Harry wrote the following for the 1986 Battalion Remembers booklet:
On leave in Cairo
On leave in Heliopolous, Cairo, with Walton Haig, Hiki Kohere and MO Ngarimu, I was
told by Haig that Ngarimu was to leave for OCTU shortly. We celebrated that evening.
That bottle of whiskey I had carried all those miles from Ireland did its duty. Walking back
to our digs, I produced a Beretta pistol telling my friends I had never fired it. The city
seemed asleep – not a soul in sight. I pointed the pistol into the air, and pulled the trigger.
The muzzle flash was enormous, lighting the whole square. Hiki Kohere took off and we
didn't see him till midday next. He had run into a railway station and dived into the nearest
carriage. The train started, but in the wrong direction.