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the men but duties call me across the sea.
Yesterday we began the voting for the ref the Conscription Question. From what I can gather there will be a majority for "No" among the soldiers though their reasons are not at all convincing

Saturday Dec 9th
The past 2 days have been very cold but clear & light. Sharp white frosts which lie unmelted all day Today is warm & beautiful. Last night it rained again
The news yesterday was not too good We evacuated Bouston Wood & have to withdraw & straighten our line in the Cambrai Salient

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