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February 1917
Appreciating them.

Febry 7th
Enemy planes bombed El Arish.

[Febry] 8th
Marched out of Mazar at 9 am. We did an easy march of 15 miles & arrived at Bardawil at 4 pm, getting fresh water for our horses which they appreciated after poor well water at Mazar. Bivouacked at Bardawil for the night – got a good rum issue.

Febry 9th
Left Bardawil at 9.30 am & travelled about 7 miles along the coast: passed the aerodrome. Nearly any time there are 3 or 4 planes continually "up" & the aerodrome is busy place We reached Masaid, our destination, about 4 miles on the canal side of El Arish Masaid is a large palm grove (Hod) of about 750 acres in extent, by far the largest palm grove I have seen on the desert. There is beautiful water in the wells also fresh water laid on. The New Zealanders, 3rd Light Horse Brigade & Camelry are also camped here. There are also canteens & a big YMCA. It gives promise of being the best camp we have been in this side of the canal. The Anzac Mounted Division has been broken up &

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