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Heliopolis Camp, Zeitoun, March 21st, 1915. We did not leave here on Tuesday after all as we expected to do. We were all very much disappointed, 1 can tell you, and more so when it was rumoured that we would be in Egypt for six months longer. However, I don't think that is a fact. Mobilisation and a review is mapped out for tomorrow, and everything points to our departure from here in the near future, Most of our chaps stayed in camp to day, and packed up everything in anticipation of getting a [shift I must tell you a few words about our week's doings. On Monday we bad a field day, mostly attack work. Revellie was at 3.45, so wej had a big day altogether. |

VISIT TO BARRAGE. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thur3 day we bad a regular picnic. We, the 0.V.0 squadron, were taken for a ride out to a place named Barrage, about twenty four miles from here. We arrived there about 3 30 Tuesday afternoon. We picketed our horses, and slept in a plantation of trees (something like English oak, but I forget the native name). We had a walk around, and found Barrage to be a beautiful place. It is really situated at the junction of the two Niles. There are 150 aores of gardens here, and after our desert camp, it was most delightful for us to have a ramble through them. There are palm trees of all sorts, and tropical trees and shrubs mixed up with English trees and flowers, and the whole thing is most beautifully laid out. THE NILE FLOOD GATES. Two hugs combined flood gates and bridges span the rivers. The flood gates are for regulating the Nile waters for irrigation purposes. The whole scheme is a wonderful piece of engineering and I believe the bridges and flood gates alone cost £800,000 Barrage is much visited by tourists. Trolleys on light railway lines are used to convey tbe visitors over the place, From a small hill in the gardens a very fine view can be obtined of the Nile river, a section of the gardens and the Pyramids in the distance. Ou Wednesday we swam our horses across tbe Nile. Some of the horses were rather timid, but most of them took to the water very well. I Tbe place where we camped was very nice and most suitable, and all of us were wishing we could Btay there longer. We struck camp on Thursday morning, and rode back to our old home, all agreeing that our trip to Barrnge was tbe most pleasant we had had in Egypt. Whilst there, Sergeant Oppenheim had the misfortune to get a spill and break hie arm. However, we bad a doctor with us, and be soon put "Oppy" on the road to recovery. Ssrgeant O. Waghom, too, bad a na=ty sting from a scorpion. He was very ill for a while, but is quite well now. Sergeant George Withers is in the hospital with appendicitis at present, but we hope he will be fit again soon. Our sergeants seem to be having a bad time just now. All Peninsula boy 3 are quite well, but spoiling for a scrap with some one.

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3456, 4 May 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3456, 4 May 1915

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