Item 03: John Duncan McRae diary, 10 February-6 May 1917 - Page 53

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fight. We purchased a tin of golden-syrup there to put in our "pantry". Needless to add, we made a good supper of bread, toast & treacle.

While in Shrewton we had our photos taken in the group.

April 4

Still "isolated". We did our musketry course on the large Range today, firing about 95 shots in all, each. We fired at ranges up to 400yds, both in slow & in rapid time. We also had five shots at a disappearing target in the shape of a man, which was exposed for 5 seconds each time. I caught the man three times, but did not do too well on the other rapid firings.

April 5

Still "Isolated". We had 25 rounds each for field firing this morning. We were all assembled in the range trench & acted just as on active service. Sentries watched for targets & gave us the signal for jumping up & firing. All targets were of the disappearing type & included sections & companies of men, and also machine guns. This practice was

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