letters etc.

Tuesday 7 March 1916

A fine day, hot in the sun. before breakfast was kept going looking after company matters, there being only 4 men for parade.

At the forenoon parade lunch was carried & we all marched out into the desert 2 or 3 miles, spending the day at certain manoeuvres with a break for lunch, marching back to camp abt 3 o'clock, being quite hot & tired by the time we reached it.

A new company, the 14th Rfls of 4th Battn., arrived just abt "Lights Out", 3 of the officers coming to our tent.

Wednesday 8 March 1916

A fine sunny day but a pleasant northerly breeze blowing all day.

Just as I abt to go out on parade I was wanted & on going out found Jocelyn who had arrived with the reinforcements by night. He is back again at B Details, Feitoun. Was delighted to see him & only sorry time was so limited.
Took lunch & spent the day out in the desert as yesterday.
One of the 3 officers taken to hospital with mumps.

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