If they fall into the hands of the Arabs, the wounded are tortured

TCD MS 10516 folio 39 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 39 verso

[14th September 1916] came boldly on to our 2nd Double Company under Wellesley who was fighting a rearguard action. In doing so they were severely punished. Wellesley had a difficult task which he executed with skill and courage. Retiring in face of a determined enemy who advanced within thirty yards was no easy movement; ammunition had run short and it was impossible to bring up more. The difficulties are vastly increased when it is remembered that every wounded man, and if possible every dead man, must be removed with the retiring company; for if they fall into the hands of the Arabs, the wounded are tortured, the dead are mutilated. Wellesley lost in this movement one fourth of his effectives, he was himself wounded in the hand, but his men hammered the enemy with