The Great War, I was there - Part 22

Fox Photos EERIE TRAMP FOR A SENTRY AT THE TOWER None of the time-honoured duties and ceremonies allotted to the Garrison of the Tower of London were discontinued during the war, but as Private Bennett relates in this chapter, lights were dimmed and the sentries marched round the buildings, and the ceremonies were carried out admidst buildings crowded w'ith tragic memories in comparative darkness. Above, left, is a general view of the casemates where suspected spies w'ere confined, among them being the “little Dutchman.” On the left of the photograph are the cells and on the right is the shed in which convicted spies were shot. The Tower is here seen in its placid peacetime aspect. S‘Tt Of Th£ SCAffOiB O K mse £XECU TEO 8U NEE AHW£ BO J.E YK . Q V S S tt. SAT S E SiNS HOWARD. L A i >Ye X«£V OTHER S:Top, right, is the Main Guard and approach where the“ nerve-racking ”ceremony of challenging the King’s Keys takes place, the sentry standing at the foot of the steps seen on the right of the photograph. Above is the site of the execution block, now covered with a slab of granite, where memories of Anne Boleyn and other famous people who lost their heads therein the sixteenth century made it an eerie sentry-go. Right, is the Wharf, the scene of the weariest“ sentry-go ”of all.
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