Item 02: Leslie William Sutherland diary, 1 January-13 December 1916 - Page 102
17 July, 1916 Monday
92 wks home
Slept in till all hours
Had breakfast at nine consisting of two omelettes, ham, grilled chops, etc, then went for a stroll down the street to collect goods. Spent the day hanging about eating, eating, had a good dinner & spent the afternoon in the lounge. At four oclock had tea & then made off for the tram which we caught OK at 6.30 arriving about 7 at Kantara, had a lovely swim in the canal for about an hour then retraced our steps to the R.T.O's [Railway Transport Officer] office where we put in the night sleeping on its hard sandy floors, a bitter contrast to the sleeping apartments of only last night.
18 July, 1916 Tuesday
Up at 4 oclock this morning.
Caught the train OK from Kantara & arrived back in time for stables the Stunt was postponed so now we have to do our bit as usual. Aerial reconnaissance reports a few more shelters at different places.
Hostile planes are coming over regular now & today our plane engaged him & drove him over the anti-aircraft guns who peppered him with shrapnel & finally he disappeared in the clouds.
A few more troops arrived today.