Item 02: Leslie William Sutherland diary, 1 January-13 December 1916 - Page 98
9 July, 1916 Sunday
We arrived at Oghratina OK about 6 last night & took up our position in the same old place at dawn the different Regts moved out, one to Saqia the other to Debabis & then commenced there advance on Oghratina burning & clearing all the Hods on the way in & very soon a huge ring of fires were to be seen the 2nd Regt got 5 prisoners at Saqia & another five got away, they being too fast for our horses, they run up the banks & slide down the other side while the horses have to go round, we finished up at 2 pm we had a great signal station on the old battlefield & were in touch in all directions.
Moved back to Romani at dusk & got in amongst our tea at 11.30.
10 July, 1916 Monday
91 wks from home
Reveille at 5
Had a quiet day today, nothing doing, the men went down for a swim after dinner & it went great, plenty of surf etc, the horses enjoyed it even more than we & several of them you could not get out of the water.
Got home in time for tea & then wrote letters to home.
Nelson communications were up to putty again yesterday & an inquiry is to be made into it today as to how he employed his signallers & what he did with them.
All other units OK especially the third.