[March 15th 1916]group, face one another, wave their implements of work above their head, and shout their chorus still louder. The group would then break up to advance again, tripping merrily over the desert.
Thursday: March 16th 1916: Basra Early this morning we transferred camp from Margill to Makira, a distance of about two miles. Motor lorries carried our kit, but owing to the insufficiency of transport the lorries had to repeat their journeys and consequently we did not leave camp until 11am. The Tommies take a special interest in the Gurkhas and crowd out to watch us pass. A common friendship seems to exist between them. We have now our first good view of the desert, an endless stretch of brown sand, absolutely flat and scarcely