Monday June 1st
Marched down near Turkish border and reviewed positions in case Turks go with Jerry. P.T in afternoon.
Tuesday June 2
Squad drill – gas. P.T. On drome guard at night – getting near completion of dome – bombs & explosives arriving.
Wednesday June 3
Free day – wrote to Hilladons(?). Played cards in afternoon. Huge convoy of lorries proceeding to Turkey. Driven by S.A’s.
Thursday June 4
Early reveille – thought we were going on routine march but lorries took us to a village about 40 miles away. Passed many old ruins. Natives beginning to harvest. Thrash seeds off by stacking crop then donkey pulling a cart with serrated discs around & around outside. Had lunch by orchard – most of fruit gone although plentiful in mulberries. Started on return journey at 2PM arriving home at 4.30.
Friday June 5
Another march to border then P.T and rest in during afternoon. Rather dull day, blowing hard & raining slightly.
Saturday June 6
Platoon on duty. On cook house fatigues. Weather still rather dull & blowing. Convoys to Turkey still passing through.
Sunday June 7
Squad drill & usual parades in morning. Leave to Aleppo in afternoon. Saw “Another Thin Man”. Natives holding longer strikes. ??? hoards of children marching through streets armed with sticks & smashing all uncovered windows. Saw many fights…
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