In early May the Battalion moves to El Shatt, and settles in before beginning a 7 day tour of duty and providing men to support defence work.
On the 7th of May, the Rifles receive an order to provide 350 Officers and men, for a Desert Column.
Battalion parades 6.30am and proceeded by route march to El Shatt. Arrived 8.20am and remainder of day spent in pitching camp and settling down.
Early morning parades and other duties. Battalion commences 7 days tour of duty finding various piquets’s and guards.
Battalion furnished 206 men for work on the defences. Remainder finding Guards etc also carrying out boy training. Lt Leigh appointed wharf master at EL Shatt.
Platoon and company training during the morning.
Divine service under Regimental arrangements. Orders received for a column to proceed to railhead. This Battalion finding 350 Officers and Men to move at 5.30am 8.5.15 Returned same day.
Battalion paraded 5.15am in accordance with previous night’s orders re Desert Column. Returned to El Shatt 2.30pm. 8 men arrived from Base Details Camp.
Work on defences as usual. Battalion also finding other Guards and piquet’s. Practice on range by companies.
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