The Great War, I was there - Part 23

LITERARY CONTEXTS OF THIS PART With Acknowledgements tw Authors anil Publishers \$/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 hnallv bound these acknowledgem ents will be repeated in the preliminary pages *163. THE ‘JOCKS STILL JOKED AMID STARK HORROR: Doctor’s Grim Experiences at Beaumont-Hamel page S99 from DAVID RORIE’S “ A Medico’s Luck in the War ”Publishers :Milne& Hutchison, Aberdeen *164. OUR WINTER RAID IN NIGHT SHIRT S:How We Caught the Germans Napping from LT.-COL. GRAHAM SETON HUTCH ISO ’SN “Warrior ”Page 903 Publishers :Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 *165. N O ‘HAPPY CHRIST MAS ’:War as Usual, Christmas 1916 page 908 from LT.-COL. ROWLAND FEILDING’S “War Letters to a Wife ”Publishers :Medici Society, Ltd., 7, Grafton St., IV. 1*166.1 SAW TOWNS H END’S RETREAT by LT.-COL. C.H. BARBER, from “Besieged in Kut and After ”Page 913 Publishers :William Blackwood &Sons, London and Edinburgh *167. TERRORS AND TRAGEDIES OF DESERT FIG H TING :Our Vain Efforts to Relieve Kut from HON .AUBREY SHERBERT’ “Mons, Anzac and Kut ”Page 923 Publishers: Messrs. Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 *16b. BITTERNESS OF DEF E A T:Our Days of Doom in Kut Page 929 by LT.-COL. C.H. BARBER, from “Besieged in Kut and After ”Publishers :William Blackwood &Son.,, London and Edinburgh *169. WHEN BRITONS SURRENDERED: A German’s Memories of Kut page 932 by OBERLEUTNANT HANS LUHRS Specially contributed to this work !Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.G.4 NEVER, 1 think, mall my experience of editing Part works have I had so large and con­tinuous a flow of letters from readers. They have income by the hundred and more a week— floods of enthusiastic appreciations, re­miniscences of the fighting lines and personal friendships and contacts of the War, queries and questions, and every imaginable kind of letter showing how permanently live is that old comrade­ship of the millions who fought in the Great War. At times the bulk of this correspondence has strained all the resources of my editorial staff, but the strain has been most cheerfully borne. Now 1 find that the demand upon my space in this Note-Book has become so excessive that with the most careful selection of letters for comment and extract it can no longer be met without enlargement of that space Our publishers have generously consented to forgo the use from time to time of the back page of this Wrapper for advertising purposes, and, accordingly, in this and several later Parts that page will be toadded this Note-Book. ^CCUSTOMED as we are to “fighting our battles over again ”in these war publications, I had a momentary shock of surprise when I read in my newspaper earlier in the year the announcement :'Second Battle of Hill 60 Over !”During the war it seems a Belgian girl known a .«“the belle of Zillebeke ’lived in a house which was struck by a shell She was dragged to safety by Rifleman Ted Moon, who hailed from the Old Kent Road. She married him after the War was over, and they settled down at Zillebeke, where Mr. Moon had got a job as a War Graves gardener Mrs. Moon was far-sighted :she built a cafe in the style of a wartime canteen at the foot of Hill 60, and, filled with tourists, it was a great success— until a Belgian neighbour provided a rival attraction by throwing open to the public a network of wartime tunnels and trenches. Mrs. Moon’s custom suffered by it— until she, too, found trenches and tunnels behind her canteen. The rival neighbours quarrelled and finally the Belgian put up a large notice-board saying, in three languages, that Mrs. Moon’s trenches were a “fake." The case was outfought in court at Ypres, and Mrs. Moon won So her cafe prospers again. RS. Moons cafe outlooks onto the Queen Victoria s Rifles memorial shown in page 612. The last time I visited the Moons, I noticed with pleasure that the walls of one room were papered entirely with double-page illustrations from my previous war publication. World War. The notice in three languages setup at the entrance to the “rival ”trenches is also seen in page 6121 meET pass now from Mrs. Moon to Mr. Robert Graves they are linked only by the question of authenticity The effects of memory on accuracy, of imagination on bare fact, are always apt to alter the colour of a literary picture, and small cases of this in I WasT her ewe cannot but excuse But those who know their War inside out maybe relied onto sift the material thoroughly. I should like to defend Mr Graves, author of “Goodbye to All That,’ against criticisms I Continued in page Hi of this wrapper All Back\ i i i n Im-rs k e p i i n Print for Ken Readers and t o Complete Sets tor Binding
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