Item 05: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 59

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other were blackboards, books, maps, etc. The usual paraphernalia of a schoolroom.
There are only 50 civilians (mostly old men) remaining out of a population of about 500. An old chap told me that the evacuation took place about a fortnight ago – when the Germans were making good progress. I have been in various unoccupied shops & houses and they are all in a state of wild confusion – clothes tumbled out of boxes and drawers, crockery smashed, cupboards ransacked etc.; looting by the troops for the most part I am ashamed to have to say. There are two or three estaminets – it is needless to describe their condition.
We have been busy to-day evacuating British & Australian sick & slightly wounded to the railway near Amiens – 12 kiloms. back. Amiens, a busy & prosperous city, is not

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