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now the back of my knees are so sunburnt that it is quite painful to move. Hutchings, Cocking & I joined our company signallers yesterday. We parade with them in the battalion & no longer with the reinforcements. We practised signalling whilst the boys had to fill in trenches. I could have joined the bn. hdqr. sigs. but I heard the coy. sigs. had a better time. We reinfs. are getting leave & perhaps pay to-day whilst the bn. is going a 17 mile route march. The natives are quite expert by this time in bringing out a pure Australian oath. In years to come tourists will wonder how they learnt them & probably some

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