Item 02: Charles Hargreaves diary, 6 February 1916-23 March 1918 - Page 16

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this is only the second day since reaching here that it has been fine & only at night when between our blankets at the billet have we had dry feet & we are just slathered in mud & it is impossible to keep clean when you are working amongst horses this weather. But everyone is fit & there is hardly a case for the sick parade except sores and bruises.

The Farm we are billetted in has had every breed of soldiers thrust on them in turn Germans, English, French, Canadians & now Australians. The advance guard of the Germans reached here on their first dash for Calais in Oct '14 but they were only here two days when the

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