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Date: April 1st 1917
Diary

Apr. 1
Marched from rest camp to Station at La Havre (6 miles) with full set and left in box cars and arrived in Belgium 6 miles from Ypres at 7.00pm. After heartbreaking march arrived at camp and had our first experience of big guns and saw aeroplanes being shelled by the Germans. Our tents were new and we were informed from Head Q that the Germans were after our range. So we had to plaster our tents with mud. Wash in rain water in shell hole and are living on hard tack, bully beef and good tea. Rations improved after a few days and are of good quality, although we are not overfed.