The Great War, I was there - Part 19

LITERARY CON TENTS O F THIS PART Vitli Acknowledgements to Authors and Publishers 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 Anally bound these acknowledgements will be repeated in the preliminary pages. 36. ‘ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT ’—But Mom Brought Relief at Fromelles P *741 from H.R. WILLIAMS’ S “The Gallant Company ”Publishers: Angus &Robertson, Ltd., 89, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, N.S.W. 37. DODGING DEATH AT POZIERES: A French Observer’s Hair-breadth Escapes from PAUL M A Z E’S“ A Frenchman in Khaki ”Publishers :William Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, W.C. 1 Page 74538. WAR THRILLS AND TERRORS A T EIGHTEEN: From an Airman’s Diary of the Somme Page 753 from CECIL LEWIS’S “Sagittarius Rising ”Publishers: Peter Davies, Ltd., 30, Henrietta Street, W.C. 2*139. HUMOURS AND TERRORS OF TRENCH RAIDS: How a Suffolk Sergeant Won the M.M. by SERGT. ARTHUR M OTHERSOLE, M.M. Specially contributed Page 761140. BRAVE MAM ’SELLE OF ARMENTIERES: Where Happiness and Horror Mingled from O. E. BURTON ’S “The Silent Division ”Publishers :Angus &Robertson, Ltd., 89, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, N.S.W. Page 765141. I LIVED THROUGH A BRITISH STORM OF STEEL: A German in the Somme Inferno from LIEUT. ERNST JUNGER’ S “The Storm of Steel” Page 768 Publishers: Chatto & Windus, Ltd., 40, Chandos St., W.C.2 142. VAIN SACRIFICE MAT OUQUET FARM from CAPT. E. J. RULE’S“ Jacka’s Mob ”Page 773 Publishers i Angus &Robertson, 89, Castlereagh Street, Sydney. N.S.W. Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.G.4 j ^OM E of my readers may have felt that there is rather along interval between the receipt of their letters and a reply or a comment in this page. As I have stated before, a work of so essentially complicated and difficult a nature as I Was There must not only be planned out months in advance of publication, but has to be sent to the printers several weeks before it appears on the newsagents’ stalls and in the book­sellers’ shops. When these Notes are being written the Christ­mas snow is still lying around, and almost by coincidence I have just been considering photographs of snow scenes for our chapter covering the Christmas period in France in 1917. Yet it will bethe second week in February before my readers will see this Part, and the snow scenes of Christmas 1917 will probably not appear in our pages until late in March. These facts do but point the moral that 1 Was There is not a magazine or a newspaper, abut book planned and designed for the interest of its readers throughout their lives. I sot happens that an unsigned letter was placed on my desk this morning from an enthusiastic reader who not only states that the book will last his lifetime and be read and re­read by him, but that he would be quite pleased if it went on not for a hundred issues, but for the rest of his life! I thank my unknown friend for his warm enthusiasm, but I am afraid I cannot hope to gratify his really extravagant appetite. |HAVE been very satisfied with the appreciation and letters that 1 have received following upon the publication of the sections of the work dealing with the Gallipoli Expedition and its tragic ending. Mr. Gardner, of Milton Heath, Dorking, who was in the 54th Division which disembarked at Gallipoli on August II, 1915, recalls the tragic and dreadful story of the Sandringham Company of the lst/5th Norfolks. They landed at Suvla Bay and went almost straight into action— their first experience of warfare— and. as Sir HamiltonIan instates his dispatch, “there happened in the course of the fighting avery mysterious thing ”:“Against the yielding forces of the enemy. Colonel Sir H. Beauchamp, a bold, self-confident officer, eagerly pressed forward, followed bv the best part of the battalion [of the 1 /5th Norfolks]. The fighting grew hotter, and the ground became more wooded and broken. At this stage many men were wounded or grew exhausted with thirst. These found their way back to camp during the night. But the colonel, with 16 officers and 250 men, still kept pushing on, driving the enemy before him. Amongst these ardent souls was part of a fine company enlisted from the King's Sandringham estates. Nothing more was ever seen or heard of any of them They charged into the forest, and were lost to sight or sound. Not one of them ever came back ..Mr. G ardner's connexion with this extraordinarily tragic story is that he was in the signal office in Australia Valley'shortly after, when he received a telegram from King George V in the middle of the night, inquiring about the fate of the Sandringham Company. Stumbling over bushes and stones at the side of the hill looking for the General’s dug-out, he woke up an officer: 1 woke up an officer, who asked impatiently what 1 wanted. T o justify my intrusion, I said,‘ A message from the King, sir, which needs an answer.’ I expected to be told off by the officer for disturbing him, but he took the message, read it and gave me back the duplicate with his signature.” HERE has been a certain necessary reduction in the space occupied by this Note-book in the last three Parts, in order to give the fullest details about our Binding Scheme, and a certain number of letters have been upheld for lack of space. One of the many readers who have appreciated the “human story ”basis of our work perfectly is Mr. Gerrard, of Hadfield. An old" Kitchener’s Army ”man, he went to France in July 1915 with the 9th Cheshires, and stayed there until the second day of the great German advance in March 1918. He never missed a duty in the front line with his [Continued in page o f this wrapper All Rack Numbers Kept i n Print for New Readers and t o Complete Sets for Rinding
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