The Turkish authorities shave off the hair of Sikh soldiers

TCD MS 3416 page 36

TCD MS 3416 page 36

[June 1916]

they seized all our Indian orderlies and servants of these persuasions, so that several poor old Goanese cooks were torn from their master’s protection and made to shovel stones on this railway, which I may mention is for military purposes. The Turk is no respecter of religions, as can be seen from his massacres of Christians in Armenia, & from the fact that the Turkish Authorities shaved off the long hair of our Sikh soldiers, an insult that could not have been surpassed even by feeding by us, our Turkish prisoners, on pork. We bought here a certain amount of stores and some arak, (a country spirit made from date palms and flavoured with aniseed) from a Lavantine shopkeeper, who explained that he had opened a shop here for our benefit; from his prices, however, we suggested that we were here for his! When we asked for the balance of small change due out of our paper notes he would only reply “Buy some ‘sing up to 25 piastre”

When in search for some fire wood with which to cook my dinner, I wandered over towards some men who were constructing a wooden building near the station. These men, however, were all Armenians; the eldest of the men spoke french very well and