Many of us were very much surprised to be moving on

TCD MS 3414 folio 59 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 59 recto

[November 1915]

in the desert. However having collected the General he returned safely to Azizieh. This was the Generals last flight! I returned to Azizieh with many officers who were hurrying up from Basra, Amara and elsewhere for the advances. The next few days were spent in preparation <and drafts arrived to complete numbers in the different regiments>; I found myself busily engaged with aerial reconnaisances. All the maps were now completed. Nov 17th was the date on which we expected to advance, & as I said before, many of us were very much surprised to be moving on with such a totally inadequate force. Fishing at Azizieh was very indifferent, but after my days flying I used to stroll down to the river bank catch a few “shilling”, a kind of bream with silvery scales