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I arrived back in Egypt on 2-1-16 after showing a clean pair of, [dash] propellers to a German submarine on the run across. It was probably the one that sank the "Persia".

We were put into a train at the wharf & until a few days ago were on the move from one place to another.

Travelling with a light outfit & once or twice getting seperated from my blankets I decided that there's no place like Anzac for settling one's differences, after all.

Of course, there is nothing like the same danger here from "fireworks" although we had one Army Service Corps officer killed (Sth Australian) & a couple of men as well, by the Senoussi. They are brave but ill-equipped for modern fighting.

At present I am in the Suez Canal locality and, along with another Australian Officer & a few men, we are the only "Kangaroos" in this camp. All the remainder are English troops, but a week ago I was with Australians. I met Dr Marolli twice, he was M.O. to the [dash]th Batt.

[Captain, later Major, Giuseppe Enzo Marolli had come to Australia in 1906 and settled in Newcastle NSW, where he had a medical practice in Denison Street, Hamilton. He embarked from Sydney on 9 November 1915 on HMAT A72 Beltana as Medical Officer with the 3oth Infantry Battalion.]

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