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Heliopolis Camp, Sunday, January 3rd, 1915

Have just finished dinner. Mo3t of the boys are off on leave. Wag and I are the only two left in our tent. We are looking after the horses at feed time. It is a lovely day, warm, but with a very nioe breeze. On December 30th we had an inspection by the New Zealand High Commissioner. Tbe whole NZ. force bad to turn out complete It is tbe first time we have been so paraded. Very few people were present. The maroh past must have been worth seeing: Several picture men were operating, so you will pro bably see us on the screen some day We had to turn out at 5 o'olook that morning, break fast at 6.30, and out to the parade ground at 8 o'clock. We (the C.V C), were back in camp again at 0 30, had lunch at 1115, and then rode off to the range for an afternoon's rifle practice. We get plenty of this now, and I must say it is the most interesting work we do. I bear that the Commissioner's parade was not over till after twelve o'olook. Our work he c now is very Btrenous. We are going from 5 30 a m and do not finish our day's work till we feed the horses at 8 30 at night. Of conrse, the drill is interesting, especially th« fi«ld work, but it is getting a little stale now. I th'nk our ohaps want to have a go at something. They are getting too fit, and a scrap would do us all good. The hor3es too are very fit and well. New Year was rather quiet here. I did not go out, on New Year's Eve, but most of th* otbers went to Cairo and bad leave till 10 45 Midnight, December 31, was tho liveliest time here. Bands were play ins in all directions, and most of the men were making a noise of some sort to welcome year 1015. By one o'clock evorvthing was quiet again. We (the CV.C.) had to work till 3 p.m on

New Year's Day, but had leave then till ten o'clock. We were all too tired to take advantage of it. I would like to write you a lew lines about what is going on here, bnt censorship does not permit me doing so. Our Peninsula men are all well, and eend you their greetings. Huntley Holmes has been promoted to corporal, and Sergeant Ditely to Quartermaßter»Sergeant. Beg. Uirdling is attached to the scouts. I am enclosing a list of old and present men from the Peninsula We are well up in New Zealand news now. bat are anxiously waiting tn hear the result of the election. We bear all sorts of rumours every day, but don't know which to believe. I hear the Akaroa ladies are getting busy, knitting socks- Well, it is a good idea, as seeks are always wanted by our obaps- more so|than anvtbing else. Oar 100-1 here is still firyt-rate. Our dinner today was: Roast beef (hot), potatoes and cabbage, with a well cooked slice of duff to finish with. Of eonrse, this doeß not come up to Akaroa flounders, chicken or oz tail. However, we manage to lire on it alright We have the usnal compulsory church parade on Sundays, and a volunteer par de' is hold in tbe C.E.M.B. tents in the even* ings. These G.E MB. tents are a God-send to us. Tbey take the plaoe of a club-room. I thought yon would like to get that "Tahiti Times." I could not get any more. The military people stopped them being printed. & souvenir was printed the day we disembarked, but they were all taken in no time, and I could not get one.

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3477, 12 February 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3477, 12 February 1915

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