22nd June (1917)

The camp is so depleted of men that we are very often on fatigues, chiefly “stables” and grazing horses.  You might like to know what tucker we get – breakfast, porridge and perhaps boiled bacon (good), bully stew (ornary), kippers on Friday (nice but hubbly), bread (war), and margarine (a la suet) – chops this morning.  Dinner – meat of some sort, dried beans and peas (mashey), bread (dry) and usually either stewed prunes, figs, or dried apples and sago and rice – Tea: bread and margarine; cheese and jam on alternate nights.  Tea at every meal – no potatoes, they are too scarce – no milk or sugar except in tea.  Not half bad though.  We get leave from Monday morning till Friday night.