Item 03: Frank Valentine Weir letter diary, 1 January-31 December 1917 - Page 45
Tuesday, 13 February 1917
Arrived here. You will remember me speaking of BIR-el-ABD last July – now a big military Camp, Pumping Station, Hospitable etc. & a canteen both wet & dry.
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2 Officers came along & offered 2 bottles of Beer (with patent costs) for some butter. After they had gone we found bottles refilled with Water - Assualt made & Bivouacs wrecked – am afraid there will be many sore heads tomorrow, so many of these chaps overdo it when they reach a Canteen.
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sorry after all Mother's work but am afraid it went "down" a boat.