In addition it was very hot and dusty and a long way from home.
However in spite of various difficulties the camp was soon made habitable,
largely through the unit's efforts under the direction of Lt. J.B. Francis and Lt. Larry
McCausland with some help in the way of materials from the Camp Engineers.
Even so it was Christmas before such comforts as light and heat were installed.
The two batteries were still maintained as completely separate units and it was not
until the following February that they were regimented.
On the 11th October the batteries received their first transport consisting of 6 Indian
with sidecars and on the 21st October 8 - 18 pdrs and 4 - 4.5 howitzers arrived.
All training in CANADA was done on these equipments and no 25-pdrs were available,
until arrival in England.
Once the camp was more or less organized an intensive training programme
This consisted mainly of route
marches (?) with small doses of driving, maintenance, gun drill and rifle range.