Sunday August 2
Boarded train at 8AM. Pulled out at 9AM. Travelled along canal arriving at Kantara at midday. Carriages were taken across canal one at a time sideways on large barges. Took several hours to bring whole train across and left Kantara East about 4 o’clock. While daylight only passed through desert. Arriving at ??? – 15 miles from Tel Aviv. Detrained and proceeded to 12th General at Sarafand.
Monday August 3
Arrived at Sarafand at 4PM. Put into B Compound. Tommy hospital for Kiwis here. Palestinian ??? as orderlies. Turks man grounds surrounding hospital.
Tuesday August 4
Iti prisoners doing heavy orderly work – seem far better off than us. Treatment good – food very poor.
Wednesday August 5
Able to hobble around a little. Hoping soon will get to Con Depot (Convalescent Depot).
Thursday August 6
Treated as an up patient – able to go to the mess for meals. Finding it rather awkward for bathing.
Friday August 7
HO said moving me to Con (Convalescent) Depot tomorrow. Saw Colonel during afternoon. Pictures at night in Hospital Cinema.
Saturday August 8
Left 12th General in morning heading for Kfar Vitkin, NZ Con Depot. Enjoyable ride through the country passed many Yankee dromes. Stopped at Netanya for drink – modern ??? on coast – then proceeded to Depot – roughly half way between Haifa – Tel Aviv. Ideal spot for Con Camp – situated right on coast. Con Camp full, over 1500 men here at present. Met Tom (or Jim?) Shanks.