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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES.

EXPERIENCES FROM A PENINSULA TROOPER. INFANTRY MOVING OFF. NEW ZEALANDERS FOR DAR DANELLES. •A Peninsula trooper forwards the following letter describing tbe departure of our men for the.Dardanelles: — Heliopolis Camp, Zeitoun, April llth. We have bad a roasting hot day here to day. but it is beginning to cool off now. We had a church parade at 9.15 this morning, and with the excep tion of doing mid day stables we have been off duty since. One man per section is detailed to do evening stables. This is an excellent idea, as it allows tbe other three men to be off duty for the afternoon. General God ley was at our cburob service this morning, and we marched past him on tbe way back to our lines. Everyone here is very fit now, and are all aB brown as berries, so I suppose this accounts for the General's smile of appreciation. We bad a good'bot dinner to-day, but the very hot day seemed to dull our appe tites, and by the time tbe tenth course (with cream) cama we were really too hot to enjoy it, The flies are the only things which seem to like this hot weather., They are here in millions, aad judging by the way they bite they must have very good teeth. ,

I was in Cairo yesterday, and brought home some mofquito netting, so bad tbe blighters were well settled during my after dinner sleep. It gut too hot to sleep though, bo I had a cold shower, and came up to this mess room to write a few letters. Am horribly scared that if I don't write to New Zealand often I will get no let tars sent to me, hence*my reason for sitting amongst the flies and heat in this mess room and writing to friends. This place without a New Zealand mail occasionally would be, well, the limit. All friends please take tbe hint and write at least once a dny to your friends 0.A.8.

We bave been doing a little bayonet practice during tbe week, but very little other drill. Every dny we took our horses, feed, lunch, etc., out to tbe palm plantations and spent tbe hottest part of tbe day in tbe shade The flies are not nearly so trouble some in the shade of tbe palm trees, consequently the horses and men have a much better time. No work at all is done on these days. Tbe men just see to their horses, Bit about or bave a little doze in tbe shade, and generally bave an easy time. The worst part is coming home in the dust, but a good shower after stables Boon puts things right again. On Friday night (April Bth), tbe first batch of infantry left here and proceeded to Alexandra by train From there tbey will proceed to the Dard nelles Troops bave been lea ying bere regularly ever since, and to day tbe batteries departed. Very soon there will be no one left bere but tbe mounted men. However, we no doubt will follow them on some time later. I would like to give you full details, but censorship blocks me. W e mounteds bave been down to tbe in-

fantry lines sayinggood bye to friend* there, and wishing them all good luck etc. Percy Williams was lucky enough to be drafted into tbe main body, and has gone with the Ist Can ternary Regiment of infantry, The l«t infantry left here at about 130 p.m Saturday afternoon, so would have arrived at Alexandra by daylight I* h .a tremendous task getting thou n'ands of men away by train, but when you think of their gear, transport wagging, food stuffs, ambulance waggons, horses, and hundreds of odds and ends, you begin to wonder bow it is all done bo quietly and quickly. There was no excitement or bustle on Friday nig ht, when tbe largest body were preparing to depart ; but every man just attended to his particular job a3 if he was going out on an ordinary parade. Everything was ready at 8 80 p.m , and we were able to have a few minutes' chat with each of our fr.enrlg. No one seemed to be sorry they wdte leaving this place, but all second keen and satisfied to at last be starting out on the real business. The infantry seem to be having tbe best of tbe luck so far First the Canal fight, and now this affair, and they didn't forget to tub it in to us mounteds either We are tbe poor unfortunates, as we have to stay inde tlnitety in this land of flies and sand, blow it. However, our time will come, I guess, before this war is over. We mounteds are all being issued with helmets, so it looks as if we are here for some time yet. or are being moved to another hot country. Any thing for a change is our motto now.

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 21 May 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 21 May 1915

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