31 July 1916

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July 1916
Monday 31
Fair day but rain at
night. Down to office. After dinner Mr
Jesse Wilton of Bideford called &
asked me if I would go over with him
to Paraparaumu & inspect Arthur
Williams’ 430 acre farm. Decided
to go to Palmerston with him by the 5-
25 pm train, so cycled home & got
my bag & had a cup of tea then back
to town with little time to spare.
Round to A Murtrie’s in Hessey Str [Street]
re sale of his house to Prosser. Back
to office & met Wilton & we went to the
station taking train for Palmerston
where we arrived at 11 oclock.
Found my brother-in-law, Bern
Diederich, waiting for me at the
station and he insisted upon me
going down to his place & taking
my mate also, to stay the night
with them which we agreed to do.
Arrived at house & found Bec
had got supper ready which
was done ample justice to.
Talked until nearly 1 am then
bed.31 TOTAL

30 July 1916

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July 1916
Sunday 30
Very fine day.
At house. Sawed some wood
pruned fruit trees, first oper
ating on the apricot tree at side
of house, then the apples & plums
finishing up on a few goose
berry trees till about 5 oclock
when I did some digging for about
half an hour.

30 TOTAL

28 July 1916

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July 1916
Friday 28
Fair day. Breakfast early
then cycled up to Akura & saw
Buckman & made him Reeds offer for
the formers property. Said he would
accept another £50 so I saw
Reed who agreed to give same &
signed up to buy. Buckman down
& signed the sale agreement.
Dinner sharp then cycled with Ken
way to Gladstone to see W Beys
property of 701 acres. Took wrong
road & had to walk & cycle about
2 miles across paddocks to get
on to right track again. Property
not as good as we expected to
see it & Kenway would not make
an offer. Left for home about 5pm
& arrived in Masterton at 7.
Intended going to the Boxing tourna
ment given by the soldiers from
Featherston camp but felt uncom
fortably tired after my long cycle ride
so stayed home.28 TOTAL

27 July 1916

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July 1916
Thursday 27
Fair day, tho [though] cloudy.
Did some digging before break
fast. Down to office. J Reed
of Coffee Palace went up to
Akura to see Buckmans pro
perty & at night I went up to
see him & he made me an offer
of £1637-10 for 22 ¾ ac [acre] & building.
Arranged to see Buckman in
the morning. At YMCA room
& played chess being beaten by
G A Jones & O Connell.
Home about 10.30.

War news state that British
& French troops still pressing
Germans back at town of Posiere [Pozieres]
is now captured. Russians
also making headway in Austria
& in Asiatic Turkey & have cap
tured Erzingham a strongly
fortified town with Taken
the whole of Armenia is now
Ffreed from the accursed Turk.27 TOTAL

26 July 1916

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July 1916
Wednesday 26
Fair day. Down to office.
Not much doing.

War news start that the colonial
troops (Anzacs) & British have
had a fierce fight with the
Germans whom they have driven
back from the town of Pasieres [Pozieres]
with heavy loss on both sides.
Anzacs fought like demons
& cleared trench after trench
then rushed the town against
a hail of bullets, tanks & artillery
& fought the enemy from house
to house.26 TOTAL

25 July 1916

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July 1916
Tuesday 25
Fair day. Light rain
at night. Down to office.
Not much doing.
Heavy colonial casualty
list sent out, the fighting on
the Western front being severe.
The Anzacs & Home troops
attacked Pozieres, a German
stronghold & fierce hand to
hand fighting took place, the
town being occupied by the
attackers against great
German odds.25 TOTAL

24 July 1916

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July 1916
Monday 24
Fair day. At office.
Not much doing.

Intended going to Apiti to
inspect Ewings 450 acre farm
but Ewing not being able to
get away we had to postpone
the trip.

War news state that Russians
still pressing Austrians & Ger
mans & have taken great num
bers of prisoners estimated to be
300,000 since June 8th.
General Brusiloff [Brusilov] taking the
offensive in great force from
the Riga front to Galicia.
British & French taking the
offensive & pressing the Ger
mans with varying success.24 TOTAL