German 105mm howitzer at IWM Duxford
Sunday 19th December 1915: the 1st/5th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment yesterday arrived at Alexandria. On disembarkation they marched to the suburb of Sidi Bishr, north-east of the port, reaching it at 3 o’clock and then encamped. We note that the average temperature in Alexandria at this time of year is around 59°F.
It is nowhere near so warm as this in France where the adjutant of the 7th Battalion tells us there was quite a lot going on yesterday afternoon. Between 3 and 4 o'clock the enemy started sending over rifle grenades, sausages, bombs and whizz-bangs(1). Five rifle grenades fell in rear of one trench and failed to explode. The Battalion retaliated with bombs from West Gun firing at the enemy front line trench - one or two trench mortars and a few shells when all was quiet again.
Sources: X550/6/8; X550/8/1