Men had begun to grow suspicious of the supposed route march.

TCD MS 10516 folio 25 verso

TCD MS 10516 folio 25 verso

[14th September 1916] and surgical equipment were in every way complete.
We were up at 3 a.m. on the morning of the 11th. The men had begun to grow suspicious of the supposed route march; they were accustomed to perform such marches at more reasonable hours and they knew that, on those occasions, they did not leave camp with magazines loaded and that officers were not so critical as to the completeness of their first-field-dressings. They now understood that it was to be war with the Arab. We fell in on parade at 3.30 a.m., moved off at 3.45 a.m. The moon was shining brightly; this was a great assistance to us in loading the mules, though this was not an elaborate operation as only first line transport, i.e. reserve ammunition, entrenching tools, water pakhals,