[14th September 1916] medical equipment, was taken. Our orders were to be at the boat bridge at 4.30 a.m. but we were there a little before our time and had a short wait while other units of the Brigade first crossed the river.
The troops composing our Brigade (No. 42) were as follows, –
(1). 1/4th. Battalion Dorsets: – 230 rifles
(2). 2/5th. Gurkha Rifles F.F: – 530 rifles.
(3). 21st. Mountain Battery.
(4). 1 Section Machine Guns.
(5). 1 Company Sappers.
(6). 1 Detachment Cavalry (12th).
(7). 1 Section No. 23 Combined Field Ambulance
This force was called a Brigade but it is evident did not approach the full strength of a Brigade. In reality in strength of rifles it was no more than one regiment.
The 12th Brigade, of about similar strength, had moved out of Nasir-