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morning. Oh we arint too badly off. Of course we do a bit of grumbling at times but that is only human nature. (Intermission got a bite.) I don't suppose Max was sorry to get a move on at last even if it is only to Melbourne it is the first step on the way across. Aunt Kate & all the others will miss him now he has left. I hope he gets along all right. I don't think there is much fear of his not doing so he is a smart fellow & there are plenty of chances across here. He will be returning with his three stars before the war ends. I fancied I could see Bert preparing to get away he would be flying about some. I am afraid he will take a pull when he gets across here in Egypt on the sand. Oh it is the dead finish. I will leave it to you what is done with the things I have sent across. I shall get what badges I can & send them across. They will be nice to keep. They should look well in a case. I will keep Leslies address & write him the first chance I get. I have that many to write to I am always on the scribble & I know he would see the letters I write you. I havint received Grans parcel yet. I dare say it will turn up in time. We are pretty well supplied with tobacco &amp' cigarettes. We get a weekly issue. But it never goes to waste. Always like to have some in reserve. I would like to see the uniforms Bert came across in. I would be sure to know a few of the Gilgandra men. Would like to see Jack Higgins again. We used to be great mates when I was on the plains. I had a letter from F. Yeo a little time ago she said some of the boys were enlisting as soon as

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