THE CANAL ENGAGEMENT.
PREPARING TO MOVE
Tbe f Mowing is an extract from a letter from one of tbe New Zealanders in Egypt
Es-.net El Zeitoun, Egypt, 25/2/1915
"I suppose yon have heard ere tbis of our trip across*, tbe escape from tbe Emden, etc. Well, since arrival berp we have been training exceptionally hard, and are now quite fit for tbe front Our infantry has been in action against tbe Tut ks, and I am only sorry to say tbat I was unable to get down to Ismalia to see some of the scrap, From all accounts tbey covpred themselves with glory by their behaviour in their baptism of fire. Tbe Canterbury boys were especially brilliant, and got in a magnificent bayonet charge. The Turkish losses were . Prisoners 1500, wounded 6000, and killed over 1000, while the British losses were : Killed 16, wounded 58. 1 believe tbat of tbe killed 5 were New Zealanders The Turks are now in full retreat 60 miles from tbe Canal. All our infantry are returning to this camp to morrow (Friday), and then we expect to make a move for somewhere. We have been made up to a full division by the addition of 8000 Australians, and are known as N.Z and A. Division The rest of tbe Australians form a com plete division, and tbe two divisions together are known as tbe Australasian Army Corps. Tbe Australians yesterday received instructions to pre pare to move. The N<>Z artillery have also orders, so I Buppos6 it will only be a matter of a few days before we move. Popular opinion says we are going to Jaffa to cut off tbe retreating Turks, and from thence we move on and attack the Dardanelles from tbe landward; but, of course, tbat re* mains to bo seen. At any rate, all are praying for a move, no matter where to, as it is getting uncomfortably hot here these days. There are many things of histoiical interest in Cairo, and you can depend 1 have made the most of my time here. Cairo in itself is a most disgustingly dirty place. Our boys are si ill as cheerful as ever, and have earned a grand reputation in Cairo. Though we have so far been acting as tourists, yet we have great bopesof getting some of tbe work we set out to do, and in the very near future.
p s—lt ie practically certain that we leave for the Dardanelles on March 6th."
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THE CANAL ENGAGEMENT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3413, 9 April 1915