37th day (9 May 1917)

More and more ships have arrived including a man-o-war and an auxiliary cruiser.  As one of the chaps remarked, “Germany rules the waves all right!”.

This afternoon we had boxing instead of drill.  Most of the bouts were mere punching matches.  I got a clout on the head that made the world go round for a while, but my opponent reckons he saw many varieties of stars also. A powerful young farmer; when I asked why he hit so hard apologised and said once started he couldn’t help it, we became friends.