Item 04: John Duncan McRae diary, 6 May-18 September 1917 - Page 68

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find. Our stoves consist of old oil-drums, and everything else is in harmony with these. Alan & I live in a shell proof bomb-proof dug-out lined with bent corrugated steel. It is 6' wide 3' 6 high and 8' long with wood at one end and sand bags at the other, leaving a door way 2' 6" wide through which we gingerly crawl. With scraps of corrugated iron etc. we have constructed a rough kitchen – dining-room – etc. and in it installed the remains of a small Froggie stove. With the aid of a few Fritz bayonets & the top of a large cartridge case we fitted up a table & with a spare length of chimney pipe Alan made a drain. Our dining table is the zinc lining of a tea case and our seats are inverted oil-drums. Our axe is an old pick, our tomahawk, a Fritz bayonet. Half a

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