Item 01: John Duncan McRae diary, 5 October-11 December 1917 - Page 74
he was tremendously optimistic and his words, spoke from the deeps of his soul & recorded in the few psalms following on from Ps.120 cannot but inspire all who find themselves in circumstances similar to his.
Washing day again to-day. And by now we are quite experts at this branch of the service. I washed two shirts,1 handkerchief, two pairs sox, one towel. And one white hat. All of these were washed both on inside & outside, and dried on the inside first. It is hard to get the white hat stiff, but they say that if salt-water is used to wash it, starch can be dispersed with.