The Great War, I was there - Part 10

IBo f Til I S U BI] A T W A It: I WAS Til 1:111 :!On Sale livery lien reX ext Tues day LITERARY CON TEXTS O F THIS PART Willi Acknowledgements to Authors and Publishers Y^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 72. GAL LIP O LI: Snipers’ Paradise, Soldiers’ Hell from P.A. ’SHERBERT “The Secret Battle,” by his permission Publishers: Methuen &Co., Ltd., 36, Essex Street, .CW .273. MOVING LETTERS FROM A N ANZAC DUG-OUT from GEN .SIR JOHN M O NASH “War’S Letters” Publishers :Angus &Robertson, 89, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, N .S.iV. 74. AMOUNT INS OF D EA DIN VALLEYS OF MYRTLE from HON .AUBREY H ERBERT’S “Mons, Anzac and Kut ”Publishers :Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 75. I WAS A BOY AT G A LLIPO LI By PTE. F.T. WILSON ,from “Everyman At War ”Publishers: ].M .Dent &Sons, Ltd., 10, Bedford Street, IV.C.2 76. MEN INTO BEASTS :The Horrors of Anzac from DIGGER ARC V EN’S “Peninsula of Death ”Publishers :Sampson Low, Marston &Co., Ltd., 100, Southwark Street, S.E.l 77. A GUNNER AT FESTUBERT from “MARK SEVERN ”(MAJOR’S FRANK LIN L U HINGS TON ’S) ‘‘The Gambardicr ”Publishers :Ernest Betin, Ltd., Bouverie House, Fleet Street, E.C.4 Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.G.4 I Fever a scheme and a nexion with my serial publications major indecision con­ nexion witn my justified, that which I made in the planning of I Was There when I decided that it should present the human story of the Great War has been justified beyond all possible question. Every letter that I receive from men “who were there ”—and I have now received hundreds— brings out the immense satisfaction that my readers are experienc­ing in gaining and keeping a direct series of personal contacts with those days of stress and danger, humour and boredom that they all, in their several ways, went through twenty and more years ago. f t CONSIDERABLE portion of my notes this week will betaken up with quotations from these human contact letters. Several readers—of whom Mr. J. Habishaw. late of the West Riding Regt., 10th Service Battalion, is one—comment on the fact that war, terrible as it is, in the main and in detail, had its many humorous sides. Mr. Habishaw says:“ I have read many books on the war but they have mostly been on the tragic side. Now many soldiers had their moments of humour ....”and he, alike number of others, offers to contribute some of his own humorous experiences. As I have noted already, I am very glad indeed to receive contributions of this sort from old soldiers but they must, of course, understand that I cannot promise in advance that more than a selection can be published, as the pressure on our pages is already, at this early stage of our work, very severe. However, I am taking steps to see that the lighter side of the war does-receive proper consideration. M l ANY were the extraordinary circumstances that arose both landon and sea when Junior Officers found themselves suddenly in command of Battalions and N.C.O.’s and Privates leading Companies. Such incidents will be familiar memories to many of my readers but certainly one of the most unusual that I have heard of is the experience of Chief Petty Officer Bishop who, during the Battle of the Heligoland Bight (of which we agave Stoker’s story in Part 3) found himself in command of a warship inaction. I quote his letter :My inexperience the Heligoland Battle on August 28,1914, is as follows. I was Chief Petty Officer Torpedo Coxswain in H.M .Destroyer Laurel, the ship leading the 4th Division of Destroyers, and when inaction with the German light-cruiser Mainz. Commander F.F. Rose, now Admiral Sir F.F. Rose, was severely wounded and lay unconscious on the bridge. I was then left in command of the ship, and remained in command until the action was finished, when 1 was relieved by the 1st Lieut. During the action we were badly damaged and suffered many casualties, and to make matters more difficult the safety-valve easing gear lever of the foremost boiler got shutoff. which caused the foremost boiler to blow off, causing a terrific noise until it was opened again, but in the words of the Commodore, Sir Reg. Tyrwhitt, 'the ship was handled in avery seamanlike manner under difficult circumstances.’ 1 think f can claim to bethe only lower-deck rating of the Royal Navy, past and present, who has been in command of a warship inaction. This can be verified, if necessary, by Admiral Sir F.F. Rose, or any of the surviving members of the ship's company."— Archibald Charles Bishop, D.S.M., M.S.M. g o varied are the aspects of our work that from torpedo- boat destroyers we jump to horses. Ex-Sergeant Fisher finds that he has special associations with the article on “Horses Honoured in Their Country’s Service ”which appeared in Part 2. He thinks it is not generally known what good work was done by the Princesse de Croy for British soldiers who were cutoff by the 1914 retreat. Sergeant Fisher had the very interesting experience of meeting this gallant lady again after the signing of the Armistice. He says :We stayed for one day in the grounds facing the chateau shown in the photograph Ipage 791, and I was present with a group of officers when she described her experiences of having British soldiers still hiding in the chateau while the Germans were using tlje building for their headquarters. She was a great personal friend of Nurse Cavell, and in the same trial was sentenced to imprisonment for life.” .Sir Percy Laurie’s horse, which is also shown on the same page in Part 2, has, I understand, gained several readers for {Continued in page Hi o f this wrapper To Unsure Ete^ular Delivery Wive T i'on r Xew ssapenl a Firm Or< 8 e r TOD A I
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