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Sunday May 27th
2 June as
(warm as Brisbane and the singlets' fine)

Somewhere in France
Dear Mother",

Glorious France!

The last week has been absolutely boshter. [boshter, Australian slang, now obsolete, meaning 'excellent' or 'delightful']. Not everyone has the priviledge of leaving his camp in England with dozens of good friends wishing him good luck, jamming extra special brands in his pockets, tying a pair of baby's shoes with blue ribbon (for luck) on the back of his pack and promising everlasting friendship.

You should have heard the echo of the bones and tin whistle, the cheers and cooees as our company marched past the Bank

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