Item 03: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 - Page 320
Wednesday 12 December 1917
Calm & smooth, only 2 steamers in convoy we are never lonely with small escort – my 3 weeks leave in England has run into a long space. RATS are plentiful & the Goanese get a bonus for all they kill each day. Goanese are really Portugese settled on an island near India.
As soldiers they are not worth much altho' our allies.