Item 03: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 - Page 172
Saturday 30 June 1917
A specimen of a large DESERT snake was killed in a subalterns blankets this morning – they are shinier than the Australian snake & more stumpy tailed – some poisonous. Big guns going all this morning – we have a job on MONDAY.
Just heard that the S.S. Mongolia has been sunk near Bombay with our letters home so probably you will miss my notes for a few weeks.
I believe DR. NORMAN Robertson & his wife were on board, but have not heard the Casualties yet. I hope they may be safe.