The Great War, I was there - Part 7

a&/ -ii £if* *LITER A llV CONTENTS OF THIS PART V I iill AcBtiiowlc<fl&cmciBt$ to Authors smcl Publishers W^EEK by week we acknowledge here our indebtedness to the rmny 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 51. BRITISH PLUCK *AND LUCK AT THE HARTLEPOOLS from the "Royal Tank Corps Journal,” by permission o f the Editor 52. I F O UGH TAT YPRES FROM THE SKY from LT.-COL. L.A. STRANGE’S “ Rccollcctions of An Airman ”Publishers :John Hamilton, Ltd., 52 ,Bloomsbury Street, fV .C.l 53. A M A Z IN GAR MIST ICE !—The Historic Christmas Truce of 1914 from CAPT. SIR EDWARD HULSE’S LETTERS B y permission o f his Executor, Col. Hon.E. F. Lawson, D .O.,M.S .C. WHO WENT THE 54. THE SERGEANT WRONG WAY from PTE. FRANK RICHARD S’“Old Soldiers Never Die ”Publishers: Faber & Faber, Ltd., 24 ,Russell Square, IV.C.l 55. M Y FOUR YEARS IN A FRENCH W O MAN’S CUPBOARD by TROOPER PATRICK FOWLER By permission o f the "Sunday Express ”56. I SAW BEATTY T R IU MPH :The Bluchcr Sunk at Dogger Bank By an Officer of H.M.S. Aurora Specially contributed I Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.C.4 COM MEN TED in last week’s Note-Book on the signs of success and appreciation by a really large circle of readers of every class and type with which my new publication had already met. Now I am delighted to be able to report to my readers that those signs of success are more than confirmed— they are magnified and multiplied even beyond my hopes when I planned The Great War: I Was There !It was designed to present the really human story of the Great War of 20 years ago to both those who have grownup in those 20 years and also to the many hundreds of thousands who took their part in that War and whose memories of what they endured and survived are reawakened by these chronicles of the men who were there told by themselves. And it is reaching both classes. “|TO have served in the Great War is almost as close a bond as masonry itself. It is to belong to avery real brother­hood whose members number millions, for it is avery notice­able fact that when two or three men meet and the conversation happens to turn back 20 years a special note is struck at once. “Where were you?”“ I was at Wipers in that d--- Salient.” “Do you remember Dickebusch or that cafe at---?”“ I was a P.B.I. on the Somme”—and so reminiscences pileup and contacts become friendships on the basis of a common and terrific experience. C^o 1 am hoping and expecting that in the pages of The Great War: I Was 1 HERE! we shall constantly be making contacts that will become regular friendships. In our pages old comrades will frequently, probably repeatedly, recognize common experiences with the satisfaction of renewing old associations, and in many of our photographs they will.Iam certain, recognize the actual faces, either their own or their friends and relations. More and more opportunities of this kind will occur as we go steadily by day and by month through those four years of the greatest war in all modern history, and, as 1 have already said, I hope that many such recognitions will be reported tome so that (as space permits) they maybe noted in these pages. j|s this page goes to Press, letters are pouring in from readers of our first Part. Most of these I shall refer into this Note-Book next week, but there are two that I must find room for at once. The first is from Private Carter of Billericay, who, with avery natural delight and pleasure, recognized himself in the full-page photograph of the young Mons sentry which I published in page 23 in the art section of Part I. His letter is of lively human interest, and conveys what the newspaperman calls“ a really big story,” so that I am sure my readers will like to have it in full. To the Editor. Billericay, Essex. Dear Sir, It was with great pleasure that I looked forward to the first issue of your Great War series,‘ I Was There,” as being something apart from the usual dry-as-dust histories, something we 'uns“old ”would find interest­ing, or perhaps see a familiar face or two. M y first number has arrived and, need I say, lived up to all my expectations. Imagine my surprise and delight to find myself figuring in it, too !The writer is the “smiling young Contemptible "on page 23. Nothing could have brought the memories back like that did. The full ammunition pouches, the kink in the rifle sling where I had tightened it up to be posh ’’for sentry, also the officer’s haversack, which I remember so well. 1 have tried to remember who took that photo but I cannol, altho’ 1 believe it was a girl. Anyway, we were very much photographed by the fair sex in those early days. How the memories corns flooding back !The kind welcome of the inhabitants, how they pressed gifts of food, fruit, etc.. onus, even the poorest of them. We all have great recollections of that four years in spite of the horror and filth we had to contend with. It may interest you to know I am instill the forces— in fact I was called out during this last scare, and was serving as a commander of a searchlight detachment. So you see I am still doing a bit for this grand old country. To revert to the Great War, I managed to see it through from beginning to end without serious hurt and in the trenches all the time. too. How’s that! I Continued in bage H i of this wrapper si.£ w s a it a X t*it w m ¦>T.m mu
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