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AN EARLIER LETTER.

ARRIVAL OF TBE MAORIS AND REINFORCEMENTS.

NOTES CONCERNING PENIN

BULA MEN

March 4tb, 191jj We seem to have taken root here, and it is bard to say when we will get away new. As in Addington and Wellington camps, rumours about U3 leaving he-e are frequent, but I won't believe it till we are actually away. No doubt you will be able to guess what our destination .will be. Perhaps we will be away before this letter reaches you. Since writing yoii last we have had two reviews, one by General Godley and one by Sir lan Hamilton, On both occasions the New Zealanders were paraded in full force, and two thousand Australian Light Horse, who are attached to us, were paraded too. Sir lan Hamilton seemed to be very pleased with us, We marched past in squadron line. The big item lately, of course, was tbe arrival of the Maori contingent and the 3rd reinforcements. The Maoris arrived on Friday, 26th Feb., about 830 in the evening. Reg, Birdling and I went down to Helmieb Station to see them come in. Hel mieh is close to tbe New Zealand camp, and within a few hundred yards of our lines. Both sides of the road were lined with New Zealand troops and civilians to see the Maoris arrive. Bands played them into camp, and altogether they had a very en thud astic welcome from all. They really are a very fine helfcy lob of men. Shamrock and W. Johnson, two Maoris from Little River, were with tbem. I have had several yarns to them since. The mounted and infan try reinforcements were arriving at all times, and were all in camp and settled by Saturday night. Everything was prepa-ed for them, so tbey had a much better.time than we did when we landed here. They are now at' tsebed to their various regiments, and will go into training. Some of them will have a good chance of going away with the main body The horses i cane through very well, quite as well as ours did, but I don't think they | are as good a lot as the main body j borse3. Our first duty, of course, was to hunt up friends, and show them the sights of Cairo. I guess they are all in the know now, and know as much, or more, about tbe places of in. terest than we do.

My Did pal, Jack Warwick, who was in Little ltiver for some time, came with the Third, He is attached to the C.V.C. so 1 see a lot of him. Lieutenant Leicester Priest came too. He was in oar lines last Sunday to see some oi the Peninsula boys. We are doing very little work now, as it is getting too hot now for all day work, ,*Our horses have all been clipped traoe high; and I am sure are much better for it now.

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AN EARLIER LETTER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 21 May 1915

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AN EARLIER LETTER. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3460, 21 May 1915

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