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Frank Swannell Diaries: Part I

Diaries of Frank Cyril Swannell Learn more.

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January [17 to 19] 17 MONDAY [17-349] 1st Month 1916

Receive Field Allowance Dec. £ 3-17-6 being 2s-6d a day + Ration Allowance £ 2-3-11 (1s9d a day) </p>

On duty 8-12 am + 8 to 12 P.M. Loafing round the fort all day -- Will volunteer for trench mortars if this continues -- Long yarn with Mahony (Australian Geol. Survey). Rainy squally weather On duty in charge of the fort 8-12 pm - Rain, blowing hard.

18 Tuesday [18-348] Mahony. I take 44 Corp on a 6-mile route march past Hubberston Village -- Pretty well tire the men out. In afternoon walk with Phillips (R.E. Officer) along the cliffs.-- Two girls to dinner at mess again -- et c'est la guerre! James. The Cub Lieut. in for a talk -- provincial Welsh dialect he talks very hard to follow.

19 Wednesday [19-347] In Orderly Room with Mahony in morning + with lass Taking 6" - striker to pieces in the afternoon -- Stormy squally day, blowing a gale, with lightning at night. Things very slack around this fort- Maj Gordon absent at CMartial of Maj. of Pembrokes charged with abusing a batman while drunk. -- Beautiful army this of ours!

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