Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Friday, June 11th 1915

Arrive at Aden 6.00 am.  Only myself, Sergt Maj. Clark go on shore and we met two sergeants of his Corps (Royal Engineers) and had a walk around with them.  Only 2 or 3 general stores in the place, no other shops it is in fact a most terrible place, desolate, barren and all rock, not a blade of grass to be seen anywhere.  The heat is intense, it is in fact the hottest place I have ever been in as a dry heat.  It is only the camels that seen to be at home.  What is now turned into reservoirs having been cemented is said to have been made by the Queen of Sheba and is one of the seven wonders of the earth and the only place of interest to see in Aden.  It comes under the Indian Government.  Aden is a terrible place in every respect, it has not one redeeming feature.  Left again at 2 o'clock the same day and enter the Red Sea the same evening.

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