[May 2nd 1916]
Slowly they approached into their allotted place in the column, and, our formation being restored, we resumed the march. The remainder of the desert on this day was comparitively smooth and we had no further serious obstruction. We wished to reach a camping ground known as Ratawi on the river bank, but animals and men were so fatigued from the long exposure to the sun that we found it better to halt two miles short of that place. There were many heat strokes today; it was our longest march, – we did not arrive till 3.45p.m. – and with the exception of the first day, from Basra to Shaiba, it has been the most distressing march yet.