1917 – March 11

Good news, the Capture of Baghdad. Friday, Saturday I took out the Devon regiment for their test, but they broke down, so I brought them home from bivouac – these new Territorial Battalions cannot be expected to take so high a strain.

Click here to read the official despatch by Sir Frederick Maude, detailing operations from December 1916 to March 1917, culminating in the Capture of Baghdad. Maude effectively laid much groundwork for Dunsterville’s later actions from the end of 1917.

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1917 – March 8

The great Fête in Mrs. Blakeway’s garden for the Red Cross. Daisie has a stall of home produce, helped by Miss Durell, and Susanna dances with the lot of other pretty little girls – she enjoys it immensely. To-morrow she goes to the Longdens at Kohat for a week. I am out bivouacking to-morrow taking the 2/6 Devons for their test.