The handwritten manuscript called The 4th Brigade Trek from the Canal to Khan Yunis and the 2nd Gaza Battle was produced by 666 Sergeant David Woodward HARRIS of the 12th Light Horse Regiment.
David Woodward HARRIS was a 24 year old Overseer from Turramurra, New South Wales. He enlisted on 30 December 1914 and was allotted to the 12th Australian Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Machine Gun Section, which embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A29 Suevic 13 June 1915.; and at the conclusion of the war Returned to Australia, 20 July 1919.
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4th Australian Light Horse Brigade, AIF
precious supplies of dates, water, and scant crops of grain, had practically to support the Ottoman Army. Leaving El Arish we travelled north through more desert country until we came to Rafa, where the first really fertile land encountered since crossing the Canal spread out before us in richly grassed, rolling plains. Our indomitable old horses, who had not had a feed of grass for over two years, buried their muzzles in the rich crows foot, couch, arrowhead, and fox-tail. After they had grazed their fill the refreshed yarramans kicked up their heels and whinnied to each other, for such a glorious expanse of choice pastures, suddenly appearing after years of fearful hardship on the sterile desert, must have taken them back to happier days in Australia. Once summer is established, with its fierce heat and destructive winds, this rich grazing becomes withered, and the whole land is