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Friday, 5 January 1917

El Arish

The Railway will be here today – wonderfully quick work considering the weather. Stunt postponed owing to RAIN – Rail made 1 & ½ KILO per day.

[This paragraph crossed through.] Health of men not too good. Barcoo Rot very prevalent owing to poor Tucker.

Very lousy camp this owing to Turks& Bedouins being here so long. Food is the great trouble here. 2 lbs per man of green stuff & often not that is allowed, so the men ride miles for a few Bushes etc. to cook with. This is a poor Country & the Bedouins are starving. They sift the horse manure for the few grains to be got out of it.

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