27 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

Infantry drill in the morning. Sergeant Stelfox D, the younger of the two brothers, went to hospital, as something is wrong with one toe & the doctor says he will never be able to march well enough to be an infantry soldier- a serious loss, as he is about our best man. We lost Sgt Waite two days ago, sent to England to be trained as an RE officer. We had a little more infantry drill in the afternoon, & are already pretty sick of it. As Barron is likely to go away at the end of the week, we have to try to learn as much as we can before he goes, so we get no variety.

Advertisements

18 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

A squadron, with convoy of 45 camel, marched at 9 am. and did nine miles before lunch, and 10 ½ after it. camping on the “Wady”. The men were a little bit tired & there were two with very sore feet, but they did pretty well on the whole. Boumphrey, Eason, & George Wilbraham , who is in A squadron now , marched with me, & Buster rode , as he has not been very well lately. I had provided lunch back for the men in the canteen, and they got tea at about 7 pm.

15 December 1916

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

Jock Cowell & I went to alamein by the 9.20 train. It does not look an interesting spot, but is near the sea. We saw an enormous number of duck near “Alex” on our way out, on what I took to be Lake Moeris. The Colonel, Jimmy, George Wilbraham, Jock Cowell & Leslie Wilson were at Alamein, and most of A Squadron. Busta was there too, but ill in his tent.

12 October 1916

Extract from the diary of Maj P K Glazebrook, Cheshire Yeomanry, Egypt Expeditionary Force

The aeroplanes went up, armed with bombs & Lewis guns. They reported in the afternoon that they had seen tracks leading out of the baharia on to the Siva road. They were apparently waved to in a friendly way by all the inhabitants of the Baharia! , They saw nothing of the cars, but are having another fly round tomorrow. Things are rather difficult to run at present, when urgent spare parts are constantly required at B5 etc , and so many cars are away.