Went to Cairo and had dinner with Solomon Saleno Bey. Also met his daughters Senedi and Royehia looking more beautiful than ever. (Diary 12 April 1915.)
Senedi a second Cleopatra as far as beauty goes. Told her when the war was over I’d marry her. Her English is good. The way she speaks it is most fascinating. I always think English with French or Arabic pronunciation is very pretty.
She proposed putting 1000 Pounds towards buying a café in Sydney. I am to be the manager whilst she sits at the cashiers desk in her national costume. She says it will draw the people. Poor senedi I did not think she took it seriously. I suppose I’ll see the last of her when I leave Egypt. If I were living in Egypt it would be different but I couldnt take her to Australia she gave me a lock of hair
And a little gold charm to wear round my neck.
J. A. Graham
Jack Graham, ANZAC soldier, kept a diary from 1914-1918. Here it is, blogged 100 years later to the day....