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No 2837
Pvte A C Giles
9th Rein 1st Batt
Intermediate Base
Xmas Day

Dear Father
Well I dare say you are in bed & fast asleep long before this. We are eight hours behind Sydney. We have had a very good Xmas. Last night Xmas Eve we were allowed to keep our lights going until midnight. Also have songs etc. about half past ten the band came along &amp: played xmas carols until midnight. This morning we had a church parade at seven o'clock. Had to fall in again at ten to receive our xmas gift from the Commonwealth. This consisted of a billy can packed with various things. Nearly all had a small tinned xmas pudding any that hadint had a cake to replace it. It was very amusing to see the cans opened They all had things that would be of

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