Item 02: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 2 January-31 December 1916 - Page 97
[Wednesday 5 April 1916]
150 miles from here there is an Oasis with old Roman Wells- timbered for about 50 feet & then bored & cased with wooden pipes the wood is still quite sound a sort of Sycamore- 600 B.C. As very little timber is now growing in this part of Egypt these Wells must be 1000's of years old. Artesian & warm.
Visited an old Monastry 1600 years old occupied by Copts who had to build strong holds to save themselves from the Mohammedans.
So very old & so very dirty no wonder the Children died.
VERDUN seems to be the place of affairs at present We only get what news is good for us