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Tue 9th
Reveille sounded at 5.15 this morning & the troops filed off the lines at seven oclock, as there is a big divisional scheme on board; I am still off duty & so was lucky in missing the scheme, as there is generally a mile or two of doubling over sand attached to these big schemes; I put the morning in reading, writing & washing, a little of each, had a bath after dinner; The 1st LH arrived back in camp early this afternoon, as they were annihilated about dinner time. they rode right onto a battery of artillery belonging to the enemy before they knew it & were sent home

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