Wednesday (25 July 1917)

The state of hard-upness of most of the men a few days before pay-day is amusing; auction sales of their belongings; pennyworths of cheap cigarettes etc.  The last development has been to keep the gas alight and a few dead matches on the table, as most of them are out of matches.  Cadging is rife but one has to be firm.

Route march this afternoon – awfully hot and after a couple of miles we had half an hour’s rest in a paddock listening to selections from the band.  The cattle became very attentive listeners and invaded the ring of instrumentalists, also nosed around the reclining officers, much to general merriment.

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