5th October (1917)

The N.C.O’s who are included in the draft were up before the Colonel today to be told what they already knew, that they would have to drop their stripes in France.  It has come at last.  At the 2 o’clock parade some 300 of us were called out and warned for draft.  We may move off any time, so don’t be surprised if the next letter is from Somewhere in France.  The draft is comprised of a jumble of various reinforcements with a sprinkling of old hands.  One of the old hands was very wild at being sent, as he had been through 3 winter campaigns.  Neither R. nor J. are in it, worse luck, but Warwick is.

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