Item 01: John Duncan McRae diary, 5 October-11 December 1917 - Page 78
attractions of heaven, "there was no more sea". On the other hand the ocean seems so glorious & so wonderful & so sublime to me that I prefer to think of the 'crystal sea' upon whose shores His beloved will one day rejoice. The sea has a tremendous attraction for me now, & I revel in watching it as the hours go by.
Private Battle, above mentioned (on P30) held the inaugural performance of the 19th Battn Band. He got one of the seamen to rig up a bass drum, which consisted of a small keg with canvas sretched over the ends. The other instruments are as numerous & various as are our dixies