[30th July 1916] arrived at the rest-house. He also is on his way to Nasiriyah; we can club together in our arrangements for a mess. We pass the night on the roof of the rest-house; there we feel a slight breeze; it is the one tolerable place.
Tuesday: August 1st 1916: Kurna.
Still at Kurna and eager to be off. We learn that we will be able to go in a small steamer. The boat is expected tonight so we shall probably leave tomorrow morning but no orders as yet issued.
Yesterday circumnavigated the town along the line of the ramparts and redoubts. Spent the afternoon sweating in the rest-house and the evening exploring the bazaar. The Arabs were eagerly watching for the first sign of the new moon in order to end their long fast. I fear they were