Item 02: Leslie William Sutherland diary, 1 January-13 December 1916 - Page 97
7 July, 1916 Friday
Revielle as usual
Very quiet day nothing doing at all received orders to move out tonight to Bir-el-abd but at last minute they were cancelled & now tomorrow night is the order the 2nd Bde & 3rd Regt left at arrived at Oghratina OK, none of the enemy appearing.
Wrote letters home & have now got my correspondence up to date.
Word for the artillery came through & my name headed the list, so things ought to be right at last.
8 July, 1916 Saturday
Hopped out at 5
Two men sick today making our strength now 18 so have sent for 6 reinforcements. Move out at 10 for Oghratina.
100 turks are reported at Salmana so hope our boys come in touch with them. 3 complete stations visual & telephone are to be carried the object is to clear all the hods of the enemy & otherwise burn all his huts etc & prune the dates, the 2nd Bde are doing Katil again a great mail arrived today, I got only 13 of the best including two parcels. Went down for a swim & thoroughly enjoyed.