Item 03: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 - Page 153
Monday 11 June 1917
Here's one – a subaltern of the 7 L.H. wanted to buy some fowls from Bedouin – unable to talk clapped his arms & crowed. MEN on return to Camp would flap arms & crow whenever he came into lines (not being too popular). Later a Patrol brought in a Rooster & kept him alive till next day. Rooster crowed at dawn, shout from dug-out "STOP that row". Again Cock crowed "STOP that row" from the 1 dug-out. Then one of the Stable Picket rushed at the rooster with Bayonet saying "I'll cut your b- head off if you crow again" don't you hear the Officers order!! The men are great wags & generally score.