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Transcript of the Diary of Sergeant John Barclay at Vierstraat, June - July 1916

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(D/DLI 7/41/2)


"June - July 1916

25 Sun[day] [June]
Out ????
Free in aft[ernoo]n
At 8th Batt[alion] Q.M..

26 Mon[day] [June]
In village - 
(???, J Hodgson, Barron &c.) 
Coming back by fields
saw 3 Germans obs[ervatio]n
balloons - take fire &
fall (miss ???
if ???)

27 Tues[day] [June]
Dalton on duty first
I was up 3 times for messages
(10.50, 11.15, 12.45)

28 Wed[nesday] [June]
Bath upstairs.
In village at night
Tom Ashcroft for month's 
leave

29 Th[ursday] [June]
Leave stopped.
'Garcon' shot 
himself thro[ugh] hand while
cleaning revolver. 
In village at night
met Major Harvey - just
returned from Eng[lan]d

30 Fri[day] [June]
Quiet without visits 
from Garcon and Ash.
In village [deleted]
Onions & spuds, boiled
for supper

1 July Sat[urday ]
Offensive near Albert 
- (messages)
In village 
D Sec. relieved A Sec.

Mem.[orandum] 
With all her heart 
(C Garvice 
Canada in Flanders"