Item 02: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 2 January-31 December 1916 - Page 27
[Wednesday 26 January 1916]
The natives are very shy out here & at sunset string in to water each leading an animal a lamb to a Camel-
Women are never seen between the ages of 8 or 80, they appear to be kept in absolute seclusion. Field Officer today, this is the work of a Major, but Captains do it- practically Orderly Officer to the Brigade.
What women we do see are very modest!! & generally wear only one garment, so when they unexpectedly meet a European they throw this over their head feeling sure they have done the correct thing, but the rest of their body does not even boast a fig leaf-