Item 02: James William Dains diary, 25 June 1917-2 March 1918 - Page 45

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Our Batt, remained in the trenches till Sunday morning when they were relieved. Hundreds of planes it seemed took part

Sunday Sept 23rd
The Batt. came out about midday into Dikebush huts again.
The first thing the soldier does after such a time is to wash, not having had his clothes off during the battle and to shave Around every little water hole could be seen scores of naked men enjoying a cold bath and on every stump & tree little mirrors were stuck & men were getting off the thick growth of beard & then followed a good feed and a rest & sleep. The men were very cheerful & as I looked into the huts little groups were discussing the experience of the past few days

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