Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 120

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The German lines are 3 kilometres away. There are no tramways, gas electricity, telephones nor telegraphs. Many of the people live in caves & underground houses. At the same time, there is plenty of food, military bands play & there are cinemas for the troops.
Was forgetting to mention one interesting thing I saw during my ride to St. Omer & that was the little steam trams that connect up the various villages, The rails are laid in parts along the side of the roads & in others they cross through fields or round the side of a hill. These trams are only little things but it is very interesting to see one puffing along. They must be very handy for the country people. (97)
Wed. 27" Sept. 1916 (11 p.m.)
Night before last the reflection on the sky from artillery fire was very clear. Looked just like summer lightning.

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