The Great War, I was there - Part 9

Par i IO ol Till]( lilllL VI' WAR: 1 WAST I ILK E!On Sale llv e r y w lie i e iVext Tues day LITERARY CONTENTS OF THIS PART Willi Ackiiowl<Ml£<Mii4Mils to Authors suiri Publishers V Week 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. 65. HEROIC FIASCO OF‘ Y ’BEACH from GEN .SIR HAMILTONIAN ’S“ Gallipoli Diary,” by his permission Publishers: Edw. Arnold &Co., 41, Maddox Street, W .l 66. WHEN OUR DEAD CLOGGED OUR TRENCHES from “AN Z A C’S ”“The Anzac Trail ”Publishers :William Heinemann, Ltd., London 67. A POET ENCOUNTERS TRAGEDY from COL. JOHN M cCRAE’S “IN FLANDERS FIELDS,” by permission of The Ryerson Press, Toronto Publishers: H odder& Stoughton, Ltd., 20, Warwick Sq. E.C. 68. CANADIAN COURAGE AND SELF- SACRIFICE from SIR MAX A IT R EN’S (Lord Beaverbrook’s) “Canada in Flanders,” by permission of Lord Beaverbrook Publishers: H odder& Stoughton, Ltd .,20, Warwick Sq. E.C. 69. I SAW THE AGONY OF THE FIRST GAS ATTACK by ANTHONY R.HOS SACK ,from “Everyman At War ”Publishers: J .M .Dent &Sons, Ltd., 10, Bedford Street, W .C.2 70. RETREATING ON YPRES THE DEAD— the Secret Gun In the Night from STANLEY SAC SON’S “Steady Drummer ”Publishers :G. Dell &Sons, Ltd., 6, Portugal Street, .CW .271. I WENT DOWN WITH THE LUSITANIA \from V ISC O U N TESS R HON D D A’S “This Was !My World,” by permission of Viscountess Rhondda •Publishers :Macmillan &Co., Ltd., St. Martin’s Street,¦ .CW .2 :Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.G .4 FLOODS of correspondence, all appreciative and some of it also interrogative, continue to reach me, and, though it necessarily involves a good deal of extra work, I am most pleased and delighted to receive this continuous stream of letters. It shows more clearly even than our publisher’s figures of circulation how vital is the success of my new work in appealing to the lifelong interest which all ex-service men possess in those four momentous years. M"|n e of the things that gives me most real satisfaction is the large number of old soldiers who write and tell me something of their part in the greatest of great wars. It is natural, of course, that they should hope to see some­thing either of their own experiences or some direct asso­ciation with them in our pages but I am sure they will understand that a work of the highly selective nature of The Great War: 1 Was There !must maintain the highest possible standard of interest and presentation, and this, combined with a necessarily limited space, means that there is a somewhat fierce competition for entry into our pages So, as in all competitions, some must be disappointed. I n this Note-Book 1 am including from time to time quo­tations and comments from as many letters of general interest as possible, and in this way many of my readers will be able both to see some note made of their Great War associations and also, very probably, to make some form of contact with comiades of the war. Among these letters are a number from readers who find that they have a direct connexion of some sort or another with chapters which appear in our pages. Either they took part in the action or incident described or they belonged to the same unit and knew officers or men who are mentioned in our pages. There is a natural pride in service in the Great War which is revivified with a genuine pleasure when one finds some personal association in the field of battle. Mr. A.D. Johnson, of Stratford, has specifically asked me,as a member of the 21st Division who would like to meet some of his old inmates our pages, to devote a corner of this page to a kind of “We Meet Again ”column. He feels that there must be thousands who would like to hear of Old Comrades or to renew old wartime friendships. I think the suggestion is a good one, and if a sufficient number of my readers agree, as I think they will, we shall start in this page in Part 15, or perhaps earlier, an “Old Comrades’ Corner." Entries in it must, of necessity, be very brief, and confincd to three- or four-line statements giving name, unit, regimental number and, if desired, present address. Addresses will not be given unless the writer states that he wishes to hear direct from Old Comrades. |HAVE already, in fact, one or two letters that will qualify for mention in this corner. Pte. R. Smith, of the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, commenting on the photograph in page 4, Part 1, of I Was There ,which shows some of the veterans at Roehampton, says that he was the first man to leave Roehampton with an artificial leg. Twice wounded, in September and December 1914, his leg was removed in hospital December 16,1914, and in August of the following year he was sent to Roehampton. where he was fitted with an American wooden leg weighing 9] lb. Within a month he left Roehampton for home and, according to some photo­graphs he sends me, was able to walk as naturally as any unwounded man. g ^jR .CARTER, who to our mutual satisfaction discovered him­self as the young sentry at Mons in Part I, writes tome again, after having read Part 2, saying that he “can see these books are going to be unique among war works, inasmuch as the |Continued in page tii of this wrapper To IOhsuim* It ocular Delivery <>iv e Your Newsagent a t Firm Order TODAY
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