January 4th, 1916

Dear Mum,

Just a few lines to let you know I have arrived here all right. We disembarked 1 o’clock on new years day at Port Suez. We then had to travel over 11 hours in the train before we got here so we didn't get much sleep that night. I saw Frank the next morning. Hes camped in the same line of huts about four of five hundred yards from here. Frank has seem Les Green & his two brothers. They are in a different camp not far from here. He also saw corporal ????? is in the light horse. Crikey. All the Australian soldiers are back from the front. We passed their camp coming up from Port Suez. We went for a route march at ??????? it was very interesting but they never gave us any time off so we don't see as much as we would have liked to. The sea was very calm on the way over but ???????. It took us 39 days to get here and it only took Frank 26 days. I am going to try & get into his Coy. again. Well I haven’t much time to write at present so will bring this to a close.

Your affect. son,