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up – a most tremenduous & disastrous explosion of course kept out of the papers – all the houses in the village close by fallen in with the shock Railway waggon wheels & other debris hundreds of yards away from the line

Entrained at Ardruick & came by Rail through Calais, Boulogne Etaples, & detrained east of Abbeville did about 10 miles that night & billetted at a little village of Ailly.

Too late for the cooks to get us anything hot but persuaded a cottager to stir herself – Next day on to St Sauver arrived at 7.30 p.m. again the cooks didn't light their fires but got an

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