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for a glass to quench his unquenchable thirst. Even at times of quietness one always had to walk a mile or more & then have to wait for his turn for at least an hour. The food supply too was bad and nearly always consisted of bully beef & biscuits except at rare intervals we received small portions of fresh meat & a little bread. This state of things was only to be expected as the transportation encountered many difficulties & had to be brought for a long distance. Sickness too was rife & men were constant victims to diarrhoea which accounted for many of our casualties. The life was dreary & monotonous as there was no town life or even a

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