Finsbury Rifles, Away from the Western Front. 28th January to 2nd February 1916.

After a period at Sidi Bishr, near Alexandria, the Brigade receive news that they will be moving to Cairo in the next few days. This passage illustrates the preparations for this move.

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Date 28/1/16

Brigade Route march. News received that Division would proceed to CAIRO during next few days.

Date 29/1/16

Normal Routine. Battalion on duty. Pioneer Sergeant sent to CAIRO with Brigade Advance party.

Date 30/1/16

Brigade Church parade. 16 men arrived from Details Camp. D company reclothed and cleaned at MUSTAPHA.

Date 31/1/16

Remainder of battalion reclothed. Definite orders for move to CAIRO received. 1 officer and 50 other ranks sent forward as advance party. Lt. J. A. Stanbrook to hospital.

Location: SIDI BISHR

Date 1/2/16

Morning spent in striking tents and cleaning up camp. At 1pm Battalion paraded and proceeded by Route March to SIDI GABER Station where entrained for CAIRO. Arrived ABOU ELA Station about 11pm. 200 men required for unloading and loading up baggage. Remainder of Battalion proceeded by Route March to MENA.

Location: MENA

Date: 2/2/16

Arrived camp about 3.30am. Battalion on duty, numerous fatigues and guards provided. No parades.


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