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1st Dec. I took the Church Parade along and Padre Rowell met us at the Brewery where he proposed holding the service. The place was unsuitable however so we ajd adjourned to a shed just in rear. There the Padre mounted a pulpit of beer cases and delivered a short sermon on the power of religion. Being bitterly cold he only kept us for about 20 minutes. He complimented us on the very fine turnout for the service. Usually only 30 or 40 men turn up for a voluntary service but this morning about half the Bn. were there. The secret of this lay in the fact that the men had all been instructed overnight that the parade would be a

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