Item 02: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 2 January-31 December 1916 - Page 356
[Saturday 23 December 1916]
I am watching the Battle of MAGDHABA we are in support- marched at night all the mounted men 3 Brigades of LH & a Brigade of Camels & [indecipherable] Battery- 28 miles over sand dunes all night nothing along a road- We have the Turks surrounded & I'll tell you later the result-
Our Planes led off by bombing the enemy, now the 18 pounders are firing they have 8 guns.
3pm the C.O. self & C Squadron attacked on right & half an hour it was all over they surrendered- about 300 4 guns & we took over the garrison- their Commandant got away but we got all their stores & Camels-
Camped again without Blankets & it was a weird night gathering wounded.