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Tues. 15th. Last night we slept with B Troop at the bottom of the valley & was called out at 11.45 p.m. I was in charge of the sapping party had had to report at the Supply Depot at 12 oclock. The party consisted of 10 men besides myself & were were set to work making a road around one of the barricades. As I was in charge I sat back & watched the others work. We were on from 12 to 4 a.m., shortly after 2 oclock a fussy New Zealand Sergeant came along, who appeared to think he was the General, at the time the lads were having "a blow" & the Sergeant said, I see you only have one man on this shift, before I could answer Gordon Cooper (a 14 stoner) was telling the Sergeant off in fine Australian style. The Sergeant said not a word but

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