Item 02: Leslie William Sutherland diary, 1 January-13 December 1916 - Page 33
March 1, 1916 Wednesday
81 wks of soldiering
Hopped out as usual
Things have been humming some at Verdun & the enemy seems to have got it pretty thick.
Spent a quiet day & this afternoon started a water flume to enable us to draw water to fill our trough which now is a beastly job.
Aeroplanes busy with their bomb dropping & several give us a good display of fancy flying.
Our arabic is still progressing favorably & we can now read the papers easily.
Bed at 9
Parcel & papers arrived from Nell
March 2, 1916 Thursday
Armored cars arrive
Revielle as usual
Early this morning Capt Wollesly one of the aviators came a cropper this morning while out on reconnaissance his engine failed & he had to effect a bad landing in very rough country & damaged the under carriage of his plane.
Great excitement amongst the niggers tonight when 6 Rolls Royce armoured cars joined us they are from Mersa-Matruh where they have made a name for themselves, they have 2 Talbots & a Ford attached to them also 8 Douglas Bikes.
Had a late supper & still there's no money, turned in at 10.30