Posted: 08/03/2017 at 15:47
Ladybird, spot on Fayid was the HQ of the Canal Zone which had shrunk by the time you were there, Ismailia was half Greek French and half Egyptian divided by the Sweet water Canal, nothing sweet about it. One of my first jobs on getting to Shandur was to take a crane to the Army water filtration plant and lift the filter screens to be cleaned, I have a strong stomach but those screens as they were lifted tested it. I was taken to Hospital in Fayid from the Sinai and spent three weeks there then six weeks in El Kabrit convalescent camp on the narrow part of the Canal as it went into the Great Bitter lake. We crossed the Canal at Kantara which is Egyptian for Bridge, it was above Lake Timsah a swing bridge and you had to wait for the boats to clear that section of Canal before you could cross from Sinai. We had been over there for three weeks on LofC duty water rationed no shower or even a bathe, six to a bucket then put it in the cooling system. We got to the Canal a long wait so I just dropped all my clothes and dropped in the water, not having seen the bus on the other side full of WAAF a rapid exit, grab clothes run round the blind side of the recovery truck as I said red faced.
The forces left late 1955 and we were back in 1956 Suez, the least said the better. We would go to Tel El Kabier a huge base and on the way to Cairo, as you say we would get into Cairo and take a car to the Pyramids, all changed now.