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officer who was spotting from the same spot, he belonged to the Ayr Battery & I saw some of the finest artillery shooting I have ever seen wiping out a camel train & cutting up Turkish troops advancing across an open stretch of country to reinforce their men; On the south of Bir-El-Abd the New Zealanders put in some good work & during the day our boys advanced over a mile receiving a few casualties;

Major Smith was wounded in the arm & Lt McDonald was shot dead through the heart but most of the casualties were from shrapnel; our horses suffered badly & at 10 oclock the heavy Turkish gun firing high explosives came into action & kept up a constant fire all day trying to get onto the battery of artillery, & our horses, these shells did very little damage & they

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