Item 02: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 2 January-31 December 1916 - Page 195
[Friday 14 July 1916]
Reconnaisance. T'was here or near-abouts that Napoleon lost all his Cavalry, perished for Water, our movements are regulated by how much Water we have in our Water bottles & the condition of the Horses €“ very sandy, very HOT. Got some Camels, Goats, & Bedouins only this stunt. Our C.O who is a hot headed Irishman, said, when we were sent to find the aeroplane last week-
"To hell, with their BALLOONS"
"Ill not have my men perished, trying to find their b---dy Balloons"
Each day one aeroplane accompanies us & drops a little bag with a message in it now & again to give us information.