Item 02: Henry Frederick Wallace Tucker diary, 1 January - 31 December 1916 - Page 239
Thursday 21 December 1916
Col. Fuller at Magerbra today with Major Beith distributing Articles purchased for men to-day.
A very large consignment of Private parcels are arriving for the Men from Aus. & the contents will be a suprise & a pleasure to us all.
Friday 22 December 1916
Official news through that our Force including British Infantry have taken Al Arish & occupied a position 6 miles further in. Very little opposition on part of Enemy.
Three troops under Major Anderson out to Rucisat & Zagadan this morning. Report all Clear. Col. Fuller out also to Rucisat & returned at midday.
Capt. Woods, Vet. Brigade Officer, over here to lunch.
Pay day for Regiment to-day.
Saturday 23 December 1916
Col. Fuller left for Brigade this morning with Tooth & Lomax.
Sig. Corp. Marsh up before the Col. for neglect of duty.
A large consignment of Parcels arrived last evening from Aus. & were distributed to-day.
Col. Fuller returned from Hasinaya at 6 p.m.
The Camel Corps circled around Al Arish for a distance of 6 miles whilst the Infantry took the Frontal Attack & the Anzac M. Div. were on the Southern Flank. Not a shot was fired & our Troops now occupy positions recently evacuated by the Turks.
Every precaution was taken to prevent a suprise & in the event of a severe scrap the Authorities were prepared for the removal of Wounded. A number of Hospital Trains were waiting, & many Field Hospitals were erected to cope with any emergency.