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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.

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