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13 February, 1916
I was at Church Parade this morning & for a change went to the non conformists. The chap who was preaching in spite of his queer style delivered a good sermon. This after noon I spent writing letters a job I don't take to easily of late. The boys did not do too well at the races yesterday  €“ They all came home growling at the tote. Bill came out of one race  ½ pt the better & Perce put £2.0.0 on a horse & got 10 pt in return above his stake. I heard of an officer who said he would lay £200.0.0 to £1.0.0 that we would be back in Australia within six months. I hope he wins all the money, but am thinking seriously of looking him up to have a bet with him.

Wonder will I get any letters tomorrow. I think that there must be a mail in. I wish they would shift us some where for a change I am getting fed up with this place & so are the rest of the boys, they are getting restless & irritable & one hears squabbles & bits of fights about  €“ It was the same this time last year after we had been in Egypt for a while

[Perce = Percival Gilbert Barrow, 229]

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