Item 05: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 19 March-15 August 1916 - Page 177
& felt his death rather keenly; Early this morning infantry took Qatia capturing 500 men & a Camel Corps quite a number of camels were captured at different times; & we have quite a number of German prisoners mostly officers & machine gun crews; The Turks fought well but say the Germans turned the machine guns on them when they started to retire, or surrender.
We cannot get water today & are living on what tea we are issued with & some of the lads are drinking the salt water. dead horses are lying everywhere & are beginning to hum some; I would like to know what has happened to Richardson & Roberts both were fine lads, "the fortune of war".
Lieut McQuiggan was also killed on the morning of the 4th;
The enemy are breaking records retiring