Item 02: Henry Frederick Wallace Tucker diary, 1 January - 31 December 1916 - Page 57
Sunday 6 February 1916
Committee Meeting to arrange about Sports, etc.
Col. Fuller & Brig. to Helouan to inspect site which is situated just behind The Twific Hotel. The Town is a very quiet place & one wonders why such Palaces are erected. The Gardens surrounding the Building are Beautifully laid out & every comfort is forthcoming to those who have the Cash.
Monday 7 February 1916
Clearing up for Brigade inspection.
I went into Cairo with 'Hegarty' by Train. Brunker took the two Horses by road.
Arranged for accomadation for Horses & men.
Brought back 1 Case Whisky & Beer for Mess.
The Racing Stables are small but clean & the Horses will indulge in a cosy Home for a few Days. The men in Charge of them are untrustworthy being too fond of Liquor.
Tuesday 8 February 1916
Brigade marched to Heloun leaving camp at 2 p.m.
I went into Cairo to see Horses & returned by train to Heloun with Col. Fuller's Suit Case. He had dinner at Tewfic Hotel (Palace). Concert at night at Hotel in Grounds. A number of Ladies assisted. The men sat around on the Grass whilst the verandah made a good platform. The Brigadier was in good form & appeared to enjoy Himself immensely though I do not think He would ever make a successfull artist.
Wednesday 9 February 1916
Packed Valise & left by train for Maadi. Col. Fuller had Breakfast at Tewfic Hotel & then brought regiment into Camp. The Brigade left at 8 a.m. from Helouan arriving in Camp at 12-30 p.m. (noon).
I went into Cairo by afternoon Train to see Horses & returned at 10 p.m. with 2 Cases Beer for Mess.
The Horses appeared to be neglected & I found the men in Charge drunk.