Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 127
be taken to see whether the people of Australia are willing to have conscription. Voting had been arranged to take place for all Australians eligible in France, Egypt & England. Voting here should have commenced to-day but it has been postponed for some reason or other. I reckon that the result of the poll will be "NO".
Leave to the United Kingdom is now commencing & is causing great excitement in our Unit. I sent in a list of names this morning to Base H.Q. of 195 Officers, N.C.Os & men who have not yet had leave & giving the order in which the O.C. wished them to go.
It has been a big job arranging this list in the order men should go – taking into account their length of service and also