• Anzac Christmas hampers

    Tuesday 23 December 2014 by Alison Wishart. 7 comments

     `Every one was delighted to get one. The one I received was from two Melbourne girls. They distributed over five thousand in our camp amp; as far as I know every soldier in Egypt got one.

    Perhaps you’ve packed, compiled or received a Christmas hamper full of goodies in the last few days. About this time 99 years ago, the Anzacs who had evacuated from Gallipoli were eagerly awaiting their Christmas hampers. Women distribute Christmas billies to men in Cairo, Egypt, December 1915. Driver Jack (John) O. McKenzie, from the 20th Australian Army Service Corps (AASC), recalls: …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 14

    Monday 24 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. 2 comments

    There is heaps of fresh fruit and salad at every meal

    Day 14 - "an army marches on its stomach" Napoleon Bonepartewas spot on when he (is credited to have) said:"an army marches on its stomach", I haven't noticed a lot of marching going on around the base, but there's certainly a lot of eating! The food at the Aussie mess in Tarin Kotis excellent. There is fresh fruit and saladsat every meal - I tasted okra for the first time and pounced on the mangosteens(an exotic fruit even in Asia where…

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  • Christmas Dinner During War

    Thursday 23 December 2010 by Kathryn Hicks. 2 comments

    When we think of Christmas we think of presents, decorations and most importantly Christmas dinner. What was Christmas dinner like for those at war? Private Charles Bennett (PR04245) writes in his letters home about the Christmas dinner he had in an English camp in 1916. He had: Turkey, Ham, Roast Potato, Peas, Parsnips, Xmas pudding, Café au Lait, apples, orange, bananas, saffron cakes, mince pies Lieutenant Donald Armstrong …

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