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Thurs. 22nd. A few shells came over & burst in the Turks trenches opposite about 10 oclock last night, we were expecting a big demonstration but it was a false alarm. General Byrdwood [Birdwood] was around inspecting this morning. Great preparations are being made to-day to give the wily Turk a warm reception tonight as it is confidently expected that they are to make a big attack & everyone has to stand to arms all night waiting for them, needless to say everyone is in a state of excitement & looking forward to it as we all want to see a big decisive battle to end it one way or another. The Turks have been shelling Popes Hill a bit this afternoon & one of our lads (Rider) was wounded last night by a bomb, but rifle & machine gun fire has not been speaking at all. Our men have been busy the last day or two erecting barb wire entanglements etc.

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