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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES

EXPERIENCES FROM A PENINSULA TROOPER

TRIPS FOR THE TROOPS

GAMP LIFE AT ZEITOUN.

A. Peninsula trooper writes from Egypt as follows :— Nbw that there is little doing here, tbe military authorities bave been arranging trips for the soldiers who wanted to go, One trip was to Luxor, and Khartoum,. about 450 miles by train from bere. It was a three day's trip, and a Targe number of troops took advantage of it, An utber batch of men went on a twelve hours' trip to Baokharo, and bad a very good time. It has been very stale here for some time now, but tboße trips will make it more interesting for us, Our mail continues to arrive frequently, and I can tell you mail day bere is one of, the brightest spots in our existence. lam sura that if you could see tbe scramble there ia for letters on mail days you would write at least twice a Week to everyone you know. Aa far as getting mail goes Tom Warner and Buster Lelievre eeera to be tbe top dogs, They get p ii e3 of letters every time. They must be very popular with the mm V? hou,d think ' l have nofc seen b.M. Ditely for some time now. Tbey are getting very busy in the A.S.I 1 . bow, and will have little time to K 6 «T.^ mte ex Pected to see Jim Mcßwada e n, Little River, with the drd reinforcements. I know be has been trying to get away since tbe first men volunteered. Did I tell you

before that Mr DearsJey is promoted to Captain ? 1 met bim going into Cairo on Thursday lost. He is look ing very fit and well. Your papers arrive every mail, and tbe Peninsula hoys all gut them. We are well pouted with Akaroa and Peninpula news We are getting the usual Easter holidays here, but everything H very quiet. Last Good Friday 1 quite well. It was mining, and I bad a very slippery motor-bike ride over to Akaroa. Con Taylor rode over tbe same day, and be and I had a yarn about it the other night. Swarms of locusts have been going over our camp lately. They are very bad in Egypt this year. I believe fcbey do a great deal of damage to crops. The catapiller pest in N.Z. is nothing compared with the locust pest here. Without seeing them, I could Dot have believed that they were so numerous. For hours at a time here tbe sky was quite black with them.

I bear that new underclothing is to be issued to us soon. I hope tbey issue grooming gear too. Grooming brushes have been wanted for sotbe time, and most of our cbaps bave bad to resort to buying tbemselveß. Some of the lieutenants bave been buying brushes in quantity, and letting the men bave tbem at half price. Home of, the men, too, bave had to boy their own haversacks. I don't know whether we are supposed to buy gear or not, but I do k' ow that if it goes on, it will make a hole in our 2s per | day. At one time we used to buy our own saddle soap, etc , but on saddlery inspection day the inspecting officer, who is one of the beads, said it was not right that we should buy any thing He eaid it showed the right spirit in the tuen, bat it was not to be allowed to go on. Since then we bave had any amount of clean ing oils, etc. free of charge It is quite on tbe cards that we will leave here any moment now, but I guess you will know pretty ?oon if we do depart.

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 25 May 1915

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WITH THE NEW ZEALAND FORCES Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3461, 25 May 1915

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