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January 1916

24 Monday

Carrying heavy stretchers all day
Trains arriving regularly out of
Serapeum with troops of 5th, 6th & 7
Batt late of Dardanelles. They say
it was the only thing to do to leave Dard.
because neither side could move on account
of Machine Guns. One man in our tent speaking
about the rat which gave him a fright.
Turk caught in barbed wire calling for
Allah " soon riddled with bullets.
Letter from Bank "Beachy Bill"

25 Tuesday

Actually raining hard last night
A most extraordinary thing.
Ascanius passed. Sheepskin vests
given out - Presented by a [person]
from Aust. Chaps all making
noises like sheep. Bitterly cold.
Thousands of Aust. troops arriving from
Dardanelles Pontoon Bridge arrived

26 Wednesday

Bridge built over canal & transport
going across all shipping stopped
in daytime. Bitterly cold. Kit
inspection. List of shortages taken
Pay Day. McCabe when giving in his
[name?] for a jest asked to be supplied
with pair of horns.

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