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Egypt - Port Said

Postcards sent by Cyril Sladden of Port Said.
Postcards sent by Cyril Sladden of Port Said.

Port Said is a city that lies in north-east Egypt extending about 30 kilometres (19 miles) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, north of the Suez Canal.  Cyril Sladden spent a short time there in January-February 1916, having left the Dardanelles and before setting sail for Mesopotamia.  He described it as:  “a pretty rotten sort of town in every sort of way” with very few attractions.  He did, however, appreciate being able to attend the English Church of the Epiphany, and he also found time to do shopping to send gifts to family back in England.

The city was established in 1859 during the building of the Suez Canal. 

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