Item 01: John Duncan McRae diary, 5 October-11 December 1917 - Page 31

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that I wonder why the iron sides of our cabin do not respond. I for one will never forget some of the songs they sing, notably "there's a silver lining to the dark cloud shining" and the optimism therein bespoken is of a kind which is incurable.

Had my hair cropped short today and cannot part it now. With white shoes, puttees, bare-knees, short pants and dungaree coat, gaol-bird crop and little red cap, I would hardly be recognised by you now.

We are launching out into the great Indian Ocean this morning. The sea is beautifully calm at present but the sky is somewhat overcast. However it is

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