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Writing from the Zeitoun Camp, UDder date Augu3t llth, to his mother, Mrs*-J D. Bruce, Akaroa, Trooper Malcolm Bruce expresses hia pleasure at his corapany being ordered to Gallipoli. '" We, of the lib Reinforcement**, received word to day to hold ourselves in readiness to get out, which mean.**-that we will be equipped

<> mm row night, or Stituiday mom ing, so that th-- next letter you get viil probably be a service PC , wbich ound- rather Irish, dosea't'v? There '■«,<• b en a big ?!ir in tbe Pairlan-Hes he I a,-it wtefk, but we can't got any parnculitrs much except that ihere has of-en 8 big advance. There have been -wo or three train load? of wounded brought into the boppitals here the last couple of days Th 9 Egyptian papers have bad nothing in for a fort 'night on account—partly anyway—of tbe religious feasts with which tbey finish the fast month • f Kamidan— co day is their Xmas day. We are all [ pleased at getting away together Gee Spooner is going at lh*> Earne time We went for a good ride last night -owards the Nile through what, I sup pose, is the richest land in Egypt. It looks very quaint aud beautiful in the duck with tbe natives woiking in tie cotton and rice fields or coming home from woik with their donkeys loaded with melons, dates, etc. In tbe eve ning, looking through the palms, it looks just what you would imagine Egypt was like ; but daylight shows up a shortage of soap amongst tbe people " Tbe letter ends with tbe usu.l appeal that letters should be sent regularly.

A letter from Trooper G. Spooner, dated August 15tb, also sent to Mrs Bruce must have been written as their troopship left. He (-peaks of tbe advance made at Gallipoli, and expresses tbe hops that there will ba some

bayonet work left for them. **"peakm*< nf bis brother, Teddy SpooDer, fawrites :— "Mick has juet come in. He has been down to tbe hospital where our chaps are There were some men from Ted's Company and tbey were rather badly cut up Mick enquired if Ted were there, but be was not, so I suppose ho i- still going strong."

Teddy Spooner, who ban been re pOrttd rm-smg mice this engagement, writes fr'<rn thn troopship oa August 4'h, H ony bad four days in Egypt. Describing tbe trip, he pays: —"After six honrn in the train we arrived at Altxar d ia about 2 p ra. and went straight aboard the troopship. Thpre are 2800 on board, so you see there's not much room, and as far as stepping is concerned we just doss dowo where we like, there being neither bunks nor hammocks. However, we do nothing all day but eat end flrep. so really tbe trip is quite enjoyable. It peems marvellous at this short distance from the theatre of lhe war tbat we should be able to travel without en escort, but we are " Aftpr sending messages to tbe family at d all bis other Akaroa friends be concludes with the request that they wou d Dot forget to write to him a? often as tbf-y could.

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AKAROA BOYS AT THE FRONT., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3493, 5 October 1915

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AKAROA BOYS AT THE FRONT. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3493, 5 October 1915

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