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Harry Gissing’s war diaries

January 6 and 7, 1916

Sighted Alexandria at daylight. Sea rather rough, so much so that we could not take the pilot aboard, so after much manoeuvring we followed him in, following in turn by the old Southland. The trip was very enjoyable, we have good quarters and food. At first we anchored near the entrance, going alongside the wharf about 5.30 p.m. By 7 p.m. we were aboard a train and on our way to our destination, turning out to be Tel-el-Kebir. Cattle trucks together withordinary 3rd class carriages were provided for us and much amusement was caused by the men in the trucks bleating like sheep or cows.

We reached Tel-e1-Kebir about 2 a.m. and then camped on a vacant plot till daylight. Myselfand a friend put up a covering by laying a waterproofsheet over some guy ropes near, as protection from the dew and then slept till daylight. After breakfast we moved offto our permanent spot and our gear having arrived, immediately pitched 9 marquees and several other tents, a real good day’s work.

Altogether our trip from Lemnos was splendidly managed and worked without a hitch throughout, which is unfortunately an exception. I met friends ofthe 1st Stationary, but did not have much time to have a yarn. The camp is a splendid one, water laid on, etc., and everything points to better management than formerly. The horses ofA.S.C. and Artillery are in splendid nick and the men all look well and bright.

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