Merrylees, John Innes, Diary, 29-30 October 1917

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Description: 
Diary of John Merrylees

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Case Study: 
British Forces in the Middle East
Creator: 
Merrylees, John Innes
Source: 
diary
Date: 
29-30 October 1917
Place: Beersheba
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

Identifier: 
00001415
Language: 
eng
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At 0530 returned to support for rest. Paper mail arrived. Wrote home. Heavy rain fell for half an hour 6.0 to 6.30.
At 1600 left Hill 600 for second position, Hill 665 where I halted to await arrival of remainder of company. When they came up - I moved forward with No. I platoon to form covering party. In spite of fact that we went out 900 yds no enemy were encountered. Kents covering party 1,000 yds right of my right hand post leaving a large gap. The moon, which had been a feature of this [?], again shone brightly. A runner & myself explored the hills & [?] near our party & discovered an interesting cave. Extremely cold night. We returned at 0100 on 31st to C.H.Q. Congratulates by Major Roper on my night's work.
Nuttall took patrol to near Irgeig a railway station on B [Beersheba] Gaza line before encountering opposition.
Valises were dumped at Hill 600 prior to our move.
(Runner Pfc Rumble)