Item 01: John Duncan McRae diary, 5 October-11 December 1917 - Page 14
have a growing love for some of the others, McManery etc. of whom more later.
Final leave allowed from 4.30 to 11 on 6th Nov.
On leave. Surfing & billiards. Presented by Mr Camboys - Under Sec. – and fellow. Officers with fine wristlet watch. A very touching ceremony .
My reply was to effect that the sacrifice being made was not on my part but on that of those dear to me.
The watch would help me to be punctual etc. but that was its least value, for it would be a treasure inasmuch as it reminded me of the good old days of friendly