Tag: camels

14 June 1917

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

We got up at 1.30 AM loaded our camels at 2, & marched at three o’clock to Dar el Belah, taking about three hours to reach the division dump, where we halted till our fumigating train was ready for us. We put everything in the train & left our men walking about indecently, & the staff was steamed. John Lonsdale, who is pompous & inefficient, made himself rather a nuisance. We marched back in full marching order, having had our packs carried for us on the outward journey in limbers, & got in by 10 PM, having done about twenty miles.

27 May 1917

Extract from the diary of Norman Hughes, “B” Coy, 1/4th Cheshire Regiment 53rd (Welsh) Division [Norman Hughes came from Neston]

We breakfast at 7-30 p.m. Load camels 8 am. and continue our march at 9 a.m. At 10-30 a.m. we reach our position in the reserve line in some Turkish trenches which are the finest system I have ever seen.  It is evident they had no barbed wire so they dug holes for traps for Cavalry which were the likest [sic] troops to advance on their position.

Some [of] the dug-outs were 20 ft deep and every trench was beautifully cut.        We never seem to make elaborate construction, the soldier does not take any pains at all for he knows we have come here to advance not to stop as is the case of the Turk.