Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 81
The 1st, 2nd, 4th & 5th Aus Aust Divisions have been withdrawn from Flanders and are being sent further south. Our camp is quite close to the railway line and all day yesterday trainloads of our chaps have been running past as well as trucks of guns, wagons etc. making for another front. The French authorities handle all rolling stock and seem to be doing it pretty well too.
Work continues to be brisk and we have admitted nearly 1000 sick & wounded since our arrival – practically all have been evacuated again, to England.
Have not seen much of the district yet but when things get a bit easier I shall try and see as much as possible of this part of France. Am devoting as much time daily as possible to French, not being anywhere near proficient yet, of