The Great War, I was there - Part 6

0 fc v m )%HZ *LITERARY CON TEXTS O F THIS PART With Acknowletlgcments to Antliors and Publishers \V7 eek by week we acknowledge here our indebtedness to the many authors and publishers without whose courteous permission to reprint selected pages from the books written and published by them the compilation of the present work could not have been achieved. In our volumes as finally bound these acknowledgements will be repeated in the preliminary pages. 45. FRENCH’S ‘WORST HALF-HOUR’ from CAP T.H .FIT Z M .STACK “TheE’S Worcester-shire Regiment in the Great War ”By permission o f the Worcestershire County War Memorial 46. I SAW THE TRAGEDY OF CORONEL B y J . D .STEP HEN SON, H .M.S .Glasgow Specially contributed to this work 47. BLOODBATH OF LONDON SCOTS By P T .HERE BERT D E H A MEL B y permission, from the "London Scottish Gazette ”48. NEW LIGHT ON THE EMDEN B y LEWIS FREER. MAN Specially contributed to this work 49. THE STARK HORROR OF SANCTUARY WOOD from CPL .JOHN F. LUCY’ S “Th ere’s a Devil in the Drum ”Publishers: Messrs. Faber & Faber, Ltd .,24, Russell Square, JV .C.l 50. REVENGE! I SAW VON SPEE MEET HIS DOOM from ADMIRAL THE HON .BARRY BIN G H A M’S“ Falklan ds, Jutland and the Bight ”Publisher :John Murray ,40, Atberm arlc Street, London, W .l Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.G.4 THIS page in my Note-Book has been held aback little so that I might be able to include a remark on the reception by the public of the first part of The Great War: I Was There .As I most confidently expected, it has been hailed with enthusiasm on all sides and, of course, with parti­cular satisfaction on the part of those who served inactively one capacity or another on one of the fighting fronts, on the sea, orin the air. Members of the British Legion have hailed our very human story of the War with especial delight. In fact, I am told of a branch meeting where Part 1 seriously interfered with the business. It certainly looks as if, taken in conjunction with the unsettled note of these war-ridden days, my new publication meets avery real psychological need. ffcuR publishers are making special efforts to keep pace with the demand, and there should be no difficulty in obtaining copies. As 1 have remarked before in con­ nexion with other of our weekly part publications, there is areal advantage for the reader, when he has made up his mind to intake anew publication of this sort, in giving a definite order to his newsagent for the whole series. It is only by a steady demand, known in advance of publication, that the publishers are able to produce serial publications at the very low prices charged. f theN| human side of my new work I have been making some very interesting inquiries. In Part V, for instance, in Canon Foster’s exciting chapter on the Antwerp Adventure, I have included a photograph of a company of the Howe Battalion of the R.N.V.R. In order to make certain beyond a doubt that this photograph was correctly described, it was thought desirable to write to the headquarters of the Sussex Division at Hove, since almost every face in the photograph was recognizable, and almost certainly, if any mistake were madp in its description, some surviving member of the Battalion would rise up to discredit me. It was very pleasing to receive a reply from the famous racing motorist, Earl Howe, who was in 1914 in command of the battalion named after his great naval ancestor. Lord Howe checked our statements and said in addition that he actually recognized men in the photo­graph, including Petty Officer Eridge— “avery fine fellow who was afterwards killed at Gallipoli.” I am deliberately reproducing photographs of this sort in a good size, so that they maybe in fact easily recognizable by friends and survivors of the wartime period. PERHAPS an even more remarkable example of the appeal of the individual and personal photograph in relation to our human story of the War is the very striking double page photograph which appears in the centre of Part VI, showing what are styled by the Imperial War Museum as “Remnants of the London Scottish after the Battle near Messines." This photograph, when considered with the thrilling extract from Mr. Herbert de Hamel’s article, which was originally published in the London Scottish Gazette, possesses a really dramatic appeal. |WAS so struck with it that I thought it desirable to find out more about it, and once again, by taking a good deal of trouble, I was able, with the friendly assistance of the Editor of the London Scottish Gazette at their headquarters, to identify and name no fewer than five men now alive, who are seen war- stained, unshaven and weary after they emerged from the “blood bath ”of the action at Wytschaete, where the London Scottish, the first London Territorial battalion to engage the enemy, fought to the bitter end against the fiercest German attacks around Messines in the first great battle of Ypres. [Continued in page Hi o f this wrapper if•« -Ji •*e•*>M ::11 u A mi
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