Item 04: John Duncan McRae diary, 6 May-18 September 1917 - Page 59

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The Y.M.C.A. hut is perhaps the best shelter here and is a fairly decent concern. Its seats & tables are very rickety and one needs to exercise a deal of care when seated at thereat. Of crockery there is none, and one has to come armed with an empty jam-tin if he requires anything moist or wet.

A Battalion is a fairly complete unit in itself. Our camp thus can boast of a post-office, a carpenter's shop (proprietor makes wooden crosses mostly), a tailor, a barber, an armourer, a bootmaker, & a canteen, most of which estab are established in impromptu tin & canvas huts about the size of a large rat-trap. The cook-house is not a fixture but is mounted on wheels, each company having its own complete outfit. The same remark applies to the transports. Thus,

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