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
About 7am the horseholders retired with the horses, and the 11th and 12th ALH Regiments advanced amongst the opening crashes of our artillery. The 12th moved forward about a mile to a low ridge, through open sloping country clothed with the most beautiful blood red poppies which made a gorgeous natural carpet, thrown into strong relief by the yellow and white daisies, dandelions and a profusion of delicately tinted flowers.
From this ridge we had a perfect view of the fighting on our immediate left. A high ridge on the left ran in a northerly direction, merging at what was known later as the Tank Redoubt, into a long transverse ridge, which extended from near Gaza to beyond the Atawineh Redoubt, on our right. This broad ridge