The ‘Xmas preparations, viz.—trying to get places for the men to dine together, tables and forms, carvers and dishes and the arrangements generally, in addition to usual strafe, is burdensome, tho’ I must admit Fergie is doing most of it.

The laundry is working well, but takes a lot of fuel to dry the clothes. The baths are excellent. Each man gets a bath once a week, and a clean set of underclothes. Why we shall have to leave things behind, is that only absolutely necessary things are to be taken, and only the weights allowed by regulations, to prevent wagons being over loaded. Men not to take any blankets, and only their kit as laid down.

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