[27th September 1916] prospect. We suspected another Arab ‘strafe’, but it was a false alarm, merely a route march to see that the Brigade could turn out complete at short notice. We were back in camp by 9 a.m.
Saturday: September 30th. 1916: Nasiriyah
Snipers appeared on the evening of the 27th. They fired on our picket from a distance of 250 yards; it can be imagined how ineffective any fire would be at so long a range in the dark night. My boat is a real success. She sails much better than I expected. Undoubtedly the river is the place to enjoy the hours of recreation.
News from Europe is brilliant. The capture of Combles must be an acrid pill for the enemy; they have had to swallow many of late. It seems as though they may soon have a little Greece to lubricate the next dose.