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Colonel Simpson gave an address to the massed troops on the eve of our departure.

20th Have been issued with Gas helmets, 2 Blankets, Tear Shell goggles, and bullet
proof steel helmets.

21st Parade with Marching order, Equipment with pack, 2 blankets, 150 rds ball, and
rifle. Makes one feel like a packhorse. This is our last night.               
A 6 guinea pair of cymbals and several new marches including "The great little Army"
"Colonel Bogey", and Blighty have been bought.

22nd At 5 am the Battalion

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