Item 01: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 21 August 1914 - 20 March 1915 - Page 32

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16 Nov

I saw yesterday the first sailing boat of any size I have ever seen: no fruit is allowed to be bought out to us & the food is something awful the last day or so,
two or three steam launches have come alongside with officers from other boats to pay us a visit.
it is very amusing to watch the natives scrambling for pennies that we throw in their boat for them. we wanted them to dive for them but they said, too many bigfish – catch you, some of the natives got enough money to-day the last them for many a day, as the troopers even threw shilling pieces to them when the coppers ran out. the darkies would nearly go mad with excitement when the were lucky enough to catch a shilling Apparently they know the value of our money

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