Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 71

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but as the train was running late there was a halt of only a few minutes. Soonafter passing through Albeville the English Channel came in sight and I got my first glimpse of the coast of old England. At Etaples (reached at 5.30 p.m.) we saw the big Australian & New Zealand Base Depot with rows & rows of tents near the railway line, and exchanged plenty of "salutations aimables" with the chaps who turned out to see us go through.
The train arrived at Boulonge at 6.43 pm. but went on to Vimereux Station where our long journey came to an end at 6.45 p.m.
And now for my impressions of this journey from one end of France to the other! The scenery throughout was "a picture no artist could paint" Never have I seen such fertile country – one glorious

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