The Great War, I was there - Part 24

i LITERARY CON TENTS O F THIS PART Willi Acknowledgements to Authors and I’nblislicrs V U EEK by week we acknowledge here our indebedness to the many authors and publishers withoui whose courteous permission to reprint selected pages from the books written and published by (hem 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 *170. NIGH TM ARE JOURNEY :Desert March to Prison Sick Men’s Page 940 from CAP T.E. .MOO U S L ’YE S “The Secrets o f a Kuttite ”Publisher :John Lane, The Bodley Head, Ltd., 8, Bury Place, fV.C.l *171. Y E O MAN’S LIVELY MEMORIES OF FIG H TIN GIN MACEDONIA page 945 by J. R.EDMOND SON Specially contributed *172. Made 1 o n !MAD ELO N !MADE LON !Sentimental Memory of Salonika Page 949 from H .COL LIN SON OWEN’S “Salonika A n dAfter ”Publishers: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd., 20, Warwick Square, E.C.4 *173. UNDERARM SIN ARC A DY: I Was a Subaltern in Macedonia Page 954 from the REV. R. SKILBECK SMITH A’S“ Subaltern in Macedonia and Judaea ”By permission of the author *174. KNOCKED OUT O NTH REST U MA: A Signaller’s Great Day of Adventure Page 962 by FRANK SAD LER, from “Great War Adventures ”Publishers :William Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, IV.C.I *175. HOW W E TRICKED THE TRIBESMEN: With Dyer of Amritsar in S.E. Persia from F. JAMES’ S “Faraway Campaign” Page 966 Publishers: Grayson & Grayson, Ltd., 19, Garrick Street, .CW .2*176. HUN TED BY ASKARIS IN THE JUNG LE: Novelist’s Thrilling Story of ‘German East ’from FRANCIS BRETT YOU N G’S “Marching O n Tanga ”Page 969 Publishers :William Collins, Sons, &Co., Ltd., 48, Pall Mall,S .W .l. Leaves from the Editor's Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.G.4 Association sand reunions figure largely in the present selection of correspondence on my desk. The Canadian Ex-Servicemen’s Association of Great Britain was founded in April last. I quote from “The Leicester M ercurv ”:“ Twenty-two years ago two comrades of the Canadian Expe­ditionary Force ran side by side across ‘No Man’s Land ’during the famous attack on Hill 60, near Ypres.“ A shell burst near them. They never saw each other again until they met under dramatic circumstances the Grand Hotel, Leicester, at the second meeting of the recently formed Canadian Ex-Servicemen’s England Association. Each thought the other had been killed by the shell which had parted them since 1916.” M r.F. G . Holyoak, Secretary to the Association, tells me that at present there are two branches, atone Leicester with a membership of something over 140, and another at Birmingham with about 60 members. It is intended that the Association shall work in effect as a clearing-house for names of all ex-C.E.F. men wherever resident in Great Britain. The membership has already extended from Devon to Scotland, and on Dominion Day, July 1st last, a dinner was held at which 78 members were present. This will be repeated on Dominion Day, 1939. The Association’s difficulty is in locating ex-C.E.F. men, and interested readers should note Mr. Holyoak’s insertion in the Old Comrades’ Corner in Part 22.¦ T rom the Coventry Branch of the Old Contemptibles’ Association comes a letter from its Secretary, Mr. .WA.R. Brogden, enclosing an account of November 1914 by Sergt. L.S. Wing, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.“ 1 see Part 15 has at last got something of the ‘Fighting Fifth ’in for publication. I was beginning to wonder whether the ‘Old and Bold ’had become too Contemptible to mention.’ says Mr. Brogden reprovingly. Sergt. Wing writes :“My battalion belonged to the 7th Division. We had been at Ypres early in 1914. We had suffered very badly there -the regiment had been reinforced time after time We left Ypres on November 15th to do trench duty at a place called Fleurbaix It was very quiet at this place, so quiet that our Commanding Officer thought that there was no one in the German intrenches front. We were doing four days in the trenches and four out, but we never went more than a mile back, as we used to come up at night on working parties “The German trenches were about three hundred yards from ours with adam running in between the lines, and I think we got more than our share of it. The ground around was just alike quagmire. It was now well into December our C.O. decided that we should attack the German trenches, the attack was to be made at dusk on the 18th December. As soon as it began to get dark, the artillery behind us opened fire. I think, myself, it would have been better if they had not fired at all, as it only told them we were coming. A Band companies went over, followed by C and D. The first line had not gone more than one hundred yards before the German machine-guns started. It seemed as if all the machine-guns in the German army were firing at us. ‘‘This went on for about an hour. I was wounded myself, but not seriously. Our Commanding Officer was riddled with bullets on the German barbed wire. Not one of our battalion reached the German trenches only as a prisoner. The next day one of our officers met a German officer. They arranged a truce some of our men were allowed togo over and take blankets and bring the wounded in. Anyone that went too near their trenches was taken prisoner. We were standing on top of our trenches watching this procedure. “Avery young lad went over who could not have been more than sixteen years of age, carrying a blanket ashe got near the German trenches a German N.C.O. met him. We could see that he was being questioned. The N.C.O. pointed to their trenches, as if to say, ‘Go therein ’but the lad walked right round him and came back to us. He said that he wanted to know how old I was, but I told him I was eighteen years of age and the youngest in the battalion.’ They buried our C.O. behind the iinesi and our Brigadier was there. He said at the time ‘There goes a gallant gentleman.’ ”The Royal Warwickshires crop up again in two letters from Mr. Francis Field, of Sutton Coldfield, with regard to the upper photograph in page 4, Part 1. It was taken in Salonika in 1916, and shows men of the 2/19 London Regt. (St. Pancras). The fact that the men are wearing soft |Continued in page iii o f this wrapper Ksir. All It sicK i\ii l><"i**ken p i i n I*r i n i I»r ,\«*nIte si< 1 e r sin<s 1 t o i('o n pIe te Sets lor It i 1 1 «lin s
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