The Great War, I was there - Part 26

Part 11 of THE GREAT WAR: I WAS THERE!On Sale Everywhere Tuesday, April 4 Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book (Continued from page il of this wrapper) pXA M PLES of the deep impression which has been made by I Was There ,and of the breadth of its appeal, are always to hand but three in particular have claimed my attention within the last few days. Mrs. Charlotte Tuckey, whose V.A.D. work at the Hartlepools I mentioned in Part 12, tells me she has been lending her own copies of our work to old soldiers, “who are delighted with it.... I fear they are too untidy for binding, having passed through so many hands. I wonder if you could kindly send me a complete volume No. i, inbound your delightful binding, for my own special little bookcase.” Most old soldiers, of course, buy I Was There for themselves but lending certainly has its publicity value, therefor are not many readers who are content with glancing through the work :the desire to have it “for keeps ”is irresistible. 1 have also a letter from an unemployed ex- serviceman, who cheerfully sets aside a little bit of his dole week by week to buy I Was There .And only a day or two Iago was walking along aside street, lined with opulent chauffeured cars, when the owner of one of the limousines came out of a building nearby carrying in his arms a large pile of copies of I Was There .These he dumped in the back of his car before going back into the building. No sooner was his back turned than a little crowd of waiting chauffeurs appeared, approached the chauffeur of the car in which 1 Was There was stored, and seized the copies avidly, stealing a few moments of pleasure and adventure before the owner’s return. Two of them, at least, seemed too young to have served in the War, but all were equally absorbed in reading. THE letter from Mrs. Tuckey reminds me of the Home Front aspect of war-time, and in this connexion a thought-provoking letter comes from a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous. He asks tome give, in this work, a record of life in England from 1914 to 1918. This is a matter of some difficulty, as the kind of material we want for the Home Front is relatively scarce. I shall endeavour, how­ever, to cover some of the matter in the proposed Supplement at the end of our work. My correspondent’s arguments carry some weight :“The effect of .PA.R .and all other forms of National Service has been to arouse in the minds of all classes of people, and amongst people of all ages, avery great interest in what war-time conditions were like in England. **There are very few books that deal with this subject, and the interest is very evident. ..In addition, there is the younger generation who are now becoming greatly interested in the conditions o f life at home during the Great War, because they hear on all sides comparisons made by their elders in connexion with the present need for National Service which results in reference to war-time conditions in England.’’ I J ^ hile most readers are content to enjoy I Was There as a feast of adventure and stranger-than-fiction truth, there are a few who seem perturbed as to its effects on their fellow-men. A w ell-know n barrister writes to say: I think it highly inopportune, at the present moment, to give these stories of heavy losses and the horrors of war when we are hoping to get recruits for the Army. I saw plenty of dead men in July 1916, but it was all in the work—day’s and it was a good work.”day’s As Editor, 1 had carefully considered the question before embarking on the work. I had come to the conclusion that the present younger generation, while peace-loving, is unlikely to be deterred by “horrors” m this adventurous and, in many ways, hardened age. The majority of letters, especially those from readers who were too young to serve in the Great War, take the opposite view such as Mr. Harold Sheffield, of Dudley, Worcestershire :“Although I am too young to remember any part of the War, as I read the thrilling articles my impressions seem to take tome the battle­field. ...Having served three years in the Territorial Army (268 Bty. .T.AR.A .),and knowing something about modern warfare, I can foresee the horrors of a war today, and hope sincerely that we shall not have the call to arms. But at the same time— and I think I can speak for all Territorials, at least— if a war does com e,we shall be ready to serve our King and Country. This assurance and I believe it can betaken as true, should calm down the ‘jitter-bugs who are at present ruining our sleep.” •Old Comrades’ Corner- These brief notes afford an opportunity for Comrades o f the Great War to get into touch with one another. Any reader o f I WAS There who wishes to hear o f his old comrades on any Front in the Great War should send details to the Editor to be published in this “Corn er,” 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.} L t.-C ol. G r a ham Seton H u tc his o n would like to hear from any old comrades of lOCth M.G .Coy. and 33rd Batt. M.G .C .Address :Booker Hill Farm, High W ycom be, Bucks. SEx- erg t .J. W .Hall would like to hear from Sergt. Ted Oliver, 1st Batt. S .Staffs Regt. (Mam etz, High Wood, and Delville Wood). A d dress: 1/114, Trevor Street, Nechells, Birmingham. C p l.E. Smith ,“D ”Coy., 4th Tanks, would like to get in touch with any member o fLt. E Owen’s Tank Crew, 1916-18. Address :20, G oodw yn Ave., Mill Hill, London, N .W .7. Ex-Driver Charles W . G arr a rd, late C.89 and D .87, would like to hear from any old 19th (Butterfly) Division, .F.AR .,officer, .C.ON .,or men who served with 86th, 87th, 88th, and 89th T .M.B .s or H .Q .Mr. Garrard is Hon. Sec. of the 19th Div. .F.A.R O .C.A .,which is holding a reunion dinner and dance, March 18,1939, at Manchester Hotel, Aldersgate Street, London, E .C.l. Write t o :17, Selborne G dns., Perivale, M iddx. Mr. J. C.H a sse r le y, late O .M.R .H.and .F.AR .(France, Aug. 18,1914 to Nov. 15,1919, various units), would like to hear from old comrades. A d dress: 11, Upper Belgrave Street, London, S .W .1. C .S.M .John T a it, D .C.M .,M.M., 11th Batt. Royal Scots, would like to hear from Tommy Stringer, of Dew sbury, who was in“C ”Coy. Address :Dam side, Innerleithen, Peebles­ shire. P .J.et C. Fen ton ,16758, Plymouth Division Royal Marine Light Infantry (first Div. to land at Dardanelles), would like to get in touch with relatives of Capt Tetley. Address :378, Greenside Lane, Droylsden, near Manchester. Gunner W .G.M c L e an, 68273, would like to hear from any man who served with 6th S. Battery, .G.AR .,Aug., 1916— Aug. 1919. Address :53, Mantell Street, Seatoun E.5, Wellington, .Z.N Cpl .W.E.B allan tine ,M.M .,late 8th City of London Regt. (Post Office Rifles), 47th Div., stretcher-bearer, would be pleased to hear from old comrades. Replies c/o Editor. Mr. T.M .Bind l e y wishes to trace friends or relatives of two officers who were over him towards the end of the war :Lieut. H. Jowett (killed at Le Transloy) and Capt. Sankey (killed at Thiepval Ridge). For Mr. B indley’s Division, Regiment and address, see his previous insertion in this column. All Back Numbers Specially Kept in Print for New Readers
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