The Great War, I was there - Part 22

7 § l X LITERARY CON TENTS O F THIS PART Walls A<*kiio%vl<k <Iseiii<*nts to Autlior§ aiul I*igl»li*li4‘s*s \ Y fEE K 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. *156. I GUARDED SPIES IN THE TOWER :Manifold Duties of Han .A.C .Private by J. B. STERN DALE BEN NETT Page 860 Specially contributed to this work *157. I SAW THE DOOM OF L.32 :The Thrill of Watching Falling Zepps Page 866 from MICHAEL MAC D O NAG H ’S“In London During the Great War ”Publishers :Eyre& Spottiswoode, Ltd., 6, Gt. New St., E.C.4 *158. HOW I SHOT DOWN L.31 :Breath-taking Description of the Potters Bar Triumph by MAJOR W .J. TEMPE ST,D .S.O .C..,M From the “Sunday Express ”Page 870*159. ‘OLD SOLDIER ’ON THE A N RE:C Signaller’s Stolid View of War’s Horror from PTE. FRANK RICHARDS ’S“Old Soldiers Never Die ”Page 874 Publishers: Faber & Faber, Ltd., 24, Russell S(j., IV.C.l *160. A RAID AMIR CU LOU SLY AVER TED :We Hoist the Germans with Their Own Petard Page 884 from SIDNEY ROGER SON’S “Twelve Days ”Publishers :Arthur Barker, Ltd.. 12, Orange St., W .C.2 *161. LIKE SINKING A PAGE ANT OF DEATH :Mordant Memory of a Battalion at the Ancre from DOUGLAS JERROLD’ “GeorgianS Adventure ”Publishers :Eyre& Spottiswoode, Ltd., 6, Gt. New St., E.C.4 Page 887*162. TRAIL OF D EAT HON ROAD T O VICTORY :Salvage of Broken Men at the Ancre Page 891 by SIDNEY HOWARD ,from '*Great War Adventures’ ’Publishers :William Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Gt. Russell St., W .C.l Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, .CE .4 «?»THE personal and human element in this work has been from the beginning of the greatest importance, and it is very pleasing tome to see how it grows as the work progresses in two ways :one by the increased use which is being made of the “Old Comrades’ Corner,” and the other by the large and steady flow of letters that reach me saying that the writer has recognized himself or his friend in one of the photographs published in our pages. ¦Tor the 'Old Comrades' Corner” I will refer my readers to page iii of this cover for the second item I would take as an example the very happy little note which I have received from Private Seward of I he 1/7 West Riding Regi­ment, who says “How proud I am to see my photo is on the front page ”of Part 14 of 1 Was There. Another pleasant note is from Gunner Easton, late H.B.R.G.A., who says that he is one of the group in the photograph of the 60-pounder inaction in page 594, Part 15, and would like to get in touch with the other members of the team, five gunners and one corporal, details of whom will appear in our O.C.C. The first V.C.s awarded in August 1914 constitute a subject of perpetual interest which has been discussed more than once in this Note-Book. From Sutton Oak, St. Helens, Lancs. ex-Sergt. Lahiff writes on behalf of two men of his battalion who won V.C.s on August 26th— MajorC.A. L. Yate and L/Cpl. “Freddie ”Holmes, 2nd Bn. K .O .Y.L.l. With commendable regimental pride, Mr. Lahiff recalls that Major Yate's “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty ”consisted in maintaining a vigorous resistance to the last possible moment, refusing all demands to surrender, and attempting to charge the enemy when the trenches were overrun Major Yate was seriously wounded and made prisoner. Mystery shrouds his death. It was reported from Germany that he tried to escape and was wounded again and died.” Lance-Corporal F. W. Holmes, continues Mr. Lahiff— “carried a wounded comrade on his outback of the firing line at Le Cateau under desperate circumstances, and then proceeded to bring a gun team with its gun, which he found limbered up, with all its detachment killed, out of the battle, first with the aid of a trumpeter, and finally single-handed. ...As an old soldier who served under gallant Major Yate, both inS. Africa and the European War, I thought I would, like all Old Soldiers, stickup for my "|town may have been noticed in Part 21 that two illustrations of Warlencourt and of the Memorial Cross at High Wood are acknowledged to the 47th (2nd London) Division. I have an especial satisfaction in including even these two modest illustrations in our pages, since “The History of the 47th (London) Division ”was a privately printed story of the deeds of this famous London unit. Included in the Division was a famous London regiment, the “Cast Iron Sixth” (6th City of London Rifles), which maintains, like many other Territorial battalions, avery vigorous Old Comrades’ Associa­tion. There was recently a discussion as to the longest consecutive time that a regiment or battalion stayed in the trenches. The D .C.L.I. are said to have been ninety-one days consecutively in the trenches, but the “Cast Iron Sixth ”claims that it beats that record by continuous service between May 3 and August 4 in one year, when they left the trenches for a three weeks’ rest. Iks a meeting-ground for Old Comrades. 1 Was There has already proved its value and it seems to be becoming a means of tracing Lusitania survivors as well !Mr. Lahiff sends me a subsequent letter in which he says :“Reading through Part !0, I see a photograph of some of the sur­vivors of the Lusitania. Page 380, bottom photo, shows 6 survivors. One of them,E. J. Highway, lives herein Sutton Oak. I know him Continued in page iii o f this wrapper 411 ItiK’ k ,\ii 111 lit‘ ¦'sin l*riiit lor .\cn Kradrrni mill t o Complete Sots for Itim ling
Add Names


We have sought to ensure that the content of this website complies with UK copyright law. Please note however, that we may have been unable to ascertain the rights holders of some items. Where we have digitised items, we have done so with items that to the best of our knowledge, following due investigations, are in the public domain. While the original works are in the public domain we reserve all rights to the usage of the digital works.

The document titled The Great War, I was there - Part 22 is beneath this layer.

To view this document now, please sign up as a full access member.

Free Account Registration

Please enter your first name
Please enter your surname
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter your password
By creating an account you agree to us emailing you with newsletters and discounts, which you can switch off in your account at any time

Already a member? Log in now
Small Medium Large Landscape Portrait