An excellent meal of bread sardines, oxo

TCD MS 3414 folio 53 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 53 recto

[September 1915]

aerodrome there. The town was deserted, and on arrival at the Serai <Public rest House> on the river front where he was met by the Sheikh, the General hoisted the Union Jack on the flagstaff on the roof of the Serai.

I camped down near the brick kilns near which I had marked my aerodromes and had a little food in company with Major Thompson Lieut Gallop officers of the Howitzers, I felt done to a turn, and it was a great relief when I saw my bearer Sambha arriving with the advanced party of the transport. He soon provided me with a bath and an excellent meal consisting of bread sardines, oxo, bully beef & cocoa; after a pipe of tobacco I turned in for some well earned rest.
The following day 30th Sept the 17th Brigade arrived.

Now on the 29th the 18th Brigade had embarked on steamers, and with General Townshend and staff pushed straight on the Azizieh where they arrived on October the 5th. Having pushed so far on with such a small force it became apparent that the Turks might counter attack, consequently the 16th & 17th Brigades were sent for and orders were issued for them to march to Azizieh at once. I went up on our workshop barge being towed up together up with an S&T