Item 01: Fred Harold Tomlins war diary, 21 August 1914 - 20 March 1915 - Page 61

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Dec 3rd

oranges, tomatoes, Turkish delight, cigarettes etc. but they are not doing a very good trade as most of the lads are stony broke, myself included. Stan bought some however & I took half of 6d tomatoes & 6d of oranges.

Dec Fri 4th
I was on duty last night from 6 till 8 with Hobson & from 12 till 4 this morning with Howard; we lifted anchor at 7.30 last night & had a good reception coming through the town, as we passed the French quarters some girls were singing the Marseilles shortly after we passed an English cruiser the band played Brittania & we exchanged cheers with them; a little later we passed two French cruisers. the band played the Marsailles & I do not think I have heard heartier cheering in my life; I also heard on the bridge

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