Delamain. General Fry was to contain the enemy and push home his attack when the <enemy’s> left had been turned. The river flotilla were to employ their guns in supporting General Fry. They had also to negotiate an obstruction placed by the Turks in the main channel of the Tigris. Our small body of cavalry was to operate on our extreme right and, with our armoured motor machine guns section were to carry out the general plan already mentioned.
The general attack was to commence at dawn. My duty that day was to keep as near to General Delamain as possible and arrange & mark out good landing places for our aeroplanes.
By 11 p.m. on the 27th all troops had successfully arrived at their various rendez-vous. The night was pitch dark and moving over the rough ground towards the lamps that marked our direction and halting places was rather a perilous undertaking, for there were many ditches & holes into which my horse was continually falling. I had with me two Sowars of the 7th Hariana Lancers & Pte Titchener 43rd who at that time