Friday 26 February 2010 by Janice Farrer. No comments
Diary of an Anzac

Please note: Care has been taken to transcribe these entries without alteration to preserve the original language of Herbert Vincent Reynolds.

Australian infantry marching during a dust storm, which is known in Egypt as a 'Khamseen'. Australian infantry marching during a dust storm, which is known in Egypt as a 'Khamseen'.

Church Parade at 10am. A heavy wind has been blowing all day and that means being unable to see for dust here on the desert. After dinner Pete was to come out but we missed each other somehow. After waiting at the tram terminus for some time I went up to the pyramids and climbed the Great Pyramid of Cheops, on the top I met 2 Sebas. chaps W Raine and F Stevens. The Cheops Pyramid is said to be 471 ft high, each of its sides at the base measure 820 ft and it covers an area of a little under 75,000 square yards. It is estimated that the number of stone blocks used in its construction is 2,300,000, each averaging about two and a half tons in weight. The space on top is about 6 yards square and the whole surface of the top stones is marked with the initials of tourists and visitors. One of the guides most important details is the late King Edward’s mark on one of the top stones, they never fail to point to it as one of the most interesting details of the Pyramid. The sides of the Pyramid resemble a stairway but the steps are huge in proportion being 2ft6 to 3 ft in height. Sent a small glass souvenir home today from the Mena post office. Spent the evening at the Empire picture show. The whole 3rd Brigade marched* out of camp at about 9pm, their destination is unknown to us but some scene of active operations they are bound for.’

*With many troops beginning to move out battle began to weigh more on the minds of the men at the camps.

For the classroom: How would you feel if you were about to be sent off to battle?