Item 03: John Duncan McRae diary, 10 February-6 May 1917 - Page 47

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which neutralise the obnoxious gasses. The box-respirator is a little more complicated in construction but the principle is the same. Every soldier in France carries one of each of these as part of his equipment & if found "in action" without at least one of the two he will be crimed.

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"On Gas" again. We had to gain a fair knowledge of the use of the P.H. Helmet & had also to gain facility in putting it on. After lunch we placed the helmets in position & marched etc for an hour with them on in order to get quite used to them.

The mail today brought Alan & me a nice box of home-made cakes from our two girls in London. Needless to say we greatly appreciated their kindness and also very much enjoyed the cakes.

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On Elementary Musketry all day.

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