The Great War, I was there - Part 23

I*f S 55%<5!!*» ¦ ¦ luf * < i * IT»• 9 life Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book (Continued from page iii of this wrapper) ^PART from the fact that “you can’t have everything," I think my correspondent, Mr. G .Preston, of Clapham, misses the whole point of our work, which I have already explained many times in these notes. Moreover, he ignores the very important fact that up to July 1916 practically no official photos of battle scenes existed. Apart from the exceptions I mentioned in dealing with Mr. Lahiff’s letter in Part 22, battle-photography was illegal, as well as very difficult. Thus it is only goodby luck that we have any photos of fighting men, taken by fighting men, at all. Mr. Preston surely remembers that the use of cameras by the troops, from the highest ranks to the lowest, was strictly prohibited. Even a full general was technically liable to court-martial if he carried a camera, let alone used it. How far these regulations were winked atone can only guess, but it is very surprising that sCf many soldiers’ photographs have survived the risks of war and of over 20 years since they were taken. Every old soldier realizes that, so far as the subjects of the photographs are concerned, no large part of a soldier’s life, even in the infantry, was spent in“going over the top ”or even in the front line. ^"he subject of ”Christmas armistices ”figures in two recent letters I have received. M r.F. G .Gill of Dart­mouth seems sceptical not only as to the 1914 armistice but as to the advisability of Christmas armistices at all. He was in the 2nd Batt. Coldstream Guards, who on Dec. 25,1914, found themselves in the trenches at a place called Appenette to relieve the Northampton Regt. which “had been cutup very badly.” He says “We were intrenches full of water, men being wounded and drowned as we could not move towards them casein of being shot In doing so I had a shot clean through the side of my hat and out at the top, luckily not doing any harm, but still I think this put a stop to any Armistice thoughts on our front for the remainder of the day.’ I might say I did help to stop the Armistice of Xmas 1915 ”.D v Christmas 1916, however, it was no longer a ’ gentlemans war ”for anybody concerned. Not even for goodwill, let alone piety, was there any room, now that the struggle had grown so grim. Pte. Ralph Wensley, of the Seaforth High­landers, writes to say: I remember being on the Som m eon Xmas Eve in 1916. and in the morning we were inN o Man’s Land wishing the Jerries a Merry Xmas, i think it was the A ncre Section that we saw the Saxons that were holding the line, and they said the Bavarian Guards were overtaking on Xmas Day at night. W e were being relieved at the same time, and they knocked Hell out of us Many are the letters of satisfaction and so few of criticism that I have received can only remember two out of over a thousand, and one of these was anonymous. One of the thousand letters of satisfaction comes from Mr. Thomas Dixon, R.A.F., who makes it clear that not only have we found afresh public for I Was There ,but that an enormous body of satisfied readers have followed our work from its predecessors. World War and War In the Air Mr. Dixon writes: I have bought it from the hrsi copy and have enjoyed and mar veiled at the heroism shown by the soldiers of our country in the last War Not forgetting, of course, our sailors and airmen. Having had your last work, namely World War and *War in the Air, I knew that this your latest work would be up to the same high, superior standard of journalism, and may I say I was not disappointed. Allow me again to offer you my best thanks foi your latest journal. The Great War: I Was There. Like thousands of other happy and con­tented readers, I shall for one, be very sorry when thew 50th Part is printed.” •Old Comrades’ Corner- These brief notes afford an opportunity for comrades of the Great War to get into touch with one another. Any reader of I WAS THERE who wishes to hear of his old comrades on any Front in the Great War should send details to the Editor to be published in this “Corner,” stating whether he wishes his own address to be printed. [N.B.— Correspondents are requested to get into direct touch with each other where addresses are printed. Only in exceptional circumstances can the Editor undertake to forward letters, which must be stamped.) Driver F. Booth No. 700382, late of 41st Battery .FA.R 42nd Bde., 3rd Div.., who served with the Lancs Territorials in Egypt. Palestine. Gallipoli France and Belgium would like to hear from Signaller P. Hutchison Driver W . Corrigan of F.210 Battery (previously 5th Lancs Battery. Terriers) also from Drivers Fletcher Adams and Bee of Cheetham, Sergt. Telfer, or any other old pals of his battery or the 3rd Section, D .A-C. 3rd Div A d dress: 13 Aspen Lane. Stan hill, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs M J.r F Gilbert inquires after his father-in- law— believed missing about 5th -8th August. 1915, at Gallipoli :James D alt yer of the Gloucestershire Regt A d dress: 22 West H olm e Northum berland Heath, Erith, Kent Gun nerF. C.H ebdige, 58577, 91st B A.C. .F.A.R 20th Div., would like to hear from old pals of this unit and of No. 2 (Small Arms) Section, D .A.C, 20th Div- Address• Hi'I View, Ogdens F ordingbndqe Hants Mr. G oF. n e,late 8354, 1st Border Regt. 29th Div. B.E F. would like news of Tom (Duffy) Knutson and Frank Peters Address :91 Grove Road, Grays Essex Gunner ].Davies(“ Taff ”)280045. would like to hear from any old comrades of 120th Siege Battery who were inaction on March 11,1918 Address: Brynmeurig, nr Bowstreet Cardiganshire M .J.r E Heath latr C E.R.A .R.N .would like to hear of any survivors of the cruise- H .M.S .Pathfinder torpedoed off St. A bb Head Scotland Sept. 51914— the firs warship torpedoed by a submarine. 48 were saved out of a crew of 320 Address Th<- Royal Standard 39 Bexley Rd. Belvedere Kent Mr. Jim W lGG taken prisoner ar Neuvt Chapelle, Sept. 10,1918, washe'd under in a shell-hole by m achine-gun fire while Percy Castle and his mate Clark ’of 5 Platoon“ B ”Coy.. 10th Batt Royal War He would like to trace Smallholding N o 11 wickshires, got away, these men. Address H addiscoe, Norwich E x -D riv er Jock C orbett No. 59154. late ot 119th Battery F.A.R 27th Bde. 5th Div (p re-w ar: 149th Battery, .F.A.,R 50th B d e )would like to get in touch with old gunner and driver comrades, especially Scone Carlin and Dan Smith, late of N ewbridge Co. Cavan, Eire 1914 Address 184 Eghnton St. Glasgow x-Cp l .Garner would be giad to hear from old pals inD Coy 9th K .Y.O L.I. or“ Z Coy 4th. Address :6, Beechwood Avenue Hayes, M ddx (late of Castleford Yorks ).Mr .Tho mas Morrison ,of Clyde Division R.N .V .R .(Nelson Batt.), believes he recognizes himself in the photo, pin 185, of the Antwerp defences. H e would like to hear from other men of this company who maybe interested in the picture. Address :c/o Shawmgan Water& Power. Rapide Blanc,Quebec. Canada I A ¦*0¦• a ¦90*1 a iii •i\ !Is 8 H *5555 iI% f t 1 I I I I I 11 Him m s v *Printed in England and published every Tuesday by the Proprietors, The A glam a mated Press, Ltd .The Fleetway House Farringrton Street London ti.C.4. Sole Agents for Australia and New Zealand :Messrs. Gordon& Gotch, Ltd. and for South Africa :Central News Agency, Ltd. Subscription ?Rates: Inland and Abroad, ird. per copv March 7th, iq iq. ’ g y
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