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conscription. The Kings Rules & Regulations which were framed for the guidance of a small professional army are not suited for the mentality of a nation in arms & the freest of all nations at that – Australia

Dec 26/16
Pulled back to Pommiers over a fortnight ago but was at once taken sick with an influenza chill – was relieved of my team & have been 'laid up' back with the Company at Becondel in a 'Bivvy' – a pretty miserable time – couldn't eat the army rations & have been dieting myself as best I can on

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