Item 03: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 - Page 189
Monday 23 July 1917
Am afraid writing is impossible at times. Raided Turkslast night. They lost 100 killed, we a few. Still doing these days & nights as well. Owing to a fog during one of our RAIDS we lost a good chance.
Out all night & in the morning were surprised at seeing our Division marching towards us, i.e. towards BEERSHEEBA or BIR SABA originally BIR meaning WELL – EL place of SABA – Seven – 7 Wells - our intelligence!!! said it had been evacuated & we simply had to march in. Well we are back in our old Camp not in BIR SHEEBA tonight - VERY HOT by day & heavy FOGS by night – wets everything.