The Great War, I was there - Part 18

LITER A ItY CON TEXTS O F THIS PART W illi A c liiin n lr d K c m c iils to Authors an«l l*iil> lislie rs V^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 acknow ledgem ents will be repeated in the preliminary pages. 128. THE GLOOM AND TERROR O F W A R:Over Captured AGround Mont tau ban Page 699 from SIR PHILIP G BIB S’S “Realities of War ”Publishers: Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.CA 129. W E WERE WEARY AND BLOODS T A I NED :Fusiliers Awake at LaB oisselle Page 703 from GUY CHAP MAN A’S“ Passionate Prodigality ”Publishers: Ivor Nicholson &Watson, Ltd., 7, Pater­noster Row, E.CA 130. BOMB SAND TEAR GAS :When W e‘M opped U p ’the Germans at Con taim aison by PTE. G.M. ST URGE SS Page 707 Specially contributed 131. UNDER THE LEANING RIV GIN :Death Visits Albert Billets Page 710 from GUY CHAP MAN A’S“ Passionate Prodigality ”Publishers: Ivor Nicholson& JVatson, Ltd., 7, Pater­noster Row, E.CA 132. I F O UGH TIN THE WOOD O F D E A TH. Nights and Day sin Tron es Wood page 714 by CORPORAL ALLEW AY 133. MAD CAVALCADE :Grisly Memories o f High Wood Page 723 from LT.-COL. G R A HAM SETON HUT CHIS O ’SN “Warrior ”Publishers: Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.CA 134. I WENT TOO FA RAT O VILLE RS: Subaltern ’s Story o f Trench Bombing Page 729 by CHARLES EDMOND S (C.E. Carrington), from“ A Subaltern’s War ”Publishers :Peter Davies, Ltd., 30, Henrietta St., IV.C.2 135. THE HELL T H A TWAS DEL VILLE WOOD :Epic Story o f South African Heroism Page 733 by PTE. J. A. LAW SON By permission, "South Africa,'’ 10-12, Ludgate H ’.ll, E.CA Leaves from the Editor’s Note-book John Carpenter House, London, E.G .4 the risk of boring the large number of my wiser readers who have doubtless been prompt to take the advice that I gave them in last week’s Part, I want to repeat quite briefly the importance of binding up the first volume of I Was TheRE without avoidable delay. Not only—-as I noted earlier— is it essential to save the loose Parts from further wear and tear, but those who send in their orders early get their bound volumes back again quickly. If the tone of the many letters I am receiving can betaken as a guide, no reader will want to be deprived of this volume longer than necessary. Blow that our first volume is complete there is a certain satisfaction in glancing back over the pages in which we have covered the first 22 months of the War. I feel that my readers will agree that, though we could, of course, have succumbed to the temptation to include an even greater amount of first-hand eye-witness material than we have, the story as presented in our pages has progressed evenly and at an almost surprisingly high level of distinction, both in writing and inhuman experience. Of the considerable number of War publications for which I have already been responsible, I am satisfied that my readers verdict is a correct one—that is, that I Was There is the best of them all. 1 AM still receiving, and receiving with pleasure, letters, comments and stories from “Old Contemptibles,” and one which is of such considerable interest that I am keeping it in reserve for possible use in our Supplement, is that from Sergt. G.R. Garrod, No. 10300, of the 20th Hussars.“ A san ’Old Contemptible (albeit not so old!) I would first like to congratulate you Ion Was There. I find that as each part is delivered I pick it up and can only p u tit down when I have read it all. It is true, I suppose, that many incidents in the Great War that seemed so huge and so terrifying to us as individuals, were not seen or realized in the main at all. I was always rather proud of the fact (for no particular reason) that I imagine I was the first British soldier inS teen- voord. 3 rd roT op' A 'Squad ron, 20th Hussars, of which I was a member of the right cen tre section, under the command of our troop officer, Lieutenant Galbraith ,went out on officer’s patrol early one October morning. W e seemed always to be detailed for this very unpleasant job— officer's patrol. 1 went soon many and lost so many comrades this way, that I came to hate them .”j^ ERCEA N T G a rro d carries on with the thrilling story of his experiences on this patrol, when he was 171 years old, so, ashe says, “perhaps could be forgiven for having the windup.” It was a cold, frosty and foggy morning, and he soon got separated from his comrades. Galloping through a village he heard shouts of “Le Deutsch !”and guessing that this meant Germans, he pulled up, and after having received a basin of what he took to be tea, but found was cognac, from“ a damsel in a nightdress,” the rest of his troop came riding within swords drawn, and he loined within, his boyish head filled with the fumes of brandy, on the attack on Mont des Cats. Sergt. Garrod offers a correction to Captain Need­ hams narrative in Part 3 of I Was There. “...Captain N eedham states that Jack Eden, 12th Lancers, was later killed at Mont des Cats. If my memory serves m e aright, he was killed on patrol at or near a little village called America. Our troop went again out on patrol, I understood ,to find Eden’s body, he having been killed on patrol the day before. W e found him in a little wood, and dug a shallow grave and buried him there, my blanket being used to bury him .The French interpreter with m y troop made across of wood from the hedge and, with a pocket-knife, cut a clean space, and with an indelible pencil wrote :*Lieut. J. Eden, 12th Lancers. October, 1914.’ It gave m e a feeling of horror to see so young a man being buried in such a place, so lonely and with no proper service. Hardly had we finished this unpleasant task when we came under very heavy shellfire both from flank and fro t.”n I passed this comment onto Captain Needham, and he accepts with pleasure the correction. A s the publication of the “Old Comrades’ Corner” is a matter of considerable interest to a large number of my readers I have made room on page iii of this wrapper for a further selection of notes. All Its i cl*\ii mIn k-r* p ( I nI* i *in I for Xew Header* **«<•<“<’«in|> I c i e Sels lor ltiiitliii£
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