Item 03: Gordon Macrae diary, 20 January 1917-18 April 1918 - Page 22
Received letter from Meg – answered same also wrote a note home. A sandstorm came up at night & made things very uncomfortable. Took the horses in for a swim. The water was great.
Took some camels into the sea for bathing. Didn't go in myself, it was too windy & cold. The NZ Brigade came out today.
Went round the regiments & collected waste feed for the camels. The day was very cold with wind & some rain. Fixed up a desert dugout for the first time for several nights had a warm sleep & didn't get smothered in sand.
Was orderly for the day. The wind still continues & there was some more rain. One of the Arab drivers who stole all our previous days rations was flogged for it at orderly room. I never saw anyone flogged till I came with the camels, but these naffirs seem to take it as part of the game.