Friday 7th April 1916: yesterday the 1st/5th Bedfords’ train arrived at Shalufa at the southern end of the Great Bitter Lake, fifteen miles north of Suez, which forms part of the Suez Canal. The men were given tea and their baggage transported across the canal. The battalion then went to their camp, half a mile east of the canal. There they pitched tents and manhandled the baggage from the canal to the camp. In the coming weeks they will be patrolling into the Sinai desert to detect any Turkish thrust towards the canal, such as those which took place last year.