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Eeliopoiis Camp, December 27,

Our party bad light luncheon in a nice little garden near the Pyramids. A good string band played good old English tunes as we enjoyed our mea!. Luncheon over we started on our walk to the Pyramids, about half a mile away. On the way there we hired a Government guide, who escorted us to every place of interest and described to its the marly items of interest relating to tbe Pyramids. We had our photographs taken on camels in front of the Sphinx, and bought a few coins, supposed to be about four thousand years old. However, I would not mind betting that they were manufactured a few weeks previously. They looked old, so what more,,,could we ak for. We did not climb up to the top of the highest Pyramid, as it was such a hot day. Will do so next time. This Pyramid is 441 feet high, so the view from the top should be a grand one. We gave our guide a substantial tip, and then came back to the trams, very well satisfied with our most interesting trip round the Pyramids, After a drink of English beer and a ham sandwich to eat, we came back by tbe tram to Cairo, where we arrived at four o'clock, We spent an hour strolling through the gardens andlisten- xing to the banda playing, and then caught the train back to camp. After a good wash we sat down to an excel lent Christmas dinner, which wa3 provided for us by the officers. Before we left camp in the morning we were all told that a dinner was being pro* vided, so practically the whole of our men put in an appearance before six o'clock, and I must say they very much appreciated and did full justice to the poultry, etc., which was provided. A barrel of beer greatly helped to make the fine dinner a success. Church services were held throughout the day for those men who remained in camp, and a special service was held in the evening for all who liked to attend. So ended our first Christmas abroad, and I am sure we will all long remember it. Next day (Boxing Day) we were given the after noon off. A huge sports meeting was held hear our camp, and most of the men went there. Silver cups were given as trophies for all events. Altogether tbe meeting was very sue cessful. For some reason or other none of our New Zealand men com peted. I don t tbink they knew the meeting was being held until two days before, and then it was too late to nominate.' In the evening our party went to Luna Park, in Heliopo lis, and witbiri balf r t mile of our camp Luna Paik is an American euten>rise It is just a place of amusement Scenic railway, waterchute, belter skelter, up and down, joy wheel and skating rink are a few of tbe many amusements you can go in for The fcenic railway is easily the best, and is just rushed by our men, We bad a good supper after going on everything and seeing all that was to be seen, and when we got home we tallied up to see how much we had spent. We were surprised when we found our that, each one had spent less than two shillings. To day has been very hot. Had a church service this morning, but otherwise nothing doing. , The English residents of Cairo are forming an association, and are going so entertain so many soldiers in their own homes: each evening. This idea was carried out at Lyall Bay, Wellington, when our men were there, and proved to be most popular The scheme will be doubly appreciated by our men hare, as we are all in a strange land, and are only too ready to meet some nice English people. Well Billy, old sport, I don't know if these lines are interesting or not. However, here they are, and you will have to make the best of a bad job. Camps are all the same, and now that tbe first excitement has worn off there seems to be little to write about. Hope some day to be able to write you some of the really genuine stuff. Camp life here is right enough, but we will get ! tired of it soon. We would all like to get to the front right away. The in teresting things such as training, etc,, I cannot mention. I suppose I can tell you that the New Zealand contingent, which was encamped on Salisbury Plain, has arrived tore, Numbers of tbem are known lo our men. Another New Zealand mail is being looked for by by us now. We should get me every week I saw L. Ditely the other day. He has been promoted

to Sergeant Mfijof, and Jnck McKen zie, who was with Pilkington, is pro mofced to Quartermaster Sergeant There are a number o'i old Peninsula men here I will send yon a lit of past and present men from the Penin sula

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3476, 9 February 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3476, 9 February 1915

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