Item 03: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 - Page 37
Monday 5 February 1917
Just heard that U.S.A. have joined us. This must help surely with SHIPS anyway – Was on outpost all last night a lovely moonlight & starlit night, but heavy dews & cold yet, by day the sand blows, till the jam is like grit & even the ZINC ointment in the Army Medical Tent is turned to KHAKI.
I always feel inclined to write down, when I get the chance to have a BATH, it is such a red letter day for a man out here.
Hear today that we leave the front line for a spell. 2nd Brigade to relieve us & we go back some 3 days march, all ranks are sorry as the country was improving & our boys like to be the PRIDE of the line.