1916 – November 2

They got through the King’s wire last night between posts 21 and 22 and fired a salvo at me in the fort at 11 p.m. It was very plucky of them and very well done and I sent them a message to say “well done!” When the live wire [electric fence] is up I’m afraid they’ll get killed. I inspected No. 3 section riding round the front line in the morning. We ran the gauntlet rather, as our horses attracted the snipers, shots were near us, but neither I nor Short nor Duncan, who were riding with me, were hit. A mule driver caught one of the bullets that missed me and was hit in the head.

1916 – October 24

Had to go in to see Divisional General – all his Staff have got fever – fever is very bad just now, the men go down in scores. A nice morning and lunch with Daisie. The enemy are not very active, but there is a good deal of sniping and raiding at night and my cavalry patrols are always fired on – the armoured cars get a look in now and then, but there are not many casualties on either side.

1916 – October 14

All quiet and no sniping. To-day about 100 of them fired on my working parties near camp. I went out and my orderly officer was pleased to note that two bullets dropped near him, so he had really been under fire for the first time. Under fire again at night, they sniped heavily and aimed well at my part of the camp. I got one bullet through my mosquito curtains, another through my tent, and an explosive bullet in the tree just behind my tent.