Item 02: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1915-31 December 1915 - Page 373
Dec. 25 Sat.
Considerably more cheerful than last Xmas Day spent on Troopship in Indian Ocean - Palace very well decorated & plenty of jollification (some of it rather boozy).
Gifts were distributed. Practically nothing else but tobacco & cigarettes – no earthly use.
Had a very merry dinner in the Sergeant's Mess in the evening.
Escaped early from the Dinner & went into Cairo. Town crowded with troops (some the worse for booze). A few rowdy chaps pinched a motor car & burnt it in the street while others sacked some houses of ill fame & threw furniture etc. into the street. Plenty of military police but no use at all. Pretty disgusting.