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Now & then a small body of men can be seen marching along a road, or a very small line of transport; otherwise, except for a plough & its tender here & there, the country is bare of movement. One would never guess that this locality was so near the line but for the faint reverberation of the guns round Arras or Lens.
A faint dull constant drumming can be heard.
The sun is still smiling.
Every time the train stops there is a rush of men to the engine for water to make tea. It is only by shear luck that they don't get knocked over by those coal trains. In one of the trucks of our train some Tommies have made a

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