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

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was comparatively slow & landed us in Birmingham at 3.30 A.M. The night was fairly dark & it is compulsory to keep a;; blinds down whilst travelling, so we did not try to admire the passing scenery but slept the trip through.

Feb 10

Of course Alan & I were quite at sea when we arrived at B'ham station & as the place was in almost total darkness (for Zepps.) we found it rather difficult to improve upon our ignorance of the ins & outs of the place. However, after wandering about for a while, we came upon an English "Tommy", who kindly took us to the Sailors & Soldiers Institute & there for the large sum of 9d we got a bed for the rest of the night. The beds we really fine, & being the first we had had since leaving Sydney, we greatly

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