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22 January, 1916
There was no parade this morning but we had to pull down the tents & have a general clean up, & this afternoon we did nothing. all the troop are on Inlying pickquet to night. I do not know how I escaped some duty. Johno is on Stable pickquet. Stevens took on a job of groom for Mr McKenzie our troop leader. Spinney & Tindall came out to have a look at us this afternoon  €“ Tindall is out here for good but I think he will go into the details. Lucas had to drop out of the regiment as his shoulder would not stand the strain  €“ he was telling me however that he has a chance of getting into the regimental stores. At the meal rooms at present one has to be on time to get a decent fill. We are supposed to get 8  ½d per day allowance now but we used to live a deal better on the old 6d per day which was allowed us before we went to Gallipoli. Someone must be getting something out of it. Such a scramble as there is around the dixie when it is brought in  €“ one would think to look at it that it was a football scrum. To night there were two tins of salmon on our table & both were bad. It is a most beautiful night & I have just had a walk around Maadi, it looks well in the moonlight.

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