Item 04: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1918 - Page 55

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23 February 1918 Saturday
Marched all night back towards Jerusalem, infantry having taken over the line- Jericho was a squalid place, dirty & shops all closed- the Major Mayor was arrested making for enemy lines-
After the low land of Jordan, the high lands of Judean Hills were perishing, Hail storms etc. We reached Bethlehem camp at 5 am perished-
Through Bethany & Jerusalem by moonlight was impressive, the gold minarets showing up clearly- A long zig-zag path by single file for 25 miles, covered with mud, we lay on the stones till daylight, glad to be making back to the warmer though wetter coast- strange to say I have no Bronchitis tho' wet.

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