Arrived in Suez. Not allowed to land. Seemed a fine city. Fleet again attacked by native hawkers. Bought a Turban for 5 Rupers. All precautions taken against attack by Turks along Canal. Bridge sandbagged and decks cleared for action. Two 4-6 guns and two machine guns mounted.
Entered canal. Amid tense excitement and in hopes of having a scrap, but were disappointed. Canal a wonderful sight. Nothing but desert on either side, except for an occasional oasis with cultivation in the distance. Strongly garrisoned by British troops of all colours and from all parts of the world.
J. A. Graham
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....