Item 01: John Duncan McRae diary, 5 October-11 December 1917 - Page 24

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we cuddled so close to one another that despite wind and spray we were all as warm as bunnies but had to get out rather early in the morning to escape the deck hose.

Now, for the first time, do I realise the glorious privilege of being one in a body of Australian soldiers. The brotherly feeling which exists everywhere on board is very strengthening, for we are in truth brothers in trouble, brothers in sacrifice, brothers in love of home and Australia, brothers in anticipation of suffering, and heroism.
Yesterday it was rather rough and the middle deck was quite flooded and one of the boys dropped his hat in the water and there

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