Merrylees, John Innes, Diary, 31 October-1 November 1917

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Diary of John Merrylees

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Case Study: 
British Forces in the Middle East
Creator: 
Merrylees, John Innes
Source: 
diary
Date: 
31 October-1 November 1917
Place: Beersheba
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Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
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Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format.

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00001415-2
Language: 
eng
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image
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Slack day, considerably livened by good news from 60th and 74th Division that Beersheba had fallen. 158 &159 Bdes went into action against N. defences of B [Beersheba] and eventually carried all objectives.
Spent night up at O.P. C.H.Q. only awakened once by arrival of 3 prisoners, miserable specimens of humanity. Roe tells me that Rumble my runner has tried to resign as he is fed up with going out looking for Turks.
Beersheba fell at night on 31/10/17.
1/11/17
One Bedouin shot either at either us or at aeroplane when that came over.
Stood to as usual and received orders to move at 0700. Moved off at 0715 passing thro' captured Turk fortresses to Beersheba. We passed 2 strong positions, six light field guns & much ammunition, rifle & shell.
B [Beersheba] was rather a shock. It lies in a valley surrounded by high hills and has a dozen modern houses and a good railway station. We saw few native huts and not more than 20 native inhabitants. A train was in the station. The Turk in fleeing left booby traps behind and dropped not a few hand grenades, which exploded when kicked. These caused a few casualties. We reached B. [Beersheba] at 1200 & remained as reserve for counter attack until 4.30 when we left on another forced march. Just after start a captured English plane came down & machine gunned part of the line. We extended but had no casualties. Eventually reached a wadi, where we camped for the night. Received blankets.
(Narweileh)