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May 6, Thurs. – Stopping here till Sunday until communication trenches are complete – Usual shrapnel duels but quiet to-day – Health good – Cold nearly gone. Casualty list diminishing – Jack Bruce's sapping operations seem to be a failure – The bullets of 2 Turkish machine guns still dance along the top of our trench – we can see Turks digging below in the Valley all day – relieved last night & had a good rest up – on again tonight. Have a fine dug-out now – shrapnel proof. In Fire trench again tonight, me & Booth Corporals – quiet night – Rum Ration & very nice we found it – coldest night yet - No blankets yet. 11th Day.

Frid. 7th – Made stew of Maconochie Ration & Bully. Enemy's big gun played havoc on beach yesterday killing several donkeys & 30 men.

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