Item 03: Gordon Macrae diary, 20 January 1917-18 April 1918 - Page 70
which place we reached at 6 oclock. Had a cup of tea & got the 6.30 train to Helmich getting there about 7 oclock. There was no early morning parade, everyone was in bed feeling very dopey after a heavy week end.
Mounted parade in the morning. We went out & consolidated a village for defence. It was 10 oclock when we got in for breakfast.
No parade before breakfast & only one lecture afterwards & a half holiday in the afternoon. Went into town as usual, first going to the 14th AGH where I saw sister Holmes & our SQMS Cheater who is quite right again & will soon be back. Had afternoon tea there. Found quite a number of our boys in town. They were up playing cricket against Gezireh Sporting Club. We had dinner at the National & later went to the Casino where there was a very second rate show on.
Went out on a compass march in the morning, about 12 miles altogether. Each party having to find 4 flags. We found ours