Item 02: Henry Frederick Wallace Tucker diary, 1 January - 31 December 1916 - Page 113
Sunday 14 May 1916
Eary Church Service (Voluntary).
Much cleaning up to be done owing to visit of General Cheval.
Major White of No. 3 Mounted Rifles has arrived & taken over Brigade Major from Major Anderson who returns as B. Squadron Leader. General Chavel & Gen. Godley came over from Div. H.Q. & inspected work on Coast. Did not come near the Camp.
The Camp at Rail Head will be known as Post Kilo 38.
General Ryrie inspecting Camp this Evening.
Very Hot winds & weather.
Fresh meat issue today.
Monday 15 May 1916
6th A.L.H. under Col. Fuller with N. Zealanders on Left & 5th A.L.H. on Right leaving today at 2 p.m. for Bir. Bayud.
General Godley & Chavel out on inspection.
Wrote Home. Taking pump & Troughing to Qutla for Horses.
Arrived at Qulia at 4-30 p.m., camped till 7 p.m. when the Regiment quietly moved 6 miles to El Sagia where we camped for night.
Camels conveying water & food came to Sagia with us also the 2nd L.H. Field Ambulance with the Sand carts. The night was clear & warm.
Tuesday 16 May 1916
Left Sagia at 3-15 .m. for Bir Bayud & after 5 hours in Saddle arrived on the outskirts 8-15 a.m. Air o plane came over to view surrounding Country. The Day was very hot with hot winds. After the Col. & advance party inspecting the position they destroyed Troughing & other property of the Enemys, & saw in distance about 10 Turks with a number of Camels. Orders to return at 10-15 a.m. came to hand, & after a severe & distressing trip all & Sundry arrived in Camp at Romani at 11 p.m. The Col. being last in. Both Horses & men were knocked up & a number dropped from Exhaustion. The Ambulance had a busy time with the sick men. Officers suffered likewise, Capt. Ryrie, Capt. Cross, Lieu. Pearce, Major Bruxner.
Wednesday 17 May 1916
Ambulance took the sick through to Rail Head today, 4 being very bad, 2 or whom are N.Z.
Col. Fuller writing report of yesterday's operations, Capt. Huxtable making a sketch of different spots. Major Bruxner 2nd in command as Major White is still away. The 7th Regiment was to go on a similar Stunt today, but it has been cancelled.