Monday January 12th
Catching up with my mail. Received parcels & papers. Much warmer here than up the Blue.
Tuesday January 13th
283rd Day (note – he looks like he misnumbered some dates so I’ll continue with his corrected number on the next entry)
Continued writing. Wrote letters of thanks to Patriotic & People of Lyttelton. Pictures at night. “Man of Steel“(?).
Wednesday January 14th
Paraded crook (NZ slang for unwell) with flu. Another day E.D. (excused duty) Took rifle to pieces cleaning all parts. Boys reaching(?) much hard training(?).
Thursday January 15th
Started parade. Hard sand storm blew up while on routine march. Afternoon parade cancelled. Saw Deanna Durbin in “Spring Parade”.
Friday January 16th
Terrible sand storm still blowing. Tent absolutely full of dust. Invasion manoeuvres cancelled on account of high wind. Maoris marooned off Arabian side of canal.
Saturday January 17th
Storm eased down for a while then started harder than ever. Artillery din(?) ____ in morning. Received late Oct & early November airmail. Wrote during afternoon and evening.
Sunday January 18th
Church parade. Rest of day free. Did a little washing then slept.
Monday January 19th
Invasion manoeuvres. Reveille at 1AM. Marched to HMS Stack(?), boarded ALC and crossed to Arabia for dawn attack. Air Force machine-gunned targets in conjunction with maneuver after our 3 mortars openned up. Arrived back in Kibrit at 10AM for breakfast then day free. Believe we are shifting camp three miles further on tomorrow to allow 4th brigade to occupy our area. Pictures at night “The Great Plane Mystery”.