WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES
EXPERIENCES FROM A PENINSULA TROOPER Heliopolis Camp, Zeitoun,
January 26, 1915 Last night was all bustle in the infantry lines. I went down and said goodbye to a lot of friends, and! 3 then came back and turned in At Bevea o'clock this morning the Ist Regiment of Infantry moved off from s camp, and were followed at intervale by other regiments. The last; regi ,[ ment left camp at about 330 p.m AH men bad full packs on, and each carried 150 rounds of ammunition. '' Thpy M lonkorl va*v 'tt -ino3s!ike and ipi-o jj.t-ii-c. . rti.u ..ucuitjelves. Bands played every regiment out of camp, and a crowd of mounted men gathered together and gave them some rousing farewell cheers and hakas. It was & very impressive indeed to see all of ). the fine chaps marching away, and we mounteds felt very much left at home I cat) tell you. However, our turn will coma I suppose. Let it be very soon I say. Being bottled up here te like children is no good to anyone, is Have received a portion of our mail, l o and will get the balance later on when jg they are all sorted. j, Sunday, January 31. Just a wee note this time, as I am in a hurry. Boasting hot here to day—tbe hottest day we have had here yet. Part of tbe infantry rein u forcements have arrived from Suez by rail. They will all be here some time this evening. Of course, we all rushed tbe new arrivals, and aeked about New Zealand and how they bad left it, etc Have met a fpw cbaps I know, and bave heard of * \n< woncoming Our 'infant y bn\n wtrilVd down at tbe canal, and cxi- p irq to-- v few fibots front fitum* (if the enemy, nothing exciting bas bap pened. Have not beard wbaf, is to become of us mounteds yet. Yester(ay (Saturday) we bad a big eports day -The. great attraction was tbe ,io!o 'competition. Teams were en pivd by every fquedron, and the in.-;.••• U-!t:d uenrly all tbe afternoon, i Isngt; cowri of ti!viii und gather i '■■/ j fH tbo compctirors Sooie of be polo players were expi-ri, and some were not quite to good. How . ever, tbe fun was immense, and the j crowd were in roars of laughter the whole time. Len (Parky) Parkinson distinguished bimanlf by falling off tbree times. By the way the com p-Mtors wsre mounted on donkeys. Sometimes the brutes would go and sometimes not, and tbeu it was a case of get off and push. Altogether the sports were a great euccena. 1 en > tared for one race an 1 won it out of a field of thirty-sis, I suppose you will have guessed by this time that the only raoe I might win would be a sack raoe. I had an easy win anyhow, and as it was worth 75 piasters (about Iss) I didn't sneeze,
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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3406, 16 March 1915
WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3406, 16 March 1915
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