[March 13th 1916]and optimism are their highest now. The recent fighting must have been severe but we know not with what result . In fact, we have as little, if not less, knowledge of how things are going in Mesopotamia than if we were at Karachi.
Tuesday: March 14th 1916: Basra Today I made two journeys to Basra; the first to report my arrival to the A.D.M.S., the second to obtain some stores to supplement our rations. The trip in a “bellum” up and down the river is most pleasant and peaceful. I met an old friend, Cormack of my service, who had served in France with the 47th Sikhs and was given the Military Cross. He took me to his hospital, introduced me to Col. Wall,