Item 04: John Duncan McRae diary, 6 May-18 September 1917 - Page 66

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was wounded at the same time. Four clergymen conducted the service & the band lent its very able assistance and played for us Chopin's Funeral March. The performance was fine; a baritone reed especially made its mellow tones felt.

The atmosphere created by the afternoon's demonstration put the boys in a happy & thoughtful mood, and correspondingly we spent a pleasant evening together "chez-nous".

July 4. No parade today on account of the wet.

At 5 P.M. "A" Coy. was warned to get kits ready and at 6 P.M. we moved off, tents, kitchen & transport complete, and camped again about four miles on the safe side of Bapaume. Directly the tents were set Alan & I went off in search of anything we could find and soon managed to fill ourselves with fresh red currants.

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