Topic: AIF - 2B - 7 LHR
Sinai, 23 April 1916
Qatia Patrol Report, 25 April 1915.
As instructed, I proceeded to Qatia at 0430, which was reached without opposition. I found 6 wounded men, 2 of whom have since died, there are 23 dead. The whole Camp is gutted and 60 horses and 30 camels are dead also, several of the Native Camel Transport drivers are dead, I could only find (1) Identification Disc, the bodies had all been stripped of clothing and Identity Discs (the Soldiers I brought in, state that it was the Bedouins and NOT the Turks who stripped the bodies.) I left Qatia at 0910 and reached the Brigade Bivouac at 1145 without seeing any Enemy.
When leaving Qatia a Bedouin that had just come in from north east of Qatia states that he had seen Turks in that direction, I could not find out how many or how far away they were.
The wounded soldiers state that they had expected an attack, and had stood to arms all night of 22/23 inst., they were shelled for an hour and attacked about 0900 on 23rd inst., the Turks had 4 or 5 Machine Guns and were about (800) Eight Hundred strong, they seem to think that (2) Officers and a number of men and also some wounded were taken prisoner.
They state that our own Aeroplanes bombed the Qatia Camp on Monday morning when unoccupied by the Enemy.
There are (2) two wells, 1 of which is quite good drinking water and the other Brackish, supply good.
Soldiers' Information (later)
Colonel Coventry and Lieutenant Gooch of the Worcestershire Yeomanry and another officer of same Regiment surrendered to Enemy. Lord Elcko of Gloucester Yeomanry also surrendered, he was wounded, also Lieutenant Strickland.
The Officer in Command of Enemy was German, there were also Turkish Officers, the force marched away about 350 Infantry and 100 mounted men strong, seemingly regular Troops, they were very keen to get the boots from our dead and wounded.
I hand Identification Disc labelled Lt GH Fox, RFA.
George Snow, Lieutenant, 7th Light Horse Regiment.
Further Reading:Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920
Citation: el Qatiya, Sinai, 23 April 1916, Snow Account