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March & April 1916

30 Thursday

Fearfully hot. On Cooks
Fatigue. Hospital tent being
erected to receive 156 patients
as result of the march. We are
expected to move 9 miles out to
Rail Head tomorrow but will
most likely be delayed on account
of patients.

31 Friday

Still hot.
Digging rubbish pit. Swim
in Canal. A road & railway
line runs out for about 9 or 10 miles
into the desert from Ferry Post.
The 5th Division is now being
concentrated here. Saw Day from
Shadler St Mosman go past, also
[sherring?]. On Guard at night
Cigarettes issued

1 Saturday

Hot still. On Guard. Met Colin
. He is in hospital with our
unit knocked up as a result
of the march. Fun at Canteen when
we pinched the glasses. Concert in
the tent at night. Circus band
camped next to us.

2 Sunday

Moved out 9 miles to Rail Head
I was with the advance guard &
went on an ambulance waggon
the [?] but the camp in the
desert. The rest marched in about
6 o'clock, slept out.

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Shadler Street is the old name for Holt Avenue


Colin Barclay Smith(2820), admitted 8th Australian Field Amb. 31/3/1916 NOK: Father, John Smith 42 Campbell St North Sydney.