We heard that the machine had come down in the desert

TCD MS 3414 folio 40 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 40 recto

[September 1915]

went over the Es-Sinn position; which the Turks, under Nured Din [Nur ad-Din], were occupying. They were to carry out a reconnaissance in co-operation with a naval force which was to advance some miles up river. I waited some hours for their return & they never turned up. On the return of the “Comet” we heard that the machine had come down in the desert not far from the enemys trenches, they had seen the enemy rush out & capture it, but they of course were powerless to help. Capt Atkins had borrowed my camera to take photos , so I lost that. We made up two small parcels containing their most necessary requirements & putting four Lieras in gold in each parcel we sent them to General Townshend. The general wrote a note to Nured Din <the Turkish Comdt in Chief>  asking that these officers be allowed to receive the parcels & money & an Arab was sent to the Turkish lines. A polite letter was received back with the parcels & money intact, saying that the officers had left for Baghdad & that they had been given all that they required. Early one morning we were woken up by shrapnel bursting over