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Diary of a Dispatch Rider

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05/08/18


Banstead100

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Continuing the diary of John Sangway, dispatch rider. The Allies are about to fight the Battle of Amiens, the first step in the advance to victory. During the buildup, secrecy had been maintained as much as possible but as John's diary today shows, word had begun to leak out:

 

Bank holiday. Paid Fris[by] 5 f[ran]cs*. Don’t mind as things are going strong down south & rumours of another shove as well coming in.

 

Awful toothache for two days & a night. Take Aspirin – it’s the goods!

 

* This was in relation to a bet John lost. Back in April, at a low point for the Allies, he had wagered that the war would be won by the August bank holiday.

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