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25 Dec, 1916
Xmas Day; Cool & beautiful it was this morning. The boys had a bit of sport racing down a hill & over the sand for a [duff?]. Red mond won it The onlookers had the sport though a half a dozen fell & rolled down the hill. We had a good tuck in for dinner Duff & fruit & cold meat It rained during the afternoon, a good heavy shower & it looks rainyfied yet The thunder is growling & lightening flashing, a big change to the usual tranquil weather  €“ El Arish has been taken & some turks captured There was practically no fighting, no details to hand yet however.

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