This Day In History: 1915-11-10

The 2nd Battalion departed France from Marseilles bound for Port Said and the Suez Canal for duty as part of the Army in Egypt. In early 1915 the Turks with their Arab allies had deployed a force of some 14,000 men from Palestine against Egypt. Although their attack on the canal had been defeated  there were indications that further attempts to disrupt the canal would be made. It was against this threat that the 2nd Battalion was initially based in Kantara on the canal, some 20 miles south of Port Said. A move to Ayun Musa south east of Suez took place at the end of December. The Battalion was to enjoy a three month period of relative peace with the tasks of static guard duties on the canal, reconnaissance and patrolling.