Topic: AIF - 4B - 12 LHR
Apart from the War Diary which presents a reflected view of Regimental history, one of the best sources of understanding the immediate challenges facing a regiment is to be found in the Routine Orders. They are a wealth of detail.
12th LHR Routine Order 22, 24 June 1917
Apart from the usual things in RO's, this particular RO raises an interesting story regarding behaviour in and around Bethlehem. Apart from men wandering the streets after lights out, the issue of the local Arabs entering the camp seems to have created some disturbance. There were various reasons for Arabs visiting the camps and most would have caused some chaos. The other item is tying horses on fig trees. This appears to have caused some friction which the Allied authorities were working very hard to minimise, much of the time to the ire of the soldier on the ground.