Monday: May 1st 1916: Grainat Camp
As reports of hostile Arab cavalry, roaming in this part of the desert far out on our left flank, had been received at Headquarters we entrenched ourselves strongly in a perimeter camp. No developments of this rumour disturbed our night, but the prospect of sniping, combined with the intermittnent whirr of our wireless stationand the choice swearing of an enraged Australian at a camel entangled in the stays of his telegraph pole, all combined to break, at frequent intervals, the few hours of rest.
Up at 3a.m. Breakfast and the loading of transport took us 2 1/2 hours, so that the advance guard left at 5.30a.m. We marched in formation, ready for all emergencies; the main body and transport were protected