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Mf G. Sh * rffool, who was bor/>ti£»h electrical pmin oc at Akaroi for so'na ti'in. writer ns follows to a friend in Akaroa from the Ziitoun 0 imp, under d»te Februiry 14, 1915: —

"I notice by the "Mail" that I am sup posed lo be in France, but ro such luck. The wnys of the Army are rn'fc understand ing After (or three inontbi in England as infa> t y, wero ordered nut bere to join (h< - main r-cdv. On our arrivil we had the option of joining the Fio'd Ejiginoere, of which tfaoy are fbo't or "the Army Pervioa Corps Of oourpe I joined the former. Fancy culti f, up a complete company of infantry, prncti oally fully trained, and starting them in a totally different linp. The war is, by the way, being fought mainly by infantry nnd engineers, or sappers as they are sometimes called. The work as engineers is much more interesting, f r we build bridcjns, make wire entanglemente, dig t enohes, do a little mining, make observation lowers nnd various other jibs of a lilt" nature The oliraate here at present is splendid, Ike that of New Zpaland at its beet in fact. The main drawback in, however, the lock of rai&, as where we are camped it is all saad, and the dust which the wind raises is at times almost unbearable. All the crops are grown undpr the irrigation scheme, and when the soil is well watered it will grow almost anything. If only this eoheme be successfully continued, the country has a splendid future, being, is, so close to the heart of the Empire, "\7e have, plenty q! water and good food Fi. 5 Buoh as oranges, date*, figs and lemonb can be obtained at a very low figure Cairo ia a very interesting place, the people being composed of almost every nationality under the sun, The native quarter n par hape the most interesting part, although the people are very drty. Most of ihe bou3fs are built of stone, and in the town rice to five or cix storeys higb. In the oountry dis , triota the natives live in mud huts which are of a very open nature. Tno ' yramids oan be seen from the camp, being about 12 miles away. They cams up to my expectations with regard to size but the Bphinx was rather j disappointing, being situated in a hollow j My number is now 4/70, A. and Ist Division Field Engineers, N.Z. Forces, E«?pt, will i find me, whether we move or not. Trusting , you and all Akaroa friends are quite well." :

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LETTER FROM EGYPT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3410, 30 March 1915

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LETTER FROM EGYPT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3410, 30 March 1915

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