the 17th Bde Camp. The Turks had moved up a field gun under darkness, had fired about 12 rounds & had made off. Only one mule was slightly wounded.
About the 23rd Sept. I went up to Nakailat with a river patrol with some 40 sepoys on the T2, accompanied by Major Winslow RE & several officers who were to select ground & landing places for the encampment of the Division there; my job was the selecting of an aerodrome. The Comet acted as escort. We accomplished our tasks and returned safely a squadron of Indian Cavalry had marched up the left bank and a few rounds dispersed the only Turkish patrol in the vicinity. Very little happened of any interest there, but on one occasion our cavalry patrols captured a Turkish officer & two men who were caught unawares while wandering too far from their lines, & on another, one of our patrols of the 7th Hariana Lancers were surprised by Arabs, two sowars on being recovered were found to be dead, their ears cut off & otherwise undesirably mutilated. Some Turkish Cavalry one day cut in on our line of communication at Sheilk – Saad, capturing a telegraph launch, a few mahellas and killing