The Great War, I was there - Part 32

w I •3 z /*LITERARY CONTENTS OF THIS PART Willi Aeliiiunl(MlK<‘iii(‘iil!§ fo Author* iiihI Publishers WEEK by week w e a ck now ledge 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 o f the present work could not have been achieved In our v olu mesas finally bound these a ck now led gem en ts will be repeated in the preliminary pages. WAR *231. THE SEAMIEST SIDE OF Police Officer’s Life at the Base from E D W INT. WOOD HAL L’S ‘Secret Service Days ”Publishers: Jarrolds, Ltd., Paternoster House, Pater­noster Row, E.C.4 Page 1260 Detective and *235. AMEN INROAD ATTACK :When On One in Three of Us Came Back Page 12fi from LT.-CO L.G R A HAM SETON HUT CHIS O N ’.“Warrior ”Publishers: Hutchinson &Co., Ltd., 34, Paternoster Row, E.C.4 When 30 out of 67 Page 1264 Hell the *232. “HELL’S ANGELS !”Planes Were Shot Down from A.G. I. WHITE H O U S E’S Heavens ”Publishers: fV. &R. Chambers, Ltd., 11, Thistle Street, Edinburgh *233. I ESCAPED FROM RUHLEBEN :Through Bog and Swamp Into Holland Page 1268 by A .E. KEITH Specially contributed *234. AUTUMN DAWN OF DEATH :In a *237. Shattered PillBox on Menin Road from CARROLL CAR STAIR AS’“ Generation Missing 9 *Page 1272 Publishers: JVilliam Heinemann, Ltd., 99, Great Russell Street, JV.C.l *236. DEATH OF A GERMAN ACE :Single- Handed He Fought Eight of Us Page 1288 from R O THE SAY STU A R T-WO R T L ’YE S “Letters o f a Flying Officer ”Publishers :The Oxford University Press, 11, Warwick Square, E.C.4. THE DOCTOR TOOK COMM AND !We Captured PillBoxes in Polygon Wood from PTE. FRANK RICHARD S’“Old Soldiers Never Die ”Page 1291 Publishers: Faber & Faber, Ltd., 24, Russell Square, W .C.l a -John Carpenter House, London, E.C.4 FOR patriotic or other laudable reasons, many men offered themselves for service in the Great War when actually underage (18 years), and, by giving a false statement, got away with it. There has recently been much correspond­ence on this subject in a London paper, but included min y own readers’ letters I have found two, now veterans, who enlisted underage. B. Robins, of Baldock, joined K itchener’s Army when only 17, and had his baptism of fire at Suvla Bay when just 18. An Ely reader, Mr. J. Bell, was even younger, enlisting in the .F.AR .in 1915 at the age of 16. Having surmounted this obstacle to service by advancing his age by three years, Mr. Bell was then confronted by his mother, who begged him to come hom e.H e promised to join another regiment, not telling his mother that he was under orders to leave for France a few days later. ^^H IL Eon this subject— and remembering that it is most unlikely that the name o f the youngest soldier of the War will ever be definitely established—-I have by me a recent article in the Paris newspaper Midi. This gives details o f the extraordinary career o f a French boy named Jean- C orentin Carre, to whom the Old Soldiers of Brittany are raising a monument in his native village. This lad was only 14i when war broke out, but he tried at once to enter the Army, and on April 27,1915 (when 15 years 3 months), by sheer persistence and by giving a false name, was actually accepted and joined the 410th Regiment of Infantry. In June 1917, by which time he had reached adjutant’s rank, he transferred to the flying forces, and was shot down and killed on March 18,1918— when just 18! It should be noted that the minimum forage enlistment in the French Army was— and is— 17. JJoT H the old soldiers in the 1 Was There “army ”whose fortunes I am discussing had long and eventful careers, and Mr. Bell has still five more years to serve in the R.N .R .In February 1916 he was sent to Egypt and the Suez Canal zone, and afterwards his Division ,the 54th, marched to Palestine. H e has many a story to tell o f his service on this Front. 1 "lIE story of M ou qu et Farm ,as told by r.E.M J. Rule in a recent Part of I Was There ,has brought back memories to Mr. Robin s,and he has written thus: I should p oin tout that at that particular date M o u que t Farm was partly in our front, partly inN o Mans Land ,and partly in the German front line. The 11th Division objectives were the Z o lle rn and Stuff Red ou b N.Ets, .and N .byE. respectively o f M o u que t Farm ,with Z o lle rn and Hessian Trench es. “Any how ,we went over the top ,and m y signalling officer, m yseif, and a opal f mine made M o u que t F armour first signalling sN ‘i- W e had got several messages back, when our officer agave had seen some Germans peeping ou tat us from the dug -o happened ,about 100 yards to our aright tank had b come e.we called the crew across, and luckily they had some smokeD these w e hurled down the dug -outs About 4 0 Germans came u p.other side and were captured .For this little jo band helping to maintain communications under heavy fire, the Officer was awarded theM .C .,and m y pal and I the M.M .”^COMRADELY thought has inspired a letter from Mr. J. P. Chisholm ,of C oxh oe, Co. Durham ,whose relative and neighbour, M r.T .Smith, found a Bible (heat thinks) G osport before leaving for the Front. This Bible, which bears the name o f a Private in the Oxford and Backs L.I., he still [Continued in page iii o f this wrapper it =Leaves from the Editor's Note-Book I jjg ' 4 if
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