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Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915

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this particular, having cultured the bug from the floors & blankets of the wards as well as the air and the flowers. We now went aloft in the curious old turret to get a birdseye view of the country around. We a map at our disposal we made out the last stand of the German artillery, & a chateau they visited & took a very fine dog. Coming down to set out for a 6 mile walk to Mangie a beautiful village in the hills not far away. He we saw trenches freshly made. We saw observation holes dug out and carefully concealed which from vantage points commanded the country for miles around. We we late getting back to the hospital with a bare 5 minutes in which to make our train. We did not do it in spite of jumping into a staff car and beating it at breakneck speed to the station. We were there in time but the gates were closed & they would not let us on to the station platform once the train had pulled in. We went back to the hospital & had dinner. Afterwards we sat by a fire in Dr. Dennons room & looked photographs until time to catch the 10 o'clock train. We went to the