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Dear Father.
Have one more day in felt a bit collar proud at first. Dident do any drill yesterday. All the company were away at Long Bay for Musketry. They are to finish today.
There are about twenty six of us here yet to go through again. Are to start on our elementry tomorrow for four days then have to go to Long Bay. They say we are getting away Wed fortnight. Can't say what truth there is in it. We were given our bayonets & new rifles on arrival on Wed. Mark 3 the Lithgow rifle. How is the cold hope it is alright again. You will have to look after it. As you seem to catch cold so easily now. Went to bed at a respectable hour last night. Half past eight. They tried to get us out at four this morning when the others were going to the range but we all turned

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