Item 02: John Herbert Butler correspondence, 1914-1920 - Page 32

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that we were there & instead of sand & desert dust, we had black soil dust. Our camp here was in a terrible mess when we got back.

As to my health – I'm as fit as a fiddle. We had hard luck in losing two of our chaps the other day. They both died within half an hour of each other with pneumonia. These are the first deaths the regiment has had since leaving Aus. I think the dust had a lot to do with it. Men were dying in scores over at Mena, & it was said that the sand & dust was half the cause. They suddenly stopped working us

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