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[Thursday 31 August 1916]

"Cot" cases are beginning to walk but the boat is overcrowded a miserable lot of old derelicts & many mental cases- Shell shock is a Real disease & one feels sorry for a man when his nerves go I'm not at all [indecipherable] but hope England will fix it up.
Re Shell Shock- In Lavatory this morning one officer dropped some Hot Water on my toe I jumped yelled out a curse & my neighbour in front of the glass had to stop shaving but got the shakes again & simply could not finish poor beggar we [indecipherable] a HE (high explosive) shell blew him out of a Trench & though not wounded he was gone

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