Crossed the Nile, then per donkey to the Temple of Queen Hetetu, a beautiful piece of work. Then to the tomb of Queen Nefertari, 2nd wife of Rameses II or III... then to the Temple of Medmet Habi. To my mind thsi is the best of the temples... Left Luxor by 6.10pm train by which as it happened Gen Birdwood was travelling. He asked me to dine with him on the train, and as there was for the night no Restaurant car on, I was lucky. I got a jolly good dinner, and the most interesting of company.
Reported back to camp at 8am. We are to embark next week for Turkey! Everybody getting ready... We will sail about Thursday next.
Inspection of troops by Transports. An awful day Khamsin wind, and accompanying sand and dust storm. It is like being in a hot dry fog, full of grit. The heat is sweltering,the wind is as coming from a furnace. Still we are cheerful, knowing that we will soon be away.
Another hot dusty day. At last we have got definite orders for embarkation. My Bn [Battalion] entrains tomorrow night in 2 trains ... We go straight on board 2 ships Achaia and Itonus... Our destination is unknown to us at present, but we have a notion that we have to land in the face of the enemy (Turks).
The diary entries make poignant reading when you know what was ahead for these soldiers, and for Malone himself.
|Lt Colonel William Malone, Commander of the Wellington Infantry Battalion, killed at Chunuk Bair in 1915