The Great War, I was there - Part 27

I'art a sol 'I'B IBO GRIIAT WAR: I WAS TU I1K E 2 O n Sale Everywhere Tuesday, April II LITERARY CON TENTS O F THIS PART With A e k non liid s c m e iit s to Author sand I il'l i li slier a VV7eek by week w e 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 acknowledgements will be repeated in the preliminary pages. What I Saw Page 1063 Life o f a Ltd., *194. A TUNNELLER AT ARRAS :on My First Battlefield from CAP T.H. W .GR A HAM’ Tunnelling Company ”Publishers i J. Catherall &Co. (Printers), Beaumont Street, Hexham *195. IN THE UNDERWAYS OF ARRAS by the EDITOR Page 1067 Specially contributed *196. OUR FIERCE DOGFIGHTS OVER ARRAS I Saw the Last o f Captain Ball, V.C. Page 1071 from CECIL LEWIS’ S “Sagittarius Rising ”Publishers: Peter Davies, Ltd., 38, Bedford Street, fV.C.2 *197. A DOCTOR’S TASK IN BATTLE :Behind the Scenes of the R.A.M.C. Page 1074 from COL .DAVID R O R IE A’S“ Medico’s Luck in the War ”Publishers :Milne& Hutchison, Aberdeen (1929)*198. SENSELESS SLAUGHTER OF MEN AND HORSES :Blood and Snow and Confusion at Monchy Page 1082 from D . W .J. CUD FORDED ’S“And At! For What ?”Publishers :Heath Cranton, Ltd., 6, Fleet Lane, E.C.4 *199. WE PUSHED THE BOCHE OFF VIM Y RIDGE :The Story of a Glorious Canadian Victory ?age 1086 by KIM BEAT TIE ,from “History o f the 48th Highlanders o f Canada ”*200. ALL MY TANKS WERE KNOCKED OUT :We Bit Off More Than We Could Chew from MAJOR W . H .L. W A T SON A’S“ Company o f Tanks ”Page 1092 Publishers: tVilliarn Blackwood &Sons, 37, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 Leaves from the Editor’s Note-Book John Carpenter House, London, E.C.4 ^MONG the letters on my desk this week there are a number of recognitions and identifications of photo­graphs published in our pages, and various controversial military matters arising out of them. Page 3, Part 1, has an illustration showing a party of Scottish soldiers which Mr. W. Thorne, of Watford, says “is my old company (London Scottish) somewhere hear Arras in 1917.” The photo is officially said to show “London Scottish on Doullens-Amiens Road, July 1916 ”—but as neither the official caption attached to the photograph nor my correspondent specifies the company, we shall have to leave it to any other readers who maybe interested to throw further light upon it. "The double-spread picture of the Fighting Fifth in pages 596 and 597, Part 15, has brought a letter from Sergt. H.R. Mantle, of Morden, who says :“The Fusilier lying on the ground with the German helmet and crossed puttees is myself.... I gave that helmet to the­grapher. A few hours after that picture was taken we were rusl.ed to the trenches to retake a section that had been lost by our relief, and suffered heavy casualties.” Sergt. Mantle served three years and four months, and was awarded the M.M .with bar.|t must abe surprising and exciting experience to glance along the publications arranged on a bookstall and suddenly to see oneself on the cover of I Was There ..This has happened to Mr. W .Seward, of Sidcup, Kent, who recognizes himself on the cover of Part 14, having tea with Prince Albert, asKing George VI then was. In some cases we are able to obtain enlargements of these photos for a modest sum, and this we are very pleased to do, with the help of the Imperial War Museum. From Scotland, C.S.M .John Tait (Innerleithen) writes to say that he recognizes his own company (C Coy.), 11th Batt. Royal Scots, in the upper illustration of page 728, Part 18. Part 18 also contains, in page 725, a photo which Mr. Clifford Mitchell, of Montrose, recognizes: I am the ‘Gay Gordon ’with the cat on my knee, and m y pal was a Pte. D. Marshall, D .C.M .,who came from Kirkcaldy. But mI’ sorry to say I have not heard of him since 1916, and do not know if he survived the Great War or not. “The incident of taking this photo remains very clear in my mind, as just a few minutes after it was taken a British aeroplane made a forced landing about twenty yards from this spot and was wrecked, the pilot bsing killed. Needless to say, ‘Jerry ’sent over a few shells to make things a little uncomfortable, both for us and the aeroplane." Jft PHOTOGRAPH which recalls not only names and faces but attendant incidents is of especial interest. r.A.M Law (Jersey, Channel Islands) comments vividly on the two photos in page 65, Part 2. They were taken, he believes, between one and two o ’clock on Sunday afternoon, August 23,1914 and he corroborates r.E.M J. Thierrin's recog­nition (Editor’s Note-Book, Part 16) of C.S.M .Thompson. He continues :In the top photo you plainly seethe burst of a large explosive shell on the small village of Hainin which was just behind our brigade (14th Brigade) of which the 1st Batt. East Surrey Regt was part. Being a stretcher-bearer of the battalion I was about 25 yards behind the bridge, welland remember the awful noise it made. That shell caught a lot of people coming from Mass for the little church is nearly 'darkened out by the shell, it being just by the right of the burst. After that affair I was too busy dressing our wounded to notice anymore. In the lower photo, I believe it is our C.O .coming down the slope after visiting them achine-gun on the bridge, but I am not sure on the matter. It was by this bridge that our m achine-gun did awful damage to the enemy. I also recognize other faces, but cannot recall their names.” Our photographs are not only of interest to the “rank and file,” as I have frequently had occasion to out.point The centre illustration in page 305, Part 8, showing the grave of Capt. the Hon. GR. .Morgan Grenville (Master of Kinloss), 1Continued in page iii o f thib wrapper All Itnrk iii\, n h ¦*mine Print lor ,\t* nIt mil or* anil t o V o 1111 I>I<* e Sols lor I t i tilling
Add Names


We have sought to ensure that the content of this website complies with UK copyright law. Please note however, that we may have been unable to ascertain the rights holders of some items. Where we have digitised items, we have done so with items that to the best of our knowledge, following due investigations, are in the public domain. While the original works are in the public domain we reserve all rights to the usage of the digital works.

The document titled The Great War, I was there - Part 27 is beneath this layer.

To view this document now, please sign up as a full access member.

Free Account Registration

Please enter your first name
Please enter your surname
Please enter a valid email address
Please enter your password
By creating an account you agree to us emailing you with newsletters and discounts, which you can switch off in your account at any time

Already a member? Log in now
Small Medium Large Landscape Portrait