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Mesage for Steve Becker re Cameliers

From: diggerdave
Date: 10/11/2001
Time: 12:03:11 AM
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Steve: I read your notice dated 9/26/2001 in regard to cameliers and you said "The camelier carried 300 rds 303 ammunition on him in the Light Horse bandalier (sic) and on his belt with a further two hunded (sic) around the camels (sic) neck." Given that the nine (9) pouch light horse bandolier carried ninety rounds of ammunition, are you saying that each camelier carried 210 rounds in his belt pouches, given again that the belt pouches carried ten rounds (?) each. 210 divided by 10 = 21 pouches!!!!!!!! You may also wish to read or refer to 'Sand, Sweat and Camels' by George F and Edmee M. Langley published in 1976 by Rigby Limited and in 1995 for Hinkler Book Distributors Pty Limited, which is a good reference work on the AIF's Camel Corps of WW1. The H. Septimus Power oil painting of 'The Camel Corps at Magdhaba - 23 December 1916' is currently at the Newcastle Regional Museum's First World War exhibition, 'Shadows of Wire.' You may also be interested in a father and son (the Mittendorfs) from Lake Macquarie in New South Wales who enlisted in the May and June 1917 Reinforcements of the Camel Corps. Best regards from diggerdave.

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