Item 02: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 2 January-31 December 1916 - Page 244
[Friday 1 September 1916]
Off Gibraltar. Colder now & one can hardly believe a war is on, shipping all around us-
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I sometimes wondered in Egypt if the Staff men at the bases realized what was going on €“ at the fronts. One A.S.C man first time I wanted some Timber "he was up the R [indecipherable]" 2 times "out sailing with a young lady" 3rd time "Sorry sir but the Captain is playing cricket.
We have on board men from Mesopotamia & Orderlies from the Hospital that was in Belgrade & in the action from Servia.
Went to bed with a temperature & a rotten Cold, nothing of the hardy Viking about me more of a black fellow.