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[Page 19]

Thursday, 18 January 1917

Men by Troops go to the Beach & are Deloused!!! by the Army Medical detail. PANTS turned inside out brushed with Horse brush & powdered. My Face is like the fat boy from Manly gone Septic but soon alright.

Surf here not too safe. A Doctor was drowned yesterday & several Tommies. Nearly 2 years since I landed in Egypt first.

[The following paragraph crossed through] Much GRAFT exists in the way of Promotions & Decorations & I am satisfied unless a man has someone behind him either wealthy or influential he sees not much chance altho' the Army is supposed to be so very democratic now. The Democrat dearly loves a [indecipherable].

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