The Great War, I was there - Part 26

LITERARY CON TENTS O F THIS PART With Acknowledgements to Authors and Publishers Y Y /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 finally bound these acknowledgem ents will be repeated in the preliminary pages. *185. THE GERMANS LEFT U EDS SO LA TIO aNOn Front of Seventy-five Miles Page 1019 from PAUL M A Z E’S“ A Frenchman in Khaki ”Publishers: William Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, .C.W 1*186. W E FOUGHT THE GERMAN REAR­GUARDS :Heavy Anzac Losses at Louverval from H.R. WILL IA MS’ S “The Gallant Company ”Publishers :Angus &Robertson, Ltd., 89, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, N .S.W .Page 1025*18-7. D AVE STAT ION !The Retreating Germans’ Orgy of Destruction Page 1028 from ERNST JUNG E R’S “Storm o f Steel ”Publishers: Chatto & Windus, 40-42, William IV Street, W.C. 2*188. I SAW ‘THE B O CHE ’IN RETREAT: Their Devilish Cunning in Destruction from G R A HAM H .GREEN WELL’S “An Infant In Arms” Pag* 1031 Publishers: Peter Davies, Ltd,, 38, Bedford Street, W .C.2 *189. I FILMED PERONNE INFLAMES: Burning Legacy of Retreat Page 1040 from GEOFFREY LAM INS ’S“How I Filmed the War ”Publishers :Herbert Jenkins, Ltd., 3, Duke o f York Street, S.W .l *190. BAPAU M E HAD FALLEN :We Followed Up the German Retreat Page 1043 from H.M .TOM LIN SON’S “All Our Yesterdays ”Publishers: William Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, W .C.l *191. IN WOODS OF FEAR AND DREAD :When the Gloucesters Fired on the Warwicks by CHAR LES EDMOND S (C.E. CAR RING TON ),from“ A Martial Medley ”Page 1048 By permission o f the Author *192. I WAS A PRISONER UNDER THESE A :Nineteen Days in a U-Boat Page 1051 by COMMANDER «NOR MAN LEWIS, R.N. By permission o f “The Sunday Graphic ”*193. THE COST OF TRANSIENT VICTORY :Tragedies of the Arras Battlefields Page 1054 from SIR PHILIP GIBBS’ S “Realities O f War ”Publishers: Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, .CE .4 B theY time these words are in print the news of Sergeant Ernest Thomas’s death will be several weeks old to my readers. It is fitting, however, that I should in these notes pay him some tribute, if only because I persuaded him to contribute to Part 1 of 1 Was There his remarkable discovery,“ I Fired the FirstS h t!”o How I traced him from Mons to Brighton is related in this Note-Book in Part 7. So far as I am aware, no other account of Sergeant Thomas had ever been published before. aBut for I Was There, the B.B.C. would probably not have been able to secure him for a broadcast and every obituary notice and alleged“ news-story ” 1 have read concerning Thomas seems to bear unmistakable signs of the author’s having referred Ito Was There.At the time of his death (February 10), at the age of 54, he was a cinema commissionaire at Brighton, where,with his frft. 3 ins. of height and his big waxed moustache, he was aVery well-known figure. After the war Mr. Thomas was the Prince of Wales’s escort during his Royal Highness’s Indian visit. For years he and the man who telegraphed Haig’s “Cease-fire ”command lived scarcely a mile and a half apart but they never met until last November, when they broadcast together in “In Town Tonight.” The telegraphist, ex-Cpl. Frank Hilder Pennington, lives in Addison Road, Hove. I am certainly justified in claiming that it was Sergeant T h om as’s chapter in I Was There which brought him the publicity which he only lived to enjoy for a relatively short time. THE indefinable human quality of Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather’s dry humour in his war-time drawings came home to us all, intrenches and at home, during those years. Capt. Bairnsfather, three of whose world-famous cartoons I published in Part 16, with a personal note from himself, sends me a letter he received in the war days. I think it sums up very neatly what we have all felt about “Ole Bill ”and his adventures :“Twenty years after peace Has been declared, there will be moreno potent stimulus to the recollections of an old soldier than your admirable sketches of trench life. “May I with all deference congratulate you on your hum our, your fidelity, your something else, not easily defined— I mean your power of expressing in black and white a condition of mind." I T rom humour to pathos is abut short transition, and in vivid contrast to the humorous anecdotes hitherto quoted in these Notes is a sincere little story of sentiment sent tome by Mr. F. Watts of Coventry. It happened at Messines Ridge, 1917. Mr. Watts says:“ I haven’t told it to many people because there are some who would not believe, and others who would laugh.” The story concludes :“The Red Cross men were bringing in the casualties from Man'soN Land, and a youth of about my own age (19 years) was inlaid the trench at my feet, and I could see there was very little hope for him. His injuries were terrible to behold for he had lost both his eyes, and as I watched 1 could see his lips moving and bent over to hear his last words. I was deeply moved when I heard him singing averse of that beautiful hymn which we all learn as children :‘T here’s a home for little children,' and on the last words he died.” |Continued in page H i of this wrapper& BSSSSIt f¦¦~l i8S lS® M g m g U g p s m mEs mAll Hack Xiiniber* Kepi i n l*rint lor I Sew Headers an«l t o Complete Sets for Itindiiig
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